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The Legacy of Aggie Konde: Why NTV Uganda Will Hate and Love the Iron Lady

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Agnes Asiimwe Konde

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Last week, Msingi East Africa Limited appointed Agnes Asiimwe Konde as its Chief Executive Officer. This to many came as no surprise considering that Konde was on her way out, something we reported about months back. The restructuring of Nation Media Group has already cut her name out, with the merger of operations at NMG. Now that Konde is out, many have wondered, what will be the legacy of Konde at NTV Uganda?

Konde’s tenure at NTV was one of mixed reactions. She was a lady who succeeded in keeping NTV afloat yet miserably failed to give it that quantum leap. It was during her tenure that NBS TV became a force to reckon in Uganda and almost claimed NTV Uganda’s top spot.

Whereas Konde kept NTV profitable, much more profitable than how she found it, it backtracked on its core elements, its core defining factor of great visual content. It became another television station and not the NTV that everyone knew as NTV. Perhaps it was a puzzle too hard for Konde to solve. She could have been lost for options. Given her sales and marketing background, she could have thought more in terms of the monetary numbers. What Konde lacked was the editorial background to stir the ship that was NTV Uganda.

At the time of her exit, Konde leaves behind an NTV that is lost in the jungle. No one really knows what NTV stands for. It is as though Konde found an Apple Inc and succeeded in converting it into a Samsung. Konde in many ways bore similarities with John Sculley, the Pepsi executive who was recruited by Steve Jobs in 1983 to be Apple’s CEO. By the time Sculley left Apple, it was in the bottom of the rung as regards innovation. Sculley brought a manufacturing mentality to Apple, and so did Konde to NTV.

Konde also left behind a very divided newsroom. It is during her tenure that NTV Uganda lost all its big names to competition. Even its top shows became a shadow of their former self. Fourth Estate’s light dimmed when contrasted with NBS TV’s Front Line. What had gone wrong?

There were also rumours of nepotistic tendencies that had infected the NTV Uganda newsroom with a big percentage of the newsroom being made up majorly by one region of the country. In fact many explain that Konde’s replacement in the interim has been brought in to try to clear that image that had been formed about NTV. The journalists and presenters at NTV were all up in arms about their reducing living standards. For example the station demanded that all its anchors take vehicle financing loans and live up to the billing despite their pockets and wallets being in disagreement.

There was also a new wage policy where people earned money per show produced and not a monthly salary. Many TV presenters at the station felt that this was taking away their dignity. It was a nasty affair every end of week as presenters and anchors lined up with their 50K and 40K vouchers for shows made.

Konde also outsourced most production. In the end, NTV became just another platform. As long as one had a show idea, good or bad fully produced and the financials made sense to NTV, Konde would endorse that show. At least 90 percent of the shows on NTV were not internally produced, many were contractual arrangements. This many thought was not a sustainable route as a media enterprise always needed to keep its core elements internal.

But there were also bigger ventures at which NTV burned its fingers. One of those was Spark TV. At first, many thought NTV was starting a Luganda TV show to compete with Bukedde. Instead, NTV brought a show to target female viewers. But which demographic exactly? It was never clear, were they targeting urban corporate ladies, or the local woman in Kampala? Spark TV till today is one idea that NTV should never have executed. According to sources, Konde felt like she needed to be remembered for something. Her ego took precedence over the market reality. Today Spark TV remains another dead weight that should be killed off sooner than later.

Despite all the negatives, Konde succeeded at what she does best, ensuring that an organisation keeps profitable no matter the times. Whereas other TV stations suffered during economic downturns, this was not to be heard of at NTV Uganda. Konde ran a very lean TV station, it had less expenses because of its outsourcing and partnerships model. It did not have to spend on getting good content, it liberalised this front and gave everyone a chance at the channel. Perhaps, this was the only model that could have kept NTV afloat.

But now that Konde is out, NTV may have to rethink this model. Is it sustainable? Is NTV comfortable being another TV station or its high time it comes an innovative channel, as regards great content? NTV Uganda was always about great content, it was its differentiator. Will the new MD bring back this fire? Will NTV rediscover its core values or it has strayed too far from returning?

All together, Konde will be remembered as the MD who we hated that we loved. We hated that we loved her, but we also loved that we hated her. She was an iron lady, she was a fighter, but she did not have that founder’s charisma, she did not have the spirit to burn bridges and really get inventive and innovative. The only times she did, it was on a very egoistic venture such as Talent XP and Spark TV. She tried to target the female audience with her shows such as the Ugandan Second Chance and Be My Date, but these still fell short. Although she brought in the money, she made NTV Uganda lose its monopoly. She will be remembered in great light but she will also suffer from negative criticism for all the losses in content positioning. Konde’s legacy will be one of a swinging pendulum bob from great profits to very mediocre content. All the same, we are glad she was at NTV and wish her the very best on her new path.

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Richest Uganda Musicians as per 2019

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By Stuart G-Khast

It is always fun to see the list of top 10 Richest Musicians in Uganda

This is an interesting concept, because it proves two things to upcoming and ambitious musicians keep richest Uganda musicians. This is possible to build immense amounts of money as a music artiste. It allows you to grow your wealth and income even more by breaking into Music and becoming an Entrepreneur!

