By Demo Reily.
Over the Weekend, Festival lovers thronged Lunkulu Island to be part of The Bayimba International Festival Of The Arts. There was a huge lineup of acts, but for Arts and Culture Zealots, the SEED Fashion Show was a natural magnet.
Saturday was the biggest day in terms of a good lineup.
The first real action was the Seed showcase that happened on Saturday at 4:30 pm.
The set up was the first indicator that the show would be great. The showcase space was a huge hut-esque structure, built around a gigantic tree somewhere in the navel of the vast Lunkulu Island on Lake Victoria.
Two smaller huts acted as the back stage and changing room, while the bigger round space around the tree was the auditorium. The runway was an L and T shape built on a slightly raised platform carefully laid across and besides the centerpiece, a tree.
The Saturday Showcases were, according to the curator of Skilled Expressive Entrepreneurial Design Show, Ras Kasozi, based on the 2019 theme Recycle for beauty.
He explained to the audience that the SEED Show finalists were going to showcase outfits derived from components of the workshop they’d gone through the previous week.
“The designers before you are showcasing for the first time ever in their lives. In the past one week, we took them through inspiration sourcing workshops. And because our theme this year is ‘recycle for beauty’, we took them to Kibuuye Market, where they picked old clothes and picked inspiration. They made clothes according to the few things they’ve learned,” designer Kasozi explained to the audience.
The Saturday SEED showcases then started. The SEED interns showcased in two groups.
The models then hit the runway. Strutting the catwalk in recycled outfits. Among the many outfits that were made, the jeans recycled into jumpsuits with car tyres for the bust area, stood out.
The audience couldn’t help clapping at the different outfits. The designers explained the inspirations that informed the creative and practical processes of making the outfits.
Later in the night, Kenneth Mugabi and Aziz Azion thrilled the crowd.
Sunday was a lazy day on Lunkulu Island. People were either nursing hangovers or generally tired from a Saturday of activity. They were walking about, sluggishly and silently like Zombies, a shadow of their louder selves.
At exactly 2:00pm, the fire was lit again at the Seed Show fashion case. This time around, it was because of the now established fashion designers, Joan Nakigude, Charles Ssemanda, Anne Ayebare, and Mushra Abdalla who are all previous Seed show winners, were showcasing.
The crowd was ecstatic about the session. And they were surely not disappointed.
The session, dubbed the Seed Alumni Runway Heat thrilled with the designers eclectic displays. The fashion designers showed through the models, how casual outfits can easily be turned into office wear and vice versa, among a panoply Of other concepts. The crowd was enthused.
The clapping graduated into fully blow ululating. The show took an hour, before Sandra Ssuubi started performing on the other stages.
After the Seed Show, however, the crowds dispersed and many started making their way off the island, as it was the final day of the 4 day festival.
Mariachi To Headline Rock Bar Comedy Night This Tuesday
By Staff Writer
Comedian Mariachi is arguably the most relevant Luganda performing comedian in Uganda at the moment. He has his shortcomings, like the relentless extorting of money from the audience. But the people will never complain. Because when he brings it, he brings an epic dose of hilarity. He extorts them with such hilarity they don’t even noticing they are being extorted
A reason, perhaps, many Rock Comedy patrons are excited about the fact that he is headlining tomorrow’s edition of Rock Comedy.
He will be leading a lineup that comprises comedians like Boby and Niro, the international comedian Emeka, The Talkers, 2Mbili.
There will be performances from the Shallom Acappella Band and the show will be hosted by Mc Mosh.
List of 70 Ugandan Girls Stranded in Abudhabi out, None of them went through Licensed Companies.
By Amon Baita
A list of 70 girls who are stranded at the Ugandan Embassy in AbuDhabi has
been released by the ministry of gender, labour and social development and none of the girls on the list indicates went through a licensed and
registered company by the government as it shows most of them went by
visit visas or could have been trafficked by individuals.
The list that was released contains passport number details,names and
departure status (Sponsor individual names ) who facilitated their
travel instead of government labour externalisation approved
An official from the ministry said that all girls on the list had
gone to secure themselves informal jobs as house maids in the Middle
East traveled to the Arab nation as tourists without any guidance of
registered Recruitment Agencies under the Ministry of Gender and
“At the moment, they’re residing at the Uganda Guest House within the
Embassy of Uganda in Abu Dhabi”.He said.
With high rates of unemployment levels in the country ,Ugandans have
had the option of externalizing labor and try to make ends meet abroad
but the ministry maintains that it should be done within the right
“We have said this before and we shall not tire to say it over and
over again. If you want to work abroad, make sure you do that through
licensed companies under the Ministry that are in place to ensure our
citizens get safe and secure job placements abroad and can be
monitored severally because we shall not be responsible for Ugandans
who go by themselves”,The Minister of labour Janat Mukwaya maintained
recently as the government of Uganda signed bilateral agreement with
“All these girls that are stranded at embassy possess VISIT VISAS.
They traveled on their own and thought they could get the jobs by
themselves which is bad because the employers will either not trust
your work ethics or take you up to exploit you if they’re
evil-hearted” the ministry official noted.
The Ministry called upon all Ugandans with intentions to work abroad
to use the legal, and secure channels to go abroad which is through
licensed companies supervised by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and
When we contacted Uganda Association of External labour recruitment
agencies(UAERA),The public relations manager Ronald Mukundane said
that those youths who venture on their own to find jobs abroad are
categorized as ‘Adventures’.
”Non of these girls on the list went through a licensed company as
indicated on the list”, and this category of youth are the ones who
make a lot of noise on social media whenever they get into trouble
while there hence tarnishing the image of our industry”,He said
arguing young Ugandans who intend to travel for work abroad to always
contact either the ministry of labour or the Association’s offices at
BMK house for guidance about licensed companies to go through.He also
asked the ministry in collaboration with the media and UAERA to
investigate those who could be responsible for these young Ugandans
since some individual names are indicated on the list as their
The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development developed a
digital system to host all processes involved in labour exportation so
as to fight human trafficking in the externalisation of labour .
According to the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr. Pius Bigirimana,
the External Employment Management Information System (EEMIS) has been designed to manage the entire application workflow ranging from
submission of an application to go and work abroad to approval.
Meet Cecilia Mbabazi, A Young Makeup Artiste Out to Transform the Industry
By Staff Writer
The make up industry is a thriving business. The industry in Uganda has grown by leaps and bounds since news of celebrities like Kylie Jenner made a billion dollars with makeup and beauty products. In Kampala the sight of women in make up is a daily practice however the most visible allure of make up is when one is scheduled for introductions, birthday parties or wedding ceremonies. So Big Eye caught up with Cecilia a budding make up artiste whose unique business model has guaranteed her Life Time Value for her business.
Cecilia says that the idea mushroomed in her when she had her make up done and amidst the good remarks she got from friends and family at events, her inner short lived happiness would fade. She says, “I thought why not let the inner joy come out and the make up is a compliment. This is because when I sit down with a client, I take keen notice of their interactions, majority are sad, not interested in the event, or being forced to attend it. Others have all manner of personal issues and need a listening ear. So I develop rapport with them, and no it’s not a counseling session, but an empathetic one that sets the tone of which make up, color palettes to use.
I was afraid at the start but clients have invariably thanked me for guiding them into self fulfillment and the make up is just a compliment. She says it’s something she’s adopting from her idol, celebrated songstar and movie actress Jennifer Lopez.
ecilia can be reached on WhatsApp on +256778636816
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