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Rita Imanishimwe: A Day In Life Of A Basketball Star

Rita Imanishimwe is one of the house-hold names in Ugandan basketball. Her five league titles, and still counting, speaks volumes.

Imani, as she prefers to be called, plays for JKL Lady Dolphins – A team she joined from UCU after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication.

During this lockdown due to the novel Coronavirus, Imanishimwe’s day follows familiar routines week in, week out.

“The lockdown has become frustrating after the added 14 days,” Imanishimwe says, and adds that she is tired of staying home. “And that I can’t do the things I had planned to achieve this year otherwise all is well, God is in control.”

She stays in Kyaliwajja with her little sister.

The JKL and Gazelles shooting guard executes most of her tasks indoors as she tries to stay safe and follow government directives.

Also Read – Imanishimwe Predicts Tough Duel Against UCU

Imanishimwe after the morning workout

The Day:

8:00am – Wakes Up, without an alarm. “I sleep late but I normally lose sleep at around 8am. I pray before getting off the bed.” Takes a 20-minute stretch of full body. Her basic workouts include sit-ups, push-ups and plunks.


8:30am – Shower

9:00am – Prepares breakfast – sausages with fried Irish and milk team. “On a lazy day, I have bread and cold milk. I don’t eat eggs.”

10am – On and off the phone, speaking with her friends and family. Then goes on YouTube to watch some Tutorials (business field).

11am – She starts preparing for Lunch – Posho, Matooke, gnuts and beans. “I am good at cooking, not many know how to make this food,” she brags.

1pm – Lunch is served.

Lunch

1:30pm – Switches on TV. Program? Nigerian Movies. She defends her choice: “Its weird but I love them.”

5pm – Goes for a workout – Jogging around Kyaliwajala. ”I normally do this thrice a week.”

8pm – Takes a shower. Gets a light dinner as she watches more movies. “I watch movies till I get sleepy, its not healthy but I can’t take sleeping pills too.”

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