It’s amazing how individuals talent can open doors of opportunities for them.
Ritah Imanishimwe , a 21 year old lady has been given opportunity to further her education at no cost because of her outstanding skills in basketball.
Ritah who is a native of Katusandara, in Uganda, started showing off her skill and interest in basketball while in SS1 and was she was supported by Julius Lutwama, the current coach for Nkumba Lady marines.
Not minding the fact that she was the youngest in the team at that time, she continued playing, further inspired when the school gave her a full bursary.
Her efforts began paying off where her school joined the basketball league lower division and she became the most valuable player, as well as the top scorer of the season.
Ritah was playing in the national tournament in Mbarara in 2013 when she was spotted by the then UCU director of students affairs Rev Milton Tweheyo ,who impressed by her performance, met her parents and sought their permission in letting her go for trials at the university.
Ritah with her high school friend and current team mate Sarah Ageno was recruited after the trials in 2014 and was surprisingly able to withstand the pressure amassed on her in creating a balance between her love for basketball and school work.
Currently, she is Lady canon’s shooting guard and assistant captain, deputizing Vilma Achieng.
Ritah also won the national basketball league title with Lady Canons in 2015 and was also an important part of the team that won the East Africa University games women’s title at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyata University of Agriculture and technology.
She would be graduating early next year with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at Uganda christian university (UCU) and is currently on full scholarship that includes meals, accommodation, full tuition, medical care plus training gear, a privilege she had been enjoying since senior secondary school one.
She is a true example of how far talent and skill can take one.
We Celebrate You Ritah, Keep Pushing!