Dr. Martin Aliker, the reigning chancellor of Victoria University Kampala last week launched his autobiography with a hope that the book would inspire young people and upcoming entrepreneurs to strive for the best and lead honest lives.
The book launched at Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, is titled "The Bell is Ringing,". It recounts his early life growing up in Acholi, northern Uganda, at Kings College Buddo, Makerere University and Birmingham University in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Aliker, now 90 years old, also tells his story as a young dentist and his life as a businessman. In the book, he describes the challenges and successes that he has walked through to date.
Much of this life was spent at Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), a company on whose board he served for 43 years (1962-2005), with several years as the board chairman and a shareholder.
During the process of putting the book together, Dr Aliker’s family hired two different writing experts from the United Kingdom. The first person was the late David Gibbs, who succumbed to cancer in early 2016.
Then the family hired Mr Hugh MaCmillan from the African Studies Centre, Oxford University, who finalized the arrangement of the work and also supervised the printing of the book.
“This is Martin’s story. All I did was to help him tell his story better. I just helped him to put his own words, language and experience together to look good and attractive to the reader,” Mr MaCmillan said.
As chancellor of Victoria University, Dr. Aliker has steered to young privately owned learning institution to greater strength. He has been a source of inspiration together with the University’s proprietor Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia.
Dr. Aliker was born in Gulu on October 21, 1928. He is married to Camille Aliker with whom they have children.