Millionaires’ mission

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thank God for HMV and student discounts…trying to rediscover the roots..

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Millionaires’ mission is a programme of 8 millionaires from United Kingdom who are trying to carry out a project to help a village in Kabale.They have a net worth of 600million pounds!!! Anyway their first week in kabale ended up in disaster.Disaster i say because they were moved to tears about the plight of the people there. One of them on a visit to the local hospital ended up handing one new mother money to feed her mother. Another was so amazed at how much effort is used by the whole parish to ferry water from the valley to back up the hills and gets the idea to build a water pump. Rudo the world vision director disagrees with them splashin out money without empowering the people. That is a good idea because at times that as much as the work NGO’s do, peoples’ lives aren’t transformed without empowering them. Back to the series, obviously this isnt only about the millionaires but the people. One ‘engineer’ who was called in to quote and assess the value of the job ended up giving the eroneous figure of 208 million ug.shillings!!!!! Well when you want rip off ‘bazungu’ dont rip off those who have worked so hard and know the value of money!! it was labelled as bollocks! Week 1 ends with Seb Bishop, a media entrepreneur worth 200million aged 33 floatin his idea of a small hotel whereby people who stay there have to teach the local school english.This they plant it to be a model which will be spread to other surrounding parishes.

Week 2 opens with the group finding another project to start to empower the village. They soon come up with a project to build a store where farmers can keep their potatoes but the catch is the villagers have to build it themselves. The daily wage is 3500shs minus lunch but as usual the farmers declined, but are quickly coaxed into accepting it when Seb tells them ‘the more money you ask for, the less we shall give you’.So anyway, there was abit of objection when the villagers want a more permanent structure which would take more funds, and more time unlike the semi-permanent one which would cost less, be built by the community and in one way or another force the farmers to think of ways to finance a permanent one.Our visitors were scared when the farmers begun arguing with them in ‘rukiga’ a local dialect waving machetes, they then retreated back to their tent disheartened at why the people didnt want to do something for themselves.Meanwhile Shahed who owns his own computer company is also having a hard day and ends up in tears as he cannot fathom why no one from the local community has come to help the electrician wire the local hospital. He then blames the west for the way Africa is to a certain extent because instead of empowering us , all they do is give relief which doesnt help in the long term. The next day the farmers after much thought come together early and start the construction of the potato store and everyone is all lovey-dovey. Recurring stereotypes are Ugandans never showing up, coming late and never returning phone-calls that benefit us. The millionaires are slowly realising that splashing money doesnt help if we dont know how to create wealth, use opportunities and create them. They have two more weeks, will they be able to make a difference?..

i tried to review it, hope you enjoy it.

and how was your week?

..a luta continua…

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10 Comments

  1. September 28, 2007 at 4:41 am

    Maybe the millionaires should just pay their governments – bribe them, that is – to stop holding African debt, selling guns over here, et cetera.
    There is wealth in Africa – more per square inch that those eight people’s total wealth.
    The problems are not the lack of wealth.

    Wait. This is just another naïve thing from the West. I’m supposed to ignore it … 😀

  2. Anonymous said,

    September 28, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    tuk u long enuf to join wordpress naye tis all gud. kulika yo Ssebo.

    to paraphrase, until we africans learn to think, n act, differently dan we bin doin since 4ever, all the money thrown at us will not change our brokeness one iota. read lee kuan yew’s bio for further illustration of this…point.

    kwegamba, we need to think like we live in a country where sauce 4 supper does not just spontaenously sprout out of the ground anytime u toss some bean n gnut seeds into the nearest bush.

    we also need 2 stop bein so damn lazy.

  3. degstar said,

    September 28, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    tuk u long enuf to join wordpress naye tis all gud. kulika yo Ssebo.

    to paraphrase, until we africans learn to think, n act, differently dan we bin doin since 4ever, all the money thrown at us will not change our brokeness one iota. read lee kuan yew’s bio for further illustration of this…point.

    kwegamba, we need to think like we live in a country where sauce 4 supper does not just spontaenously sprout out of the ground anytime u toss some bean n gnut seeds into the nearest bush.

    we also need 2 stop bein so damn lazy.

  4. degstar said,

    September 28, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    triple post so u kno i gat mad love 4 u.

  5. Baz said,

    September 28, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks, Joshi.

    Now, more.

    YOu got halflife? I coulda hooked you up!

  6. Amit Shah said,

    September 29, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    Yes bless HMV and its student discount policy.

    Use http://www.play.com – its normally even cheaper than HMV (after discount)

    If you want an alternative even cheaper than that – download for free ;o)

  7. Amit Shah said,

    September 29, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    PS – whats with the hippo statement my friend?

  8. shasha said,

    October 1, 2007 at 11:49 am

    I am so excited that the Millionaires’ Mission is finally showing. I am proud to say that i worked on the project.(am showing off here) I have not seen it yet because apparently, the producers cannot send me a DVD until it has finally finished airing in the UK. I enjoyed working on it and i hope everyone enjoys watching!

  9. tumwijuke said,

    October 1, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    Um… time for a new post, no?

  10. ish said,

    October 3, 2007 at 5:36 am

    i wish all reality TV was this positive! i hate big brother…

    meanwhile, cud u make ur font bigger? some of us r short sighted and have lost our spectacles! my chin has to touch the screen for me to read the comments…


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