Come Let’s Dance: Baylor University Will Welcome Founder of Ugandan Ministry for Lecture on African Entrepreneurial Opportunity

Ben Kibumba
Ben Kibumba courtesy photo
Nov. 17, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 17, 2015) – Baylor University’s Free Enterprise program in the Hankamer School of Business will welcome Ben Kibumba, executive director of Come Let’s Dance – Uganda and pastor of Light The World Church in Nansana, Uganda, for lectures at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, Room 214.

Come Let’s Dance – Uganda is a community development organization that has been working in and around Kampala, Uganda, since 2006. It strives to invite a generation to live intentionally in service to others while empowering the leaders of tomorrow. The organization places an emphasis on “people over projects.”

Kibumba will present a lecture titled “Africa: Entrepreneurial Opportunity & the Future of Poverty.” He will speak in two classes and answer questions at a luncheon about his organization and ways that Baylor students and faculty can partner with them.

“Ben Kibumba currently manages three business-related ministries in Kampala, the capital of Uganda,” said Steve Bradley, Ph.D., associate professor of entrepreneurship and faculty director of the Free Enterprise program. “These businesses have helped hundreds of individuals be empowered out of poverty. They have been able to solve social problems through funding provided by businesses started by Come Let’s Dance.”

At age 8, Kibumba lost his father amid the political and social upheaval in East Africa. Threatened by villagers who wanted to take his father’s land, Kibumba fled to Kampala. He worked his way through school while housing and feeding street children and orphans.

Today, Kibumba directs a staff of more than 45 Ugandans and is passionate about using business development and entrepreneurship to lift people out of poverty. In May 2016, Kibumba will receive his M.B.A. and looks forward to investing his time and energy into developing Ugandan business leaders to transform their community.

“Come Let’s Dance is able to quickly put visiting U.S. partners to work in their various ministries, making the most out of short-term mission trips,” Bradley said. Baylor has sent student interns previously, and Come Let’s Dance would like to have more Baylor partnerships in the future.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation is located at 1621 S. Third St.

For more information, contact the Steve Bradley.

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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