Rebecca Nanziri, 25, the 1st runner-up in 2013’s Coca-Cola rated next competition, is in her final year of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information systems at Makerere University
Rebecca Nanziri, 25, the 1st runner-up in 2013’s Coca-Cola rated next competition, is in her final year of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information systems at Makerere University, and is also a producer and visual editor at Bukedde TV. She spoke to Vicky Wandawa
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JOIN THE COMPETITION?
I was watching TV when I saw the advertisement. When I listened to the people singing in the advert, I said to myself, ‘is that all they’ve got’? I’m way better! But when I auditioned, I realised I was wrong!
There were so many beautiful voices,and from Kampala alone, there were 5,000 people who turned up for the audition. Each one had only three seconds to sing and most were sent home! I was nervous.
I prayed hard and when my turn came, I decided to sing a gospel song, My Redeemer Lives.
1ST RUNNER-UP, ALMOST WINNER, YOU MUST HAVE FELT REALLY BAD!
On the contrary, I felt like what I received was enough because it was such a long journey, with many other beautiful voices.
For me, any position among the best ten was enough. And I won sh5m.
IT’S OVER A YEAR SINCE THE COMPETITION, HAVE YOU RELEASED ANY SONGS?
I released two songs this year, Kazinga Love and Kamuli. They are in Luganda and can be accessed on YouTube.
WHAT BRINGS YOU THE GREATEST SATISFACTION IN LIFE?
My music. Every time I do a song, or walk on the street and someone asks to say hello and say they appreciate my music, I feel contented.
WHAT QUOTE DO YOU GO BY IN LIFE?
My today shall always be better than my yesterday.
WHERE DID YOUR MUSICAL JOURNEY START?
I sang in church as a child. In Senior Six, Mariam Ndagire visited my school, Kawanda SS, to show a movie, Down This Road I Walk. I was so excited when I saw her and knew I wanted to work with her.
She organised a singing competition in 2012, The Next Ugandan Music Icon competition, which I won. That was my turning point as a musician,yet I was doing PCB/M!
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS?
I am the producer of a love show. It airs on Bukedde 1 at 12:30am, Monday to Thursday. So when the presenters invite sengas, I listen to many things during those shows. But I can perhaps say patience is necessary in a relationship. That is one thing they all say.
AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT INTIMACY FROM THE SHOWS?
They say a lot that is easier heard than said! They say you have to dress in way that entices your man when he comes home, for example, a beautiful set of bra and matching panties.
SO DO YOU PRACTICE THAT?
Yes, I do wear beautiful matching bras and panties just for him.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR GUY.
We are keeping it a secret.
WHY, IS HE MARRIED?
No, we just want it a secret for now, so I can’t reveal his name.
HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN?
Since I was 17.
AND DO YOU STILL FIND HIM ATTRACTIVE, CONSIDERING THAT AT 17 IT WAS PROBABLY PUPPY LOVE?
I still find him attractive because I fell for his personality and it hasn’t changed. He is God-fearing, supports me and really loves me.
WHAT DOES HE COMPLIMENT YOU MOST ABOUT?
He loves the whole of me and says I have a good heart and love people. He says he feels secure and safe with me.
WASN’T HE INSECURE DURING THE COMPETITION THAT YOU WOULD BE SNATCHED?
He was by my side, during every rehearsal, just to make sure I was safe.
IF YOUR GUY CHEATED WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND, WHO WOULD YOU KEEP?
My guy definitely. I know guys are easily tempted and may desire whatever crosses their path but I would forgive him. I am human and would get angry but he is my baby and when he makes a mistake, I don’t let go of him because I will never find another one like him.
WOULD YOU LEAVE IF HE HIT YOU?
If he hit me for the right reason, I would stay, but if he hit me over something flimsy, I would leave. I admit sometimes we do things that make our better halves angry. They are human too. When people get angry, they do things they can regret. I would still forgive him. My parents hit me since I was young, but do I hate them? No.
BUT WHAT WOULD WARRANT A MAN TO HIT YOU?
Maybe if I went out all night and didn’t pick his calls and then I was rude to him (which I am never), I would take the beating.
ARE YOU THE KIND THAT WOULD STICK TO A BAD RELATIONSHIP JUST TO AVOID GOSSIP FROM THE PUBLIC?
No way, if things were bad, I would leave and not mind what people say, I would just walk out. I do things which make me feel good, not to please the public.
WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON PDA (Public display of affection)?
He doesn’t even want to hold hands, sometimes I have to force him to hold hands. However, that changes when people are looking at me; then, he touches me to turn them off.
If my guy hit me for the right reason, I would stay - Rebecca Nanziri