The Observer (Kampala)

11 December 2012

Uganda: Ssenyonjo Owes Her Success to God

Jackie Senyonjo had a dream of being a presenter on either radio or television. After her parents' death, life was difficult because she struggled with finances for studies. However, she was a bright student at Kibuli Secondary School.

She also regularly went for prayers at Kansanga miracle centre where she later enrolled in the choir. Little did she know that one day she would become a gospel music artiste.

"I was mentored by pastor Isaac Kyobe Kiwewesi," Ssenyonjo says. It was at Kasanga that she developed a firm foundation for her music career and also met the love of her life, her husband pastor Godfrey Ssenyonjo.

She ventured beyond the choir, starting a solo career that saw her release amazing songs such as Ndopera Gwe and Chineke, that got good rotation on FM radio stations.

This year Ssenyonjo achieved another high in her career, winning two Olive Gospel Music awards for best video (Neetaaga Gwe) and best female artiste, beating contemporaries Julie Mutesasira and Judith Babirye. This was the second edition of the awards that were held this year at Serena hotel's Victoria hall.

"Honestly, I didn't think I could win. I underestimated my fan base compared to Judith Babirye and Julie Mutesasira," she says. "It was the Lord's doing. What is not possible to people is possible to God. May all the glory be to God."

She, however, revealed that she is inspired by Cece Winans (have you heard her vocals on Cece's Alabaster Box?), Mutesasira, Pastor Wilson Bugembe and Betty Nakibuuka.

"My husband has been so supportive and allows me to travel for ministry and also prays for me," says Ssenyonjo, whose favourite verse from the Bible is Psalm 91.

The anointed worshipper who has led praise and worship at Kansanga says the music industry is no bed of roses; one should also produce good quality music if one is to succeed and glorify God.

"You should be prayerful too," the young mother advises.

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