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I dreamt of being a lawyer, hotelier or journalist – Iryn

Upclose. Iryn Namubiru rose to fame when she used to sing with Juliana Kanyomozi under the stage name I-JAY in their youthful days. They later parted ways and went solo. Namubiru tells Nicolas Akasula about her firsts.

How would you describe yourself?

I’m an easy going, open minded, and God loving mother of two boys; surrounded by good music.

First thing I do when I wake up…
I pray for the dreams I have and submit the day to God.

Most memorable school experience…
The first time I travelled out of Uganda. Our school choir, Merry Melodies travelled by road to Tanzania in 1993. It was adventurous.

First book I read…
I guess it was a manuscript about ‘Kintu and Nambi’ in Primary Three.

First job…
I was a shop attendant at my Uncle’s shop in Ndeeba.

First salary…
Shs50,000 a month, but when uncle would be happy, he would make it Shs70, 000.

First boyfriend…
He was called Chris, but I will not go into details (laughs).

First song…
‘Never Learn to say good bye’ was the first song I ever wrote.

First time on stage…
When I was nine years old at Kibuye Community Centre Church in Kibuye. I was presenting a gospel piece during one Sunday service.

My best friend…
Originally I had two best friends; Prossy Nantume, and Paul Kibuye in Primary Three. Prossy used to bully me and always knocked my head with her knuckles; but I did not see her again when we left for secondary school. Later, I got four other best friends, who I have had from high school to date

Worst memory…
They are many but the most outstanding ones include the demise of my cousin ‘Kiili’ who died in front of me. I later experienced the death of my grandfather Albert Godfrey Nyanzi Ssemitego. The worst of them all was the dark night of November 24, 2018. I was helpless hearing people wail and pray during the boat cruise accident on Lake Victoria.

Best memory…
I was eight years old when for the first time I coincidentally met my father for the first time. One day, my three cousins and I were taking a walk with Margaret, our nanny and we met three men. Then Margaret told us that one of the men we had briefly seen was my father.
I was perplexed and ran very fast towards them. On reaching them I reached out to touch each of them waiting for her to confirm who it was. And when I reached the third, she nodded in affirmation. My dad gently parted my head while smiling and the rest is history.

Biggest fear…
Not knowing when I will die.

Biggest life lesson…
I’ve learnt to be too judgmental, because there is a lot we do not know, and probably will never about other people.

Best gift received…
My adorable children.

What makes me smile…
Whenever I hear the sound of my grown up boys, calling me “Maman” (Mama)

What I dislike…
When people do not keep time or promises.

What I like most about my job…
It has helped me to express my feelings, and to broadcast important messages. It has also taken me to various corners of the world; where I’ve touched people’s hearts with my voice. I have given and received so much love.

What I hate about it…
The public misconception of what it means to be an artiste.

If I wasn’t a singer…
I used to dream of being a lawyer, hotelier or journalist.

Advice I can give…
Do not dwell on negativity. Stay focused, knowing that not everyone is for you, that way you will live happier.

Parting shot…
I am very much still singing, and releasing new music. I have a brand new song coming soon; and a reggae one this time. But stay safe, because we need you alive!

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