On Monday March 8, 2021 was Women’s Day and Operation Wealth Creation organized the celebrations at the National Theatre where women especially in the entertainment industry were urged to embrace Government programs.
Sylvia Damalie Owori, the Operations Director of OWC informed the hundreds of musicians that OWC was looking forward to supporting the stars in their quest for bettering their lives. She urged the artistes to embrace Government programmes for socio-economic transformation.
The female musicians, under their umbrella Uganda Musicians Association, shared their daily concerns mostly the effects of the life-changing Covid-19 pandemic.
Among the artists that graced the meet include Halima Namakula, Chance Nalubega, Phoebe Nassolo, Cindy Sanyu, Phina Mugerwa, Evelyn Lagu, Sophie Gombya, Karole Kasiita, and Sarah Zawedde among many others.
One by one, artists introduced themselves and the few who wanted to share their experiences did so and among these was Halima Namakula who challenged her fellow musicians to engage in a side business to supplement their music careers.
“We must engage in other activities that can supplement the music business. With this pandemic (Covid-19), the music business has been closed. But with other activities, each one of us can be able to survive,” Namakula told the artists.
Chance Nalubega on the other hand urged the government to open music concerts saying the artists were ready to observe SOPs for their safety and their fans’. This day also happened to be Phina Masanyalaze’s birthday and she got to celebrate it with fellow women in the struggle.
Besides the speeches, some performances came in from Joanita Kawalya and Levixone among others. International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.
It is also a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence against women.
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