Gaetano Kaggwa is a Ugandan media personality. He rose to fame when he represented Uganda in the first edition of Big Brother Africa in 2003. He has also hosted the television show Studio 53 on Mnet. Between the years 2004 to 2008, Gaetano was the host of the Capital in the Morning Show on Kenyan radio station 98.4 Capital FM. He is currently working on many projects in media and production.
After Big Brother Africa in 2003 Gaetano Kaggwa who was pursuing a law degree at Makerere then might have not won the top prize, but he also didn’t leave the show and spotlight empty handed. He managed to leverage his fame to start up his now very glamorous showbiz career.
He was invited to to Studio 53 as soon as he left Big Brother Africa. He started Studio 53 from 2004 and for six years, he traveled all over Africa and out of Africa such as Germany, honing his skills in television and broadcasting. He started off as the show host, but after the network realizing his potential and zeal to learn, he was given the opportunity to produce his own show and direct it to.
He says being in the big brother house was different because he never had to worry about where the cameras were unlike television hosting. He just had to be himself.
He took a crash course, when it came to directing and producing the show in Johannesburg so as to craft that skill too. All this came in handy for the dreams he set for himself. In 2008, he returned back to Uganda when Capital Radio offered him a gig. In comparison to TV, he says ‘radio is harder than television’.
On television, you have the advantage of the location, your clothes, posture and people you are interacting with but in radio all you have is your voice doing all the work. It is called ‘theatre in the mind’.
When it came to Capital, he says he learnt on the job. He started with a Saturday breakfast show as he got better, he was moved to the Drive time show with Juliana Kanyomozi from Monday to Friday, he also got another gig for a breakfast show. That wasn’t all he was up to as he maintained his Studio 53 job which required him to move back and forth to Johannesberg every four weeks.
He later left Capital FM and joined Vision FM which is now called X-FM. His personal life was also undergoing a major change. He married the love of his life who lived and worked in Kenya, which prompted him to move to Capital FM Kenya so as to spend more time with his new bride. How romantic? While in Kenya, he was approached by Radio Africa limited a media house in Kenya that offered him a job at KISS TV to produce and direct shows and also come up with concepts for the station. He was promoted to head of TV. He says it wasn’t his cup of tea!
He was used to either being behind the camera or in front of it, but his new promotion required him to do interviews, administrative roles, and be in charge of personnel which he didn’t find interesting. So when Capital FM Uganda came calling with a radio job again, he did not hesitate to return.
His acting career started off in Kenya when he starred in a TV series on Mnet called ‘Changes’. He played the role of a Ugandan man named Tendo who was a shady businessman. He describes it as “a lot of fun, walking in someone’s shoes was really interesting, especially trying to understand who your character is”. Gaetano is a jack of all trades. Read more of his amazing journey in the chano8 April issue here.