Amos Wekesa-My Patron
As a child, it was by God’s grace that he was rescued from abject poverty and raised at a children’s home in Tororo. But Amos, 42, the former chairman of Uganda Tourism Association has through determination and passion, turned his background into a weapon to secure a brighter future. Today, a millionaire, Wekesa owns Great Lakes Safaris, a tour company boasting of a fleet of over 30 safari cars. He is the first indigenous Ugandan to set up a tourist lodge in a nature reserve.
Having learn’t a lot, and the hard way, in the 15 years he has been down this road, my career patron Amos Wekesa always dedicates a day every month to mentor me. He has also taken Mbale’s fast rising entrepreneur Naminya Saleh of Casa Del Turista-Bed & Breakfast under his wing.
Courtesy of these empowering trainings, my brand as a Travel Journalist has attracted over 11 major endorsements since take off seven years back. Most of these are from continental organizations striving to penetrate Uganda’s travel market. Such include South African Tourism, Kenya Tourism Board, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Rwanda Development Board, Serena Group of Hotel, Precision Air Tanzania, Coastal Aviation and South African Airways among others.
Born and bred in Uganda, Ajarova developed a strong passion for wildlife as early as 12. In this regard, she dedicated her life and career towards their protection, with a prime interest of protecting the highly endangered ones especially chimpanzees.
Currently serving as the Executive Director of Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (the organization managing Ngamba Island), the 40 year old is particularly keen on wildlife conservation, sustainable tourism development, and strategic business development.
She has actively and consistently promoted the Tourism industry for over 10 years. She is currently spearheading conservation initiatives like be a chimp champ, a campaign dedicated to restoring the lost glory of degraded settings which previously served as habitats for the primates.
Dr. Jane Goodall-Godmother
Born on 3rd April 1934, Goodall a Briton She is better known for being the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute , a global Non-Profit Organization that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. She has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996. By virtue of her works as a powerhouse primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace, Goodall spends much of the year between airports. Despite this tough schedule she has never been too busy to offer me expert advice when I need it the most. Whenever in Uganda, Goodall always dedicates at least one hour to nourishing me with ideas centered on conservation and life in general.