The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Marcus Steps Into Alan Kasujja's Shoes

Have you been wondering who the new sensational voice on Capital FM's Big Breakfast show belongs to? Marcus Kwikiriza is the man who replaced Alan Kasujja after the latter recently landed a job with the prestigious BBC World Service Africa.

Marcus now presents alongside Jackie Lumbasi and Ramesh Gabalsing. Born to Mr and Mrs Karake in Rukungiri district, Marcus went to Kampala Parents School and Namasagali College before enrolling at Bangalore University in India for a mass communication degree.

His love for playing basketball earned him the name 'Marcus the Kwikstar' among his peers where he played the forward position. He is married and has two children. He brings to the Capital FM table 14 years of experience in the radio industry; an experience he has nurtured by working in different parts of East Africa.

In the past he worked with Sanyu FM and Radio One in Uganda; Flash FM and Radio One in Rwanda; Capital FM, Classic FM and Easy FM in Nairobi. One then wonders if radio has always been his dream!

"In my childhood I wanted to be a pilot or lawyer," explains Marcus. "But I didn't like law so much because it required a lot of reading!"

While at Namasagali college, he was in charge of playing music during productions.

"It was after high school that a friend of mine commented about my good voice for radio," says Marcus. "He suggested I do a voice test which I passed at Sanyu FM. I then started working with John Wilkins."

Marcus reveals that he now understands the radio industry so well, he could even write a book about it.

"I know what it takes to get the listener glued to the show and also [attract] new listeners," he says. "The success of one isn't achieved when the mic is up, but before the mic is put up," he adds.

His final word: "We are going to have a lot of fun on the Big Breakfast. Your morning commute will never be the same."

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