Dentists, Love or Hate them 

When I was younger, I hated dentists. It really didn’t matter how nice he/she would be. All I knew was, it hurt. I’m probably not the only one. 

I wish I could go back to the times when ignorance was bliss, until a toothache took my innocence, from then on, I knew to hate dentists was to hate my own self.

I think the number of times I’ve needed dental services are abnormally high, but considering how much I hate pain, I was never going to risk being behind enemy lines again without arming myself first.

On 20th March, the International World Oral Health Day, I was pleased to be one of the the bloggers at Code dental talking everything, Oral health, well I was going to get a free dental check up. 

Yoooo, I wasn’t ready. Nothing ever prepares you for a dentist’s report. Or any other doctor for that matter.

Throughout the meeting, we went over how technology has now simplified work, how easy and fast it is now to design and 3D print a tooth (to replace any that have been lost). How exactly easy and somewhat painless it is now to get things fixed up. 

My take from the meeting though was, oral health is actually a very high priority and it is a personal choice. It goes down to how often you need to brush, what toothpaste to use for specific results or better yet, when to start cleaning your children’s or pet’s teeth (😄), what to eat to stay orally healthy.

You may not really have as many cavities as I, it is still okay to be intentional about your eating habits, embracing fresh and all-natural food-stuff, and going the extra  mile of consulting a professional. I found Dr. Steven to be very friendly and so helpful. 

“Don’t eat stuff that have long shelf lives. If it doesn’t go bad, it’s not healthy for your teeth.” – Dr. Steven Mugabe, Code Dental

As for you and your personal Oral health, contact a dentist today. I promise you, cavity prevention is way cheaper than the cure. 

Aren’t we glad that the days when dental pain relief meant getting rid of your teeth altogether are behind us? 

No, you don’t smile like that while at the dentist.

Follow #WOHD17Ug on twitter for more about what we learned at Code Dental.

Photography by Pius Enywaru.

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More-vember

“At the break of the new dawn
The orange of the sun, dull
Through a cracked cloud
A piercing and bold shooting star
I saw”

We have for a while now been faced with some really troubling odds. And I sometimes think the poverty line must have shifted to half a dollar just so we could be accommodated and if it hadn’t been for my spurring mind, I don’t know how heated some conversations would have been for me.

In so many ways and on so many occasions, I’d wish these little spats in my head would die out. And almost as if on cue, November came through and just decided to offer small nuggets of niceties daily just so I could keep my head and troubled mind at peace.

Anybody might argue that I’m happy because we’ve peacefully maneuvered through the presidential nominations process. I can’t refute this claim, although I must admit that I’m tempted to make this the topic of today’s discussion (which I won’t). I needed to congratulate us considering just how much we need the peace.

Fast forward to a few days ago, a few friends and I had the opportunity to attend the Total Startupper press conference that launched an awesome program that I think is going to offer the much needed solutions to one of our most troubling questions.

It’s no secret that Uganda has the most startups that fail thanks to a suffocating and unsupportive system. And here we finally are, Total Uganda is serving the young entrepreneurial Ugandan minds – 35 years old and below a chance to take part in its start up challenge. Which is simultaneously running in 33 other African countries.

A short video explaining what it is all about ☺:)

The Total Startupper challenge project submission will run for at least three months. Within which anyone in the said age bracket will be encouraged to submit that project they have had their sights on.

“Ideas deserve support, especially great ones. And promising ideas deserve a helping hand.” – Total Startupper website

The winning projects will get financial help of up to 130M UGX to get their business project off the ground. Each winner of the “Startupper of the year by Total” challenge will receive individual coaching. Financial support for the project will be availed on completion of the training.

The fear that many Ugandan startups barely make it through infancy is going to be shattered. Oh how I pray so.

I’m posting this to appeal to all my very smart and creative friends to take part in this challenge. Deadline of project submission will be on 31st January 2016 (11:00 PM GMT). Log on here and register.

Goodluck to you (us) all. May the best man win.

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Pieces

I dream of your smile
Of your sweet captivating gaze
The moon in your eyes dizzying
In your tight arms I melt
The taste of your lips firmly registering
Your tongue my new addiction
Unconciously running my fingers along my neck
The sting of your sweet little bites evident.

Torpidly waking from the bitter sweet dream
And all I have are the memories
Of you who never was here

I’m a mess
A hailstorm building
With all the need to burst
I stand in the rain
As the storm hails on.

Stuck with all the hopes
Memories
Fears
Tears
Pieces of this heart left
Questions I need answered or forever forgotten
Hoping the rain will wash it all away.

