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NIGERIA’S BASKETMOUTH WINS SAVANNA PAN-AFRICAN COMIC OF THE YEAR AT THE ANNUAL SOUTH AFRICAN SAVANNA COMICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

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It is the one night of the year where comedians, industry, friends and fans come together to celebrate the best in comedy from across Africa. On Saturday 8 September, the 8th Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards® was hosted at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg – an event hailed as the largest comedy awards gathering of its kind on the continent.

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It all kicked off on the famous Yellow Carpet where comedians, celebs and the who’s who of the industry strutted their stuff to the flashes of cameras and the bright lights of TV crews vying for their attention.

From there the more than 1,200 guests filled the theatre’s plush red seats to watch as the unique and hilarious awards show unfolded on stage, itself a world-class production of lighting, costume design, sound and technology.

Every year is unique, but this year was certainly one of the best in the awards’ eight-year history. Themed around the “Rhythm of Funny”, every detail, line and song spoke to the fantastic fusion between music and comedy, beautifully and masterfully told through well-written and choreographed performances.

The true showstoppers of the night, however, were definitely the 12 award recipients across the 12 categories, with this year’s Savanna Pan-African Comic of the Year Award going to Basketmouth from Nigeria.

This is the second time the Savanna Pan-African Comic of the Year Award has been given out – and this is also Basketmouth’s second win. He was one of five Pan-African nominees in the running to win the 2018 Waldo statuette, along with Carl Joshua Ncube (Zimbabwe), Kansiime Anne Entertainer (Uganda), Salvado (Uganda) and Charles Manase (Botswana), all of whom were flown to South Africa and hosted by Savanna and the awards teams.

With ongoing commitment from long-term sponsor Savanna Premium Cider, this category is set to grow further and reach more comedians across the continent.

To see all the 2018 winners and highlights, visit www.comicschoice.com.

The Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards wishes to thank all its sponsors, partners and long-time friends of comedy, without whom the awards wouldn’t be possible: Savanna Premium Cider, Chatz Connect, Kaya FM 95.9, IOL, 1Magic DStv Channel 103, Sound Stylists and Stageworks.

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Chameleone discloses political siding, it’s not people power

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Many people have been often confused on which political party singer Jose Chemeleone sides with. While some think he should be siding with fellow singer Bobi Wine, majority think he is for the ruling party NRM.

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While at his recent concert at Lugogo cricket oval, the singer closed the debate when he disclosed he was not people power. “I belong to AGIP not People Power. Any Government In Power” he said.

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Rwandan Genocide movie set to premiere in Kampala

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94 Terror

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94 Terror, a narrative feature film about the Rwandan Genocide is set for premiere in Kampala. It will premiere at a red carpet event that will be held at Theater La’bonita this Friday, December 14.

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Produced and directed by Mulindwa Richard, it recounts the story loss of loved ones and struggle to survive after the assassination of Rwanda President, Juvenal Habyarimana which sparked off the Rwanda genocide.

In the aftermath of the assassination, the Hutus condemn the Tutsis and invade their homesteads where they start massacring them. Keza’s(Ninsiima Ronah) family is murdered in her sight but she narrowly escapes with the help of her mates; Shema(Mateega Smith), a Hutu, Mutesi(Agaba Joan), a Tutsi and the rest, together they have to sneak through the risky bushes to make it out of Rwanda alive.

Tickets cost 30K and 50K(VIP).

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Sheebah, Spice Diana, Beenie Gunter to entertain revelers at Ice Cream and Cake festival

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Norman Kasule (C), the marketing manager Ice Cream and Cake festival addressing media.

Norman Kasule (C), the marketing manager Ice Cream and Cake festival addressing media.

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The Ice Cream and Cake festival returns this weekend. The family event which is now in its 4th edition will be held at the Uganda Museum on Saturday, 14th December.

It promises to be a fun-filled affair where revelers will indulge their palates in the sweet delights for which the festival is known for like ice cream, cakes, muffins and candy among others. To light up the day, there will be a rich line up of musicians including Sheebah Karungi, Spice Diana, Beenie Gunter and Levixone among others to entertain revelers.

Addressing media on Tuesday afternoon, Norman Kasule, the festival’s marketing manager revealed that this edition is dedicated to celebrating family and friends and will feature lots of giveaways such as free ice cream for all revelers. “As the year comes to the end, we thought to dedicate this edition to family and friends. We want them to come together and make special memories,” Kasule said.

“We have brought several partners on board who will be giving away lots of goodies like ice cream and milk among others.” He added.

Meanwhile, children will also be catered for in the day’s fun with a kid’s park with bouncing castles, face painting, and reading games  set up for them. Tickets cost 25k for adults and 10k for children.

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