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Rebecca Kadaga to Inaugurate the 8th Nyege Nyege Festival in Jinja

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Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda and Minister for East African Community Affairs, is scheduled to officially commence the eighth edition of the Uganda Waragi Nyege Nyege festival on Thursday, November 9, 2023, in Jinja.

Running through until November 12, the festival is a collaborative effort with the city of Jinja, aimed at capitalizing on the opportunities for the city, its populace, and the broader Busoga region, as stated by Jinja officials.

Kadaga’s unwavering support for the development and advocacy of Busoga Kingdom affairs has been previously acknowledged by the Kyabazinga of Busoga, HRH William Wilberforce Gabula IV.

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Underlining the festival’s significance, Kadaga emphasized its role in generating both direct and indirect incomes for traders within the Busoga subregion. She urged the people of Busoga to embrace and proudly promote their rich heritage.

Since its inception in 2015, the festival has actively documented and showcased Uganda’s traditional musical heritage. It has emerged as a flagship example of cultural and festival tourism in the country, drawing thousands of local, regional, and international attendees to Jinja and the broader Busoga region annually. The event saw around 13,000 participants in 2019, swelling to roughly 15,000 in 2022.

The current edition, spanning approximately 50 acres across the Source of the Nile, Jinja Showgrounds, Jinja Golf Course, and Source Gardens, will host a dedicated Kingdom Stage featuring traditional performances by more than 25 artists from Busoga. The lineup includes talents such as Crazy MC, Skool Feez, Cool Demus, Swabra Kiss, Street 5, among many others.

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The festival is proudly sponsored by Uganda Waragi, a flagship product of Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), known as the “Spirit of Uganda.” It stands as a celebration of the unique and authentic aspects that define the Ugandan heritage.

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