The Ugandan Entertainment Industry lost a few key celebrities this year. Chano8 brings you a summary of who the industry lost this year and how all of it happened.
Ak47 / Emmanuel Mayanja
It was the biggest shock when Emmanuel Mayanja the youngest of the Mayanja family passed away. He was a force to reckon in dancehall and at the moment he had songs like Ebaluwa and Kidandali hitting the airwaves. He fell in the toilets of Deja Vu Bar in Kabalagala and died while being rushed to the Nsambya hospital. He remains deeply etched in Ugandans’ hearts and most of all his family members including Pallaso, Chameleone and Weasel. He is not to be forgotten soon.
Lumix Da Don
Hiphop artist Lumix who has passed away to day. Lumix is known for his nice music including his collabo with Aziz Azion, GNL and T Bro titled True Manhood where they were teaching against promiscuity and creating HIV Awareness. His other songs include Hit the exit, Easy, Cash rules, Front line, The freestyle, moment of silence among others.
She succumbed to kidney failure at International Hospital of Kampala(IHK). Harriet Kisakye, a local musician was famous for songs like Ekinigeria and Gyenvudde. She had been an active supporter of FDC’s Kizza Besigye and even took part in his 2011 campaign rallies.
He was a retired news anchor at Uganda Broadcasting Station, the oldest TV station in Uganda. He died at Mulago Hospital after battling with cancer for a long time. He was actually preparing to go to India for treatment after UBC had raised funds to cover his treatment. He was at the moment in charge of training young talents in news anchoring at the station.
He was killed by a stray bullet fired by a policeman during a standoff between Bwaise partygoers that wanted to party in Eden Service Park and South Sudanese nationals that had sealed it off saying that they had made reservations for the venue exclusively for their end of year concert. Clashes between South Sudan nationals and Ugandans have ensued due to this tragedy that had the music industry robbed of one of its own. Cornelius Oloya aka Master Blaster was famous for his song Embooko which hit the airwaves hard in 2007.
Alex Ssempijja was one of the dancers in the Triplets Foundation which starred in Eddy Kenzo’s Sitya Loss video that went viral internationally. He had an accident while riding a bicycle in Makindye with his friend Patricia. The latter sustained severe injuries but is now in good condition. Alex died in Rubaga hospital.
A former English news anchor of NTV Uganda passed away in April 2015. Rosemary Nankabirwa who was battling adrenocortical carcinoma cancer had been hospitalised at Cancer institute and Heart institute at Mulago hospital before she was taken to Nairobi where she passed away.
Several celebrities also lost their parents including the following
Rebbecca Jjingo lost her dad Ssalongo Jjingo
Maurice Kirya and Vampino lost their beloved mum
Coco Finger lost his dad Mr. Otuke Augustine
Dan Flavor lost his dad
H.E Bobi Wine lost his dad Mzee John Sentamu
We pray for the souls of the departed to rest in peace and pray for a more prosperous 2016.