Voices of Positive Change: “You can’t be what you can’t see” – Marian Wright Edelman
Zahara's Dream Interview with Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamali, CEO and Founder Bakulu Power, Canada & Uganda
1. What was your first career dream? (Where did Lucia girl-child see Lucia adult-woman?)
I wanted to be an agent. I still do to be honest. I’ve always liked the idea of managing talent. I get really excited when my friends win; I love the energy of it. It excites me to see people win. Oh, I also wanted to be a pharmacist or a dentist.
2. What first inspired you to become an entrepreneur and how is it defining your life today?
Life just kind of led me here actually. I had my daughter and could not find daycare. For some time I had a friend, Vanessa, who was so lovely to help me watch Naomi while I went to work at UNICEF Canada but then she got pregnant. I remember when I walked in to the office to return my badge with a baby in my arms. And I was like, wow, what on earth am I going to do now? One of my sisters jokingly mentioned how she didn’t want to hear me drone on and on about the minutiae of a baby so I started reading a lot to have something to talk about when we would meet up for dinner. I didn’t want my brain to go to mush so I went back to an idea I had when I was in Uganda the year earlier.