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Kampala City Carnival: Why We Need It!

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By Nimusiima

Sunday, the streets of Kampala were awash with a horde of people who poured in the city from different walks of life. They came to witness the delightful Kampala Carnival that was underway. They shouted, gawked and jumped in ululations. The streets were peppered with people shoving aloft their placards, convoys of different corporate companies with their respectful creatively-coined huge cars, people with paint patched on their skin, girls showcasing their neon, glistening bodies, music blaring endlessly, music performances et al. And by the time the streets were cleared and Sunday turned Monday, the carnival, like finger prints, left behind things to ponder. We need the carnival, fellow Ugandans. We need such festivals. We need such celebratory carnivals filled to the brim with pomp and unmatched delight.

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First things first, the carnival merges people regardless of their religious and political affiliations, age or their financial standings, and their color or race. People subscribe to inane norms that make them morph into factions, distancing themselves from the masses. Political ideologies and affiliations bite them to dust. They sear through them and divide them apart. Souls that subscribe to NRM won’t pull their chairs closer to the table where FDC folks are seated in loud banter. They can’t. They won’t. Same can be said of religious affiliations. Yes, we haven’t registered such hogwash scenarios where a certain sect of a religious cult won’t shake hands with folks from other places of worship. We believe in the same God, not so? Well, we won’t indulge ourselves in such; I will delicately leapfrog it and avoid coming off as blasphemous. However, all these affiliations drifting into play, the Kampala Carnival merges and brings together people in an act of togetherness. They celebrate together. They gawk at celebrations together. They yelp and belch together, running on the streets, chanting songs of happiness and bliss.

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For a split moment, we forget that we have gullies of potholes. We forget that the state of the city is ailing, laying on a deathbed choking through an oxygen mask. We forget that the traders have been plucked off the streets like lepers. We forget that people have been evicted, on a daily basis, and they are wandering about town seeking for shelter. Here, the movie Gimme Shelter by Vanessa Hudgens comes to mind. We forget a barrage of problems that are plaguing the city. We forget the balls of dust that covers this town. How about the motionless, stagnant, catastrophic traffic that remains whorled and patched together on our roads on a daily? How about faulty streetlights? We forget the burglars that roam this town like devils chasing for morsels; pickpocketing and running away with ladies’ handbags. We forget about the taxi louts, shoving their heads from their little matatus shouting themselves hoarse with an unpleasant stench shouting from under the armpits. We forget the bodaboda folks whose business seem like a script from Fear Factor. All that, we forget and pretend as though we are oblivious about them. We burry our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich and sink ourselves in celebrations. Thumping our chests like King Kong in an act of jubilating. The carnival, too, might come off as a PR strategy for some companies. These companies use this opportunity to peddle their services and lay them bare. It works for them. It worked for them, if you had a keen eye. Though, more importantly, the carnival merges people. It might not match the viral Brazilian Carnival, but, what the heck, we had fun, didn’t we?Boatfuls of it. And before the dust settles, the carnival registered itself as one of the best things to ever happen to this dusty metropolis. Break a leg, Jenny.

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Pastor Bugembe to use concert money to build 6,000-seater church

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Pastor Wilson Bugembe today held a press conference at his Nansana based temporary church where he will also hold his upcoming concert ‘Tuzimbe’. His concert is slated for 31st August at his church in Nansana and will be accompanied by other artistes doing both gospel and secular music.

During the press conference the pastor revealed that all monies collected that day will be used to construct a well furnished church with sitting capacity of over 6,000 people. The said church is expected to be completed by January 2020.

Bugembe urged all his fans to flock his Light The World Ministries church and also not to politicize his concert by wearing attires with political colors especially the berets because he was warned by police not to allow politics to interfere in his concert or risk being stopped from performing.

Pastor Bugembe has over years domeyhits albums and singles like Kani, Ani, Yellow, Njagala Kumanya, Akawala Ako, Sibiwulira, Wanaza, Biribabitya, and Lengera Embaata among others.

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Kenyan DJ Pierre Makena coming to Uganda

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Kenyan Female DJ Makena will be coming to Uganda and particularly to Bbunga based nightlife spot Nomad bar and grill. The grill is slated for 7th September in a night themed “All ladies affair party”. DJ Pierre will be joined by DJ Lola from Uganda.

Event will be hoosted by NTV’s MC Esco, DJ Ace and DJ Kerb. The DJ Makena is also an actress and TV host and has served in the inaugural season of popular reality music show, Tusker Project Fame.

Determined to network with industry bigwigs, she poured herself into her duties and soon enough, climbed through the ranks becoming a camerawoman. The calls she so desperately longed for also started pouring in as the producers of TV drama series Tahidi High contacted her for a role.DJ Pierra Makena won best supporting actress for her role in When Love Comes Around at the annual Nollywood and African Film Critics awards held in Los Angeles.

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The MultiChoice Talent Factory announces MTF Academy Class of 2019

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MultiChoice Africa is thrilled to announce that the final students for the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy Class of 2019 have been chosen. After a two-month long rigorous selection process across 13 African countries, 60 aspiring filmmakers representing East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa will begin their 12-month training programme at the MTF Academies in Nairobi, Lusaka & Lagos in October this year.

The final candidates were selected after a rigorous interview and adjudication process by film and television experts, as well as regional Academy Directors Njoki Muhoho (East Africa), Berry Lwando (Southern Africa) and Femi Odugbemi (West Africa). Launched in May 2018 as part of MultiChoice Africa’s ground-breaking corporate shared value (CSV) initiative, the MTF Academy is a 12-month fully-funded training programme aimed at upskilling the next generation of passionate young film creatives. As the first touchpoint of the shared-value initiative, the academy’s curriculum was tailored alongside MultiChoice Africa partner institutions Pan-Atlantic University in Lekki, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and the University of Zambia in Lusaka, which will respectively confer the course qualification upon completion of the academy programme.

In addition, The Henley Business School offers an orientation intervention to the students at the beginning and end of the 12-month programme. The appetite for training opportunities across Africa is massive within the creative film and TV industry, according to MultiChoice Talent Factory Director Cheryl Uys-Allie, which is exactly why the MTF Academy programme was launched.“As one of the few industry players that not only tell African stories but also invest in them, the need for a dynamic training programme such as the MTF Academy has been a long time coming. As MultiChoice Africa, we always ask ourselves: what’s next in the industry, and how can we better prepare for it? The MTF Academy was the answer to that question: By giving young Africans the chance to hone their television and film production skills,” says Uys-Allie.The Class of 2019 is hot on the heels of the inaugural Class of 2018, who are ready to graduate and have their first films screened on M-Net channels and Showmax.

This year’s class will reap the additional rewards of -new partnerships between the MTF Academy and Jasco Broadcast Solutions as well as Nihilent with its connection to Bollywood, as well as existing partnerships with the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA), DOLBY Institute and Universal Music Nigeria (UMG). As part of their curriculum, the 2019 candidates will also be exposed to the MTF Masterclasses, aimed at upskilling industry professionals and emerging creatives alike by offering exclusive access to practical, expert-led industry skills workshops across the 13 participating countries. Here’s to another year of investing directly in Africa’s dynamic storytelling spirit through the MTF Academy!

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