The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Star Trail - Stecia, Ssematimba Start Foundations

As politics seems to be fading from Pastor Peter Ssematimba's blood real fast, he has decided to start a foundation that looks after kids.

The Wannyana Ssematimba foundation is in memory of his late mother and will pay school fees for disadvantaged children right up to HSC level. This comes when singer Stecia Mayanja has also just opened her Stecia foundation that has its headquarters in Bweyogerere.

It has more than 15 children, including one she picked at the roadside at just a day old, as the singer returned home from a night gig. That baby inspired her to start the foundation. Great job, guys!

Miss Uganda UK here

Miss Uganda UK 2012 Gladys Kyotungire is in the country. She arrived with goodies for children with disabilities at The L'Arche, which supports up to 39 children.

Kyotungire collected books, clothes, toys, etc ,through Salabed Cargo, where people drop them off at any Salabed branch in UK. Salabed, who are sponsors of the campaign, shipped the goodies to Uganda free of charge.

Bugembe, Babirye for UK gospel concert

As early programme confirmations begin to emerge for the new year, singers Judith Babirye and Pastor Wilson Bugembe are set to perform at the second annual Ugandan gospel concert to take place on March 29, at Hariben Bachubhai, Nagrecha hall (Olympic village).

Uga-Naija movie premieres Saturday

A team of Nigerian filmmakers has been in Kampala shooting a movie starring both Ugandan and Nigerian actors. Led by celebrated Nollywood actor Clem Ohameze, the cast also includes Yasin Lubowa, Halima Namakula, Faridah Ndausi and Carlos George Ombonya, among others.

The feature movie, Shadows of Fate will premiere tomorrow (Thursday) at Cineplex Oasis mall. Director Kingsley Paul Ukaegbu described the film as a documentation of women abuse, mainly chronicling shocking themes of prostitution, rape, defilement and molestation.

Entrance fee is Shs 50,000 VIP and Shs 30,000 ordinary. Gates open at 4pm.

Babirye, Fyonna set launch date

Judith Babirye and Fyonna Nsubuga will on February 22 be launching their song, Y'amanyi Mukama, at Theatre La Bonita. The song which is a hit among the Diaspora especially in the UK, has brought smiles to the faces of nkuba kyeyos who praise the two for the refreshing offering of worship and encouragement that is much needed in the challenging experience of living away from home.

Golden Globe awards deliver Hollywood shockers

At last Sunday's Golden Globe awards, Les Miserables was named best musical or comedy, while Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway claimed acting prizes, honours that could boost the movie's prospects at next month's Academy awards. Ben Affleck won the best director Globe for his Iran hostage thriller Argo.

Other acting prizes went to Jennifer Lawrence as best musical or comedy actress for Silver Linings Playbook and Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for Django Unchained. The former US President Bill Clinton upstaged Hollywood's elite with a surprise appearance to introduce Spielberg's civil war epic, Lincoln, which was up for best drama.

Among other TV winners, Julianne Moore won a best actress Globe for her role as Sarah Palin in Game Change. Best actor in a miniseries or movie went to Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys. Homeland was named best TV drama series.

But it is Jodie Foster that stole the show. In accepting the Cecil B DeMille award for lifetime achievement, Foster, who has been in the industry for 47 years, shocked her audience when she made the first public acknowledgement of her being a lesbian.

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