If you have ever organised any kind of event, even for a small group of people, you know it is no easy feat. Platforms like whatsapp which are supposed to make this a little easier provide evidence of how difficult it is to have everyone on the same page. Which venue? Why? How much do we need? No, that is too high/too low. Should there be a dress code? If yes, what? Why? If not, why? After you have reached a compromise, there will always be that one person (or more) who Is ready and willing to set you back ten steps, usually with zero remorse.
Recently, a friend of mine had to put an event together. Cynthia asked me for contacts of all the service providers I knew and insisted that I make introductory calls. I obliged. I took her through all the steps using lessons I had learnt on the job over the years. After the event, she called me in tears. While the service providers had delivered, her friends and guests had disappointed her enormously. “How do you manage to pull events off successfully all the time?” She asked. I wasn’t quite able to respond to this question because when I think of all the drama that has transpired behind the scenes of every event, it is difficult to even express myself in words.
This year, we set the deadline for team registration for 5 aside UG. We chose 3rd June because it would give us ample time to set fixtures and plan. To our utter astonishment, 32 teams registered and paid up weeks before the deadline. The same way we publicised team registration was the same way we revealed that slots were fully booked.
We always laugh at the fact that after we share posters with all details of the event, people still ask “Where, when, what time…?” even if all that information is staring them in the face. We have learnt to be gracious even when the human in us may want to raise a voice here and there.
It is two days to the event, team registration ended week ago but I will share just two episodes from the many we have had. This transpired yesterday (3 days to event day)
I received a call from Person X. I think he is supposed to be one of Uganda’s many ‘celebrities’ but that word makes me cringe so I will just call him Max.
Max: I want to register a team
Me: Good evening, how are you?
Max: We have a team to register for your event
Me: We stopped registering teams weeks ago
Him: But do you know that we have been training?
Him: Our presence will even give your event the publicity it needs
Me: Imagine if we had to make exceptions for different teams like yours yet others actually played by the rules?
Him: But we have money
Me: You can still attend and have some f…*tuuut tuut* He hang up
Meanwhile if you get mad, you are bound to age quickly because there are hundreds more like Max, luckily for us, some of them do not think out loud. I stared at my phone for a few minutes before going about my business.
Anyway, as if Max’s drama wasn’t enough, my colleague received another proposal later that evening. Team Z decided to pull out of the one day tournament when they found out that the only thing the winners get is a measly trophy and some medals, whhhaaat? Who needs those?
“Why didn’t you tell us? We also need charity. We thought we were winning good cash of 1.5 million.” (hehe, they made up a nice amount for themselves event)
“We had decided to invest in these boys, nga bwomanyi ebyenfuna anti”
“Nedda namwe mulimbye nnyo nnyo” (Direct translation: You have really lied)
According to them, we fooled them into believing it was a real tournament. We should have just asked for money directly and left it at that instead of confusing the masses. Needless to say, they want their money back since this investment ‘tefuna.’ (will not reap profit)
You have just got to love this drama!
Readers Lead. Leaders read.
That said, 40-40 is on a mission to get children to read and write better. We want them to be confident enough to express themselves in public and go on to make excellent leaders. By attending or contributing to #5AsideUG, you help us get closer to the dream.
It is happening this Saturday, KCCA Grounds (behind Game)Lugogo. Entrance fee is Ugx 5,000. We shall have more than just football. Children have a special corner with activities, we have board games, kwepena, video gaming and lots of entertainment that is fit for the entire family. Do support us even if you can’t make it in person.
Needless to say, let’s not be like those people above, generally.in life.EVER.