Celebrate your own artists — Kansiime

HARARE - Ugandan international artist Anne Kansiime has urged Zimbabweans to celebrate their own artists as they (local fans) are the ones who make them big.

She said this while addressing journalists in the capital on Friday ahead of her sold-out  Saturday show held at 7 Arts Theatre in the capital.


“It is a common phenomenon that even in my home country (Uganda) people do not really show me love as compared to when I am out performing in a foreign land. Even the Bible says so. ‘A prophet is not without honour  except in his own town’.

“It is high time to appreciate your very own such that you can export them in future,” she said.

Kansiime said this in particular reference to rising local comedian Doc Vikela whom she has shared the stage with.

She said rising artistes need support from their local fans as they are the ones who motivate and make them big.

During the press conference held at Sopranos Restaurant Kansiime, who was flanked by Doc Vikela and her manager, was presented with a smart phone from a local phone dealer.

Doc Vikela told the Daily News on Sunday on the sidelines of the press conference that locally, they had come to terms with the lack of promotion.

“We want to be promoted but the promoters seem not to notice us. We have accepted that we are not much appreciated here.

“We have also accepted that some people have not embraced us but we will keep on pushing. People from outside Zimbabwe show us love and we appreciate that.”

Kansiime arrived on Thursday afternoon for two performances; yesterday night and today’s afternoon show at 7 Arts Theatre.
All the shows were promoted by Xtratime ENT.

Kansiime will share the stage with local comedians Carl Joshua Ncube and Doc Vikela in both shows.

She is performing in Harare as part of the Anne Kansiime World Tour 2015 and yesterday she toured Oliver Mtukudzi’s Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton.

“Kansiime revealed that she is a big fan of Oliver Mtukudzi hence we found it worthy to take her to Pakare Paye Arts Centre such that she can get to know him better,” said Tonderai Mwaita, the promoters’ spokesperson.

While the 29-year-old comedienne portrays herself as a notorious wife in most of her satires, she told journalists that she is different from what is being portrayed in the plays.

“I am happily married to a psychology lecturer and I really enjoy my marriage, he is an understanding husband. When I am at home, I know that I am a married woman and I never win arguments there,” she said.

The favourite comedienne in the Nollywood and African People’s Choice Award winner commenced her career in showbiz at the age of 20 while still she was an undergraduate at Makerere University in Uganda.

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