Victoria University has come out to explain what Ms Shanitah Namuyimbwa aka Bad Black’s ambassadorial role entails.
In a press brief issued by the University on September 27, Bad Black was contracted to market the University brand through her socials for a year.
However, when news filtered in, social media caught fire with many wondering how a lady “who can’t express her self in English” could be a brand ambassador for a university.
Others however supported the decision saying Bad Black was confident enough to do the job.
In what looked like backtracking on their decision, the education institution has come out of clarify that they meant something else.
Speaking to the media in Kampala on Tuesday, the University Vice Chancellor, Mr Lawrence Muganga said that Ms Namuyimbwa is one of their new students who wants to pursue a short course.
“Victoria University is only here to help Ms Namuyimbwa to improve herself to become a better and reproductive human being through pursuing impactful English Language and Digital Marketing,” he said.
Mr Muganga revealed that Ms Namuyimbwa approached them and expressed her passionate desire to further her education.
“It’s important to note that she is not an ambassador of the university but a student and all Victoria university students and the alumni community are our ambassadors. Therefore, since Ms Namuyimbwa is our student, she automatically becomes a Victoria University student ambassador,” he explained.
Mr Muganga also noted that Victoria University is committed to help all the vulnerable students who want to pursue their studies in higher institutions of learning.
“We say that if you manage to get one principle pass or obtain only two subsidiaries- you’re not a failure and we will help you to pursue a Higher Education Certificate (HEC) approved by the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE),’’ he said.
During the same media conference, Bad Black told reporters that she had decided to recommence studies because she is now a responsible mother of four children.
‘‘It’s now the right time to become a new person and am very happy that am going to learn fluent English and Digital Marketing. I want to pursue what is best for me and my children in future because everything is becoming digital,’’ she said.
Ms Namuyimbwa also said that given her past criminal background, she is eager to signal a good example for inmates to realise that they can reform even after spending decades behind bars.
“I also urge single mothers to believe in themselves because chances are there but they have to be determined on what they want to be in future,” she said.