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Dennis Katongole’s passion for radio and TV

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Any three things we don’t know about you?

I often strive to be an honest person. Some people have been made to believe that I am a womaniser but I end up surprising them. I am a two-in-one person: I am exhibit a different character in the media and when it comes to my real life I am a very quiet and family person.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Family time is my happiness

What is your greatest fear?

Just thinking about the day I will wake up without a job makes me freak. It is the very reason I work so hard and treasure whatever earns me a penny.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I can’t explain how it happens but I end up being an imperfect time keeper. It bothers me a lot because I put in a lot of effort to manage time.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

I strive to tolerate people of different characters but drug addicts don’t work for me.

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire someone who has been in the media industry for sometime ad moved on to a higher level. Someone like Kato Lubwama has taken on new and greater challenges. My goal is to retire from radio at some point in time and take on new challenges like representing my people in parliament.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I spend on someone I love dearly and that can be my children.

What is the greatest thing you have ever done?

I have done a lot on radio and being there for many years is not something small. We have worked with some people who have worn out after just five years but I am so grateful to God that I have kept in there with an audience and of relevance.

What is your current state of mind?

I am happy.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

It has to do with exorbitant and unnecessary spending by many Ugandans. Some people even go out of their way to borrow and spend on useless things.

What does being powerful mean to you?

Money is power so anyone who has the money has the power.

On what occasion do you lie?

I strive to be an honest person but end up throwing in a lie or two.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I am very happy the way I was created but also with my current appearance. I am not even bothered by the little flesh because I wouldn’t want to grow any bigger.

Which living person do you most despise?

There is someone I hate so much but I can’t disclose him. He is too selfish to the extent that he never wishes good for others.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Respect of self and others.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Being caring and trustworthy.

What or who is the greatest love of your life

I love my son, Dennis Delmar Sserugo.

When and where were you happiest

Every time I put my mind and hands to something and succeed.

Which talent would you most like to have?

There is one more thing I would wish to do in my entire career and it has to do with acting a movie in Hollywood. I don’t know how I will do it but I believe that I can make it.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Absolutely nothing.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I have managed to build a brand out of myself something that cannot be underrated. It is that brand that makes many people believe that I can be their representative politically. Other achievements are personal.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I am okay coming back the same person and doing the same things.

Where would you most like to live?

Uganda is the best country to live in with the best climate. It is only after travelling to other countries that you can treasure the gold in our talent.

What is your most treasured possession?

Nothing equates to my good health and voice.

What is your favorite occupation?

Being a media personality is something I do out of love. It is something that fulfils me.

What do you most value in your friends?

I value friendship that gives back to me. Some friends only work to take away from others so I value those who reciprocate.

Who are your favorite writers?

I am not an ardent reader so I can’t point to any writer.

Who is your hero of fiction?

I am not attached to a character. I am taken by action movies.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

One gentleman who worked so hard in the media industry was Mulindwa Muwonge. Many media personalities looked up to him for his hard work. I also loved the way Nelson Mandela did his thing which is the reason he is still loved even when he is gone.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My number one hero was my father because I looked up to him for so many things.

What is your greatest regret?

There are things that I wish to have done; for instance I was very good at soccer which makes me regret to not having taken that path. I am however grateful where I am.

How would you like to die?

I just want to sleep away.

What is your motto?

God first in the morning.

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