With almost two million followers on Facebook, and a very active Twitter account, she easily beat off several musicians.
For the third year running, comedian Anne Kansiime has topped Uganda’s Top 100 Celebrities list, as compiled by the New Vision.
The 29-year-old first topped the lists in 2014, after New Vision started factoring in the effect of social media on celebrity standings.
With almost two million followers on Facebook, and a very active Twitter account, she easily beat off several musicians, who dominated the list.
Maurice Kirya, in second position, led eight musicians in the Top 10, including Juliana Kanyomozi (4), Navio (5), Jose Chameleone (6), Keko (7), Bebe Cool (8), Lilian Mbabazi (9), and Bobi Wine (10). Kampala City Authority’s Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi, was the only other non-musician at No. 3.
The New Vision has been publishing a list of Uganda’s Top Celebrities since 2008, first in the defunct City Beat magazine and then in the paper’s Friday pull-out, The Beat. Some of the personalities topping the lists include the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Mutebi II (2009), Juliana Kanyomozi (2010), and London Olympics Marathon winner Stephen Kiprotich (2013).
The New Vision follows the Forbes magazine model, which measure the wealth and fame of celebrities world-wide. But since in Uganda it is almost impossible to determine the earnings of people, we just use the measure of fame. In measuring fame, we count the number of times an individual’s name appears in the media but like Forbes, we restrict ourselves to the world of entertainment.
Athletes dominated the media Mentions list, understandably, and this was topped by the national soccer team, the Uganda Cranes. The Cranes coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic was second on this list, with AFCON goal scorer Farouk Miya No.3. African Footballer of the year and the Cranes goalkeeper Dennis Onyango came in fourth on this list.
This time round, we also have a Readers List, where we asked New Vision readers to nominate their favourite celebrities of 2016. Readers’ nominations are always very subjective, and are notoriously susceptible to abuse. In fact, we had several people nominating themselves. On this list the overwhelming favourite was musician Sheebah Karungi.
The full 2016 Top 100 Celebrities list is in Friday’s The New Vision pull-out, The Beat.