The Observer (Kampala)

27 January 2013

Uganda: Sleek Bodies, Gospel Music At Watoto Fashion Show

Watoto church, known for its commitment to prayers, last Friday ventured into yet another field - fashion show.

Destined to start at 6pm, the show delayed a bit. By 8pm, fashion enthusiasts were still waiting to see what the mighty church was cooking. And a couple of minutes later, the show kicked off with a prayer before upcoming artiste Demicin Micho hit the stage - puzzling spirit-filled revellers with secular songs. When he crooned, Omukwano Gwo Gulimu Magic (Your love is full of magic), many revellers thought it was about Jesus' love, only to realise it was about a certain Jane somewhere.

"We are here because of Jesus and not Jane," one of the visitors was overheard saying.

At 8:15pm, slender and gorgeous girls hit the runway at the Sheraton Kampala hotel's Lion's bar. There was no red carpet as it is usually with most fashion shows. But that didn't stop the girls clad in bitenge of different colours from throwing their shoulders forward, and pushing their pelvises out as God's people cheered them up. A few girls wore bikinis - the rest had their outfits a bit longer. The only two male models showed off their masculinity when they walked with their chests high.

While by 8:30pm it had started to heat up, there were slip-ups as the DJ's system failed. Everything went silent and it took about fifteen minutes to start again. Fortunately, the technical hitch was sorted out and the show resumed with the DJ playing Pr Wilson Bugembe and Judith Babirye's gospel songs and a few secular songs. The girls and boys rolled amid ululations up to 10:15pm when the show ended -with everyone on their feet shouting the Lord's name.

The show, dubbed Fashion To Save A Child, was organised by Seema Fashion's Jackie Kasujja and Brian Ssemakula, all products of the Watoto Church youth wing. Half of the proceeds from the show will go to support Gulu Watoto babies.

"God, I can't believe this has happened; I just thank God for this," Kasujja said with tears running down her cheeks.

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