In earlier times, joining or attainting education at Makerere University was perceived as a big achievement given the competitive cut-off points, academic reputation, Alumni Success Stories; name it all.
Today, many people, including celebrities, are slowly but surely making peace with the fact that quality education and success can be obtained even when they were admitted to other institutions of higher learning.
Speaking of which, an influential media personality, Canary Mugume is one of the many that have a had a taste of success regardless of not securing admission to Makerere University.
In a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), Canary revealed how he felt like his dreams had been quashed after failing to acquire admission at the mighty hill (as many call it). He had applied to pursue a degree in mass communication.
“I did I.T (Information Technology) at campus having terribly failed to make it to Makerere for mass communication,” he wrote.
“I thought my dream had become invalid. I saw it slipping through my hands, in front of my eyes. Well, look at me now.”
For his undergraduate level, Mugume graduated 5 years ago with Bachelors Degree in Information Technology (IT) and Software Engineering from International University of East Africa (IUEA).
When asked why he chose particularly journalism as his career, Mugume said he did not choose journalism but it was the other way round.
“Journalism chose me. I didn’t choose it. I am sure everyone is familiar with passion and profession. I am naturally passionate about storytelling. How do I shape the world from how we understand it? That’s a question that rebounded through my mind as I grew up,” Mugume said, in an interview with MTN Pulse, 5 years back.
According to Mugume, after his secondary education, it took him three years to join university whereafter he applied at Makerere but unfortunately was not admitted.
“To keep myself busy, I got a Mobile Money job at Equatorial Mall. Eventually, I got a scholarship at the International University of East Africa and I studied Information Technology” he said during a show back in time dubbed Morning Xpress on Sanyuka TV.
The NBS journalist grew up in Mbarara, went to Mbarara Municipal School for primary education, Mbarara Secondary School, and Lutembe International School for secondary education.