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Iam not Ugandan but Kenyan and Mexican says Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita with her mother and father.

Lupita Nyong’o Ever since Lupita Nyong’o started getting big, the entertainment pages of Kenya and Mexico have feuded over which country gets to “claim” her.

On March 2nd, Lupita put the debate to rest. “I’m Mexican and Kenyan at the same time,” she said, according toEl Mañana. “I’ve seen the quarrels over my nationality, but I’m Kenyan and Mexican at the same time. So again, I am Mexican-Kenyan and I am fascinated by carne asada tacos.” So there you have it. And yet, Milenio a Mexico City-based paper, noted that “Mexican Lupita Nyong’o” won the Best Supporting Actress award and that she “was born in 1983 in Mexico City, but her parents are of Kenyan origin.

The actress grew up in Kenya, but at age 16 her parents sent her to Mexico to learn Spanish.” Her parents are Kenyan, but she’s Mexican. Of course, Kenya’s press has been staking its claim on her for months. In January, the Daily Standard produced a video that described the “debate” over her nationality as if it were a diplomacy issue.

The fact that she was born in Mexico is a big deal. This little tidbit, fueled by foreign reports, one of which specifically referred to Lupita as a Mexican actress have led to heated discussions online, begging the question: Who owns Lupita? …This is not the first time that Kenya has discovered a link with a famous person, only to be forced to back down. The last time was when Barack Obama, whose father was Kenyan, ran for president.

Top three stories on Kenya’s The Nation. Obviously, no one “owns” her, and it doesn’t matter whether she’s Kenyan, Mexican, both or neither — unless she’s the first person from your country to win an Academy Award. Kisumu county Governor Jack Ranguma told the Kenyan Daily Standard that her win had put them on the map. “This is a win for Kenya and for Africa as well, being the first Kenyan to be nominated and to win an Oscar Award. It has put Kisumu and Kenya on the World map,” said Ranguma. Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated her as well, with “I join millions of Kenyans and worldwide fans to congratulate and support Lupita Nyong’o as she confronts one of the biggest nights in her career so far.” As we explained earlier, her nomination was a big, big deal in Kenya that goes beyond her.

Whether she wants to or not, for some she represents Western media taking an interest in African culture that stems beyond violence, disease, and death. Lupita winning the Oscar is the only international, happy, pop culture story coming out of Kenya right now, but only if you accept that Kenya can take credit for her win. And it’s possible that pressure has been weighing on her. “This award belongs to me,” she said according to El Mañana.

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Saturday club fever: Club Beatz 3rd edition returns this weekend with John Blaq, MunG, Suspekt Leizor and Lillian Mbabazi

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The third and final edition of club beats home concert will take place this Saturday starting 8PM and will go on till late. Star singers Mun G, Suspekt Laizor, Lillian Mbabazi and John Blaq have been booked for the night.

Last weekend’s edition was lit and featured singers Lydia Jazmine, Grenade, Feffe Busi and Tonix. Dj Aludah was on the decks and as always Martha Kay was the host.

The third and last edition will return this Saturday 9th May and unlike previous editions, DJ Xyzl will make debut appearance. It will stream on Club Pilsner Facebook and Youtube platforms. The party will also be streamed live on BigEye.ug Facebook Page. Party with Club Beatz this Saturday.

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Meet Kwata Esimu Hit Maker, Freeboy

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Freeboy aka Mandela Mubark Adams is talented Ugandan artist who has caught an eye for everyone after his saleout song Kwata Esimu featuring Swangz Avenue’s Winnie Nwagi

Here is all you need to know about him

Freeboy is a young artist from the westnile region / Arua town who started his singing career not so long ago, he has managed to put a couple of songs under his name that have established him and one of the most sought after artists at the moment.

He has songs like Magic, Alemi, Letaa, and Sabala Gwe Abinkubya, among others that made him the biggest artist in the westnile region,

Signed to Viva entertainment an Arua based company they teamed up with swangz avenue in an endeavour to giving him a bigger platform, thus working with Winnie Nwagi on the Kwata Esimu hit song that has become the talk of the town, topping all music charts both Radio and TV

Freeboy comes with a unique voice & style, blending kadongo kamu with afro beats & pop making him an interesting artist to watch out for

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“I earned 120K at my first job” Brian Ahumuza consoles Sheila Gashumba

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Fashion guru Ahumuza Brian of Abryanz Collection has revealed how he was also being paid 120 monthly salary. Through his social media platforms, Ahumuza Brian has revealed how much he was paid being when he had just started his fashion road years ago.

Ahumuza opened up his first store, The Abryanz Collection Store, a clothing retail opened its doors to the public in 2010 at Prime Complex and in 2014, the Abryanz Collection was awarded as the Best Youth Fashion Store at the Kadanke Youth Awards.At the Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards in 2015, the Abryanz Collection launched its first custom made collection. The majority of the pieces are now on sale in stores. This collection was collaboration between Brian Ahumuza and a few fashion designers in Korea.

The Abryanz Collection has also showcased at many of the past Buzz Teeniez Awards events, and Kadanke Youth Awards. Off the runway, the collection has exhibited in secondary schools within Kampala and across Central region during the school tours organized by the fashion magnet.

The Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards. (2013- To Date)

With the idea of getting the fashion industry in Uganda pronounced and established, Brian Ahumuza begun The Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards back in 2013.

Abryanz was named the new Ciroc UG Brand ambassador on 14 October 2016. The fashion guru broke records as he became the first East African to endorse the Premium Vodka Brand, Ciroc.

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A Mbarara 9 year old releases her debut single

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Have you thought about the children’s entertainment specially during this lockdown? 

This is sorted as a 9 year old girl from Mbarara district releases  her first solo video titled ‘NINZA KWEGA’ literally meaning ‘I WILL LEARN’ 

Murungi is undoubtedly talented  and picks inspiration from her mother Emily Kikazi, the region’s reigning Best Female Artist. Murungi’s project does not come as a mistake since she recently featured her mother in the trending Runyankore song titled Twerinde Coronavirus. Murungi brings out a strong voice and wonderful gestures in the NINZA KWEGA single. It’s not the first time she appears before a camera. In 2019, Murungi appeared in a song visual titled ‘Mwana Wangye’ where the mother was telling her to be a well behaved child. Now in her Ninza Kwega song, the young beautiful Murungi, like her name, seems to be putting into practice what the mother taught her. Murungi is a lucky girl. She is already signed under her mother’s label called SUPER RICH GANG and the song was produced by the best producer Deus Kabagambe of sure tunes and Video was shot by VoltFilms. The mother tells us that she has a full independent management under the same label led by one U-Turn Fahard who is an influencer in the region. 

The mother, Emily Kikazi, an artist, says she is aiming at a big brand Murungi not just a stage performing artist. Murungi is having a personal music coach who doubles as her producer Deus Kabagambe. In just hours, her Facebook page MURUNGI and Youtube channel MURUNGI UG have shown pretty good growth. I recommend this video for every parent and child. Good luck MURUNGI!

Watch her debut single here

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