Jinja, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs, has expressed gratitude to hundreds of attendees of the 2023 Nyege Nyege Festival on its opening day.
Hon. Kadaga thanked them for contributing to the local economy of Busoga and promoting tourism in Uganda. Hon. Kadaga encouraged the festival-goers to enjoy themselves and extended an invitation to invest wisely in the region, emphasizing the festival’s positive economic impact on Jinja and its surrounding areas.
The Nyege Nyege Festival, organized by Talent Africa Group and sponsored by Uganda Waragi, is in its eighth edition in Jinja City from November 9th to 12th. Described as the “Tomorrowland of Africa,” the event attracts thousands of local and international visitors for three days of music, community, self-expression, and diversity.
During a brief tour of the festival grounds, Hon. Kadaga visited the Busoga Kingdom stage, featuring performances from over 25 regional artists, and the Uganda Breweries Limited’s “Wrong Side of the Road” tent, promoting responsible alcohol consumption.
Addressing security concerns at 2023 Nyege Nyege Festival, Hon. Kadaga assured attendees that the President had deployed senior military and police officers, including Brig. Gen. Joseph Semwanga, Col. Robert Ruteinama, ACP Ashraf Chemonges, ACP Patrick Lawot, and Col. Bernard Tuhame, to oversee security during the festival and other major events in Jinja.
In addition, Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) unveiled a new premium limited flavor of Uganda Waragi – Uganda Waragi Lemon and Ginger. The exclusive edition promises a burst of refreshing flavors to the classic Uganda Waragi, enhancing celebrations for a limited period.
UBL emphasized its commitment to promoting local culture and supporting events like the Nyege Nyege festival, showcasing Uganda’s rich heritage. The limited-edition Uganda Waragi Lemon and Ginger, priced competitively at Ugx. 35,000 for the 750ml bottle, will be available for one year. The bottle’s design is the work of Natasha Karungi, also known as Kashushu, as part of UBL’s commitment to promoting youth talent.
In response to escalating concerns regarding heightened terrorist activity, the U.S. Embassy in Kampala issued a security advisory, urging U.S. citizens and visitors in Uganda to exercise an increased level of caution and to reconsider attendance at forthcoming large public gatherings, including major worship services, music festivals, and cultural events in Kampala and Jinja (Nyege Nyege Festival).