Singer Akon appointed special envoy for Ugandan tourism, culture

American rap artist and singer Akon has been given a special tourism and culture ambassadorial role in Uganda.

The singer and entrepreneur will promote tourism, culture and investment opportunities abroad.

His appointment followed a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni where thw duo discussed “different investment opportunities in various sectors, including energy, tourism, and infrastructure development.”

During the meeting coordinated by the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, Amb. Abbey Walusimbi, Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) Chief Executive Officer, Lilly Ajarova highlighted a number of available opportunities in the tourism sector that would be of interest to Akon.

Visiting Uganda alongside a group of potential investors in January, his wife Rozina Negusei revealed plans to invest $12 million in the country’s entertainment industry.

The Trade and Investment Officer in the Office of the President, Isaac Kigozi revealed that as a special envoy on tourism and culture, Akon was tasked with the responsibility for the development of the Equator at Kayabwe as well as organizing the Uganda Cultural Festival which will be an annual event to celebrate Africa by the African-American Communities around the world.

“Akon has also been tasked with setting up high class luxurious lodges or accommodations within the tourism development areas of Uganda.

He will also partner with Aya Group of Companies to set up Aya-Akon Tower a 72 storied building within the Central Business District of Kampala, ” Kigozi told media.

A Grammy-nominated singer and record producer, Akon has made headlines in recent years as a pan-African businessman interested in opportunities on the continent of 1.3 billion people. In December a company associated with Akon reached a deal with a state miner to develop a copper and cobalt mine in resource-rich Congo.

Akon, whose real name is Aliaune Thiam, started a group in 2014 that backs solar energy projects in the rural parts of many African countries. The inspiration for Akon Lighting Africa was deeply personal: He found his grandmother was still using candles in Senegal to light her home.

But Akon’s most ambitious goal is to build a $6 billion utopian city in Senegal that he described as a “real-life Wakanda,” comparing it to the technologically advanced fictional African place portrayed in the blockbuster film “Black Panther.”

The singer last year acknowledged the comparisons made between Akon City and the utopian society in “Black Panther,” calling it an “honor.”

Akon City is envisaged to have its own hospital, police station and even its own cryptocurrency already named AKoin. It promises a bit of everything: a seaside resort, a tech hub, recording studios and even a zone dubbed “Senewood” that developers hope will help develop Senegal’s film industry.

Akon City has been allocated a chunk of land outside the Senegalese capital, Dakar, but construction is yet to start.

Akon, who was born in the United States to Senegalese parents, spent much of his childhood in the West African country, where authorities have embraced him as a native son and praised him for investing in Africa at a time of such global financial uncertainty.

Akon, 47, rose to fame with a debut album in 2004. His hit songs include “Smack That,” featuring rapper Eminem

MUSIAN EDDY KENZO’S WON ANOTHER GLOBAL AWARD

On the 25th of March, Eddy Kenzo who is Uganda’s finest music export added yet another award to the long list of his global recognitious.

The singer was annouced the Best male Act of the year in the Global music .

Awards Africa defeating the likes of Davido, Burna Boy and Diamond Platinumz.

He was quick to announce this feat to his social media fans who flooded him with congratulatory messages and applauses.

However, after some few hours the negative comments started questioning the rampant number of awaeds the singer gets despite having no hits in that period recognition.

People were questioning how Kenzo keeps being recognized in abrupt awards which happen with zero publicity and call for voting thus a thing that has troubled them for a while now.

One thing for sure, if there is one sections of fans that are hard to please, these are definetely, the Ugandans and Kenzo has tasted their wrath more than anyone, of course with exception of Bebe cool.

Singer Mayinja eager to serve in Museveni’s cabinet

National Resistance Movement (NRM) darling singer Ronald Mayinja has requested President Yoweri Museveni to create an entertainment ministry that shall take care of the welfare of all artists in Uganda.

During an interview with a local TV station on an entertainment show a few days ago, the ‘Tononooza’singer said in case the ministry is put in place, he is ready to be the minister in charge.

“I don’t regret joining NRM and now what I am praying for is that I want the president to give us an entertainment ministry and that’s the only thing I pray for so that our money comes straight to the right people. We don’t need to depend on only handouts,” Mayinja said.

He added that if given a ministry he can’t refuse because he wants to bring change and he wants to work for his country.

“I need to transform the entertainment industry and I also need to serve the people irrespective of their political ideology. I am ready to serve if given a chance,” he shared.

Last year, Mayinja claimed that when he met the President, he told him that he (Museveni) should think about creating a ministry for artists.

”I just hinted at it and he replied in affirmative. I am still not sure I achieved my goal but I will be happy if he worked on it,” Mayinja said.

Towards the end of last year, Mayinja was awarded the overall winner with the best song that outlines the goodness and achievements of the NRM Party President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in the Museveni Entertainment Music Awards (MEMAs).

The awards that took place last week at Kati Kati Restaurant in Kampala saw other singers from the different regions in Uganda who had the achievements of president Museveni outlined well appreciated too.

