Tuesday, 28 May 2013

A quick chat with . . . BBC's Alan Kasujja

A quick chat with . . . BBC's Alan Kasujja 
Alan Kasujja is the Ugandan presenter of Newsday on the BBC 
World Service. 
Alan Kasujja is the Ugandan presenter of Newsday on the BBC World Service. Carol Kasujja asked him what keeps him busy. . .
Q: Alan, what are you doing in Kampala?

I am part of the BBC science festival which seeks to answer the question: “Can Africa be News For Science In The World?” And also to check on my friends and relatives.

How do you find London?

If you have not been to London before, it is worth a visit. It offers a wide range of cultural, diversity and its massive buildings are worth looking at. There is always something happening in the city.

Has your accent changed?

My accent is organic. I do not know how to fake accents. The most important thing is that my audience understands what I communicate. Ask me that same question after three years.

What do you miss about Uganda?

Missing home comes in all shapes and sizes; it just depends on what I am experiencing at that specific moment. I miss friends I always hung out with and the local bar that plays my kind of music. I miss being home. East or west, home is best.

You have been in the media ever since you were a teenager. When do you intend to retire?

I am proud of my job. I thought of retiring some time back but that has changed. I am on top of my career. I am still strong and focused. Being in the newsroom is fun and exciting. So madam, I have no announcement to make because I am not about to retire. And if I want to retire, you will be the last person to know.

You were among the highest paid radio presenters in Uganda. How do you compare BBC and the Ugandan media?

Both institutions play a big role to inform, but BBC has more resources. Working with them has exposed me to so many things I had overlooked. People are very professional there.

How do you handle a long distance relationship?

I am with my family and we have just had another baby.