Veteran singer Lord Fred Ssebatta beat 24 other Kadongo Kamu artistes to win Shs. 50Million in the just concluded and tightly contested Operation Wealth Creation completion whose grand finale was held on Saturday at Kololo Ceremonial grounds.
According to results from the public votes (60% via SMS Votes run by SMS ONE Uganda Limited) and the decision from the panel of judges, Ssebatta’s song, ‘Zibula-Atudde’ was picked for containing the best message towards the OWC theme of mobilising people to embrace wealth creation and spreading the gospel of hard work through agriculture and other jobs to fight poverty. He later celebrated wildly with his wife and some of his close family members.
Very many fans braved the head and thronged the ceremonial grounds in Kololo to support their respective artistes who were kept waiting upto late evening before Ssebatta was declared winner by speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga who also handed a dummy cheque to the overall winner and other winners in the hotly contested completion that has run for months.
The competition which was launched in May this year by Gen. Salim Saleh, the chief co-ordinator of OWC and Senior Presidential advisor on security matters also saw Vincent Ssegawa finish as runner up and walking away with Shs.25Million while Silvester Busuullwa won sh15m after finishing third. Mathias Walukagga who came fourth won himself sh10m to shut out the prize bracket.
The rest of the finalists were not forgotten as they were promised a token of sh500,000 each for their participation and diner later on Monday in an unnamed location expected to also be attended by high ranking government officials, Operation Wealth Creation officials and the winners.
Other finalists included Mariam Namubiru, Billy Katumba alias Kasodde, Matia Luyima, Ibra Fire, Daddy Isaac, Junior Jemba, Willy Mukaabya, Baby Reagan, Scovia Birungi, Fred Baingana, Engineer Mark, Alice Nassimbwa, Fred Ssebaale. Geoffrey Sembite, Ssalongo Dan Mugula, Joshua Kayondo, Amir Ssengendo, Mzeei Mayambala Sekasi, Kennedy Muwanguzi “Omuzibe” Sereste Kasule and Gold Ki-Matono Opeto.
The day saw several other musicians outside the competition entertaining the mammoth crowd, including the likes of Winne Nwagi, Fiina Masanyalaze, Radio and Weasel, Ykee Bender, Fik Fameica, among others. Lunch was also served for some of the guests and officials under tight security.