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The best entertainers of 2008

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st January 2009 03:00 AM

EVERY year, The New Vision readers choose their best and worst personalities in various fields.

EVERY year, The New Vision readers choose their best and worst personalities in various fields. Gilbert Mwijuke analyses the readers’ choices

Best musician
It is not surprising that Juliana Kanyomozi tops this list, considering that the songbird is the PAM Awards Artiste of The Year. Kanyomozi was nominated for her ‘educative’ songs.

She was followed by Bobi Wine who was chosen for his good presentation and consistency. In third place was Jose Chameleone for knowing when to release a song. . Moze Radio & Weasel can celebrate yet another triumph as they were nominated for being the greatest combination, while Bebe Cool got a nod for his ability to make crowds go crazy.

Best drama group
The Ebonies emerged best drama group for their educative plays. Amarula Family came second for their comic performances. Third was Bakayimbira Dramactors, while fourth was Afri-Talent. In fifth and sixth places were Ndere Troupe and Theatre Factory.

Best writer
For writing educative songs, singer/songwriter, Sylver Kyagulanyi, emerged best writer. Second was renowned poet and literary scholar, Professor Timothy Wangusa, chosen for his novel, Upon This Mountain. Wangusa was followed by Matia Magambo for promoting the girl child. Also nominated were playwrights Andrew Benon Kibuuka, Mariam Ndagire, Alex Mukulu and Ashraf Ssemwogerere.

Best TV presenter
WBS’ Straka Mwezi (Late Show) reigned supreme with 462 nominations, followed by Mukasa Kafeero of Kola Ng’Omuddu. UBC TV’s Val came third. He might be new on TV, but Record TV’s Patriko Mujuka managed a decent fourth place while fifth was NBS’ Tough B.

Best Song
This one goes to Bobi Wine’s Mazzi Mawanvu. Readers nominated the song because it is boastful yet inspirational. Sirina Mulala by Sweet Kid and Juliana Kanyomozi came second, while in third place was Chameleone’s Bayuda. Moze Radio and Weasel’s Nakudata was fourth-best.

Best local actor
The Ebonies’ Sam Bagenda (Dr. Bbosa) emerged the best in this category for being ‘natural’. In second place was actress, singer and playwright, Mariam Ndagire.

Radio Simba’s funnyman, Amooti, came third; readers said he was productive and hilarious. Abby Mukiibi was fourth, while in fifth place was Kato Lubwama, described by readers as ‘serious’.

Best Foreign Song
Ne-Yo won for Miss Independent, followed by Chris Brown with With you and Rihanna and TI with Your Life. Shayne Ward’s Breathless came in at number four.

Best International musician
Chris Brown topped this list, followed by Ne-Yo and rapper Lil Wayne. Senegalese R&B star, Akon, was fourth

Best radio DJ
The Capital FM Late Date host, DJ Ronnie, was the winner of this category. His colleague Alex Ndawula was second followed by Sanyu FM’s Fat Boy. In fourth place was Radio Simba’s Omulangira Ndausi.

Journalist of the year
WBS TV’s Peter Kibazo topped the category, followed by The New Vision’s environmental journalist, Gerald Tenywa. Weekly Observer’s Semujju Nganda, Andrew Mwenda, WBS’ Peter Ntimba, NTV’s Barbara Angopa and The New Vision’s Norman Katende followed.

Best radio programme
This one went to Kiriza Oba Gaana, a political talk show hosted by Medi Nsereko on CBS FM. CBS’ Mambo Bado, emerged second followed by Capital Gang, Kagwirawo, Late Date and Waz Up (K FM).

Best radio newsreader
Radio Uganda’s veteran newsreader, Baale Francis, is the most popular. Super FM’s Aisha Semaktiko came second

Best radio presenter
This position went to CBS’ Meddie Nsereko, followed by K FM’s D’Mighty Breakfast co-host, Aisha Alibaih. In third place was Lucky, also from K FM.

Best TV newsreader
WBS’ Katende Malibu beat perennial winner, UBC’s Baale Francis.

Cartoon of the year
The New Vision cartoons took the top four slots. James Gayo’s Kingo emerged number one; Charles Onen’s Mr. Ras emerged second followed by Tom Rush.

Photograph of the year
Readers voted the picture of the collapse of the NSSF building as their best of 2008.

The best entertainers of 2008

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