The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Stecia's Concert Surprises Guests

It wasn't until last Friday that Stecia Mayanja's fans took her more seriously when she paraded more than ten children under her Stecia Children's Foundation.

This was during her Tosala Gwa Kawala album launch at Hotel Equatoria parking. Some in the crowd that had Felix Kulayigye as the chief guest were seen wiping away tears in disbelief; the playful Stecia could have such a heart.

"She is not what she seems and maybe that is why God has brought us in big numbers to support the cause," said Shifa Namutebi.

Kulayigye bought the album at Shs 1m and Sema Properties bought it at Shs 2m. The children stole the show, but there were other great moments, such as Haruna Mubiru entertaining revellers backed by Eagles Production, the band he controversially left some time back. This was the first time in two years that Haruna was being seen with his former band, as fans danced to his latest release, Taata.

The other moment was when Fred Sseruga joined his on-again off-again girlfriend Catherine Kusasira on stage and on his knees, pleaded for forgiveness in his Nsonyiwa song. Emotions filled the audience as Kusasira also knelt. Stecia's mother was called to the stage but could not hold back her tears.

"Mummy don't cry; just thank God that we have not been ashamed. People have come in big numbers to support your daughter," said Stecia as she assured the audience that she is what she is today because of her mother.

Stecia, who changed clothes four times, showed some new skills of dancing as she did more dancing than singing in a session of 20 songs, from Oli Nnoonya to Tosala Gwa Kawala. Under the watchful eye of Meddie Nsereko, Leilah Kalanzi and Sarah Kabenge as emcees, the show that started at 8pm ended at midnight with Sophie Nantongo, Eagles Production and Kream Productions entertaining to everyone's satisfaction.

Only Bobi Wine could not make it on stage because it was already past the official time for closure of concerts.

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