2020 was the year that no one ever expected. When the lockdown was enforced in March, many of us thought it was going to happen for just a couple of weeks and we would go back to normal but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Although a number of things have opened up, it is still not the normal that we are used to.
Irrespective of the pandemic a couple of pulsers were able to light out of the darkness that befell us.
Eric Opoka aka Eezzy
Eezy is a 2nd year student at Kyambogo University who has been in the music industry for the last two years. However, before the Covid-19 pandemic, his music was majorly in Gulu-his home area but this year he broke out to the entire country with his song ‘Tumbiza sound’.
Tumbiza sound has become a household hit during this pandemic. It also caught the attention of the Ministry of Health officials because the song was going against their messages to curb the spread of Covid-19. However, after a meeting with them, Eezzy will be making a remix of the song to encourage people to follow the standard operating procedures that government has put in place.
During the lockdown, local Tv stations had to become creative by creating dance party shows for their viewers to enjoy on Friday and Saturday since they were now at home and not in hangout spots as they would have been normally. NTV hired Etania Mutoni aka The life of the Party to host the NTV Mix show on Friday.
Since then, Etania has also become a brand ambassador for Swirnoff Uganda and Jumia Uganda. Although she was already popular before in the Kampala night life, she has grown as a person in the media industry.
Raymond Kahuma has brought a new face to vlogs and podcasts in Uganda. He dropped out of Makerere University and decided to do something that he was very passionate about so he started a YouTube channel. His channel has the craziest of ideas like sending breakfast into space, staying in the middle of Lake Victoria for 24 hours, making the world’s biggest chapatti, and so many more.
He also has a second channel for his podcasts where he interviews different personalities and talks about current issues He has hosted Nadia Matovu, Bad Black, Mona Faces, Ainebintu Laura, etc. If you have not yet subscribed to his channel you need to buy a pulse data bundle by dialing *157# and subscribing to it.
2020 was clearly the year for 24-year-old Joseph Cheptegi. He broke the 5,000M world record in the Common wealth games in August, 2020. The record he broke had been there for 16 years and had originally been set by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele. In October, 2020 he also became the world 10,000M champion.
He placed Uganda on the global map and put smiles on the faces of many proud Ugandans at a time when many were hopeless because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
When the pandemic broke out, gyms were closed, jogging was prohibited but people were in their homes eating and gaining weight. Patience Ankunda aka Panto started a health and wellness programme called Afrocanfit to address all fitness issues for young people from the comfort of their homes.
Afrocanfit has now grown and has personalized resistance bands, a health living journal and also a website where people can sign up for the monthly challenges that she plans out. She has gone on to partner with Tubayo to reward the winners of her challenges with trips to Tubayo destinations in the country.
Although he is already known to many, last year was a year of growth in Canary’s career. He became NBS TV’s Chief Corona virus correspondent. He became the face on Tv that asked the questions we had in mind and had multiple interviews with people who had answers to these questions as well. In May, he also had a one on one interview with H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to talk about the pandemic, elections and so much more.
Mpaju David and Byamugisha Joseph
These two brilliant minds from Makerere University innovated an app called ‘Covid Can I do it?”. The app is an assessment tool for the Cobid-19 virus that enables users to stay on alert an avoid crowded areas where the virus could easily be spread. The app uses Google maps data to show users the crowded and busy areas that they should avoid.
Ethan Kavuuma aka Eth Lawinsky was the winner of the Sanyu FM Hot Mic search. Out of hundreds of people, the ‘Mwooli’ singer won himself a 2 year contract with Sanyu FM and Ugx3,000,000. Since then he has been the host for Alive and Kicking on Friday and Eight to Eight every Monday to Friday.
This year, he also released a song titled ‘Mwooli’ which he did in collaboration with King Saha.