By Ronald Mugabe
Social media; with its numerous platforms is what many Ugandans will say has turned youth into time wasters, but you definitely cannot say the same about one brilliant group that goes by the name; Forty Days over Forty Smiles. You can call them 40:40.
This group led by warm hearted Esther Kalenzi has used the platforms to mobilize support for the most underprivileged children in Kampala’s slums and beyond.
They were at it again last Friday night as they hosted a vast crowd of fun-loving youth at a charity event dubbed Croak and Rhyme at Uganda Museum. The event kicked off at around 8:00pm with each reveler present; parting with sh10, 000 for entrance.
As expected of every event that attracts many youth, there was much fun, entertainment, food and drinks for them to partake. Remember this was a charity event to raise money in support of 42 less privileged children at the Agape Children’s Home in Kibuli, a Kampala suburb.
“These children are faced with enormous challenges among them; limited space at the home, insufficient beddings, lack of school fees, insufficient or no medical care and they have only one meal a day,” said Kalenzi as she addressed the audience.
She urged revelers give generously so that the children at the home will have the opportunity to have a better, self-sustaining life.
Lots of entertainers performed their acts ranging from poems, mimes to original musical ones.
Key among them was X-FM’s Cynthia Tumwine, who came on stage to do one of her latest releases alongside youthful rapper, Turker HD. As the youth endlessly beamed up with excitement, silky voiced RnB sensation, Naava Gray stole the moment with a performance of one of her most acclaimed love ballads, Ndinga Omuloge.
One fan, perhaps driven mad by Naava’s voice and curves, jumped onto the platform to have a closer connection with the RnB star. His brave move surely paid off. He had the grandest of opportunities to hold her by the waist as she performed.
The highlight of the night was long lost Maddox Sematimba’s performance. He appeared on stage so drunk on something, but that didn’t rub the fans the wrong way.
They cheered him on as he did his beautiful songs like the most common one, Namagembe. He also did ‘Emiti Emito and Omuyimbi.’
The proceeds will be used to ensure a better life for the unprivileged children at the Kibuli based home.