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“Kony – Order from Above” shines at Amakula Film Festival

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Andrew Kaggwa, one of the judges for the Golden Impala Awards

Andrew Kaggwa, one of the judges for the Golden Impala Awards

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Ugandan film, “Kony – Order From Above” took home the top gong in the Golden Impala Awards as the Amakula International Film Festival, which is now in its 12th edition, concluded on Sunday at the Uganda Museum.

The movie, which was the opening feature film at the 3-day festival that kicked off on Friday, saw off stiff competition from three other Ugandan movies that included “27 Guns”, “Her Broken Shadow” and “Veronica’s Wish” to win Best Ugandan Feature Film award.

Directed by Ayeny T. Steve, it tells a story of two youth, Otti and Aguti who fall in love during the tumultuous northern Uganda Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency. They are however separated when Otti is abducted at age 11. When they are finally later reunited after she is also abducted, Kony picks interest in Aguti and makes her his wife. Otti is then tasked with the security of Kony’s latest wife Aguti, leaving him torn between loyalty to the rebel cause and his love for her.

The drama convinced the 3-man jury it was deserving of the coveted Golden Impala award ahead of the other movies.

In other awards, Subira(Kenya) won the Best Non Uganda Featured Film while Chilli On The Lips(Cameroon) was named the Best Documentary and the Best Short Film award went to Doubt Out (France).

Jury member Cristiano Civitillo expressed disapproval with length of many of the screened Ugandan movies, saying they were unnecessarily too long.

“The perfect cut is when everything that is been put together is so fundamental to the story that removing a single clip would make the structure collapse and the story not understandable.” He said.

He, however, noted that there has been great improvement in the quality of local productions.

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Stunning Queen Starr juggles her modeling career with music, watch her “Direction”

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Diaspora based Ugandan multi talented diva Yvonne aka Queen Starr has had her passion divided across a number of things and music is one we cannot ignore. Queen Starr has passion for singing, song writing, modeling and acting and yet still she excels at all.

While Queen Starr has excelled at modeling, many marked her when she started her singing career forming ‘God’s Generation’ gospel music group which performed in various churches across East Africa along with friends in Tanzania.

Coming back home, In 2016, Yvonne started recording with many young talented producers in Uganda including Witty Witty, Nash Wonder, Diggy Baur, Andre among others. She also achieved curtain raising performances for some big artistes like Jose Chameleone, Eddy Kenzo, Irene Ntale, Sheebah, among others. She has done songs like ‘Never Knew‘, ‘Mpambatila‘, ‘Give Me Time‘, among others.

Her song ‘Direction‘ will make you believe she is yet to break chains in the Ugandan singing market as it remains on point despite her not so very vast experience in the market here. The song was produced by Andre, and the video was shot by Meddie Menz.

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Stunning Queen Starr juggles her modeling career with music, watch her “Direction”

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Diaspora based Ugandan multi talented diva Yvonne Mulugi aka Queen Vee has had her passion divided across a number of things and music is one we cannot ignore. Queen Vee has passion for singing, song writing, modeling and acting and yet still she excels at all.

While Queen Vee has excelled at modeling, many marked her when she started her singing career forming ‘God’s Generation’ gospel music group which performed in various churches across East Africa along with friends in Tanzania.

Coming back home, In 2016, Yvonne started recording with many young talented producers in Uganda including Witty Witty, Nash Wonder, Diggy Baur, Andre among others. She also achieved curtain raising performances for some big artistes like Jose Chameleone, Eddy Kenzo, Irene Ntale, Sheebah, among others. She has done songs like ‘Never Knew‘, ‘Mpambatila‘, ‘Give Me Time‘, among others.

Her song ‘Direction‘ will make you believe she is yet to break chains inbthe Ugandan singing market as it remains on point despite her not so very vast experience in the market here. The song was produced by Andre, and the video was shot by Meddie Menz.

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Oktoberfest festivities commence at Sheraton

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Kampala Sheraton Hotel

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Although Oktoberfest might have originated in Germany, the beer festival has over the years become famous beyond Germany. In Uganda, Sheraton Kampala hotel will be marking the event with week-long festivities which started on October 1st and will go on til Saturday the 5th for a grand event.

The festival will feature authentic and unique German beverages, plenty of local beer brands, soft drinks served with lots of foods such as beef Goulash, pork Goulash, Jaeger Schnitzel, Roasted belly ribs in beer sauce, Bockwurst, Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Bread rolls, Pretzol Bread, Spaetzle with creamy cheese, Red cabbage with Green Apple prepared by Chef Alexsander Pavlovic and Chef Hassin.

True to the festival roots, guests were served by traditionally-dressed waiters and waitresses to suit the occasion as the festivities to mark the annual event officially commenced on Tuesday. Also the Golden Brothers performed a live band of classical and traditions music that date way-back.

On top of these, the hotel conducted friendly inter-cultural beer games such as beer straw challenge, tug-of-war, beer pong, arm wrestling, Stein (beer glass) hoisting challenge, beer speed drinking that put revelers in a merry mood as the celebrations went on until late.

Speaking at the event, the PR and Marketing Manager Ms. Joselyn Ngiine said, Oktoberfest is a must for all Sheraton brands. “As the first hotel to land in many cities around the world, Sheraton has for long been the fabric of communities across the globe. Therefore the Oktoberfest is intended celebrate the rich Germany heritage, cultures and extraordinary experience.” Said Ms. Ngiine, adding that, “we are quite excited to give our guests an assured five days feast with cooler nights, hearty food, fine German beverages, good-time tunes and a party atmosphere.”

During the event refreshments kept coming, and the food offered something for everyone, with buffet standards such as roast chicken and beef alongside German classics such as sauerkraut, schnitzel and, of course, delicious sausages for those who want to enter into the Teutonic spirit.



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