Last month, young rapper Faith Nanyanzi aka Felista Da Superstar officially received a scholarship from Ruparelia Foundation to study her primary education at the prestigious Kampala Parents’ School (KPS). The news was welcomed with excitement by the rapper, her family and well-wishers. All has been well, at least that’s what we thought until Felista’s father came out last week crying for help.
Mike Nyanzi said he was grateful for the opportunity given to his daughter by Rajiv Ruparelia but he is facing a lot of challenges especially when it comes to transporting the child to and from school.
“I am not being ungrateful and I am not saying that I need the school to give me a van to drop and pick Felista from school but I am simply asking for help from whoever can,” the single father said.
He said he was spending about Shs20, 000 a day as fares for dropping and picking his daughter from the school.
“We stay very far from Kampala Parents School so when I calculate the money I use in a day to drop Felista, go back home and go back to pick her up after school, it amounts to Shs20, 000 a day which will amount to approximately Shs2 million a term.”
Nyanzi who lives in Nakinyuguzi village in Makindye, Kampala said that in addition to his daughter’s transport he also pays her rent and feeding which he still claims is expensive for him to handle.
“I pay for the studio, rent, and food for my daughter which is too expensive. I can’t afford to also keep spending over Shs20, 000 a day just to transport her to school,” he said.
Social media users didn’t have any kind words for Nyanzi but advised him to shift to a house closer to the school.
One Doreen Nafuna commented on the video saying “Abantu abamu bagala obawe embuzi obawe nomugwa (some people want you to give them both the goat and a rope) …dad is just up to something. He’s not clear about because I’m sure they rent so why not shift and rent at a place nearer.”
“How can such a young man fail to provide education to the young girl?” another social media user commented.
Peter Byamukama suggested, that “He can rent a good house in nearby suburbs like Nsambya, Namasuba, Natete and save on transport. I think if you save 10,000 a day a month is 300,000 which can get a reasonable house and push that talented girl to success. Find solution don’t waste the girl’s bursary”.
Betty Luyimbazi also advised him to shift like fresh daddy did “Just shift totukooya nga fresh dad shifted from Luwero to Kampala”
“If you as a father wants your kid to have a good education and you are given such an opportunity please don’t spoil the kid’s future; they helped you with a bursary try your best to provide transport,” Osbert Ayongyere advised.
The 7-year-old’s first single is ‘Nawambye’ and more is expected from her given her talent.