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Veronica’s Wish sweeps the Uganda Film Festival Awards: Here’s the full list of winners

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Veronica's Wish cast poses for a group photo

Veronica’s Wish cast poses for a group photo.

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Veronica’s Wish was the biggest winner of the evening as the Uganda Film Festival (UFF) awarded some of the best Ugandan films on Friday evening. The award gala, held at the Kampala Serena Hotel gardens, was the culminating event of the week-long festival that was marked by several activities which included film screenings, film exhibition market, workshops and trainings.

Veronica’s Wish won 9 awards including Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography and Best Screen Play among others. Directed by Rehema Nanfuka, the film tells the story of a woman who struggles with love after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Also special about the movie, it is one of the few Ugandan movies that was directed by a woman, produced by a woman and also cast a woman in the lead role.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Student Film
Idi Amin’s Boat

Best Short Film
Kyenvu

Best Animation
Chebet

Best East African Film
World Tofauti

Best African Film
Sometimes In Yesterday

Best Actor in TV Drama
Ejule Paul (Taste Of Time)

Best Actress in TV Drama
Nantambi Juliet (Mistakes Girls Do)

Best TV Drama
Mistakes Girls Do

Best Costume & Prodiction Design
Veronica’s Wish

Best Sound
Veronica’s Wish

Best Editing & Post Production
Veronica’s Wish

Best Cinematography
Veronica’s Wish

Best Screen Play
Veronica’s Wish

Best Supporting Actor
Simon Base Kalema (Veronica’s Wish)

Best Supporting Actress 
Stella Nantumbwe (Bella)

Best Actor 
Raymond Rushabiiro (Five Days To Live)

Best Actress
Nisha Kalema (Veronica’s Wish)

Viewer’s Choice Award
94 Terror

Best Feature Film
Veronica’s Wish

Best Film Director
Rehema Nanfuka (Veronica’s Wish)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Abbey Mukiibi

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Uninvited Bobi Wine turns up at Chameleone Saba Saba concert

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The recently concluded Chameleone Legend Saba Saba concert attracted masses from all corners in and around town and it is not surprising that fellow artiste Bobi Wine who was not expected turned up to witness the much anticipated concert.Bobi Wine arrived at about 10:30PM in company of about 15 other people and made his way to the VIP section. Chameleone who was on stage at first ignored him and continued his performance to another three songs before thanking Bobi Wine for unexpectedly showing up. “Thank you Bobi Wine for turning up.” Chameleone then asked all people wearing red beret to put them off as he invited Bobi Wine on stage. “This is not a political show and all people wearing Red beret kindly remove them for the moment”Chameleone requested.Bobi Wine then stepped on stage and the pair mocked each other about their past which was full of fist fights but above all congratulated eachother for building and sustaining the music industry thus far. “You put about 1000 bricks on this mighty wall of Ugandan music industry” Chameleone praised Bobi Wine.Bobi Wine then perfomed his Kyarenga alongside Chameleone. A playful Chameleone mocked Bobi Wine by removing his red beret off his head” they played about.

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Female Ugandan writer wins big at International Literature Awards

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Female Ugandan writer, Harriet Anena won big yesterday after walking away with the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature at the Monson centre, Onikan in Lagos Nigeria.

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Established by the Luminor foundation in honor of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, the Pan African writing prize worth 10,000 USD is awarded every two years to the best literary works produced by an African.

Ms.Anena won the award jointly with Professor Tanure Ojaide,a Nigerian writer who authored “Songs of myself” while Harriet Anena on the other hand authored, “ A nation in Labour,” a collection of poems that talk about Uganda being entangled in a political conflict since independence causing the citizens “labour pains.”She also explores her encounter as a child during the LRA insurgency war.

“Super happy to be the joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2018, for my book, “A Nation In Labour” she tweeted

A total of 110 submissions were submitted from over 11 countries in Africa.

Congratulations Harriet!

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Ykee Benda to compile list of “worst” Songs produced this year

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As the year comes to an end, people usually make a review of how it has unfolded in terms of their specific areas of life.

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Last year, musician Bebe Cool came under fire for writing a list of his favorite top artists and songs,a list that left very many disgruntled as their favorite artists were left out, while others complained that some acts that made his list were not deserving.

Looks like Ykee Benda is picking a leaf from Bebe, only this time, he will be compiling a list of the bad songs, call them not so nice songs that were produced this year.

“Am making a list of all the bad songs this year …wait for it…bad I mean not nice songs!”

Like he has asked us to be patient, we shall do just that and keep you posted on which artist makes this ‘not so good’ list.

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