I met Nakku Senkeeto on the first day of the UNAA Conference. To be specific, she was the first person I introduced myself to. However, it took four tries to arrange a sit-down conversation with her. Between speaking to young entrepreneurs looking to invest in their homeland, and being mobbed at her booth, it was not easy to catch her idle.
You see, Nakku falls into a new category of migrant population called reverse migrants (PDF). After 27 years in the states, Nakku and her family decided to take the plunge and seek greener pastures in Uganda. A graduate of Regis College and George Washington, Nakku, according to Vijay Mahajan, a business professor at the University of Texas in Austin, is contributing to Uganda’s burgeoning “Africa 2” economic sector. It’s a group of upwardly mobile middle class of Africans that are positioning themselves outside the $1 a day earnings threshold that most of Africa’s general population falls into. They are highly educated employees and entrepreneurs who are rapidly expanding the private economic sectors in Uganda.
We sat down for an in-depth chat on her life and times in the States, her family’s decision to move back and the future of Uganda in general.
Here’s a little nugget. If you listen carefully, you’ll notice that Nakku’s accent traipses between American and Ugandan accents with a tinge of British. She attended boarding school in Britain.
DAW: Nakku Senkeeto (mp3)