A photo with friends from the MBA program at Cornell Johnson (We are all vaccinated)

One of the memories I will cherish with my classmates is the times spent together working in teams and in the process getting to know each other. Having fun, laughing, and in the process, achieving results.

In a program affected by the pandemic, it was friendships, collaboration, empathy, and teamwork that got us over the line.


A Family at school

Pictures with the Johnson Africa Business Society at Cornell

One thing I appreciate and thankful for is the family I had at the Business School. Different backgrounds, different countries, different cultures but love and goodwill towards each other.

A community of fun, shared activities that also showcased Africa Business to the Business School. One other thing that is important is paying it forward.

Thus it was my honor to meet the MBA incoming class of 2023 from Africa before I left the small town of Ithaca where Cornell University resides. Meeting them physically for the first time after the Africa Business Society meet and greet sessions over the winter. They had just met but already looked like a family. I am also very proud that two of the group are from Uganda, my home country. I look forward to the great acheivements the new group will achieve.


Photo with the Black Graduate Business Association including the former female president and the former female president of the West Coast Society

Dinner time with the Cayuga Fund IR team

A learning experience is what I would call this year’s Investor Relations team. 2020 where growth outperformed Value stock and a pandemic, there has been a lot of work explaining the Fund philosophy and why we should stick to it

But I would not do it with any other team. It has been a great experience.


Photo From Investing in African Real Estate Speaker Event April 2021

One of my checklists in my business school application essay was to bring the African Real Estate Market to Cornell. I am happy to say that we did it.

Over 400 total views, from all over the world in what was a very fun and informative session. A team of…


I went out for dinner with a few classmates of mine (we had all tested negative as part of our weekly Covid tests). Enjoying the new warm spell of weather, we decided to meet at downtown Ithaca.

What started out as a conversation on classes proceeded to an in-depth conversation on real estate, Venture capital, SPACs, food entrepreneurship, bio pharmacy, and resorts. To add to this was a talk about different markets from India, to Africa and Vietnam.

Diversity at its best. Inclusive, openness and different perspectives.


A picture of my former colleagues after participating in the MTN Uganda national marathon

Marathons are not something I thought I would miss during the pandemic. Running usually for a good cause is always great. It helps that I am great over the 10km distance.

During my time working as a Structural Engineering consultant in Uganda, I ran in 3 MTN Uganda national marathons over a 10km distance. My best time was under 49 minutes. I did well, placing third among the participants in my company and among the top 500 men with tens of thousands of participants.

When the pandemic is done, one of the things I will do is sign up for a marathon, get my body active, beat a personal time target, and support a good cause. Hope I will see you there.


Fantasy League Standings

This past August, I signed up for a Fantasy League with classmates. While I have been a fan of the Super Bowl, it is the controversies — read Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake — and the half-time shows, Cold play, Beyonce, Shakira, and J Lo that captured my attention rather…


Photo by Chani Solanki, https://www.pikachakula.com/recipe-view/rolex-recipe-breakfast-wraps/

This past weekend I was eating an arepa with plantain, black beans, and beef along the main street in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. I had stopped at the Venezuelan food stall. The black beans were something else — the flavor was scintillating.

It was interesting to find out that plantain…


Traveling from Kampala to New York is a 1-hour flight to Nairobi, Kenya, then a 15 and a half-hours flight from Nairobi to JFK airport. It is an equally long story of coming to the US for graduate study. …

Hawkins Etidau

I am a graduate of the MBA Program at Cornell, NY. Double red! (Two Cornell degrees). A soccer and basketball fan, I love to see new places and learn new things

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