Two – How To Talk To Crazy People by Donna Kakonge – Loadshedding in Uganda in 1996

load-shed-ding [lohd-shed-ing]

n .

A deliberate shutdown of electrical power in response to a situation where the demand for electricity exceeds the power supply capability of the network. This is a last-resort measure used by an electric utility company to avoid a total blackout of the power system.

Dr. Sabili put me on Haldol and apologized only to my Auntie Zeddie. They are no longer friends.

I feel quite lost. I do not want to be here. I’m thinking of going back home to Canada. Anywhere has to be better than here. I am so sick of the loadshedding—when the lights go out—and I’m sick of the dust. I just do not like it here. I’m sitting in the dark and hating it.

It’s difficult to get my projects done. I did not manage to escape, after all. I need to return home. I don’t know if it’s a lack of self-motivation or something else. All I can do is pray that I will manage to complete my university application.

I am beginning to wish that I was someone other than myself. I hate this life. I really want to go home.


Author: kakonged

I am an author, journalist, teacher, and lawyer who lives in Toronto, Canada. This picture is a selfie that was done on Saturday, February 24, 2018, nearing six years of my being dreadlocked.