Mary Luswata has made her career by becoming a gossip queen. She presents the ‘Sqoop on Sqoop’ gossip show that runs from Monday to Friday at 5pm. Her show last between 3 to 5 minutes but has quickly become popular because of the no holds barred approach to presenting gossip.
It is one of the most watched local programs despite it lasting for 5 minutes only. She has won a big number of fans as well as enemies because of that. Chano8 caught up with her at her place of work and asked a few questions about her life, career and plans.
Have you always been like that while growing up?
Every child has some gossip in them. When you’re a kid, you don’t know what’s right or wrong and you’re basically just throwing up words. I never really cared about what Ugandan celebrities were all about. In fact when I first got the show, I cried because I was not interested in celebrity lives. I then realized that this is a role I have to play. I basically act every day on the show. The show has nothing to do with my daily life outside the set so after the show I am a different person and am always minding my own business.
So is your Scoop on Scoop show scripted?
No it isn’t but at the start I used to script it because I hadn’t yet gotten used to it. But now I don’t script. I just get subjects to focus on for the show. I usually get my subjects and ideas for the show on set while I’m on air. At times, I even change my subjects during the show contrary to what I had planned before.
Read more about Mary Luswata’s career and plans in the Chano8 October issue here.