By Ian Ortega
1.Edward Echwalu (Photographer)
Gone are the days when photography was left to school drop-outs. Echwalu is one of those bloggers who changed the Ugandan thinking about photography. He was 1st Runner-Up, CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards 2012 (Muhammed Amin Photographic Award). He is a freelance photojournalist with Reuters and The Observer. His blog is popular in and out of Uganda. He tops the list of Ugandan bloggers. He is probably, the most talented and most professional photographer in Uganda.
Find him on www.echwaluphotography.wordpress.com
2. Leah Cherotich (Fashion Blogger)
She made her name as the first fashion blogger in the history of Uganda. Her blog under the tagline, Haute-mess etc and with the URL address www.leahcherotich.com has grown to become one of the Ugandan trend-setters in the field of fashion and design. Her concepts are original and she’s an expert in her field.
3. Grace Nafuna (Entertainment Blogger)
She blogs about fashion, music to love, gossip and entertainment. Her blog, www.gracenafuna.blogspot.com is one of the most followed blogs in Uganda and it influences the trends in the country.
4. Daniel kalinaki (Social-Political Blogger)
The former managing editor of Daily Monitor continues to influence the political sphere through his blog: www.kalinaki.blogspot.com. Even though he’s not as active as he used to be, his blog continues to receive traffic on past articles. He’s definitely a major voice.
5. Drew Ddembe (Social-Political Blogger)
He rose to fame following his exchanges with Nina Mbabazi (the PM’s daughter) through the ‘letter to Nina’ series and having replies from Nina with ‘Letter to Ddembe.’ He has no political affiliation but his views are always the backbone of many political ideologies in the country. He blogs under the tagline of Drew Ddembe’s musings on www.ddembe.wordpress.com.
6. Timothy Kalyegira (Political Blogger)
This avid Museveni critic who was once arrested for his rabid criticism of the president and other government policies has grown into a brand name in the online world. With his www.dispatch.ug he’s a force to reckon and he influences the Ugandan citizenry with his thoughts. His first blog, Uganda records online was hacked and closed down by the government.
7. Ernest Bazanye (Humour Blogger)
Just like his blog says, this satirist’s blog is about Lies, treachery and sundry deceits. When it comes to this field of comical ‘writivisim’, only people like Harry Sagara can try to compete with him. He enjoys his huge following on www.bazanye.wordpress.com
8. Charlotte Beauvoisin (Tour and Travel Blogger)
She runs the blog; Dairy of a Muzungu. Her Uganda travel blog documents her adventures in the country as she comes in touch with nature and the environment as a whole. She is the most respected in this field for the case of Uganda. Her blog is www.muzungubloguganda.com
9. Sheila Gombya (Gossip Blogger)
She’s all about gossip in the Ugandan entertainment website. And she does it so well on her blog www.sheilagombya.blogspot.com. She’s followed and her gossip usually makes it to many Ugandan Daily Newspapers.
10. David Tumusiime
This Daily Monitor columnist runs a popular blog ‘Mad and crazy’ aka www.madandcrazy.blogspot.com. He is all about life stories, wonderful cut-across social stories and sometimes, political stories. His blog is worth a read and it’s very informative and he takes it so serious.
We have given you the top 10 Ugandan bloggers, which Ugandan bloggers do you follow and why?
Selector Jay releases his first ever song
Selector Jay, one of Uganda’s longest serving deejays, appears to be tired of being in the shadow of musicians and now wants to share in their spotlight. This comes after the disc jockey decided to venture into active music.
Selector Jay has kicked off this new adventure with a bang, teaming up with big weights in the industry on his first project.
He has released his first ever song entitled “Formula” on which he features Ugandan singer Sheebah Karungi and Ghanaian star Magnom.
Sources close to the deejay have intimated to us that this not a one off and we should expect more music from the deejay.
It should be noted that deejays collaborating with established musicians is the in-thing lately. Other local deejays to have released their own songs include DJ Ciza, Dj Roja & Slick Stuart among others.
Singer Karole Kasita drops “Gyal A Bubble” video. Watch it here!
Talented Ugandan female singer Karole Kasita has released the music video to her latest single titled “Gyal A Bubble”.
Produced by Grate Make films, “Gyal A Bubble” is a dance video composed of scenes in which gals in skimpy outfits are seen gyrating their bums to the groovy beat. The audio was produced by Andre.
Meanwhile, Karole came into the limelight after releasing her first break through single titled “Kol 911”. She has never looked back since then. She has released a number of other songs including “More time”, “Jileete”, Ontanuude, Sample you and Musujja.
Watch “Gyal A Bubble” video below.
The Y Plus Beauty Pageant is back
By Our Reporter
The annual Y Plus Beauty Pageant is back. Returning for its 5th edition, it will be held on Saturday, November 24 in Kampala. The pageant which is organised by the Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA) is geared towards ending stigma and discrimination among people living with HIV/AIDS through empowering the young people with knowledge and advocacy skills to enable them lead the fight against the stigma.
Speaking during the launch ceremony of this year’s edition held at Skyz Hotel last Friday, Nicholas Niwagaba, the UNYPA Executive Director, noted that pageant is one of the ways through which they are building capacity of young people living with HIV and training them to be ambassadors of change in their communities.
“The success stories from the ambassadors that take part in the Y+ beauty pageant show that these young people grow and shine with this platform because firstly; they are shown that they are beautiful, secondly, they are told to embrace themselves and lastly to adhere to their medications. We hold the pageant to build the capacity of young people living with HIV to equip them as ambassadors of change in their communities.” He noted.
During the same ceremony, Nawanyanga Gloria, the Miss Y+ 2017, attested to being involved in several sensitization programs aimed at empowering young people since being crowned beauty queen last year.
“As an ambassador, I have been doing lots of outreach programs in schools and the community at large through which I have sensitized the masses about HIV/AIDS and educated them about their rights.” Nawanyanga Gloria said.
“We need safe places such as this pageant where we young people living with HIV/AIDS can freely express ourselves and also feel empowered to reach our full potential.” She added.
To be held under the theme, “Confronting HIV with bold steps”, the pageant will see several auditions held across the country where regional winners will be selected to compete for the ultimate Mr & Miss Y+ crown. The regional auditions will first be hosted in Wakiso district for central region on October 6, then Apac district for the Northern region on October 13, Rukungiri district for the Western region on October 27 and finally Iganga district for Eastern region on November 3.
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