Wakiso Fine Art teacher now aerospace engineer – New Vision

Mustafa Ahmed Kawooya Mukasa on his graduation day.

By Enock Mayanja Kiyaga in Manchester

He failed Mathematics at O level. He was later to become a graduate fine art teacher.  With all the vigour and enthusiasm, he attempted to continue his career in the UK but in vain, because of the usual stumbling blocks that face African immigrants in the UK. Instead of mourning and resigning to the situation, he decided to turn those stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

Here is the story of a Ugandan Mustafa Ahmed Kawooya Mukasa who successfully switched professions even when it required him to study the key subjects again like Mathematics and Physics right from O level.

With a lot of humility, hard work, perseverance and sacrifice, he has finally made it big. Last week before our own eyes, Mustafa turned what seemed to be a wild dream into reality when he qualified as an aerospace engineer with an honours degree from the Great University of Manchester.

Born to Sheik Ahmed Mukasa and Hajat Ramula Namusoke of Mmende, Busiro, in Wakiso District, Mustafa started his early education at Entebbe Qurani Boarding Mixed school, Madarasatul Hidayatul Islamiyya-Tamu Mityana (P1-P2 boarding school), Nakaswa UMEA Primary School before proceeding  to Mende-Kalema Memorial Secondary School –Village branch where he sat his O’ Levels in 1991.

“I was the best student with 23 points but I failed Maths with F9 and consequently failed to get a first grade.”

He proceeded to Gombe Secondary School where he pleaded with the school administration for a second opportunity to do Maths even when he had an F9, but was declined. He was instead given History, Economics, Islamics and Fine Art (HEI/A) which he passed and joined Makerere University on government sponsorship, to pursue a Bachelor of Industrial and Fine Art and graduated in 1997.

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