BY KYOMUHENDO MUGWANI
Rose Nakyanzi and Maxwell Kitooke, both second-year students of Mass Communication at Uganda Christian University were on September 24 each awarded in the Rwenzori Teens Awards (RTA) in Fort Portal, Kabarole district.
Some of the categories in which they participated were artist of the year, best news actor, best television and radio presenter, among others.
Kakuru Kahinda, who was the organiser of the RTA, said the awards were meant to recognise young people who have been outstanding in the media and music industries in Uganda. Nakyanzi, who also hosts a teen’s programme on WBS television, and has been in the industry since 2012, won the best teen’s television personality of the year.
“I felt great when I was nominated, given the fact that it was my first time and when I got the award I was completely overwhelmed,” she said. She added that she was determined to pursue her interests and passion to attain more awards.
“I am going to work tooth and nail because I believe in hard work. My producer, Simon Katamba at WBS Television, told me that hard work complements talent.” Kitooke, who started recording music in Senior Three at Nyakasura Primary School in Fort Portal, won the award for the best song of the year, Abooki, an Afro- beat song composed in Rutooro and English.
“I was so excited. I am very grateful to whoever voted for Abooki, a song that I made out of a true love experience,” he said. The young musician has so far released several songs that include Nz’aliko, Burakata, She doesn’t love me, among others. He looks forward to seeking out international producers to improve his talent.