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Covid-19 lockdown: 250 Ugandan artistes get food relief


The executive director Bayimba Foundation (right) hands over the food to UNCC director, Peter Francis Ojede


Like elsewhere in the world, Uganda’s entertainment industry has been arguably hit hardest by Covid-19 induced lockdown with artists continuing to count losses.

As stakeholders and other organizations continue to support the stranded artistes, the organizers of Bayimba Festival of Music and Arts donated food to Theatre Artistes.

According to the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) productions Manager, Andrew Jedidiah Ssebagala, the food relief that included maize floor, sugar and beans is meant for atleast 250 selected artists who are badly hit by the lockdown.

He Said the food was delivered through the Office of the Deputy RCC Kampala Central and it was received by Peter Francis Ojede, the executive director UNCC.

The beneficiaries of the food relief among others included; comedians under The Uganda Comedians Association represented by Bugingo Hannington , Cultural dancers at House of Talent, Contemporary dancers, veteran theatre artists of Akezimbira drama actors, National Union of Creative, Artists and Allied Workers(NUCPAAW) represented by the General Secretary, Film maker and Actor under Uganda Film Network represented by Nkalubo Sam, Federation of Performing Artists Uganda president Andrew Benon Kibuuka representing Kadongo Kamu Association, James Wasula of Afrigo band team Nyange Cultural Performers represented by Sarah Tendo, The “Vernacular Speaker” represented Kitara Nation, Song writers under Song Writers Association represented by Kateregga John and Dancer Soldiér M Rashid of Ekirooto Mission.

UNCC asked the artist leaders who received food on behalf of their organizations to follow the guidelines put in place by the Government while giving out the food.

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