As avid readers, we know clearly how to a judge a book. Sometimes we flirt with the idea of looking at the cover or the precise memories punctuated richly therein. Many a time, we simply look out for tales through mountains and valleys that serve as a potential impetus to their storytelling.
Dr. Edward Kanyesigye (also known as Ned) is affirmative in the act of sharing such tales in Ndyamuhaki. It is closely interwoven by relations with his friends and family in his motherland, Uganda. The book is also laced with memoirs of his childhood up until this year 2017 when he recently turned a tender age of 65 years.
In his book, Ned majorly shares his life experiences in education, Uganda’s health sector and political atmosphere that feature Amin, Obote, and president-elect Museveni.
With the trained eye of a reader, is a clear sight of how Ned rides through the streets of unbridled passion. He asserts his thesis as “the rural poor had only one salvation: to read and work hard and succeed in life.” This becomes his gospel truth after gloomy mishappenings which deprive the family of their father’s presence. This was followed by an extension of life under a single parent. He gives a deep insight of his primary school-days especially highlighting Primary Four Class.
He joins the school among schools for his secondary as he describes the times there as grueling years, especially during the national exam period. He gains favour with his teachers and because impressions trump experience, he is accorded roles at school even with microscopic experience. He forms close ties at Makerere University as the reality of medical school-days dawn on him. He is also promoted through the ranks as he displays his multi-faceted skills until one fateful day when these skills serve as a double-edged sword that cost him his accounting job.
On a lighter note, he shares how true it is for unlike poles to attract. This is a tale of his lovebird Roselyn, with a sanguine temperament as compared to his industrious character. They later wed in their hometown, Mbarara district before a coup d’état motivates their move to Kabale.
Ned explores diverse opportunities in the health sector in as much as the explorations were not smooth sailing as he traverses corners of the world such as America and Australia with His family among other places. He also rubs shoulders with influential heads of state and he eventually holds the office of President in various chapters of his life after university. After 26 years of public service, Ned retires and joins AMREF before unavoidable circumstances force him to quit. Even after His cheese is moved, he is rewarded by living out a satisfying and fulfilling life.
Ned executed justice in Chapter 12 as he tells how “nothing beats friends” and invites us on a journey of this truth by evaluating close ties he established in spite of the fact that some of them have fallen and now rest in eternal peace.
This captivating memoir is summed up as Ned tells how his cup has overflowed and He cannot thank the Lord enough for His greatness hence the title of his book Ndyamuhaki inspired by a popular Rukiga hymn.
This review was written, for Turn The Page Africa, by Mugabi Patsy.