Thursday, September 11, 2008

Kampala's pre-teen street preacher gets international spotlight

If you have walked through one of the finest coffeeshops in central Kampala on an evening where you look even a bit iniquitous, you may have come across Muwanguzi Achilewo. He is the raspy-voiced kid who could claim to be the youngest of the city’s myriad street preachers.
In fact, if you have attended any of the monthly Uganda Blogger’s Happy Hour meets, you have definitely seen him.

Muwanguzi got Beebed this week: BBC reporter Salim Kikeke describes him as 
“smartly dressed, wearing a faded denim jacket and holding a book - the Bible.”

He is energetically preaching to whoever passes him by.
"Let me be with you. Hurry up!" he shouts incessantly in a raspy mixture of English, Kiswahili and the local Luganda language, over the noisy traffic.
"Praise the Lord.

Check out the story here

But Lil Achilewo isn’t the only one— Francis Sebunya, a ten-year-old had been preaching daily for three months when the Monitor found him and got an interview earlier this year. Story here.



Blogger Kenyanchick said...

I asked before, and I'll ask again:

Why isn't he in school?

The story says he can't read: why haven't his "proud" parents been arrested for not taking him to school?

Why does the author of this article sound like he admires this kid? Does he really think it's a good thing for a young child to spend his life on the street quoting from a Bible he can't even read??

September 12, 2008 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger carlo said...

He IS in school KC. So he says anyway. A school near his home in Kisugu. And he'll quote for you the marks he got in all subjects. That's why he's on the streets in the evenings only. But I wonder why he still can't read at the age of 9 and carries around the Bible he can't read. He quotes scripture like he's heard it. The way that preachers speak is how he speaks. I sat down to talk to him once and bought him supper but his story is so full of holes and lies. He talks like someone told him to say those things. But then again, I just might be wrong.

September 12, 2008 at 2:38 PM  

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