The year 2018 is finally gone and now five days back. It was a year of many firsts in Uganda’s entertainment industry. It saw a number of showbiz open up scene open up, new talents coming up, a lot of beefs, untold celebrity rumors, musicians picking up a massive political influence country wide among others. Each month was spiced up with a mouthwatering scandal from celebrities.
Here is our top 8 sizzling bags of jaw dropping drama that happened to your favorite Ugandan celebrities in 2018.
Spice Diana @32
Singer Diana Namukwaya a.k.a Spice Diana had a very successful year of 2018 musically with a number of hit songs and successful concert at the Namasuba based Front Page Hotel with extra shows at Georgina Gardens and Lido Beach. However, it was a year of embarrassment to her as well.
At first, Spice Diana was bashed by several over a mistake she made while on an interview on NTV’s ‘Mwasuze Mutya’ show, as she confused the country when the host asked her to share about her education background and the points she attained in her A Level exams. To the surprise, mentioning 32 which was way higher than the the maximum number of points one can attain at that level which was 25 for many years till 2012 when it was changed to 20. Out of consolation, she released a song dubbed 32 featuring Weseal Manizo that became a hit.
She also got another embarrassment when her wig was seen falling off her head to the floor on another live TV show, a video that made rounds on social media. To make matters worse, instead of continuing with the freestyle, she instead bent down to pick it up as a way of consolation. People made more fun of her.
Barbi Jay Being Caught Pants down with another woman in Car
He might be a singer known to a few but this sandal went viral on Ugandan social media networks.
On the night of 10th March 2018, Singer Barbi Jay was embarrassed after the night police patrol found him red handed in a sexual affair with a another woman, identified to be his side girl in a Toyota Mark 2 car that was parked besides the road near FUFA offices in Mengo, a Kampala city suburb.
Our Buzz team reported that Police was tipped by some suspicious people who saw the car shaking and got concerned to know what was going on little did they know it was Barbi Jay who was making love to the girl.
He was found shirtless in a black underwear where as the girl was found in a green mini-dress and on seeing police, the ‘Tombuuza’ singer rushed to get dressed up claiming that the girl is his fellow artiste and that they were allegedly going for a performance. He was later taken to Lubaga Police station where they explained more and was charged with public nuisance.
Bobi Wine – Arrest, detain, Alleged Torture and Musical Ban
Though this may appear a little bit of political, Bobi Wine remains a celebrity who is followed by a hundreds out of his brilliance in musical work despite the current political form he has acquired. After winning the Kyaddondo Member of Parliamentary seat in 2017, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Real names) started helping his colleagues in campagns during various by elections such as in Bugiri Consituency and Arua Municipality.
Following the news that he together with other MP Kassiano Wadri’s fans and followers had stoned the President’s convoy on the closing day of the Arua municipality campaigns, Bobi Wine was arrested by the SFC together with over 30 of his mates from Hon. Kassiano Wadri’s camp.
He went out days missing and this brought up a security alert allover the country with demonstrations for his release thus the #freebobiwine campaign. The situation worsened when reports came out that he was badly tortured by the security officials, leaving injuries allover his in and outer body parts. He was charged with treason before weeks later being set free by the Civil court only to be re-arrested by the Martial court. He was finally released on bail to get a better medical attention.
According to a Ugandan Local travel guide website, Till today, this incident sparked off the popularity that the ‘kyarenga’ singer has gained politically. A lot of night mares has happened to him musically due to his massive political influence to the youths that the government considers might turn into security threats including cancelling his concerts, being banned from singing to the public on several occasions, denying him access to concert venues and threats to ban some of his music pieces among others.
Bebe Cool – ‘The Bottle embarrassment’
On Friday 31st August 2018, veteran singer Moses Ssali received his greatest embarrassment while on stage after a group of angry fans forced him off the stage during his performance at the Swangz Avenue All-Star concert featuring Jamaican crooner Tarrus Riley at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
The event had to stall for over 40 minutes as police officers tried to whisk away the singer who had been attacked by fans after they turned rowdy and started hurling all manner of objects at him. According to reports, he was accused of remaining mum on Bobi Wine’s harassment by the ruling Central government.
This incident forced Bebe Cool to call down his musical performances only to appear again on stage a few weeks back during his ‘Mutima Gwa Zaabu’ concert at Kiwatule on boxing day.
Zari Hassan, Diamond Platinumz Split
On the night of the Valentines day, South African based Uganda socialite did the unexpected decision of moving out of Tanzanian singer Diamond Platinumz’ love life. Zari and Diamond at first had a love life to envy for. However, the ‘African Woman’ singer cheated on the mother of five on several occasions with different women including video vixen Hamisa Mobetto, Tunda Sebastian among others.
Their relationship lasted for some years and they were blessed with two children, a boy (Prince Riaz ) and girl (Latiffah Dangote a.k.a Princess Tiffah).
Qute Kaye on Stealing Car Headlights
He was one of the top celebrities around 2007 with hit songs including Jinkese, Gwendota among others which took the airwaves and nightclubs by storm. As you know ‘music things’, Qute Kaye went AWOL only to appear back to the public while giving his life to Christ at the famous 77 Days of Glory though this didn’t last long.
However, he came back to our faces around late May though not for the right reasons when he was caught red handed stealing headlights from a car in Busega, Rubaga Division in Kampala. Kaye was arrested after residents who made an alarm, attracting crowds, spotted him.
He was then taken to police custody and charged with theft.