For many of our Ugandan celebrities, the road to stardom wasn’t a easy, but they had to forge ahead with determination, hard work, consistency and God’s help, they were able to make it despite all the challenges they faced. Many of them, their story is that of transition from grass to grace.
These days, our youths are no longer patient. They want to be stars over night.
Here are my top 5 entertainers who moved from humble beginnings to the top and have affluence and might keep on rocking for years to come.
Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga
He has acted and directed over 30 local plays and owns a group known as The Afri-Talent.
He is currently the most sought after Ugandan actor internationally, known for his major roles in internationally acclaimed blockbuster movies like; The Last King of Scotland (2006), Sometimes in April (2005) and The Silent Army (2008). He is also a celebrated TV and Radio personality.
She is an entertainer, comedienne and actress. She has been referred to as “East Africa’s Queen of Comedy” by most East African entertainment gurus. Kansiime has continued performing and touring abroad as a standup comedian and her comedy style tends to focus on aspects of her personal life. Some of the awards she has won include, AIRTEL Women of Substance Awards 2014, BEFFTA 2013 (Best Comedian) Winner, Lagos International Festival 2013 (Best Actress) Winner, Social Media Awards (Favorite Celebrity) winner, African Social Awards Malaysia (ASAM) – 2013.
Patrick Idringi Salvado
Salvado” whose real name is Patrick Idringi is a man of many hats; a telecommunications engineer, comedian, actor, father and radio presenter. Many people don’t deviate from what they studied in school, so when he decided to resign his Job at MTN to pursue a career in comedy, many people thought he was running mad. The man who only dreamt about flying (Boarding the Plane) is now a regular traveler and sought after comedian abroad.
Patrick Salvado Idringi
He is an Afro-beat and reggae musician.. He is one of the most popular Ugandan musicians and enjoys strong popularity in many countries throughout Africa. Chameleone sings in Luganda, English and Swahili. Several of his songs have yielded popular catchphrases, including Basiima Ogenze, Shida Za Dunia, Nekolera Maali and Badilisha.
True to his stage name Chameleone, he indeed acts like one. He is a Moody person who will not hesitate walking away from a planned show if the quality of the sound output is poor. But trust me, when he gets to that stage, he truly rocks.
Is a top African Reggae and ragga musician. A true entertainment “warlord” the man has been shot and seriously wounded in the past, survived the July 11, 2010 Kampala bomb blasts that killed 74 people and was involved in a nasty car accident in 2011.
Bebe Cool was winner of the Artist of The Year Award at the prestigious Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards). He was nominated for the Kora All-African Awards in 2003 and 2005. He has toured in the UK and the US.
I once visited a studio with him, and was surprised to know that he has over 50 unreleased songs.
Guys this is my Opinion and you are entitled to yours.