By Solomon Muleyi and Ronnie Twinamasiko
During his peak days as a Ugandan musical artiste, General Mega Dee, through one of his songs, emphasized that he be buried in Busoga if he dies. During those days, he didn’t expect his musical career to develop mechanical problems and consequently head south, mostly prompted by Ugandans’ constant refusal to attend his concerts. He didn’t expect that his Busoga fan base would ditch him for better things like farming “emboli” (sweet potatoes.) He also didn’t foresee that situation coercing him into resigning from music to “kyeyo” in the Diaspora. But it did. And years later, he seems to have no reason to come back to Uganda, or Busoga, let alone imagining being buried in Busoga (duh!)
The faded musician turned Nkuba Kyeyo, Gen Mega Dee, is living a life larger than his own dreams. Yesterday, Sunday 28th will go down in history as the day the Karibu hit maker added attending the Oscars to his list of reasons to never come back home (the other reasons could be McDonald fries and learning a new accent). He was among the audience that attended the prestigious Oscar Awards Event in Los Angeles. He looked dapper in a black suit and white shirt. And without closer inspection, he’d easily be mistaken for one of the nominated American actors. He didn’t look any bit like one who hails from the Land of the Kyabazinga where ‘important’ people like presidential candidate Maureen Kyalya hail.
He ecstatically shared some of the photos on his Facebook page which he accompanied with ecstatic captions. His choice of words reeked of an excitement that would only be compared to one who had won his first Oscar. He wrote; “Man from Busoga, Oscars! Yours dreams are alive. Am thankful always. More coming up to your screens.”
Yet many Ugandans wonder how he afforded that. Especially because of a prevalent argument sailing towards the notion that he wouldn’t, even after selling his ancestral land in Busoga, afford to be there. But whether he got into the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood (where the Oscars were held) as a waiter, bouncer, or both, he made us proud by being there. And for that, he wins an Oscar from Kampala Sun.