By Norah Mukimba
The Uganda Entertainment Awards (UEA) are on after all! This follows speculation that the awards wouldn’t happen this year after the CEO Ronald Kabuye (Kabs Haloha), developed misunderstandings with the patron and funder, Jack Pemba.
Now in the third edition, the awards were launched at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday, with promise of more prize money for the winners.
This year’s edition under the theme “Dance to the Beat” will be held on September 19 at the Kampala Serena Hotel and will reward different entertainers in 39 categories. The awards gala will be hosted by media personality Malaika Nnyanzi alongside Deejaying duo Roja and Slick Stuart.
“We shall be giving out a cash prize in select categories with each winner walking away with Sh2m on top of an accolade,” Ronald Kabuye, the awards CEO revealed.
“We will also hold a conference on July 19 where we will be addressing problems faced by artistes in Uganda. We will have panellists from continental music channels like Trace TV and Sound City.” He added.
The Uganda Entertainment Awards were set up to recognize all efforts put together to achieve a great Entertainment product in Music, Comedy, Movies, Fashion and above all Dance.
Eddy Kenzo was the biggest winner at last year’s edition, The singer notched 4 awards; Best Video (Soraye), Best East African Act, Best Male Artist and Artiste of the Year.
While accepting his Artiste of the Year award, Kenzo used the opportunity to take a jibe at other local music award organizers alluding that Bebe Cool (who has always swept local awards) had in the past years been undeservedly awarded.
“This is the first time I am attending a Ugandan award ceremony. I have always snubbed Ugandan awards because I have always been ‘robbed’. I have won top awards world over in the past, but never in Uganda. Why ‘rob’ me?”, the 2015 BET Award winner gloated.