“Nana Kagga kept insisting that they should rectify the teleprompter. At first we thought she was being melodramatic but then the rest of the night was a bloody mess,” said Sheilah Nabatanzi, one of the guests at the second edition of Uganda Entertainment Awards at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday. “It seems they (organisers) did not learn from last year’s debacle.”
Kagga is the producer of TV drama series Beneath the Lies.
The night had started off quite well with glamour on the red carpet. But once inside the Victoria Ballroom, the mess began to show. Salvador Idringi and Malaika Nyanzi’s microphones failed to start in due time for spot on introduction.
And then came the Kagga moment.
The award for best radio host instead wound up as “Galaxy Fm” and best radio station became Mckenzie. The inconsistency and lack of correspondence between what the awards presenters were saying, what was showing on the screen and the results in the envelop was plain laughable.
There was a consistent mix of sexes in the categories of best actor and actress, female and male radio presenter, best female and male sports personality.
“This has happened so much that it has stopped being funny,” said another guest, Micheal Kyabayinze who like Nabatanzi and hundreds others had been disgruntled.
“This always happens at their awards, they are never prepared, they are disorganised, yet these awards are a good idea,” he said.
Besides, the presenters of the awards seemed unprepared with the majority sounding like terrible speakers.
Former Miss Uganda Zahara Nakaigga was left standing in the dark with Phiona Bizu yet they had been called to present best music video, best actress and best actor awards. Instead Michael Owori (Bush Baby) read all three awards with a one Vincent Nsubuga.
To drop the bomb, Yemi Alade performed only one song, I thank you and made adlibs with her song Johnny then left the stage.
However, credit is given where it is due. There was genuine consensus about the winners of the awards, unlike last year.
Eddie Kenzo won Artiste of the Year, Male Artiste and Video of the Year. Best female comedian went to Ann Kansiime, Best Gospel to Levixone, Best RnB to Rema Namakula, Song of the year to Winne Nwangi and Best Female Artiste to Sheeba Karungi…
“This industry is no longer about politics but making music,” said Kenzo who admitted that UEA’s are the first awards ceremony he has attended at home and he felt that in earnest, he had not been cheated.
#UEA16 List of winners
1.Artiste of the Year- Eddy Kenzo
2.Male Artiste – Eddy Kenzo
3.Female Artiste- Sheebah Karungi
4. Song of the Year.- Musawo
5. Best Raggea Artiste- Apass
6.Best Dancehall Artiste – Ziza Bafana
7. Best Gospel Artiste- Levixone
8.Best Band – Qwela Band
9.Best Breakout Artiste- Winnie Nwagi
10. Best Artiste in the Diaspora – Bella Mubiru
11. Best RNB artiste – Rema Namakula
12. Kadongo Kamu Artiste- Mathias Walukaga
13.Video of the Year- Soraye – Eddy Kenzo
14. Best collaboration – Same way -Geosteady & Lydia Jazmine
15. Best Audio Music Producer- Ronnie the Don
16. Best Video Producer- Sasha Vybz
17. Best Dj – Roja and Slick Stuart
18.Best African Act – Yemi Alade
19. Best East African Act- Eddy Kenzo
20. Best Tv Station- Bukedde TV
21. Best Radio station- Galaxy fm
22. Best Entertainment Tv Show- The beat -NTV
23.Best Male Entertainment Tv Presenter- Douglas Lwanga
24.Best female Entertainment tv Presenter- Mary Flavia Namulindwa
25.Best Tv series- Deception
26.Remarkable tv Host- Kasuku
27.Best Comedy Group- Comedy Files
28. Outstanding Male Comedian- M.c Mariachi
29.Outstanding Female Comedian- Anne Kansiime
30. Best all round entertainment Personality – Bobi Wine
31.Best Male Sports Personality – Ivan Byekwaso
32. Best Female Sports Personality – Lillian Zawedde
33.Best Hip Hop Artiste- Navio
34. Best Fashion Designer- Anita Beryl
35. Outstanding Fashion Brand- Kwesh
36.Outstanding Model- Leah Kalanguka
37. Lifetime Achievement Award- Afrigo Band
38. Humanitarian Award- Angella Katatumba
39. UEA Noble Award- Pastor Robert Kayanja
40.Entertainment website/ blog of the year- Chano8
captr Afrigo Band scooped the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’
Below, Nigerian diva Yemi Alade performed one song before rushing back stage. PHOTOS BY EDDIE CHICCO