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Elijah Kisakye And Charlene Kasumba Win Vodafone Whatsapp Mania Competition

It was an epic grand finale as the long awaited moment arrived for the 10 finalists of the first ever Vodafone WhatsApp Mania competition on Thursday at JazzVille in Bugolobi.

The crowd favourite and most consistent contestant Elijah Kisakye emerged the overall winner. Kisakye also known as Elisonga was introduced to the music scene at last years’s Rated Next competition where he was evicted after only a week despite being the fans favourite. He promised to bounce back and boy did he do it in style.

He did not only garner the most views online, but was also the most impressive performer during the finale in which both the fans and judges which included Dance-hall artiste Peter Miles, Producer Ken Daniels Kayongo, arts critic Moses Serugo and Vodafone’s Rukh-shana Namuyimba concluded he was the top notch beating Charlene Kasumba to second place in the tight race.

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Overall winner of the Vodafone WhatsApp Mania

Kisakye walked away with audio and video recording contracts with Talent Africa and Deuces Entertainment respectively for his efforts while First runner-up Charlene won an audio contract

Vodafone WhatsApp Mania winner

First runner-up Charlene won a recording contract from Talnt Africa

In his opening remarks, Vodafone Uganda CEO Allan Richardson said; “Vodafone is passionate about all things technology and what it can do to enable young people achieve their dreams without barriers”.

Vodafone Uganda CEO Allan Richardson  at Jazzville, Bugolobi.

Vodafone Uganda CEO Allan Richardson speaking at the Grand Fina at Jazzville, Bugolobi.

What all Interested contestants had to do to enter the competition was to purchase and load a Vodafone power bundle of any amount or buy any mobile device from any of the Vodafone stores or outlets, compose and record either a video and audio song using their phones and then submitting them to WhatsApp number 0723000500.

Vodafone WhatsApp Mania, Africa’s first WhatsApp-based music competition, was launched in January, 2016 to give Ugandans with a dream to become global music icons, an opportunity to kick-start their music careers.

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The Judges; Moses Serugo, Peter Miles(replaced Navio), Rukh-shana Namuyimba and Ken Daniels Kayongo

The other contestants were; Michael Mpho, Penelope Nankunda, Fahad Bin Haruna, Winnie Kisa Nakabanda, Mc Young Wizy, Oloya Joel, Address K, Apio Lilian, Ashley Gold, Giga. S. Conso, Kenneth Robert, Leonard Muka, Catherine Hellen Nakiwala, and Tumuhairwe Derrick.

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