"He is a great guy, lots of fun. He loves our country so much," says Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba of the visiting American actor and singer.
By Joseph Kizza
He is so many things in one. Throw him the script of Underclassman and he will pull off a fitting starring role as a volunteer junior undercover detective named Tracy Stokes - or Tre, if you like. Call him up to host a television show and he will do an incredible job at it - are you a fan of America's Got Talent? He can also go lyrical with relative ease - he is no stranger in the rapping fraternity. Also a producer, singer and activist, he cuts the perfect figure of a multi-talented human being.
That's Nick Cannon for you.
In fact, the 38-year-old American Hollywood star is in Uganda, and by the look of things, he is enjoying his stay in the Pearl of Africa. 🇺🇬
His sojourn here has seen him head to the eastern part of this vast, endowed land to check out the Source of River Nile.
And the father of three let the cyber world in on his travel bearings with an Instagram post of him wearing a hoodie bearing the word 'HOWARD' (he is studying at Howard University), dark jeans and a pair of All Stars, with filming gadgetry clamped in his left hand. He is bathed in glorious morning sunshine against a background of vegetation and Nile (supposedly) water that can tempt any enthusiast into plunging in for a refreshing splash!
His arrival in the country was barely noticed - of course until word started to go around social media, and his Twitter and Instagram posts doing well to lend much-needed conviction and credibility to the 'rumours'.
"Up Early in the Motherland Documenting... The #Marathon Continues from where the Nile River Begins!," read in part his tweet, which included a link to this photo below on his Instagram page on May 1.
Apparently, the San Diego-born star, who was married to American R&B/pop singer Mariah Carey, with whom they had fraternal twins together, is here for charity work with Wells of Hope Ministries, an organisation that supports children of prisoners.
Cannon has been accompanied by renowned entertainer and activist Dr. Bahiyyah M. Muhammad, an Associate Professor of Washington DC-based Howard University, where Cannon, as mentioned earlier, is a student.
They have reportedly helped scores of children of Wells of Hope High School to visit their parents incarcerated in various prisons across the country.
From being welcomed by dancing youngsters to serving food to children and even having fun on a seesaw swing, Cannon is captured living in the moment in pictures posted on various online platforms.
In one particular photo, he is seen posing with the Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba - the two men wearing navy-blue caps emblazoned with a Ugandan flag.
Muhoozi, President Yoweri Museveni's son who recently turned 45, posted the photo on his Twitter page, saying he was "honoured to hang out with the great American actor and singer Nick Cannon".
"He is a great guy, lots of fun. He loves our country so much. Till we meet again brother," read the photo caption.
Today, I was honoured to hang out with the great American actor and singer Nick Cannon. He is a great guy, lots of fun. He loves our country so much. Till we meet again brother. pic.twitter.com/WMrZ4bqnyb— Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) May 2, 2019
Muhoozi will perhaps have felt a sense of déjà vu with this meeting, having only recently shared similar interaction with visiting American celebrity couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian mid-October last year.
Meanwhile, Uganda's latest celebrity visitor Cannon, on his charity mission, checked in at Wells of Hope Academy in Nakaseke district, central Uganda to hang out with the children there and their instructors.
"I am an entertainer, an artist. I have done several different things - Hip Hop music, movies, television, comedy - but none of that work is as important as being here today and being here with you all," he says inside one of the facilities at the school. The footage is posted on Twitter.
"The entire journey has been so eye-opening," Cannon adds, expressing his eagerness to learn more about the school.
"It's intriguing to hear more stories and get to know you all."
'Always feels so good to be in Acholi'
By the way, in recent weeks, another American film star was also in Uganda for charity work.
Forest Whitaker, an actor, producer and director who famously starred as deposed Ugandan president Amin in the movie The Last King of Scotland, arrived in Uganda in March and headed to northern Uganda - in Acholi land, keen to make it known how good it always felt for him to be in Acholi.
Texas-born Whitaker is the CEO and founder of Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI), which describes itself as a non-governmental organization with global scope and reach.
Whitaker, also the UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, visited the WPDI Community Learning Center and addressed youthful peacemakers, and said he was amazed by the youthful talent he found there.
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