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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.

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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Singer Dina Rukoti starts the year with ‘Magoba’ video

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By Stuart G-Khast

New talent Dina Rukoti who has now released her newest video Magoba. Magoba which was dropped last week is already doing well with song enjoying airplay on Radio, TV and Kampala bars.

Magoba was produced by Ronnie and video shot by Zygaphix.

Dina Rukoti was born Kyasiimire Diana and is a student at Makerere university Business school (MUBS) pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management. She is signed under Runo Concepts management.

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Eddy Kenzo to spearhead national tree planting campaign

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CCBA’s Simon Kaheru (R), musician Eddy Kenzo and representatives from ESSI share a moment at the launch of the tree planting campaign held on Friday at the Coca Cola plant in Namanve.

By Our Reporter

Eddy Kenzo has been named green ambassador. The singer will spearhead a conservation campaign in which he will raise awareness about climate change and also encourage masses across the country to plant trees.

Championed by Environment Social Safeguards International (ESSI) in partnership with Coca-Cola Beverages Africa(CCBA) in Uganda and National Forestry Authority, the initiative targets to plant over 4000 trees in effort to conserve the environment.

“I am excited to be working with ESSI on this campaign to plant trees across the country and want to encourage all Ugandans to join this initiative,” Kenzo said. “Planting a tree is a blessing because you are giving life while also making our country look beautiful. It is time for us to all go green.”

Eddy Kenzo plants a tree.

Eddy Kenzo plants a tree.

According to Khasim Ngabirano, the CEO Environment Social Safeguard International, the campaign aims to create awareness about the importance of tree planting in combating negative effects of climatic change. He noted that trees play an essential role in mitigating the impact of climate change and we therefore should act now to mitigate its negative effects.

Simon Kaheru, the Public Affairs & Communications Director Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda expressed excitement about this partnership saying: “We are looking to beat climate change but also protecting the environment by planting trees. Planting trees is one of the most important things we can do as Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda to contribute to conserving the environment.

“At Coca-Cola, we place priority on watershed protection and conservation, and we are proud of the work that ESSI has done in Uganda to help restore trees. The trees not only add beauty and provide shade but they also provide a barrier to storms and help retain water in the soil, which is very important for the country.”

Uganda’s forest cover has been depleted to 8% up from 24% in 1990s, and this is largely attributed to human encroachment for different activities such as agriculture and urbanization.

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Alex Muhangi releases animated “Entogo” video

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By Staff Writer

Comedian and now singer Alex Muhangi has released his Entogo video to his fans. Unlike most videos on circulation, Entogo is animated and interesting to watch.

Alex Muhangi is slowly growing his music collection from Olukwe, Bamuleke and now Entogo

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