Operation Wealth Creation – OWC Director for Operations Sylvia Owori has urged female musicians to embrace and take part in government programmes saying this will enable the government help them better.
Ms Owori was speaking at the National Theatre in Kampala where she and a team from OWC joined female musicians in the International Women’s Day celebrations on Monday March 8th.
The female musicians, under their umbrella Uganda Musicians Association, shared their daily concerns, mostly the effects of the life changing Covid-19 pandemic.
The musicians in attendance included; Halima Namakula, Chance Nalubega, Phoebe Nassolo, Cindy Sanyu, Phina Mugerwa, Sophie Gombya, Karole Kasiita, Sarah Zawedde among many others.
Also present was ailing Evelyn Lagu.
Speaking to the artistes, Ms Owori offered strong words of encouragement to Lagu and prayed for her as she fights her sickness.
“We can offer all the money that is there but at the end of the day, it’s in God’s hands. We must continue to seek him out and pray for his Mercy and divine intervention,” Owori told Lagu.
Ms Owori informed the hundreds of musicians that OWC was looking forward to supporting the stars in their quest for bettering their lives.
Ms Owori’s famous sister, Susan Owori – a mother of one of superstar Akon’s children who had hit rock bottom in life with some people wrongly pronouncing her dead also took the opportunity to speak to the artistes.
Seasoned singer Halima Namakula challenged her fellow musicians to engage in side business to supplement on their music careers.
“We must engage in other activities that can supplement on the music business. With this pandemic (Covid-19), music business has been closed but with other activities, each one of us can be able to survive,” Namakula said.
On her side, Mrs. Gombya informed the musicians that she owns over 40 chapatti stalls whose earnings have enabled her to sail through the difficult Covid year.
Chance Nalubega called upon government to open music concerts saying the artists were ready to observe SOPs for their own safety and their fans’.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.
It is also a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence against women.