The Greatest African Innovator who missed US silicon is a Ugandan from Kigezi planning to change face of Uganda through technology


OPED– The world economy is controlled by US mainly by Silicon Valley and the Wall Street where technology meets finance. Silicon Valley is  the US centre for innovative technology and hosting more than 2000 technology companies including the famous media giants like Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, eBay, Netflix etc. 

America collects genius young  innovators across the globe and put them to Silicon Valley for technology  innovations and productions.This has given US a competitive advantage over other countries in Technology and innovations the demand for the world today. Young genius from Africa, Asia and other less pleveledged countries are brain washed and taken to the valley to boost American technology. 

Innovation goes with financial resources, Wall Street America’s financial hub which is also a global financial centre connected to all financial systems and technologies driving the world economy is also in the USA. Even the two world’s largest stock exchange; NewYork Stock Exchange and the  National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (NASDAQ) are all located at the same street. 

Silicon Valley and the Wall Street innovations are suplemented by global head offices of IMF, World Bank and UN organisations which lead the direction of  the social, economical and Political  direction of the whole world. 

Kigezi is one of sub regions in Uganda known and  blessed with genius innovators who have transformed the world in different sectors. Kigezi has had a number of genius people, some still in active service while  others have  retired.

Famous Banyakigezi like Prof. Charles Kwesiga one of the rare industrial  engineers on the African continent has done great innovations in Uganda and USA. He once headed the most prestigious technology organisation in the world, Word  Association of Industrial and Technology Research organizations (WAITRO) which has 160 member organisations from 70 countries. 

Among other geniuses from Kigezi, is Prof. Augustus Niwagaba an African Wealth Creation Expert who has helped many African governments including Uganda in the analysis of fiscal metrics for governmnts financial performance and analysis of tax policies.  Prof. Emmanuel Twesigye  from Kambuga in Kanungu District is working in the USA and among few greatest African  academicians.  He is listed among 100 greatest  people transforming the world. Twesigye has a PhD in Religion and Ethics and recorded among the genius of the century. 

Our own Dr Arthur Bikangaga a Vascular Surgery Specialist who wanted to retire when he reached retirement age but US  government stopped him because they could not find his replacement. The list of  genius Banyakigezi making great innovations is endless. The list  will be published in the Kigezi think tank  book which is under Research.

A young Ugandan entrepreneur among  few African geniuses who would have chosen to  join  Silicon Valley where he was needed most at his young age  for  better life, decided to come back to Uganda. After getting a PhD at the  age of 32 when his level of education, knowledge, age, innovativeness  were very instrumental, he never lost focus. 

He never looked at the sweet life in the foreign land by spending his precious time and skills boosting economies of  other countries. He chose to come back to Uganda where jobs were less or not available and those few available were not paying well. At the young age from the University when he needed money most, he resigned from a prestigious  job where he had been given three billion shilling to implement a project but  quitted for his career dream of the centre for innovations and excellence.

Dr. Benita Rumanzi not only wanted to come and work in his country Uganda but also wanted  to start an innovation to prove that education which he attained was to engineer him for  productions.

Dr. Benita Rumanzi is son of Fredrick Bushari Bahunde and Evelyne Tibingana Bushari of Muhanga Town Council, Rukiga District. He is Africa’s new hope and a  blessing to Kigezi and Uganda. The 18th child in a family of 24 and the first to graduate, promised his father who had lost hope and aging that he will put a smile on him at his  graduation ceremony. Mr. Bushari could not believe it because he was aging with his three wives and money reducing. 

He listened to Rumanzi’s promise which sounded like a real dream. But at the age of 73 years, Bushari was climbing the famous prestigious hill of  Makerere University dressed like a minister with tears of joy rolling in his eyes going to witness the first graduation ceremony in his home. It was none other than  his beloved son Dr. Benita Rumanzi who promised him a degree at the time  when he had lost hope. 

Busharii looked above, no matter how  close he was to God and  poured  blessings to his son Rumanzi. From that day of  blessings, Rumanzi never looked back. That historical  and memorable  day of joy and happiness opened his bigger and better opportunities.

Bushari from Abinika clan with their sub clan slogan which disturbs many,  “Abaziramashereka” was a prominent businessman in Kabale.  During 60s and 70s was famous in Kabale dealing in  transportation of hides and skins. Bushari was handsome with enough resources and one of the few civilised businessmen during those days in Kabale Town which attracted many  friends who included ladies. 