Alas!
All that is left are the huge chunks
Of what would have been
Of what never was
Pieces
Pieces lost for recognition

Make it to me!

© 2015 joshagaba.wordpress.com

Lady In Pink Pants. . .

Hey Lady In Pink Pants

I have seen you before

Yes, I have.

Not in my dreams, no.

Not in my day dreams, no.

Not sure where, but

But why can’t I remember?

I call after you

Dumbfounded and air-headed,

I fumble with the words

I pretend all I wanted to tell you was “you’re beautiful”

You flash that all-knowing smile at me

Secretly telling me, you understand,

But no, I want to tell you way more than that.

You walk away

I can’t help but stare

Stare at you in those pink pants

The coldness gets to my soul

As you walk away,

I remember everything people say about light skins,

I convince myself that this will be different

My sorrow is very short-lived

You are back in that seat again

So close to me yet a little too far.

Here Stuck in this tent,

With this whole crowd around us

As it rains so hard around us

I look at you!

So cute and poised,

I gape at your Elegance,

All graceful, refined, tasteful, and all.

Being the man I am,

I am, thinking of how well I want to treat you

How I want to share in your special delicacy,

And that is when it happens.

I choke on my thoughts

I have been gaping too long, yes!

And there you are,

In all majesty

I see you are gaping at me too

It’s cold no more

Your smile a reassurance

Ed Sheeran playing in my head

Wondering if am actually “Thinking out loud”

Our eyes dance to the beat of the rain

Your energy resonates right through me

My knees all wobbly I tweet,

“Today I met someone”

I wonder if they can see us

I don’t want them to.

But I can’t get my eyes off you

The rain a delicious pain

I stare and stare and stare and S.T.A.R.E

I finally gather the little courage I have left

I walk up to you

I can’t say a word,

You offer me a seat,

I smell you in,

I can’t get enough.

3, 4, 6 minutes

Nothing to say. Really. NOTHING.

I wrap my arm around

You rest in my arms with that sweet smile

I want this to last forever

No, I need it to.

I pray the rain doesn’t stop

Before long you are tasked, and away

I can’t wait for the cocktail party

Will you come with me?

Will you let me have that dance?

I Hope I Don’t Get Hit For This. (1 of 4)

Disclaimer: I will most definitely start this post by delicately pointing out that am not trying to point fingers at anyone, neither am I being or trying to be offensive to any one. If you feel offended by anything I say or write about herein, I apologise but that can only mean one of two things: it’s either for you or for you!

Dear Gospel artists,

It would be a total waste of time to try and explain myself and what I do. (I sometimes forget what it is exactly). So I will just say, am just a huge music fan and scholar.

I have worked with a few of you, listened to almost all your music (music I can access of course).  I must admit most of the music is OKAY! Considering how far we have come with the gospel music industry in Uganda, we have taken great steps towards putting great quality work out there (Kudos!). For that we have to give it to the hard-working producers (C19 Studios | not an Ad, AbaasaR, among others…) and the various artists who live for proper quality works.

I personally live for good story telling in a song and the acoustics. But, this morning I got an itch in my heart after listening to “Bwalikujjukira By Ps. Wilson Bugembe”, haha, no am not trying to ‘diss’ this song, I love it to bits and I know we all know/love the song, if you don’t know it, get it please.

Moving on swiftly, with the current aggressiveness exhibited on social media – Twitter (mostly), It’s more of a routine for tweeple to praise a new song about whatever they like about it. This is entirely fine considering we all have a right of expression, that said, I hope you (artists) understand when I say, people should know it’s okay if they don’t praise the artist, or the song, or the producer, or the beats, or whatever is nice about the song. If someone likes or doesn’t like your song, it should be really fine for them to tweet whatever they feel is right by them. Whether it’s good or not. And as artists, I implore a holy-ghost-kind-of maturity in regard to how you reply negative tweets and e-mails.(Personally, I can only say as much if not close to nothing in regard to praising any of the above – artist, beats, producer, blah blah).

I hope am not rumbling or if I am, the better.  My point here is quite simple, as an artist, it’s your job to solicit for reviews about your song, but not skew these reviews towards whichever angle you need them to. Let people have the chance to freely express themselves, without having to be afraid of starting a social media fight.

And yes, I can truly Praise One person of all, He who made you and I. He made you, and am glad you are using your talent to bring Him praise.

Until next time,

I remain Yours Truly

Josh Agaba


“For what it is worth, I think we were made for more than just the simple things that we, uh, aspire toward. We were made for more than just telling stories of how much money we can make from selling poison to people.” – LeCrae

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