My name is Ms Abigaba and I am an Afro Bloggers award nominee. Voting is open until 5 February, so if you haven’t yet, please vote for my blog here. I am from Uganda and a student at Uganda Christian University, I love listening to music and watching movies. I spend most of my time indoors, though I love spending my evenings watching the sun give birth to the moon.
Where does your passion for writing come from?
My passion for writing comes from music 90% of the time. I love music so much that sometimes, it becomes so hard to write without music in the background.
What inspired you to start your blog, Vocalized Thoughts?
It was not inspiration, rather, an escape plan. I have a tendency of thinking a lot when I am not doing anything. So, before my blog came into existence, I had started making notes on my phone, scribbling random things that crossed my mind on pieces of paper. I then realized that I had so much to say but did not know who to say it to, thus the birth of Vocalized Thoughts.
Who are your favourite bloggers and why them?
I don’t play favourite, but I have interest in a few sites. Khanani Danielle – Resolute Scribbles: she has such an attractive mind that her blog comes with free classes on some occasions.
V – Milleniallifecrisis: I just find myself wanting more and more from this individual.
The other blogger is Bolaji – Gelaxchatroom: Her wit and humour make a tour on her blog a happy moment.
What is your process when choosing what to write about?
The process varies since I write about different things; music, TV show reviews, mental health, gender-based violence, to mention a few. When I write, it’s usually in the heat of the moment especially mental health and GBV since these are the subjects, I am passionate about and want to create more awareness on. On the other hand, when it comes to music, I always want to write about it because the whole idea makes me happy.
What do you want people to get from reading your blog?
I want a woman that has been going hell because of their spouse, lover or even sexual predator to know that they are not alone, they are loved. There are programs that can help them overcome this, they can stand their ground and walk away from that abusive husband. They can pick up their lives even after being pushed to the gutter. I also want to lay out a cry to everyone that, people do not have to be defined by what they have been through. I want to spread awareness on SEXUAL ASSAULT.
Who are the rocks in your life?
My mother is my rock! She means the world to me.
What are the top 5 songs in your playlist right now?
Narrowing to five is a tough one, but:
Life Goes On by BTS, from the BE albumit is a songthat addresses our lives during Covid-19, but also a song that tells you that this storm you are going through right now will not last forever, there will come a day when the sun will shine bright and that is why I love it-the message is powerful.
Wish You Were by SuperM, it is from the album Super One. What I love most about this song is the vocals, the whole group is made of members from different groups and it is so amazing how they sound so beautiful on this song.
Come with The Wind by Yook Sungjae of BTOB. Not only does the song have such beautiful lyrics, the voice behind too. It is a ballad I will listen to at any hour of the day or night.
Look at Her Now by Selena Gomez, it is from the Rare album. This song is something that keeps me pushing, one that tells me, this too shall pass.
Modern Loneliness by Lauv, how I’m the feeling album. It is one of my favourites off the album because of the lyrics, like every other song on the album.
What are you most proud of about being Ugandan?
I am most proud of my culture-my roots, the diversity in tribes, Uganda being the pearl of Africa takes the credit too.
How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as someone who voiced issues in her society, a daughter who lived up to her promise and a person that chose to be happy.