Daddy Andre’s ex-lover pins him for child neglect, demands for DNA test

Singer, songwriter and award winning producer Andre Ojambo mostly known as Daddy Andre, is currently in the hot sup after a woman identified as Atim Dorah accuses him of child neglect.

The latter, in a TV interview revealed that Andre made her pregnant in 2011 and she gave birth to his daughter in 2012. She expressed her disappointment in Andre who she says has never seen his daughter since she was three-months-old.

She shared that she is apparently financially incapacitated and all she demands is for the ‘Kukyookya’ singer to take care of his 8-year-old daughter who is currently living in the worst condition with her grandmother in Gulu.

In a phone call conversation between the two, Andre didn’t deny knowing or meeting Dorah. He, however, seemed least interested in hearing what Dorah had to say and asked that she should not bother him again until the DNA test is confirmed.

“Get me your number, I will call you and you take your child for a DNA test. I don’t want you to bother me again when I haven’t even confirmed if the child is mine. You should first confirm the DNA. I will call you when I am ready and when I have the money for the DNA test,” Andre said in a phone call.

According to Atim, Daddy Andre asked her not to abort the pregnancy and he gave her some money at the time but ever since the child was born, he has never really showed responsibility as the father and always avoids her despite her several effort to reach him.

“I met him at the Railway Quarters in Nsambya. I had a friend there, her boyfriend was a friend to that producer, by then he was a producer. I got pregnant in 2011 and I told him. He told me not to abort. By then he didn’t have money and he would give me about Shs5,000, sometimes Shs1,000, sometimes nothing at all,” she emotionally shared.

When asked to confirm whether the child is really Andre’s, Dorah revealed that she is indeed Andre’s daughter because he even named her Ojambo Nekesa when they visited him at his studio in Nsambya.

“Andre is the father of my child, he even named her the name, Ojambo Nekesa City,” she revealed.

This news comes just days after the producer visited lover Nina Kankunda a.k.a Nina Roz’s parents to make their relationship official and known.

Daddy Andre is not the first local celebrity to be accused of child neglect. Singers Beenie Gunter, Geosteady, Jose Chameleone, Bebe Cool, John Blaq and several other musicians have been down the same road.

Daddy Andre visiting Nina Roz parents ex-girlfriend left in emotions

After several weeks of denying and putting up all sorts of excuses to defend their tight relationship, award winning audio producer and singer Daddy Andre has officially visited the parents of fellow singer Nina Roz at their home in Kireka.

Few weeks back, Nina Roz real names Nina Kankunda came out and refuted allegations that she was romantically involved with music producer-cum-singer Daddy Andre.

“Daddy Andre is my friend and the fact that we are under the same management (Black Market) means we have to be working together hence being close friends,” she said then.

Friday afternoon saw several photos and videos making rounds on social media with Nina Roz and Daddy Andre so into each other as they savored their moment.

Nina and Andre’s Kukyala ceremony was only exclusive to o

Although both artistes who are signed under the same management denied the previous reports that indicated how they are dating, it is now safe to say that the truth has been found.

Much as the two love birds have not yet shared anything on their social media pages by press time, close sources and fellow celebrities have already started congratulating them on the milestone.

Important to note in these is singer and ex-girlfriend to Daddy Andre, songstress Angella Katatumba. Having come across photos and videos showing the two (Nina and Andre) at a Kukyala ceremony, she immediately sent out a congratulatory message while revealing how she was emotionally drained.

Although a section of social media users doubt her ‘cool happy face’, a few days back Katatumba came out and shared how she wasn’t against Andre’s move of legalizing a relationship with Nina Roz because she had also moved on with a new guy after things failed to work out between the two (Angela and Andre).

“I don’t follow emotion, and the white man says ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison’. Andre wasn’t good enough for me but he is perfect for her, I don’t care what they do with their lives, am happy in another relationship and don’t care what he does with his life too,” Katatumba noted then.

Katatumba’s relationship with Andre hit rock-bottom after she claimed that Daddy Andre refused to take an HIV/AIDS test, and for that reason, she advised Nina Roz not to risk her life by just falling for Andre without first confirming his health status.

Andre has in the past faced a bitter situation in his career as it was marred with several controversial moments including one where an upcoming songstress J-Pafra accused him for sexual assault during studio sessions.

Diamond Platnumz’s manager tests positive of coronavirus

Sallam SK made the revelation on Instagram page(Photo/Courtesy)

Diamond Platnumz’s manager Sallam SK has revealed that he has tested positive of the dreaded coronavirus.

“The results come back and I am positive with coronavirus but I am doing fine and everything is going on well,” he said. “Right now, I am under observation and my health is good, I am all alone at the ward as if I have hired this whole place for myself. I thank the nurses and the general administration for the care they gave me since I arrived two days ago,” he added.

Sallam was recently in Switzerland, Denmark, and France where coronavirus is spreading fast. He returned to Tanzania on March 14, 2020.

