Respected and seasoned businessman Dr Martin Aliker has been described as a rare breed who has steered many businesses to the pinnacle in the country.
This was last week at the launch of his book The Bell is Ringing, which details his life both at the business and social level. Aliker is 90 years old.
The book launch, held at the Kampala Serena hotel, was hosted by Johnnie Walker Blue Label, a brand sold by 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.
UBL managing director Mark Ocitti said: “Dr Aliker is a rare cask. A cask is a large barrel-like container used for storing quality liquids typically whisky. Very few casks have the quality required to store exquisite drinks like Blue Label. The wisdom he has secured and the inspiration his life’s story gives are not found amongst many.”
In the book, Dr Aliker describes his childhood in his homeland Acholi, his education throughout high school at King’s College Budo to Makerere University and Birmingham University in the United Kingdom.
He also details his works as Uganda’s first and most successful dentist in private practice, chairman of the Uganda Argus and his life in exile in the 1970s.
Aliker also describes the period he worked with Presidents Yusuf Lule and Godfrey Binaisa; his role as foreign affairs minister and an emissary for President Museveni to President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan.
UBL board chairman Dr Alan Shonubi said Dr Aliker was “a bold man set aside from the rest because of the marks of greatness he leaves everywhere he gets a chance to work.”
Aliker has served on many other boards, including Monitor Publications and Uganda Clays Limited.