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Coke Studio Africa Awarded YouTube ‘Silver Creator Award’ For Garnering Commendable Following

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Sheebah Karungi on Coke Studio AfricaIn its fifth year, Africa’s biggest music platform – Coke Studio Africa has achieved a key milestone online.  The Coke Studio YouTube channel has been awarded the YouTube Silver Creator Award in recognition for having more than 100,000 subscribers on the channel. In a message from Susan Wojcicki, CEO YouTube, stated, “You’ve just done something that very few YouTube creators accomplish. You achieved a milestone with hard work, perseverance and probably a healthy sense of humour too,” adding, “What you’ve accomplish can’t be taken away from you. And we’d like to recognize you and all your hard work with this award, a small token of our esteem and respect.”

The role of Coke Studio Africa’s YouTube channel has been to extend TV reach of the show by providing audiences with music content on demand. As such, the channel actively managed to distribute music content across Africa and beyond, with over 90 million views from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and as far as USA, United Kingdom, UAE, amount to 179,527,578 minutes of watch time.

On receiving the award, Coke Studio Africa Digital Lead, Waithera Kabiru, stated, “Getting to this milestone of 100,000 subscribers on the YouTube channel speaks volumes on the demand for quality local content in sub-Saharan Africa. The Coke Studio YouTube channel has enabled us to do what no other medium can, and that is reach thousands of audiences across the world to share the amazing content that is created on Coke Studio. We are taking Africa to the World!”

YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki further stated, “Each and every person who has subscribed to your channel has been touched by what you created, echoed these sentiments. They were inspired and challenged.” Susan further stated, “We know that you don’t do this for reward. You do it because you have a drive to create and share, because you have found an audience who cares. Adding, “Believe us when we say we can’t wait to see what you do next. A million subscribers may seem a long way off right now, but you are closer than you think. And we are rooting for you.”

While celebrating this moment, Waithera stated, “We are very proud to hit this milestone and will continue to grow our reach to millions of subscribers! Receiving this award from YouTube is an honour and we hope it inspires other content creators on the continent to keep pursuing their dreams. We will be celebrating with an ice-cold Coca-Cola!”

Coke Studio aims to inspire and introduce Africa’s music talents to a new and wider audience through interaction, collaboration and cooperation amongst musical artists while also building a strong brand connection with Africa’s young and growing population. Coke Studio Africa has given African artists a platform to meet other artists and top music producers from Africa to share ideas and collaborate.

Several successful collaborations between African artists have been born through Coke Studio. The Coke Studio Africa original hit single “SAID” featuring Nasty C (South Africa) and Runtown (Nigeria) and produced by Shado Chris, is one of these successes. This collaborated track reached over 2 Million views on YouTube in just a few weeks. In 2017, the show also released “Kenya Yetu”—an ode to Kenya, by Coke Studio Africa – 2017 stars: Avril, Sauti Sol, Nyashinski and Dela.

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South African based Lubi Lubi brings music back home, features Mikie Wine

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Lubi Lubi is a name you may hear so often henceforth. The South African based Ugandan singer has returned home to concentrate on his music passion that has turned into a career.

Lubi Lubi has lived in South Africa since 2014 and has mostly been a song writer until his ‘Kansasanye’ where he feels his singing passion should come alive. He has promised many more songs this year off his upcoming album of 8 songs like Kutama and some South African house songs that you will love.

The audio was produced by Laura Vdh and the visuals were shot in South Africa by Ugandan videographer Oneal Eyes. Watch the video below

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Philanthropist Achai Wiir brings South Sudan peace talks to Uganda through concert

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South Sudanese business woman and philanthropist Achai Wiir has not given up on her efforts to reconcile South Sudan as a country. The South Sudanese tycoon and business woman has made all efforts and the latest was with a “Together for peace” concert that ahe organised at former Didis world in Kansanga.

Last Friday 17th of January 2019 ‘Together for Peace’ concert took place at the Wonderworld Auditorium and entrance was absolutely free for all. The event was attended by various dignitaries, including Hon. Simon Duku Michael, Ambassador of South Sudan to Uganda who was the Guest of Honor, Lt. Gen Garang Mabil, the chief guest, Brig. Gen. Majier Abdalla Mabior, 1st Counselor and Technical Attaché to South Sudan embassy in Uganda and many more peace delegates from South Sudan. 

The event pulled some of the South Sudane community in Uganda which was the sole aim to unite them as countymen. Ugandans were also not left behind as they too engaged to participate and also have fun on the night.

South Sudanese artists who were fully in attendance also provided memorable performances for the crowd. Legendary, Emmanuel Kembe, John Kudusay, Duop Pur Duop, Silver X, Johnson Jok just to mention a few.

The concert brought a platform for the community to talk about the ongoing peace processes and what everyone can contribute. Several were given an opportunity to express their concerns, appreciations and gratitude, suggestions and general opinions on current matters of peace in the country. 

Here are some moments:

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Why Ssebulime divorced Judith Babirye

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Judith Babirye and Paul Musoke Sebulime during their introduction ceremony.

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Gospel singer and Buikwe Woman MP, Judith Babirye is divorced again. The singer’s marriage to fellow MP Paul Musoke Ssebulime has been dissolved by court.

Babirye and Sebulime were married in a traditional ceremony held in July 2018 in Bunga, Kampala.

But barely a year into their union, Sebulime filed for divorce. According to court documents, Ssebulime testified that he had not seen or heard from Babirye since 22 December 2018. In fact, he did not know of his wife’s whereabouts for seven months he waited before petitioning court.

Ssebulime also accused Babirye of denying him conjugal rights. He said that the couple had not been intimate since the second week of August 2018.

He further said that Babirye’s attitude towards his friends discouraged him from freely interacting with them for fear of upsetting her and this caused him psychological and mental torture because he was forced to live a lonely life.

The family division of the High Court, on 20 December 2019, finally annulled their marriage on grounds of cruelty. It ruled that Babirye’s actions were not a demonstration of any commitment to the success of the marriage and therefore the two could no longer stay together as husband and wife.

Judith Bairye was married to Samuel Niiwo in her first marriage, with whom they have a daughter together. They divorced in 2017.

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