This week we talked to our Uganda Programme Manager, Carol Akope. Carol has possibly the best dance moves in the whole organisation, and not much stops her when the music starts. Carol’s forthright attitude is legendary at TackleAfrica: whilst on the Commonwealth Fellowship in the UK with other staff from Africa, she quickly became known as the mother of the group, her no-nonsense approach and practical attitude leading the charge! Carol’s work takes her across Uganda, from Busia in the east to Hoima in the west, ensuring our programmes are delivered with the greatest impact.
1. What is your favourite TackleAfrica Drill and why?
Protect the child, found in the big manual 2010 edition, it was the first drill that gave me understanding of how we run our sessions, when I just joined.
2. Which message from the TackleAfrica manual do you think is the most important to your community (eg, condom use, removing stigma, support, healthy living etc).
3. Out of the countries that TackleAfrica works in, which would you like to visit the most?
4. How would describe TackleAfrica in a sentence?
An NGO that focuses on experiential learning.
5. If you were a professional sportsperson, which sport would you choose and why?
I would stick to football, because it’s the interest of many in my country.
6. You are leaving tomorrow, and you can only take one belonging, which one would it be?
7. If you could learn a new skill in a day what would it be?
Writing and editing.
8. What is your favourite meal?
Kalo and Chicken.
9. Arsenal, Liverpool, Newcastle, Man Utd, West Ham, Tottenham… Pick one!
So, this week we learned Carol keeps family front and centre, with her son being the first thing on her mind. It’s a shame mum’s a United fan, but we’re sure with Carol raising him he’ll have his own strong opinions!
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