Stephen Kamugasa’s story started in 1966, Kampala, Uganda; born to a disciplinarian businessman father; and his mother, the daughter of a canon in the Church of Uganda. He went to St. Savio Junior School Kisubi, and Kings College Budo; but afterwards removed to Cliff College, Derbyshire, England in 1987. However, due to humbling providences he became a refugee in England, and subsequently naturalized as a British citizen. Working under the greatest disadvantages and discouragements imaginable, Stephen initiated a number of projects and eventually brought some of them to fruition. He worked patiently for success; and it came, but very slowly. It is therefore something of a miracle that, as a penniless refugee, he should successfully overcome many seemingly insurmountable difficulties, to complete his tertiary education. He is now a graduate of both Buckingham and BPP universities; a married man, a barrister of the Inner Temple, a consultant, a fellow of the RSA, an author, a teacher, a blogger and a pod-caster; his interests include cooking, arts and crafts, music, and literature. Stephen relocated to Taiwan in 2013, where both he and his wife are based. He is also an occasional opinion columnist for ‘Edge,’ the official journal of the Institute of Leadership and Management in the UK.
But it would be remiss of him, if he failed to acknowledge the help he received from others as being of great significance. It was significant. As a distressed refugee, providence broke his pride and silenced his boastings. It is owing to sparing mercy and pure grace that bitterness did not get the better of him. He was hurried, but never despaired of life. He is therefore beholden to many who did much to help him. And, having received much, he is himself as a debtor to all – a debtor not only to the respectable, but also to the disreputable. Now that Stephen has more or less completed his training in the school of life; it is fitting that he should remember all the ways both of God’s providence and grace, by which he was hitherto led through the discipline of the wilderness of Mara, bitterness; that he may the better serve the Lord with all humility, endeavour to set up his Ebenezer – a charitable foundation in England, to work with others for the benefit of our own and the next generation. The work of setting up the Ebenezer will necessarily be slow; as the fruit best worth waiting for ripens the slowest. It will require time, energy, money and God.
How to commence work on the Ebenezer was always going to be a challenge. But work on Lord Denning’s new biography manuscript, which he completed in 2016, may in the circumstances be considered an important milestone, a basket of first fruits, and a good start; and, although this beginning is but as the day of small things, yet it is an earnest of great things. It is the first step. The first step may however, take a while longer to allow him to work on another biography of a leading figure, whose life exhibited attributes commensurate to the vision set out here. It will run concurrently with the second step, which is, the building and strengthening of relationships, clarifying the roadmap, and conducting due diligence reference to the Ebenezer, hence the purpose of The Kamugasa Challenge. The third and final step, if God should be pleased, may culminate in the formation of the Ebenezer.