A day with Daniel
Daniel Okinong has been with us from the start. As his roommate for the past few days in
Mbale, I’ve been kicking boots with one of the most insightful and interesting dudes out there. If
you haven’t met Dan yet, you’re about to.
Dan’s been our in-country man during the past 8 months as we’ve grown and shaped Bugisu Project.
Dan embraces the many quintessential Ugandan quirks. The what? The quirks. Effortless eeih and hnneuu noises replace whole sentences and carry expressions that break any language barrier.
I wanted to give you folk an insight into the beauty of one day with this great man.
At brekky Dan asked me if we always use cutlery. We said most of the time. He said “but hands were made before forks?”
Dan needed to go to the toilet. To indicate that, he said “let me just go and help ease myself.”
Dan and I were waiting for Annabel and Darcy to meet us in the foyer (slackers). Dan and I were discussing his previous community work and development ideals. He told me “let religion, skin colour and tribe not divide us, but let a common vision bring us together”.
We all walked together to town centre. Depressed into the ochre dirt road was a flattened rat. Dan says “That’s a rat. Probably a bush rat. Do you guys have bush rats on that side?”
Travelling in the car, I hear a tinny tune coming from Dan’s seat. I asked what he was listening to. He says “One Direction. Have you heard of One Direction on that side?”
In our room before dinner, Dan and I talk about being able to pass on your work to others (nothing morbid, just delegation and such). Dan says “I believe everyone has a special and unique skill inside of them, in which nobody else can do better than them.”
As we’re getting ready for bed, Dan returns from the bathroom wearing these jammies.
After lending us his expertise for three days, Dan returned to his home this evening. Thanks for helping us naive Mzungus and for remaining patient with our incompetent obsession to film and photograph everything.
written by Brody
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