We bid adieu to 2012, and reminisce on some of the things that made it worthwhile.
One thing we must appreciate about good old Uganda is that she is always growing. Local television has been greatly welcomed by the masses with scoffs and cheers alike. Whilst we are still hooked on International content, we have home grown talent that has thrilled us and made us shake our heads in varying measures.
Zari the boss lady
-are we ready for reality TV? She certainly thought so. What ensued was what might be termed as a bit of a circus. Many watched out of curiosity but more still watched because of the less than stellar reviews they had gotten from their friends. The excitement over the 14week series fizzled after a number of episodes. We do not know if there shall be season two; Zari takes Kampala?
– The majority of the women, our readers at least, just could not stop laughing at the sight of grown men discussing their issues on the TV as Mary so aptly put it- Men – The Closet Gossips Unleashed . A good number of guys however seemed to relate with said issues. That says a lot about our men. Part2 of the show was well received.
– Season one ended with the exit of sober and with that the sadness of many a hostel fan. How shall the show go on without him? They wondered. But the show must go on and so it did. The viewers remained loyal. Season 3 has now ended with the death of Odoch, unless he comes back as a ghost, that’s lights out for him on the show as well. These are undoubtedly some of the most charismatic characters on the show. That the people are still watching shows that the creators of hostel are by all standards putting out a good product.
– Frank Walusimbi has succeeded were countless female TV hosts have failed. A talking point about society is how this show is described. The show on NTV that is done in Luganda features a range of guests from politicians to your everyday man. Whilst it is an informative show, it can be extremely entertaining as guests reveal truths, thoughts and ideas.
– With a name like that, who could not be curious…and curiosity led to love. The jumpoff delivered what most urbanites wanted; a view of their celebrities as ordinary people for one. We tip our hats to Michael Owor for being able to make most things he touches turn to gold.
Whilst we are not a gossip site, some things just could not be escaped. Where there is gossip there is Zari. Finally, a socialite who gets the meaning of the word! If it is not nude shots, it is girls, it is Ivan. But we are more interested in the Lamborghini and her husband’s yacht…and the boat cruise on the 30th December, 200 women, free alcohol and food.
Following in quick succession is Shanita Namuyimba. Who? Bad black. Her antics in the media cannot be fully recounted here. In summary though, she was poor, she was rich, she was very rich, she was a thief, she was in prison, she is free! Contrary to what you might think, she has garnered no shame for her doings, if anything she is somewhat of a hero to the common man-we love an underdog, as long as it’s not our hand it bites on its way to the top.
-unspeakable bedroom acts are now being referred to as a ‘Mubiru’.
It is fulfilling to see young talent taking centre stage, especially when it comes to music. It is impossible to summarise this because so many young singers made us proud to turn 50 so we shall just highlight our favourites. Many did not necessarily start this year but have made us tune our ears to their sounds in 2012.
Keko, the tall girl from Tororo with a mohawk broke through getting signed by Sony’s RCA label and having her hit This is how we do it it appear on Supersport ads on DSTv. Her hit with Kenyan Madtraxx I’m gonna make you dance was a banger!
Mun G, Young Mulo- have Luganda rap and dancehall ever sounded so good? Will they ever sound so good? Isn’t it exciting when you go for a concert, say Sean Paul’s, and the Ugandan curtain raiser, say young Mulo, gets an applause akin to that of Mr. Paul? I can tell you, it is.
Big trill, AirporTaxi– in their genre, they are unmatched. Ruyonga, Maurice Kirya (released his Book of Kirya album after a long wait) Tamba, Moroots, Qwela and their monthly Junction shows, Irene Ntale, Exodus, Sifa Kelele. The list can go on till tomorrow.
Sadly, there were also big losses in the music industry, Sera and Don Canta of Afrigo band left us too soon.
When it comes to art, a great refinement was seen this year. There was an exhibition almost every weekend with a fair crowd-at least the ones we attended-with a big part of the crowd being locals; The Visionary Africa, the Annual Bayimba festival and Kampala Art festivals being some of the bigger names.
Somewhere somehow, some Ugandans proved that their concerns can come secondary to those of their fellow man. In the case of the earth day concert, that they come secondary to mother earth’s needs. Esther Kalenzi took time out and with some friends ushered a new, very active charity 40days40 smiles, the beneficiaries being two orphanages. Their work was not a one-time effort and they have continuously held events to see that the needs of these children are met. A big thumbs up to them.[We interviewed Esther here]
Now, if you thought she had no heart…you are sorely mistaken. A few days to Christmas, the boss lady Zari went down to Kalerwe to deliver some cheer to God’s will (Grace) orphanage. Doesn’t it just warm your heart when people of means take time out of their schedules to do such things? Kudos to her for giving appropriate gifts too, mostly in the way of food stuffs.
Here is a gallery of some of the highlights of the year 2012 (The year Uganda gained 50 years of independence and the very same year the world was supposed to end)