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Ramathan Ggoobi on `simplicity as the ultimate sophistication’

What is the greatest thing you have ever done?

Turning my life into what it is now. I am a self-made person who had to trade certain things to get where I am. I traded my teenage life for what I am today.

What is your current state of mind?

I am a happy person.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

The institution of marriage and weddings; some people think that their lives will stop if they don’t get married to a certain person or in a certain way. We also overrate religious practices.

What does being powerful mean to you?

Being powerful means being knowledgeable buttressed with money. The most powerful people who are believed to have walked this life are those who have brought in something positively new in the way people view life.

On what occasion do you lie?

Telling lies is inevitable; especially if it’s going to keep relationships good and going.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

God was very generous in my creation.

Which living person do you most despise?

I despise politicians who change goal posts.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Simplicity, happiness, and beauty.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Ability to give people their freedom and respect their emotions.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My mother Lucy Nakibuule comes up in number one position. My partner Stella Nakamya is also a very special person. My boss, Patrick Kabunakuki introduced me to the world where I am now.

When and where were you happiest?

February 2013 when I had my first son. I was also very happy graduating with my first degree in 2003.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I love singing and it is something I picked from my mother but have a bad voice.

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

Nothing.

Where would you most like to live?

What is your most treasured possession?

Being able to impact lives of young people

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Losing a person who is so close to you and it might not be a family member. For instance, I lost a friend in Gen.ArondaNyakairima (RIP).

What is your favorite occupation?

Being an economist

What do you most value in your friends?

Availability and dependability.

Who are your favourite writers?

William Russell Easterly is a man who brought political economy to another level. He has written a number of books that point out a correlation between politics and economics.

Who is your hero of fiction?

I am a realist.

What is your greatest regret?

I don’t regret because I love what I do. Life is not yet perfect but is near there.

How would you like to die?

I can’t think about death.

What is your motto?

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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