He is a co-host of the Morning Breeze show on NBS TV. But beyond that, DALTON KAWEESA has also attracted some attention due to the little flower he always accessorizes his suits with.
Quick Talk had a chat with him last week and, of course, that flower was first on the agenda.
Why the flower?
Why the flower? [Smiling] One, it accentuates your brand. Smartness is very important and perception is next to reality. I wanted to explore what hadn’t been explored before, and now I can see a few people picking a leaf from me. One of them is my good friend Solomon Sserwanja [also at NBS].
Oh, so whom did you see the flower with before you adopted it?
Well, I am not a fashion freak, but I go through some fashion magazines to look at what is trending. I landed on it in one of those magazines; I unfortunately don’t remember its title.
I rushed to the Internet and looked for it further. I realized it was different from the flower that women accessorise with and I decided to give it a try.
Okay… Is it only your dress code or do you also love flowers in real life?
Oh, I love flowers and art in general! I am also a lover of nature.
Wow! They say art lovers are romantic; are you?
I wish my fiancée were here to answer this.
You have a fiancée; tell me more about her.
Unfortunately she doesn’t like the public eye. But one thing you should know is that I love and appreciate women. I get so angry when someone says or does something degrading to a woman because the biggest part of my life was supported by my mother.
Would you describe yourself as a mummy’s boy?
Many people look at the whole idea of being a mummy’s boy in a derogatory way, but I love to look at it in this way: yes, I am, because she gave me direction.
I learnt a lot from her in terms of fashion. There are two things she taught us; fashion and reading. She always tasked me with reading and summarizing for her what was in the papers and it became a habit.
Wow. Tell me more about her.
Her name is Zaitun Banura; she is from West Nile and she is a retired businesswoman. She tailored me into the person I am today [from the sound and look of Kaweesa, this mummy deserves a handclap].
What about your dad?
He is the late Godfrey Ssempala Kiggwe. He was a disciplinarian, but fortunately he never touched me a lot. One thing I remember about him though is that he put a lot of emphasis on respect and he always forced us to tuck in our shirts – including T-shirts – even over the weekends.
What was your favourite game as a child?
I was very fat as a child; so, my favourite sport could have been football but I was discriminated against because I was heavy and couldn’t run as fast as the other kids; so, somehow I learnt board games. I learnt to play scrabble and chess.
What attracts you to a woman?
I like intelligent women. But physically, I am an African man who appreciates a woman who hasn’t altered herself, say by bleaching. I am one that loves a woman the way she is.
And what is your favourite color?
I am a blue guy.
So, if I peeped underneath your trousers, I would find blue boxers. Right?
[Amused] Not that you wouldn’t find blue ones in my closet. Actually my selection of clothes and boxers depend on the day.
You match your clothes with your boxers?!
No. Unlike women, we guys have limited colours to work with [Changes subject to socks and Quick Talk moves on, sensing his unease.]
So, what is your favourite food, Dalton?
My favourite food, to be sincere, is [smiling] beans and posho. Seriously; give me posho and beans on any day. I used to love chapatti but then I had to cut down on them in favour of posho which has less calories than chapatti.
Your food choice reminds me of school. Speaking of which, where did you go to school?
My primary school is Nakasero primary school. I went through Lubiri SS and joined Makerere University for my bachelor’s degree in Literature and English Language. I am now pursuing a master’s degree in Journalism and Communication at Makerere University.
Do you have a favourite song?
I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack. It summarizes a lot of things in life. It gives me hope. On a really bad day, I’ll just get in my car, play the song and whichever direction my car is facing is where I’ll head to, provided I have the fuel.