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Nyege Nyege attempted ban only served to boost sales

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Music Fiesta festival, Nyege Nyege 2022 took Uganda by storm over the weekend after foiled attempts by parliament to terminate the annual event citing immorality.

The four day (Thursday – Sunday) event started on Thursday with thousands of revellers from across East Africa and the world flocking Itanda falls in Jinja.

The 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community, Hon. Alitwala Kadaga graced the festival giving revellers a sigh of relief after parliament labeled the event ‘immoral’, a thing that left organizers on tenterhooks.

Nyege Nyege means dancing loosely in some local languages.
But it also has sexual connotations in East Africa’s most commonly spoken ligo-Kiswahili.

Tipsy crowds were seen dancing to a mix of songs with excitement

On the final day, partying seemed even more interesting as revellers couldn’t imagine that the four day party extravaganza was in its final hours.

African cultural dancers were the highlight of the event as they hyped-up the African traditional dances at the sound beats of traditional folk music.

This year’s edition was organized by Talent Africa with Uganda Waragi as the headline sponsor. Bell lager was on board to spice it up with mpola enjoyments.

It has to be remembered that critics including several Members of Parliament led by the speaker of Parliament had described it as a “breeding ground for sexual immorality” and “homosexuality”.

Therefore in order for the organizers to get permission to proceed with the festival, they had to ensure that there were no sex orgies, nudity, vulgarity among other immoral acts.

Nyege Nyege-Uganda was lauched in late 2015. There has been 5 physical editions since then but the event suffered a two year hiatus due to COVID-19.

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Japheth Godwin Walakira
Japheth Godwin Walakira
Japheth Godwin Walakira, is an exceptionally talented Journalism student at Nkumba University, specializing in photojournalism, video editing, and writing. With an acute eye for detail and an unwavering passion for storytelling, Japheth possesses a natural gift for capturing powerful images and crafting compelling narratives that captivate audiences. As a dedicated and skilled communicator, Japheth excels in collaborating with diverse teams to achieve common goals. His commitment to making a positive impact in the world of media is evident through his multifaceted roles. Not only is he a proficient Journalism student, but he also serves as the Public Relations Officer at the Rotaract Club of Nkumba University. Additionally, he holds the esteemed position of Information Minister for the School of Social Sciences at Nkumba University, showcasing his leadership and organizational skills. Furthermore, Japheth's influence extends to the realm of student governance, where he proudly serves as the Guild Information Minister at Nkumba University. His dedication, drive, and passion for media make him a standout individual, poised to create meaningful change and leave a lasting legacy in his field.


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