The struggle is real and lots of artists pay their dues and never breakthrough into the mainstream.  If you want to make the leap, get ready to become a marketer on top of writing songs and playing instruments, for example the following top 10 richest musicians in Uganda. Here is the top list of the richest musicians in Uganda.

1.  Bobi Wine

 

The self styled Ghetto Gladiator is living large.He is the richest musician in Uganda. Here are some of his property. Bobi Wine owns Bukoto based Fire Records, a residential house in Magere and also does farming in Gomba.

Bobi Wine drives an Escalade while he bought his wife Barbie a Range Rover which he also drives some times. He also owns a Land cruiser.

Bobi Wine owns One love beach Busabala.

The ghetto president has some shops and rentals in Kamwokya and land in Wandegeya among other things. He also owns a yatch branded ‘Regal Yacht’. He is also the Member of Parliament of Kyadondo East.

2. Jose Chameleone

The popular Ugandan Afro-Beat musician sings mostly in Luganda, English and Swahili. His music is a perfect blend of Ugandan folk music, Central African Rumba and zouk on a background of reggae. He is also known for his collection of cars. Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes Benz ML 200 super customer convertible and recently a Lamd Cruiser are among his priced possessions.This makes him one of the richest Uganda musicians above all. The singer owns two mansions in Arkright estates and two big farms in Mityana and Masaka.

 

3. Bebe Cool

 

He owns a full set sound system (PA) inclusive of a band, lighting and loud speakers that can serve an audience of 20,000 people.  Bebe Cool recently completed his Kiwatule based apartments and is constructing a huge house too.

He owns a hummer valued at USD 40,000 (about Sh 100 million) inclusive of taxes and now acquired a Land Cruiser V8.

 

4. Ragga Dee.

The veteran singer drives a hummer, owns a Beach located on Lake Victoria, Busabala, has a business dealing in importation of cars and cars for hire. He owns an expensive mansion that works as his home in Makindye Kampala. He is the fourth richest musician in Uganda.

5. Eddy Kenzo

Eddy Kenzo’s multi-million mansion in Seguku Capital Kampala. Kenzo in June 2015 purchased a multi million mansion in the heart of Kampala, Seguku. He owns a Range Rover, Black L Grande car and plots of land in Kampala.

He is the Ambassador of Airtel Uganda. He has toured in more than 30 countries around the world collecting the dollars that he is using to invest in the home country.

7. Mesach Ssemakula

Mesach Semakula is a founding member of Eagles Productions. He owns Kann studio, has several plots of land in Luweero, Kisenyi and Buwaate. He also owns several apartments in Buwaate, Lubowa and Zzana and a big rental flat in Bunamwaya. Mesach is also constructing a flat in Buziga. He makes it to top 10 richest musicians in Uganda.

8. Ronald Mayinja 

 Mayinja is one of  the founding member of Eagles production. Ronald Mayinja owns Roma Hotel, has land in Buziga, two houses in Lukuli Nanganda, Roma Hardware in Kireka and several plots of land. He also owns trucks (mainly Lorries) hired to transport goods. Ronald is among the richest Musicians in Uganda.

 

 7. Geoffrey Lutaaya

 

Geofrey Lutaaya, for De New Eagles. Geoffrey Lutaaya is another founding member of Eagles production living a wealthy life. Geoffrey Lutaaya owns a chain of properties. These are; a lavish home in Munyonyo, Durban Motel along Entebbe, Dance Flo bar/club in Nateete and several plots of land.

He is also constructing a hotel along Busabala road in addition to different cars he and his wife Irene Namatovu (also musician with De New Eagles ) own.

9. Grace Nakimera

 One of the best stage performers in Uganda , Grace Nakimera managed to collect a money which she used in investments. She also has inherited wealth and She owns various apartments in the city, she has many agricultural projects on her own land that she owns in Lugazi and in Wakiso. She drives a Prado.

10. Haruna Mubiru

Formerly a member of Eagles production, Haruna Mubiru is now the founder and CEO of Kream production.

He owns a well equipped Kream band, a flat in Kabowa, rentals in Kabowa, and expensive cars.

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Richest Uganda Musicians as per 2019

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By Stuart G-Khast

It is always fun to see the list of top 10 Richest Musicians in Uganda

This is an interesting concept, because it proves two things to upcoming and ambitious musicians keep richest Uganda musicians. This is possible to build immense amounts of money as a music artiste. It allows you to grow your wealth and income even more by breaking into Music and becoming an Entrepreneur!

The struggle is real and lots of artists pay their dues and never breakthrough into the mainstream.  If you want to make the leap, get ready to become a marketer on top of writing songs and playing instruments, for example the following top 10 richest musicians in Uganda. Here is the top list of the richest musicians in Uganda.

1.  Bobi Wine

 

The self styled Ghetto Gladiator is living large.He is the richest musician in Uganda. Here are some of his property. Bobi Wine owns Bukoto based Fire Records, a residential house in Magere and also does farming in Gomba.

