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Date With a Celeb: Andrew Kabuura meets fans

Andrew Kabuura shows his fans how he works in the Radiocity FM studios.  PHOTO BY ISAAC  SSEJJOMBWE

Andrew Kabuura is a presenter and commentator at Super Sport and he presents the daily sports shows on Radiocity FM. He meets his fans John Baptist Shibutta and Eddie Moses Torach, students at Makerere University Business School.

Hi Kabura. How are you?
Good and you guys?

Fine. It’s nice to meet you. So who is Kabuura?
Well, I’m a basic guy, big sports fan who can forego even the most beautiful woman for a soccer game. I believe life is all about sports. That aside, I like travelling and challenges.

When did you realise you wanted to do sports?
I grew up as a sports fan watching guys like Thomas Mulambo and Mark Ssali, among others but it wasn’t till 2008 when I thought about trying out presenting.

What happened next?
I wrote my first article but it was rejected. The second one was accepted and published by one of the media houses and so was the third. I pinned the articles at home in the kitchen, bedroom and corridor so that when you missed the one in the kitchen, there is no way you would miss the one in the corridor.

In 2009, a German journalistic company called Lokaalmoneiaal together with Free Voice Africa Media Online held auditions for Super Sport presenters. From the 100 slots, the number was trimmed down to 60, then 30 and then 10 of which I was the fourth to travel to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. I joined NTV later that year for the Sports Bar and then Radiocity FM.

Are you paid well?
Yes I’m paid well because I work for Super Sport and Radiocity. What you earn depends on what level you are, what quality, station and industry you are in.

Is the course you did in anyway related to what you are doing?
I did BBA at Mubs but it was the passion and personal push that led me into sport presenting and commentary.

Which schools did you attend?
I went to Kitunga Boarding Primary School then Vienna College Namugongo for my O-Level and Makerere College for A-Level and finally Mubs for my degree.

Tell us about your family background?
I grew up under the guidance of Stephen Rwangezi of Ndere Troupe and I’m the youngest of four children.

Who inspired you to do commentary and presentation?
It’s actually three people: Russel Fuller of BBC Sport, Thomas Mulambo of Super Sport and Ahmed Hussein of Sanyu FM.

What was the first match you covered as a commentator?
It was the first leg of SC Villa against Utoda in 2011.

What has been your hardest time on TV?
It was my first interview I did to get a slot on Super Sport. I was given 40 seconds to stand in front of a camera and present a game at Namboole. You have to be quick, analytical and observant in those 40 seconds to be given a slot but thank God I did it.

Which football club do you support?
I’m a staunch Man U fan.

Who is your best football player of all time?
That would be Roy Keane and he’s the reason I’ve been supporting Man U.

Best playing country?
Spain because of their style of play.

How do you spend your free time?
I sleep a lot, party with friends and watch soccer.

Is it only soccer you are interested in?
Not really, my radio programme involves all kinds of sport: Cricket, rugby, basketball, athletics and many others.

What else do you do besides TV and radio?
I’m starting up a production company called Lens Media which will be producing TV shows.

What’s the most challenging bit about TV and radio?
It’s the connection you have to have with your viewers and listeners. You need to have facts to keep them hooked to your show.

What makes a good presenter?
It’s the passion, having facts and communication skills.

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