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Profile: Juan Emmanuella Zamba (BOHPHI)

This month we are happy to profile Juan Emmanuella Zamba. She is the outgoing President of Honours College and a future advocate of children and women.

On 22nd July 1998, Juan Emmanella Zamba was born to her parents in Old Kampala where her family lived at the time. She attended Sir Apollo Kaggwa Primary School in Mengo and after she joined Naalya Secondary School  in Namugongo and Nabisunsa Girls School for her A Level. She joined Uganda Christian University thereafter.

On her 19th Birthday, Juan took what she calls a ‘life changing decision’ of accepting Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and saviour. The decision replaced a long battle she had had with low self-esteem, a feeling which slowly enveloped and gripped her for very many years. This decision was influenced by her friends who she greatly admired. Juan had a circle of friends in her new A’ Level school who made her feel esteemed and loved by God; ‘I also admired their lifestyles. These ladies were, at their young age, bold about their Christian choices; they were so sure that they just needed to serve God in the preset and in the future.’ She recalls. On this day she decided that she would hand her life over to Christ, and the same friends prayed for her. She experienced an indescribe-able restoration which took away all the low self-esteem that had for long gripped her life. She even stopped judging herself based on the knowledge that her family was not as affluent as most students’ families.

‘God turned my life round and I just wanted to grow in Him and to live for Him.’ She recalls. Juan completed her A Level and she wanted to pursue an ambition she had nursed for a while; becoming a human rights lawyer. ‘I wanted to advocate for children especially issues like their security. I also wanted to advocate for women.’ She had seen how less valued women were in society and she always dreamt of contributing to the development of her community without being seen as a woman, and without experiencing the blockages that women always experienced.

Unfortunately she did not pass the entry examinations into Makerere University Law school which left her so disappointed. One day she was just looking through a list of programs which were offered at Uganda Christian University and she saw a course called Bachelor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Interventions. This programme suited the kind of dream she had. Juan applied and was later admitted to study the Bachelor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Interventions. ‘I'm sure that God called me to be Humanitarian, otherwise I wouldn’t have come to UCU.’ Juan asserts. A year later, she joined Honours College.

Honours College is a collection of like minds, who are united by their love for God, desire to serve Him and love for quality academic work. ‘In Honours College we take up extra tasks; you need fellowship to actually accomplish them. You also need fellowship to overcome challenges; we go through periods when students cannot afford fees but we pray for each other’ Juan confesses.

‘Honours College has changed me, I know more than ever that I want to continue serving God.’ She then asserts, ‘that’s my purpose in life.’ 

Honours College Writer

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