That Decade

My review of the decade is kicking off with my first blog of 2020, but am still debating if I should do a review of 2019 it’s self. Anyway, where to start is a bit of a problem but I have to write this and it’s supposed to be long but I will make it short since a few of my readers complain about the length of my write-ups.

I am going to do more of outlining those special events that happened this ending decade and will surely impact the starting decade.

Will start with 2013 when Benedict XVI shocked the world in February when he became the first pope to resign in almost 600 years Which makes us a special generation to have been a live when that historical event happened. After the guy did the surprise announcement all the attention shifted so fast to the succession, and the election of the new Pope, Francis who is at the helm of Vatican now. In the next decade one question will maybe fully be answered, “why did Benedict quit?”

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Before going on talk about the rest of the world, my Uganda should come first, the decade has been doted by a in raise of violence in the pearl of Africa some it a result of political events since we hard two elections in there that were more of scripted unless in the last on the biggest opposition figure took the oath of office for presidency on his own inspiring Kenya and the likes of Venezuela where it seemed to have worked that side in the initial stages making Dr. Besigye more of a world experiment since his walk to work events were more of a blueprint for the Arab spring.

 

It’s laughable but sad, the cries of human rights violations with the talks of safe houses and torture as a mode of investigation.

Murders and assassinations or hits have been some sort of a trend of the decade which started with religious clerics then a judge and later there was an Amy office, a member of Parliament and two high ranking police officers all done in a MOSSAD style, the war Iranian Nuclear experts are killed by Israeli hitmen.

Let me speed through the bad ones but are there goods, the oil production has still not yet started another bad one, middle-income status delusion has not materialized.

There are memorable ones, like Uganda making 50 years of independence, and hosting the biggest number of refugees in the world because of the instabilities that are around us, we have our brothers coming from South Sudan, Burundi, DRC and many from the Horn of Africa putting our hospitality to a whole new level that other countries are coming in to benchmark on our methods only that along the way the UN found out that the numbers were being exaggerated for some reasons that would need there own blog.

In this ending decade, there a few sporting achievements that really united the county but the government seemed to learn nothing from the results of the events. In the 2012 London Olympics Uganda managed to get a Gold medal taking the country by storm since it was like 4 decades since it last happened, I was not there am not sure if it’s even true. Then again after about 3 decades the Uganda Cranes the National Football team qualified for the African Cup of Nations which to me is still a dream I have to wake up from.

World Cup is not a statement related to Uganda but the She Cranes the ladies Netball side, has been able to go for two world events in the last ten years. Those sports moments made Ugandans feel like one.

 

The other event that made Uganda feel like it was not in the milky way galaxy was a political event, the second of the two presidential candidates debates before an election.

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Moving to other things away from Uganda that will always be remembered about the decade which started with South Africa host the 2010 FIFA world cup on the continent for the first time. The aftermath of the event resulted into the change of leadership at the Football organization because of serious crimes involving how money was moving around.

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The United States of America has a Russian agent as President am joking but the truth is that Donald Trump is the head of the Free world crazy just like the predicted end of the world in December 2012 but when you take a close look we are not far from a Mad max situation going to the next decade.

 

This decade has seen the most advancement in tech, can you believe it that before this ending decade there was no iPad. The first came out this decade, and many other companies joined the Apple revolution. When it was released to the world, it was quite a special tech item but now we are using them to play Fruit Ninja and Pokémon Go which was also a hit of the decade.

Companies like SpaceX, Boeing shaped a lot of the technology of the decade. Then come to the raid hailing apps for transport that in Uganda we even use them for boda bodas. Hybrid and fully electronic cars are no longer a thing for the future thanks to Tesla and all the others jumping in.

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But with all the technological achievements, it’s this decade when our phones track our every activity and location that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet disappeared without a trace in early 2014, the fate of the plane and the 239 passengers and crew on board has become one of the biggest aviation mysteries. The missing plane captured the attention of millions around the world, triggering a multinational search and plenty of conspiracy theories. In the middle of last year, The Atlantic gave us a report of what could have happened to the plane which claims that likely was intentionally crashed by the pilot which I don’t want to believe.

