GULU: MC Kash Owakabi, or call him Slim Daddy, may have tried his hand at music, but today, he is one of the baddest MCs in Gulu, as Polycarp Kalokwera writes.
I have seen you at events and you seem blessed with words, are you a writer?
No. I am just a words addict.
You have two aliases, MC Kash Owakabi and Slim Daddy, how come?
The name MC Kash Owakabi dates back to the days when I admired the story of how Bill Gates became rich, so I grew up wanting to become rich and be ‘Owakabi’, meaning exceptional. Slim Daddy is just basically because of my physique – slim. My real name is Gerald Joshua Oduka.
You have been emceeing for more than 10 years, when did all this start?
My career as an MC dates back to 2005 while at Negri Primary School, Gulu, and it is something that I loved to do with all my heart.
What inspired you to become an MC?
My dream was actually to be a musician and upto now, that is what I love, but emceeing has been part of me since birth, having found its resting place in my heart. Naturally, I was meant to be an MC and events host.
You have tried your hand at music, tell us about that?
Music is really funny. When I first recorded a song in 2006 and evaluated myself, I realised people welcomed me as an MC, not a musician, so I mastered every skill for it.
Besides emceeing, what else do you do to make end meets?
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Gulu University, which has given me the dynamic mind to open up businesses such as Northside Magazine, A Graphics company, among others.
How much does an MC contribute to an event?
A show or event without a good MC is a dead one because we are the engine, the accelerator, the gear lever, the brakes, during and after the event and this is what event organisers always forget. Emcees should be paid twice higher than a musician.
You seem to be a hot cake in northern Uganda, what makes you magical?
God above everything but I also keep up with the trends of entertainment. As an MC you need to be up to date and you really need to work hard and build networks and while on stage you need to know what to say, read the mood before you let out the joke.
You have hosted so many award events in your 10-year career, have you received any award?
Unfortunately, MCs are often forgotten, but I think it is not about how many accolades you have but rather how instrumental you are in the development of the entertainment industry in general.
What have you managed to change since you joined the industry in 2005?
I have erased the idea of having to first bribe an MC for an upcoming musician to be given chance to sing. This and more were happening a lot when I first joined the industry.
What are other achievements in your years in the industry?
My achievements are countless, but I think the most important one is the love and huge following from the fans, which is something hard to get in this industry. Not to brag, I think I have been a good brand and that’s why the fans love me.
Have you faced any challenges in the years you have spent in this industry?
Yes. Successes are quantified by the magnitude and obstacles overcome. I think too much unhealthy competition and jealousy has been my success virus.
How would you rate the entertainment industry in northern Uganda?
I think it’s stagnant. Most artistes are confined in their comfort zone and seem not to think outside the box to exploit untapped creativity, talents and connections that the industry wholesomely requires of them to shine unconditionally across other borders.