Bobi Wine drives an Escalade while he bought his wife Barbie a Range Rover which he also drives some times. He also owns a Land cruiser.

Bobi Wine owns One love beach Busabala.

The ghetto president has some shops and rentals in Kamwokya and land in Wandegeya among other things. He also owns a yatch branded ‘Regal Yacht’. He is also the Member of Parliament of Kyadondo East.

2. Jose Chameleone

The popular Ugandan Afro-Beat musician sings mostly in Luganda, English and Swahili. His music is a perfect blend of Ugandan folk music, Central African Rumba and zouk on a background of reggae. He is also known for his collection of cars. Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes Benz ML 200 super customer convertible and recently a Lamd Cruiser are among his priced possessions.This makes him one of the richest Uganda musicians above all. The singer owns two mansions in Arkright estates and two big farms in Mityana and Masaka.

 

3. Bebe Cool

 

He owns a full set sound system (PA) inclusive of a band, lighting and loud speakers that can serve an audience of 20,000 people.  Bebe Cool recently completed his Kiwatule based apartments and is constructing a huge house too.

He owns a hummer valued at USD 40,000 (about Sh 100 million) inclusive of taxes and now acquired a Land Cruiser V8.

 

4. Ragga Dee.

The veteran singer drives a hummer, owns a Beach located on Lake Victoria, Busabala, has a business dealing in importation of cars and cars for hire. He owns an expensive mansion that works as his home in Makindye Kampala. He is the fourth richest musician in Uganda.

5. Eddy Kenzo

Eddy Kenzo’s multi-million mansion in Seguku Capital Kampala. Kenzo in June 2015 purchased a multi million mansion in the heart of Kampala, Seguku. He owns a Range Rover, Black L Grande car and plots of land in Kampala.

He is the Ambassador of Airtel Uganda. He has toured in more than 30 countries around the world collecting the dollars that he is using to invest in the home country.

7. Mesach Ssemakula

Mesach Semakula is a founding member of Eagles Productions. He owns Kann studio, has several plots of land in Luweero, Kisenyi and Buwaate. He also owns several apartments in Buwaate, Lubowa and Zzana and a big rental flat in Bunamwaya. Mesach is also constructing a flat in Buziga. He makes it to top 10 richest musicians in Uganda.

8. Ronald Mayinja 

 Mayinja is one of  the founding member of Eagles production. Ronald Mayinja owns Roma Hotel, has land in Buziga, two houses in Lukuli Nanganda, Roma Hardware in Kireka and several plots of land. He also owns trucks (mainly Lorries) hired to transport goods. Ronald is among the richest Musicians in Uganda.

 

 7. Geoffrey Lutaaya

 

Geofrey Lutaaya, for De New Eagles. Geoffrey Lutaaya is another founding member of Eagles production living a wealthy life. Geoffrey Lutaaya owns a chain of properties. These are; a lavish home in Munyonyo, Durban Motel along Entebbe, Dance Flo bar/club in Nateete and several plots of land.

He is also constructing a hotel along Busabala road in addition to different cars he and his wife Irene Namatovu (also musician with De New Eagles ) own.

9. Grace Nakimera

 One of the best stage performers in Uganda , Grace Nakimera managed to collect a money which she used in investments. She also has inherited wealth and She owns various apartments in the city, she has many agricultural projects on her own land that she owns in Lugazi and in Wakiso. She drives a Prado.

10. Haruna Mubiru

Formerly a member of Eagles production, Haruna Mubiru is now the founder and CEO of Kream production.

He owns a well equipped Kream band, a flat in Kabowa, rentals in Kabowa, and expensive cars.

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The Asfa model Master class happened on Sunday last week and was super successful

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This year had industry veterans and icons that have thrived in the business of modeling x Fashion come together to inspire the new generation of top fashion models.

Among the mentors we had; Veteran legendary top model Priscilla Ray, Legendary fashion Photographer who also won the first Asfa 2013 Fashion photographer of the Year- Giulio Molfese, Celebrated Fashion photographer and designer- Banji Bagwana the creative director for Eguana Kampala, award winning Actor- Mushema Housen, CSR Guru and expert- Susan Guerts the Executive Director- A Woman’s Worth, TV Personality and Stylist Guru- Solomon Tazibone, Award winning Fashion writter – Gloria Haguma, Creative Director and Fashion Wizard- Joram Muzira who also had to fly in 2 of his Top Fashion models from Milan – Adut Mary and Ayen Emily to come inspire the future generation. The mentors covered topics ranging from Sustainability in the Modeling world, professionalism, international model placements, scouting, grooming , image x Health, Mental Health, Branding, Media Values, acting, Importantance of CSR to mention but a few covering all areas that make a true top Fashion model.Tha Master class was crowned with a *Street Style Challenge* to taste the ability of all the top 60 models that will be walking the show their creativity and styling pottential where we had to take images for all the top 60 as well as have a mini fashion show to determine the winners.The Master class was strictly for the top 60 models that made the cut and it was a day to remember for all of them since it was educative and full of fun at the same time.

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