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This decade has also been a roller coaster in the entertainment industry and for me my mark was boyhood but there was a whole range of movies, TV shows and music albums that will surely be classics.

From 2012 to 2013 it was truly the time of viral videos and Ylvis’ “The Fox” was truly the strangest one to ever become an internet hit.

Then the Oscars Twelve years of Slaves was special for Africa because Lupita, the movement of Oscars are so white which I don’t feel was justified followed by Oscars are so male, I can’t imagine a woman or black person playing Hitler just saying. Leonardo finally got a win at the 88th Academy Awards in 2016 when he was awarded Best Actor for his role in The Revenant, and I still believe he put up a better show in The Wolf at Wall Street but the academy decided to give him an Oscar for a role he barely said nothing the all movie. This decade saw the end of Harry Potter and the Massive Game of Thrones a TV show that really had an impact on television history.

In the last decade, there has been some very nice Music coming from the likes of Adele, Ed shreen, Beyonce, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Common and John Legend, Cold Play to the Renegades but the song of the decade fell from nowhere. Pictures a man doing horse-riding-like dance in July of 2012 all the way from South Korea called Psy released a new song called Gangnam Style and it’s the only song on YouTube with a billion views.

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It was that decade when The Harlem Shake happened in 2013, thousands of bizarre 30second versions of the “Harlem Shake” a dance set to the electronic song by DJ Baauer were being uploaded daily, from sports clubs to military men, to government officials.

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What am I living out, sports a lot happened, from that World Cup in South Africa to Japan beating up South Africa in a rugby world cup tipping tables in the sport to the Golden State Warriors taking the NBA by storm but for me, my moment was Leicester City winning the English Premier League. It has become a term of some sort we a now calling surprises “A Leicester City”.

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About 19 million tweets kicked off the Me Too campaign leading to widespread awareness and discussion of the topic of sexual assault against women and has since then become a historic feminist movement, it’s another thing we can partly credit to the internet and technology.

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It was that decade when the rainbow was everywhere in the world every single day after Same-sex marriage became legal in the U.S.A on June 26, 2015, it opened another door for LGBTQ+ Community in the whole world.

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That past decade we were lucky to witness two royal weddings the one in 2011 and the last one in 2018 that seemed to be more special because many things about it rewrote human history.

 

In that last decade Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Moammar Gadhafi of Libya, Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia all went out of office in the same year, in what came to be known as the Arab spring. Later down the decade, Omar Bashir of Sudan was overthrown and prior to him Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe also left office.

I will end with war in Syria, it’s a Civil war against the government of Assad, it’s a proxy war between Russia and America with the European Union, it’s a religious war with between the Sunni and Shia Muslims who are backing a president from the Alwhyt side of Islam and its an international war against the self-proclaimed Caliphate called ISIS that has seen almost every nation on the planet get involved. Since 2011 the end is not yet in sight producing the greatest numbers of refugees since the Second world war making it the climax of the third world war generation. War is war.

The greatest thing of the decade is the awareness concerning climate change even if it has come at a very high cost at least for now everyone on the planet knows what we have got ourselves into going to the next 10 years.

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I will end with a light one but it still fascinates me to this date. Never before has the world been so divided over something so simple as the color of a dress but that’s exactly what happened back in February 2015 when a picture of a dress originally posted on Tumblr suddenly went viral overnight. To me “The dress is gold and white”

5 thoughts on “That Decade

  1. Eh man, thanks for the review. It’s not an easy thing to keep track of events that happen in a full decade, given the speed at which things happen lately. However, you might edit the piece for some grammar, tense and punctuation errors.

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  2. After thinking about the colour of the dress I wonder if zebras are actually blue and gold….

    And I see both version of colours on the dress, it gives me a headache lol

    ~B

    PS has a new decade started or are we in the last year of a decade?

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