Amos Wekesa is a Uganda entrepreneur, a businessman and the Managing Director of Great Lakes Safaris Limited, a tour operating company in Ugandan
Born on 22 April 1973, in Lwakhakha, Uganda, Amos Wekesa is the chairman of the Tourism Technical Working Group of the Presidential Investment Round Table in Uganda and a member of the board of directors of the Uganda Tourism Board.
Popularly known as Uganda Tourism Poster boy, Amos Wekesa is also the CEO of Uganda Lodges Limited, a unique a collection of high quality safari accommodation in traditional African style, located in the most popular national parks of Uganda.
Here are 20 inspiring quotes of Amos Wekesa.
20 Inspiring Quotes of Amos Wekesa
1. Competence in sport helps you make better judgments in life. You have to fight for your position and that’s what a businessman does. It helps you understand teamwork
2. I am a risk taker, I take risks. In a country where you do not have many risk takers, development becomes a very big challenge. When I want something, I pursue it and when I fail, I do not condemn myself, I wake up, dust off and move on
3. I believe that where I came from was not my responsibility, but where I was going is purely my responsibility
4. It’s true that age doesn’t always come with wisdom, yes sometimes age comes alone but to keen/curious human being, age comes with a lot of wisdom.
5.Our company has grown to be one of the top three safari companies in the Uganda. But I think one of things I like most about this is having been the first Ugandan to build accommodation inside a national park. It inspired so many Ugandans to start building. Now we are seeing a lot of Ugandans saying, ‘you know what? ‘If Amos can do it, I can do it.
6. For as long as you live on earth with blood flowing in your body, fear will always knock at your doors and its only those who have mastered the art of managing fear that actually progress
7. I personally put in time to make sure my children know what am doing. My first-born started working with me when he was 4 years old. In the garage and then office messenger. I have taken them to every place that we own. I have given them knowledge in tourism related activities
8. I have never boarded a plane in the last 10 years without ‘Uganda’ on my chest, I encourage every Ugandan to do the same. No one can talk about Uganda better than Ugandans, and everyone should help spread the message
9. Reason I never took alcohol was partly because of the home I grew up in plus I saw many people go to waste because they couldn’t manage their drinking habits. As a kid I also saw how alcohol compounded our poverty as a family.
10. Don’t the excitement of those eating their harvest drive you into eating your seed
11.I grew up in an extremely poor family. When people from the Salvation Army Home for less privileged children came to our village looking for the top two poorest families to get two boys to sponsor, I was among them.
12. Uganda is an incredible country. There’s so much, but we’re doing so little with it. We must invest in areas that can bring in foreign money to the country and tourism is number one
13. The best freedom comes with acknowledging that some day you will die but should never be held back by fear it happening. Wake up say your prayer and hit the road. If you die you die.
14. My mother is still alive, but cries every time she sees me, as when I was a baby, because of the poverty, she had wanted to kill me but stopped herself when she had a dream one night and somebody told her, ‘don’t touch that child
15. The day of a hungry man is an extremely long day. If hunger can’t inspire you, then nothing in life can. And I was hungry for success.”
16. You either work or condition’s throw you out. There is no place for the lazy in the 21st century.
17. Kampala has lots human pressure and its up to you to say no. Kampala guys are very generous when it comes to giving advise, even me here like you can always see.
18. America definitely has lots of people doing very well because they work hard but also has very many struggle. In the last 18 years I have been traveling to America, I can see homelessness growing. Its tough being poor in the US.
19. Don’t light a candle and place it under the bed just because a neighbor hates seeing light at yours.
20. No one is called to help everyone but everyone is called to reach at least to one person and it doesn’t have to be handout like many people seem to want or think.