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10 Ugandan Celebrities Who Have Reinvented Themselves

They have been around for over a decade. They have managed to stay relevant in this turbid industry.

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They have been around for over a decade. They have managed to stay relevant in this turbid industry. Year on Year they find a way to get on our lips. They are the Kings and Queens of reinvention. They evolve with the times.

Gaetano

Gaetano was on our lips during the first edition of Big Brother Africa. He was welcomed by the biggest of numbers at the airport. People lined up to have a glimpse of Gaetano. Bebe Cool even composed a song in his honour. He met the President for dinner. Many thought Gaetano would not be around afterwards. Today he is still relevant, hosting a radio and tv show.

Gaetano Kagwa
Gaetano

Bebe Cool

You can love or hate Bebe Cool but you can’t ignore him. He made news as an artiste who used to step on tables while performing. He then brought Zuena to our faces. Then he was shot. Then he was hit with plastic bottles. But Bebe Cool has managed to never disappear not even for a second from the industry pages. He is Bebe Cool.

Sylvia Owori

You could call her the Madonna of Uganda. There’s not been a single woman in Uganda who has influenced a span of industries. She touched Miss Uganda and it was the event everyone talked about. Then she brought us the African woman magazine. Now she is a presidential adviser of sorts. She’s been around, done it all, yet still relevant.

Sylvia Owori
Sylvia Owori

Sudhir Ruparelia

He has seen rich men come and go. Yet he is still standing. He crosses through rivers of trials and tribulations and always comes out stronger. He is the king of the game. He is the most relevant wealthy personality in Uganda. If you mention money, his name comes first.

Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia
Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia was named one of the richest man in Africa by Forbes in 2015.

Andrew Mwenda

The motor-mouthed journalist is the father of reinvention. What hasn’t Mwenda done? He personally helped Museveni and Kagame reunite. He singlehandedly broke some of the biggest news stories in this country. And he is the fastest speaker the country has produced. He is a moving library of figures. If you want to know how many kifeesis Uganda had in 1965, he has the data.

Andrew Mwenda
Andrew Mwenda

Mosh

How old is Mosh? You can’t tell but dude has been around…and he is still around.

Mr Mosh of Galaxy receiving his award

MC Kats

The man doesn’t age. He doesn’t lose relevance. He connects across all age groups. Just when you think he’s done his time, you will see him charming crowds like no one else can…

MC Kats

Besigye

This is self-explanatory. For over 2 decades, Besigye has been around. If you speak of opposition, you speak of Besigye.

Bobi Wine

Chameleone

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Judiciary secretary Bigirimana Rubbishes Reports he’s been Denied Visa to the US

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SECRETARY TO the Judiciary, Pius Bigirimana has described reports that he’s been denied a visa to The United States as ‘malice’ insisting was in New York just recently.

There was a published story that Bigirimana was denied entry to The States where he was invited to attend the inauguration of Prof Jim Gash as the president of Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. According prior News, Bigirimana was expected to travel alongside other judicial officials including Chief Justice Bart Katureebe.

Reacting to the story, Bigirimana describes the reports as malice and unfounded.“This is malice . I returned from New York recently. That’s rubbish,” he said. Indeed, Bigirimana was in the United States in May this year for the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to which he is the secretary. As part of its 100th anniversary, ILO painted a mural at the Uganda Embassy in New York in recognition of the efforts the government has put in place to solve youth unemployment.

The mural, part of the five painted around New York, specifically honours the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) for its unique approach in promoting youth entrepreneurship while contributing to the reduction of youth unemployment.To date, the Programme which was initiated by Bigirimana following his posting to the Gender Ministry in June 2013, has funded 20,159 youth projects. Up to Shs9,232 billion has been revolved to finance another youth 1,090 projects.Bigirimana has been at the forefront for integrity and has been praised by President Yoweri Museveni for his role in fighting corruption in Uganda.He has also been praised for his hard work and patriotism.

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We intend to have the biggest event of the year in ASFA 2019 – Talent Africa boss Ali Alibhai

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The Abryanz style and Fashion awards are back for the 7th time and for the first time they have partnered with Talent Africa group.

Talent Africa group under it’s events and promotion wing will come active and handy in the ASFA 2019. We were keen on the partnership and quizzed Talent Africa boss Ali Alibhai on why he chose to partner with Abryanz this year.“We are a 360 entertainment company and have over years mastered the art of events marketing and this is another event we look forward to evelevating further. Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards have a very good reputation and we are sure our contribution will be felt” he said.

Talent Africa Group has in the past yet somilarly big events like Nyege Nyege and hosted many foreign artistes and have at all instances sold out. With such momentum we can be sure ASFA 2019 will be another event to look upto, probably the best ever edition so far.

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Photos: What you missed at the “Kyaddala” movie premiere

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Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) in conjunction with Emmanuel Ikubese Films and partners premiered their long-awaited pan African series “Kyaddala: It’s Real” in an exclusive black carpet event held at Kingdom Kampala on Friday evening.

The evening kicked off with a cocktail where revelers were serenaded by the soulful Kenneth Mugabi and Steve Keys, before later being ushered to the screening room to watch the first episode of the TV series.

The exclusive premiere attracted key players in the film industry from Uganda and beyond ranging from movie directors, producers, actors and actresses beyond the cast of Kyaddala.

Based on real life experiences, Kyaddala depicts young people’s sexual and reproductive health issues through a rich storyline with compelling themes like HIV and its impact on young people, Teenage pregnancy and the role of “gatekeepers/ stakeholders” in averting child marriages, Sexual and gender based violence among young people and how it affects their SRHR needs and Myths and misconceptions around young people’s SRHR and how to create an enabling and safe environment for young people to seek SRHR information and services.

“Kyaddala is a real conversation starter, tackling topics that people are afraid to have. This show will provoke important conversations on young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenges,” noted Humphrey Nabimanya, the Founder and Team Leader, Reach A Hand Uganda.

Featuring stars like Martha Kay, Salvado Idringi, Mathew Nabwiso, Anita Fabiola, Emmanuel Ikubese and Olumide Oworu (from Nigeria), the 8-part series will officially start airing on October 5th on NBS Television and on the official Kyaddala YouTube page and Sauti Plus TV.

Here are some photos from the premiere.



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