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Bollywood stars marvel at Uganda’s tourist attractions

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The delegation from India and local tour guides pose for a photo during Gorilla tracking in Bwindi

The delegation from India and local tour guides pose for a photo during Gorilla tracking in Bwindi

By Our Reporter

Having successfully completed an eight-day tour of Uganda, a delegation from India comprising Bollywood stars and members of Travel Agents of India (TAFI) has today, Monday March 4, 2019 flown out, full of praise for the country’s rich and numerous attractions.

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The group, led by Bharat Dabholkar, a distinguished film director, actor, writer and advertising guru, arrived in the country on Wednesday February 28, 2019 and almost immediately flew out to Kidepo National Park.

The team started off with a game drive and sight-seeing, giving them just a glimpse of the diverse wildlife in Uganda before proceeding to meet the Karimojong in their indigenous homesteads, the Manyatta. The team also went gorilla tracking at Bwindi, visited Queen Elizabeth National Park and also enjoyed a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel, among other activities.
As they concluded their Ugandan visit, the team met President Yoweri Museveni yesterday at State House Nakasero where they discussed several issues.

The President urged them to encourage more tourists from India to come and experience the beauty of Uganda. He also said that linkages between India and Uganda have the potential to boost trade and investment.

Dabholkar, who has directed and starred in over 17 Bollywood films promised the President that they would promote Uganda as a tourist destination for Indians and also as a location for filmng Bollywood movies where Ugandans will participate.

He also stated that they will bring big film tourists to Uganda saying that film tourism will be a big deal.

Asked how his Uganda visit was, Dabholkar couldn’t hide his excitement, saying he would gladly jump onto another opportunity to visit Uganda.
“We came to Uganda to also experience the numerous stories we had been told about this place (Uganda) and to be honest, this is an extremely beautiful country. There’s a lot for one to take in here and I think I would need another trip to experience more of this,” he said.

Dabholkar was particularly excited about the Gorilla tracking experience and the Manyatta cultural attributes. He noted, “Niche tourism with special package like the Gorilla tracking is very easy to sell and for our team this is a take home package for all.”

Other members of the delegation included; Shobanadri Yarlagadda, lead producer of Baahubali, a famous trilogy in Bollywood cinema, accompanied by his spouse Lakshmi Yarlagadda and Prasad Devinemi who helped co-producer the same film.

Others were Bharat Shah, Chairman of TAFI, Pradeep Lulla, Vice President of TAFI, Aditi Bhende, National General Secretary of TAFI and Ramji Natarajan, Chairman of Travel Masters India Corporation.

Also in the team was Veena Patel Sandeed, owner of Veena Travel, a Mumbai-based Indian tour company specializing in budget travel packages, Karad Anand, Head of Relationships and Supplier Management of Cox and Kings, a famous global travel agency with an Indian base.

Sumit Chaturvedi, an Executive Producer at India’s World Is One News (WION) global channel who was part of the delegation disclosed that most of the footage attained from the visit will be featured in a televised program offering, which will be free advertising for Uganda tourism industry.

Grace Akello, the Uganda High Commissioner to India, while welcoming the delegation to Uganda, stated that the visit aimed at unmasking Uganda’s tourism potential, opening up the space for newer opportunities and for the film stars onboard to spot out potential sites for possible film shoots. “This visit paves way for the possibility of local film makers working with this world-class film giant in southern Asia, to promote Uganda,” Akello said.

Uganda has in recent years become a haven for the production of internationally acclaimed movies. Hollywood blockbusters such as Queen of Katwe, The last King of Scotland, Victory at Entebbe, 7 Days in Entebbe, Mississipi Masala starring Denzel Washington, are some of the movies to have featured Uganda.

Adding Bollywood onto that portfolio would be a huge steal given the global appeal this burgeoning Asian movie industry has gained.

The team’s visit was as a result of cooperation between Uganda’s Mission in New Delhi with government tourism agencies; Uganda Tourism Board and Uganda Wild Life Authority; as well as the private sector.

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Bad Black Now Engaged, Ready for Wedding

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Bad Black aka Snail Baby got engaged last night after her mzungu lover officially proposed to her.

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Bad Black’s boyfriend aka brother was around to capture every moment with wild cheers.

The mzungu lover has also planned to use the last one weeek to buy Bad Black some chunks of land and has asked her to write a business proposal so he invests.

Congratulations Bad Black; ekyakuzaala kikugagawaza

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Is Lucky Mbabazi Becoming Unlucky or Hated?

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It seems all ladies with big asses have all of a sudden turned into motivational speakers.

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Gone are the days when all that hawt babes did was post their photos and pick a random quote of Marilyn Monroe. Now they have become thought leaders. They want to have a say of every topic. They want to be appreciated for their brains

The celebs we loved yesterday are fast becoming the most hated ones. Sheilah Gashumba morphed into a night king aka Uganda’s miley cyrus.

Now it is Lucky Mbabazi. People insist she should stick to shaking her booty in studio and stop playing the morality police officer on social media.

Well despite the backlash she keeps receiving, she claims not to be bothered. But we all know it is a lie.

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Geosteady and Norine Nabweteme’s DNA Results Are Out!

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Finally the DNA results of Geosteady and Nabweteme are out. The results come a day after Nabweteme apologized to Geosteady and got to meet the real father of her baby.

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The DNA results also confirm that indeed Geosteady is not the father of the baby. This of course doesn’t mean that the two have never made love. Even if they did, that love never resulted in a baby.

As such, get ready for the next Geosteady concerned and album launch named; “Nze ndi Steady.”

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