NUMA Awards: CEO calls for unity among northern artists

Last Updated on: 9th January 2023, 03:00 pm

The CEO of Northern Uganda Music Award [NUMA] has called for unity during the 2022 award celebrations held at Pece war memorial stadium in Gulu city.

 This comes after over 25 nominees out of 60 receive awards and prizes, including signing MOUs with MTN Uganda for production of audio and video music. 

 NUMA CEO Muhammed Okot aka Juma Jami, confirmed that there is disunity among northern Uganda musicians which, he says is contributing to low performance and emergence of talents.

 Okot said that the award is the longest, oldest, best event in the region, but they are encountering a lot of challenges in organizing the award. “Financial crisis to fund the award, bad public perception set against this award..,” he added.

 He advised all the northern artists to be organized and use good language in their songs which can educate and entertain the public and not mockery songs.

 The award ceremony was attended by many popular Acholi leaders including NRM Secretary General, Richard Todwong, Gulu City Mayor Alfred Okwonga; MP Gulu West Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, Woman MP Gulu City, Betty Aol Ocan, chairperson APG Anthony Akol.

 The Acholi Paramount Chief Rwot David Onen Acana II, Deputy Chief Rwot Otinga, among others also attended.

Allan Smokie who won the best Reggae music of the year has challenged his comrades, saying they are “uncoordinated to one another,” adding that even their fans are not supporting their music.

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