The gentleman with enough cash and cows, ended up with  three beautiful  women. He produced Rumanzi the genius from  the third wife in 1980 when his money and energy had reduced and was aging.  But he still wanted his children to get highest education.

He enrolled Rumanzi at Nyeikunama Primary School where he excelled. He went to Bukinda Secondly School and performed well.  Bushari told Rumanzi never to let him down like other children. Rumanzi promised him to make it to  Makerere university. Rumanzi went to Kigezi College Butobere for his A level education where he completed in 1999. He excelled and was leading in Kabale District with 22 points. Rumanzi started his journey of success in education. 

He was admitted at Makerere university in 2000 where he graduated with the Bachelor of  Social Sciences (Economics and Rural Development). He completed in 2003 and in 2004, he enrolled for a Master’s degree and graduated in 2007 with Masters of Sciences in Population and Reproductive Health (Msc PRH). He performed very well and was retained at Makerere university as the Research Assistant. 

Rumanzi realized that the sky was the limit and wanted to reach at the limits of  sky in education. In 2008 enrolled for a PhD at the University of Belford in USA. He completed the PhD in 2012 at the age of 32 years. He graduated with a Doctorate in Education and Administration which changed his life. 

While  doing master’s degree, he  worked briefly as the Research Assistant to Dr. Gedion Rutaremwa at Makerere University who motivated him to go for highest education. By the time he completed his PhD, he got a job with an NGO in Kampala, National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

He wrote a project proposal about Positive Action and won 3 billion Uganda shillings. The big money was so tempting and he wanted it most at the time. He was supposed to lead the implementation team. He remembered that education which he attained was not supposed to make him a dependant but an innovator to create more opportunities to the less plevedged. 

He left when the money was approved to start the project and went out to chase  his career dream. He never got excited  about the money at hand to kill his future vision. He left the organization when enthusiastic, determined and ready  to face the world.

Rumanzi missed to join fellow geniuses  in Silicon Valley because he wanted to start his own technlogical Innovations in his own country Uganda. He believed in himself that he can by God’s grace and his determination. Rumanzi decided to go by his calling at the young age. 

Benita Rumanzi did his PhD  thesis on  Education in Hard to Reach Africa and his vision was driven by Innovations and Excellence. He started an education Institution and named it Africa Population Institute (API) with the motto “Centre for Innovations and Excellence” his long waited dream. He built the main campus in  Kampala and established other campuses in South Sudan and Kenya but all located in hard to reach communities. 

The education institute which  focuses on capacity building, plans to be turned into a fully fledged University. The Institute awards Diplomas, Certificates and Provides consultancy Services to organisations and communities neighboring his institutions in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan. The services offered are mainly in Business and Technical Education.

Dr. Benita Rumanzi at the age of 40, is  planning to change the face of Uganda’s economy through environmental Innovations. He is making a study on best waste management by reducing  harzadorous wastes and turning them into useful products. He is in the proccess to build a factory for recycling broken glasses and bottles using advanced technology. The factory will add value and strengthen the economy while creating job opportunities for the youth and technology scholars. He will be using the most advanced technologies in collaborations and partnerships with innovations and technology agencies. 

In Kigezi , Rumanzi plans to establis Kiga College Bushari (KCB) in memory of his father Bushari who still lives but in old age. As the psalmist said “what will I offer to my God for the good things he has done to me”. Rumanzi has provided enough to his parents but still wants to put up sometihing in memory of his father. The good secondary school  will promote education in Rukiga especially to the needy and children from vulnerable families.

He is working on career talent and  Education scholarships which are  already going on in his two institutions, API and Mama Africa International Primary School. He is ready and willing to support Rukiga District in infrastructure and rural development.

Dr. Rumanzi learnt at the young age that behind every successful man, there is a strong woman. He is 11 years  married to Iridah Koburungi with four children. His wife is a graduate of mathematics and heading Mama Africa International Primary School which is part of his  investments. 

His wife was nick named Mama Africa and Dr. Rumanzi Tata Africa. The famous Mama Africa and Tata Africa are working closely in managing their education investments. Rumanzi attributes all his achievements to God’s grace and hardworking.

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