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Dickson Zzizinga on fun of acting

Dickson Zzizinga’s Liteside

Any three things we don’t know about you?

I am a passionate farmer unlike many who view it as hard labour. I plan to establish a TV channel. I positions family first. I plan to resume school and professionalise my dream but also to support my 21-year old daughter who studied video editing. I was a musician and cab driver before taking on acting.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Music is food to the soul, especially when it is matched with finance. We make money to live happy lives.

What is your greatest fear?

Falling victim to chaos because many innocent lives are lost in it and outcome is usually not good.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I am slow to react even in situations where I am hurt.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Since we don’t come from the same background, it is upon us to accommodate everyone.

Which living person do you most admire?

Christopher Mukiibi. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be any close to what I am today. I also admire Phillip Luswata because he introduced me to the world of comedy.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Because of responsibilities I cannot afford to spend too much on just one thing.

What is the greatest thing you have ever done?

Becoming a famer; I had never thought of becoming one. It was only after I started enjoying the fruits that come with it.

What is your current state of mind?

I am at peace save for the financial strain.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Full time betting; especially by young people. They spend too much not doing more befitting things. Something should be done about them.

What does being powerful mean to you?

While many people believe wealth is power, it goes beyond that. We should also take into account how the wealth was accumulated otherwise power belongs to those who have worked their way to the top in an honest way.

On what occasion do you lie?

If the intention is to please my family.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I appreciate whatever God gave me.

Which living person do you most despise?

I don’t hate or despise anyone.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Self respect and helping others.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Integrity and self respect.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

It is a Luganda word ‘Okitegeera?’ to mean ‘do you click?’

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My Mother, Agnes Makoha comes first; if it wasn’t for her endurance, I wouldn’t be here.

When and where were you happiest?

When I first boarded a plane on July 1, 2009 to attend the Pan African Cultural Festival in Algeria.

Which talent would you most like to have?

My voice cannot permit me to be a good musician even when I strived to make it better. I also like to learn playing guitar.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

People may own large chunks of land but I value the farm land I bought from my own savings.

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

A priest of the Catholic Church to be immersed in serving the Lord.

Where would you most like to live?

I may not have enough money but I live a peaceful life in Uganda.

What is your most treasured possession?

If it wasn’t for my talent in acting, people wouldn’t have got to know me.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

At the time I was a cab driver, I was almost shot by the police tracking thieves in the area where I dropped a passenger. The thieves sought help from me and before I knew it, I was mistaken to be among them, badly beaten by police to the extent that I was bed-ridden for three months.

What is your favorite occupation?

Nothing can measure up to acting.

What do you most value in your friends?

I keep many friends for different reasons but I so much value those who are loyal and add value to me.

Who are your favorite writers?

Edward K N Kawere (Author of novels like `Nketta Mubizinga’ and “Zinunula Omunaku’) takes the reader along in every scene in the story. I enjoy his writings.

Who is your hero of fiction?

I had a chance to act with Forest Steven Whitaker in first King of Scotland but I also enjoy Denzel Washington for his natural character.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X; I treasure their sacrifice for the overall good.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Christopher Mukiibi is a father to me. Andrew Mwenda is another one; he is my former boss but also one of the few who trusted me at a time when few could and for that, I respect him. Phillip Luswata introduced me to Comedy world which has earned me so much.

What is your greatest regret?

I ignored an opportunity to work in USA several years ago and it is something I regret not taking up because I would be far financially.

How would you like to die?

In my sleep after a short illness just like my father.

What is your motto?

Respect others if you want to be respected.

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editor@independent.co.ug

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