By Norah Mukimba
In an era where musical artistes always miss flights and ‘forget’ to show up at events , the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards are counting their blessings. All their stars are trickling in the country. Latest among them is the official host, Rachel Kiwanuka. (Rachael K).
The diva made a grand entrance yesterday at the Entebbe International Airport. She was welcomed by the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards team, flanked by her family led by mother, Halima Namakula.
Rachel K will be hosting the award ceremony together with Tracy Wanjiru on the main stage and Sylvia Njoki and Nana Akua Addo on the red carpet.
Rachel Kiwanuka alias Rachel K is a singer, media personality powerhouse and fashion blogger. But beyond that, she has carved a reputation off of her musical stints. She has to her name, numerous songs, a vast experience in live performances and has traversed the world because of her musical dexterity.
Her local musical endeavours, though punctuated by collaborations with Ugandan and other regional artists, have been celebrated across the world.
She has also worked as a comedian and television presenter, making appearances on mainstream broadcasts such as Jam Agenda and Tusker Project Fame. Rachel K also has credits under Multi Choice South Africa as she hosted the stand-up comedy ‘Stand Up Uganda’ in 2009. She is Also known as a radio host from her work as an on air personality, starting out at Hot 100 and later on XFM before travelling back to the diaspora. Her time in Uganda before finishing her studies in the USA gave her a household name and landed her numerous awards and nominations such as:
2010 Diva Awards – Rachel K won Diva Awards International Female Artist of the year for the collaboration song with Akon and Keri Hilson “Oh Africa”.
2010 Diva Awards – Video of The year
2007 Buzz Teeniez Awards – Teeniez fresh/breakout Artist of the year
2007 Buzz Teeniez Awards – Teeniez Best TV Personality Of the year
2008 Buzz Teeniez Awards – Teeniez Best TV Personality of the year
2011 Museke Online Africa Music Awards (MOAMA) – Voters Choice for ‘Feel Me’
2012 EWorld Music Awards – R&B “Feel Me’
2016 ASFAS best dressed female Ugandan in the diaspora
And as surely as night follows day, Rachel K is coming back to Uganda. She is lending her vocal prowess and energy to the ASFA’s 2017 stage. She is bringing oomph to the mighty ASFA runway.