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Comedian Salvado to celebrate 10 years in industry at Africa Laughs show

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Patrick 'Salvado' Idringi

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Arguably Uganda’s funniest man, comedian Patrick “Salvado” Idringi is set for a rib-cracking show dubbed ‘Africa Laughs’ come February 14, 2020 at Kololo Airstrip.

The natural, blunt and hilarious “Man from Ombokolo” who draws his humour from events in society and his village Ombokolo celebrates 10 years since he traded his engineering career for stand-up comedy.

Addressing journalists at a press conference held at Speke Apartments to officially announce the show, the much sought-after comedian revealed that comedy has changed his life and helped him grow as a person.

“I want to thank God that 10 years later, after I decided to take this path, I am still here and going strong.” Salvado told media. “I must say it has not been an easy journey but I have loved every bit of it and very excited to be celebrating this milestone.”

First held in 2013, Africa Laughs in partnership with The Singleton will this year be running its fifth lap and to celebrate the milestone, Salvado will be joined by international comedy giants like Kenny Blaq, Eric Omondi, Eddie Kadi and Alfred Kaingo in addition to our own crème de la crème, such as Daniel Omara, Prince Emma, Ronnie Mc Vex, Agnes Akite and Madrat & Chiko. Tanzanian bongo star Harmonize will also grace the event.

“Valentine’s Day also happens to be my birthday. Not only will I be celebrating 10 years in the industry, I will also be celebrating 35 years on this earth. It is going to a special show. ” He added.

Salvador’s blend of laugh-out-loud humour and attention to ridiculous details while narrating stories has earned him a widespread following across Africa and beyond, making the laugh fiesta the most-anticipated comedy show of the year.

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Trouble in paradise? Flavia Tumusiime spotted without wedding ring. [Photos]

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Flavia Tumusiime

Flavia Tumusiime appeared on the NTV 9PM News Bulletin without her wedding ring.

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Media personality Flavia Tumusiime has been spotted without her wedding ring, sparking off rumours of trouble in her marriage.

The NTV News anchor has got tongues wagging after reportedly appearing without her wedding ring on the 9pm news bulletin on Tuesday.

This comes after she got the rumor mill spinning when she deleted all photos with hubby Andrew Kabuura on her Instagram account.

Flavia who has in the past shared photos with the hubby on Instagram left many shocked early this week after she wiped her account clean, leaving just a handful of her photos posing alone.

While it remains unclear what triggered her actions, sections of her fans are speculating it could have been infidelity in their marriage.

Flavia Tumusiime appeared n the 9PM News Bulleting without her wedding ring.

Flavia Tumusiime is married to fellow journalist Andrew Kabuura. The couple tied the knot in a low-key ceremony held at Kampala Serena Hotel in January 2019.

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Salvado, Alex Muhangi address beef rumors

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Alex Muhangi (L) and Patrick Salvado Idringi

Alex Muhangi (R) poses with Patrick Salvado Idringi

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Comedians, Patrick Salvado Idringi and Alex Muhangi have for awhile been dogged by rumors of a bitter rivalry.

The rumors were stoked after Salvado started a weekly comedy night dubbed “Just Comedy”, which many industry observers interpreted as move to directly compete with Muhangi’s Comedy Store, also a weekly show.

The two comedians have continued to clash, with a more recent development being their upcoming shows which are both set on the same day. Salvado will hold his Africa Laughs show at Kololo Independence Grounds on Valentine’s Day while Muhangi will on the same day be across town at Mestil Hotel where he will host Nigerian singer Rude Boy.

Despite the clashes, Salvado and Muhangi both insist there is no bad blood between them.

Muhangi said that they are just two people in the same business and can co-exist without beefing each other, likening their relationship to fuel brand companies, Shell and Total as well beverage companies, CocaCola and Pepsi which he says are competing favorably.

“There is no fight between me and Salvado. We are simply two people in the same business.” Alex Muhangi said.

On his part, Salvado explained that holding shows on the same day is merely a coincidence because every one chooses a date according to what makes the most business sense for them.

“Before you decide on a date for a show, you look at many factors like venue and target audience among others. Looking at Valentine’s Day, it falls on a Friday, and therefore this would make a good day to hold a show because many people will be looking to go out,” Salvado explained.

“Two comedians holding their shows on the same day does not mean we are fighting, it is about preference of the day and what makes business sense for you.” He added.

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Comedians launch national association

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Hannington Bugingo

Hannington Bugingo, The Uganda Comedians Association interim President

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Uganda’s comedians have officially launched a national uniting body dubbed, The Uganda Comedians Association (TUCA).

TUCA aims to elevate comedy to a recognized art form in Uganda while also fostering positive relations with in the industry. It further seeks to professionalize the comedy industry and also secure improved working conditions and other economic advantages for comedians through memberships and collective bargaining.

Speaking to media during the official launch of the association on Wednesday, Hannington Bugingo, the association’s interim President revealed that TUCA was born out of the need to offer support to fellow comedians in times of need.

He explained that deliberations about forming the association started following widespread backlash when fellow comedian King Kong passed away in June 2018 and was not given a proper send off by fellow comedians.

“It is then that we decided to create a unifying body for all comedians to address our challenges and other issues affecting the industry,” Hannington Bugingo added. “We held different meetings where comedians raised their concerns which were used to form the basis for the association.”

The Uganda Comedians Association

The association was officially registered on 16th January 2019, and has for one year been laying ground work in preparation for its launch.

“In the one year, we have been mobilizing resources, networking and finding a way to work together amicably.” He further noted. “We are now rolling out officially, and will be enrolling more comedians and holding workshops across the country.”

While membership is open to all comedians across the country, individuals are required to pay an annual subscription fee of Ugx 100,000/=. The association so far over 30 members who are fully registered.

The interim committee includes: Hannington Bugingo (President), Patrick Salvado Idringi (Vice President), Agnes Akite (Secretary), Timothy Nyanzi (Finance), Ehmah Napoleon (Spokesperson), and Abby Mukiibi (Patron).

Different comedians have expressed excitement and optimism about the future of Uganda’s comedy with the formation an association to help streamline the industry.

Patriko Mujuuka, a veteran comedian had this to say: “We have had a problem with vulgarity in the industry. It is good that we now have a team that can censor what content is being delivered on stage.”

Alex Muhangi, the Comedy Store Uganda Director also said, “the association will help us build the industry by creating platforms where emerging comedians can nurture their talent and grow into big stars.”

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TV star Sheila Salta joins NBS Television

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Sheila Saltofte

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Celebrated TV presenter & events emcee, Sheila Salta has officially joined NBS Television.

Salta joins the Kamwokya-based station as the new face on the weekly music live-audience TV show, “Katch Up”. She comes as a replacement for Anita Fabiola who is expected to be seen less and less due to her now busy international schedule.

Salta is expected to make her debut in February when the 3rd season of show finally premieres on Friday, February 7th.

Salta has been on the TV scene since she was 13 years old when she worked on the now-defunct WBS TV’s Teens Club, before returning to work with Magic One & Urban TV until recently.

She will be working alongside Douglas Lwanga, MC Isaac, and DVJ Mercy with the show airing every Friday at 10pm.

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