Tanzania confirmed its first case of the coronavirus pandemic on Monday in the northern town of Arusha. The patient, a 46-year-old Tanzanian woman, had returned from Belgium on Sunday aboard a RwandAir plane.

Two new coronavirus cases were reported on Thursday, raising the total to three, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa confirmed. The government suspended access social gatherings and ordered the closure of schools.

The minister also said they are following up on 66 people in Dar es Salaam and 46 others in Arusha who might have been in contact with the patients.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka blocked from holding music rehearsal, faces deportation

South African music legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka (R) in a photo with Bobi Wine and wife (Photo/Courtesy).

Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s much anticipated music performance at Buganda Kingdom end of year show is in the balance after she was blocked by security agencies on Tuesday morning from doing her final music rehearsal.

The legendary South African artiste arrived in the country on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s performance at the Buganda Kingdom’s Enkuuka Y’Omwaka.

But the singer, who was booked into Pearl of Africa Hotel, was on Tuesday morning blocked by armed men as she attempted to conduct a sound check.

Security forces are said to have cordoned off the hotel and ordered her to stop her rehearsal. They also demanded all staff and journalists present to switch off their phones or they be confiscated. The armed men then demanded to speak to her in private. We could not immediately establish where this was to be done.

We could not immediately establish from police or UPDF about the action. Other security sources said the artiste could be deported over sympathizing with People Power movement leader Robert Kyagulanyi, aka, Bobi Wine.

While in Kampala last year, Chaka Chaka referred to Bobi Wine as Uganda’s Nelson Mandela.

The legendary singer revealed that the Kyadondo East MP is a very much admired icon in South Africa and is often linked to South Africa’s apartheid freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.

Kyagulanyi later performed along South African legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka at Serena hotel.

The charity concert organised by Shule Foundation was aimed at raising funds to build a school for former street kids.

Eddie Kenzo lashes out at critics after buying new car’ Land Cruiser’

Singer Eddie Musuza aka Eddie Kenzo has bought a new Land cruiser V8 latest model and lashed at those who think he bought it using money given to him by President Yoweri Museveni.

Fresh from ending his marriage with fellow artiste Rema Namakula, Kenzo said that the new car, which is valued at between Shs300m and UGX400 million, is a product of his own sweat.

He lashed at Ugandans for grieving at his achievement instead of celebrating with him.

Singer Eddie Kenzo in his message satated that “I really do love people so so much naye bambi abavubuka banji bayina emitima eminafu oba lwaki? I have traveled so many African countries where people celebrate each other’s hustle naye wano ewafe nolaba omuvubuka omuto nga ayina mind enkyamu. kirumanyo because kiraga future tegenda kubera nyangu. And politicizing everything won’t take us anywhere nze ndowoza when you see someone like me, hustled from zero to where iam mwandi funyemu eky’okuyiga nti in life everything is possible as long as you work hard and that’s why we share our achievements with you here on social media, but you guys take it the other way round kwegamba bambi. Mukama atusasire. Abo ba politicians are using you people for their own good kati namwe nemudawo bulikimu nemukitamu politics instead of working hard mutereze life zamwe muli mu politics nze omuntu asula teyebase year to another your putting down my sweat front politics!! Mbasekeredde bantu.mwe muzanyise obudde muli mbulira ?

Kadaga to lobby govt support for film industry

The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, has promised to lobby the Government to support the local film industry in Uganda.

Kadaga was officiating at the 2019 Uganda Film Festival held at Acacia Mall, Kampala on Wednesday 27, November 2019.

The Speaker said that she regrets the fact that the film industry has no home in terms of a Ministry and that the copyright law in Uganda is too weak to protect products of the industry.

“The film industry needs a home that can look out for it and where it can go for support; it also needs strong copyright laws in place so that the content is protected,” she added.

She promised to raise the two issues with the Minister of Justice and Constitutional so that they can be addressed.

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Executive Director, Godfrey Mutabazi, said that they are working towards making sure that the local film industry grows to an international level.

“We want to see our film industry rival industries like Hollywood in USA, Nollywood in Nigeria and Bollywood in India; we want to foster local talent in the industry,” he said.

He pledged to keep supporting the local film industry.

As part of the film festival, a local movie, Leila, was premiered at the Century Cinema,

BBS Terefayina Ekivuutu for slated this Sunday, a number of artists confirmed entertaining fans

Buganda Kingdom owned Television, BBS Terefayina has on Monday 11th November 2019 launched their annual event that jerks fans at Bulange Gardens Mmengo.

This is slated for this week on Sunday 17. At the press conference the all Sunday programs was revealed by organisers Andy Events.

The envent is known as Ekivuutu, this year’s event will be held at Wankulukuku stadium. The second event will be in Masaka recreational grounds on November 24.

Ekivuutu this Sunday has lined up a number of artistes who will be led by Jose Chameleone, Cindy and Spice Diana.

Other artistes are Mathias Walukaga, Da Agent, Fresh Daddy, Vinka, King Saha, Gravity, Eddy Kenzo among many more artistes.

Entrance fee is 10k ordinary, 20k VIP and 500K for a table.