“Obey your leaders. Be willing to do what they say. They are responsible for your spiritual welfare, so they are always watching to protect you. Obey them so that their work will give them joy, not grief. It won’t help you to make it hard for them” reads Hebrews 13:17.
This is what exactly voters in Busoga responded to on Sunday after one of their top leaders, Moses Grace Balyeku, Jinja West Constituency Member of Parliament told them to turn up in big numbers at the third anniversary celebration of his Jinja based radio, 87.7 Baba fm.
Though last year’s event registered the biggest crowd ever in the region, this time round, the set record was again broken by the same radio as fans from all walks of life flocked the do to the extent that the biggest stadium in the region, Bugembe, could not hold the overwhelming capacity.
In fact though part of the state of the art stage that was set up Vibes events had to be removed to create more space for the crowd that kept on flocking in like running water, still it did not create any difference. And by 10:00pm, for fear of causalities, the organizers had nothing else to do but to bar any more entrants. In fact it is against this that some socialites have asked the management of the radio to find them a more bigger venue come 2014 since Bugembe has proved to be too small for them as the number of fans keeps on growing day and night.
At the event code named ‘Ekitudha 2013, Ffe Tubasinga’ and sponsored by MTN Uganda, MMI Integrated Steel Mills Limited who also gave out over 110 Kiboko iron sheets to different fans of the radio, Jomayi Property Consultants, Mirinda green apple, Samona Products Limited, Moonberg lager, AOET health center Bugembe, City gin, Karibu Waragi, House of snacks, Gayaza Electronics who gave out domestic electronic appliances, Vero Natural Mineral Water, World point group, all the big artists that had been announced before, turned up and this left the fans crowning the station as the giant of the region as far as organizing events is concerned.
The colourful gig which started as early as 8:00am with the regions’ local artistes and which is now on every ones’ lips in Eastern region, saw the mammoth crowd also entertained by star singers like Big size, Bebe cool, Rehema and his Gagamel crew, Ghetto president Bobi Wine and his fire base crew, Eddy Kenzo, Niice Henry, David Lutalo, Sweet Kid, Catherine Kusasira, Mathius Walukaga, Nabbi Okukazi and the revival band, Amarura family, Rockie Giant, Sarah Short, Willy Mukabya, Fred Seebale, Gerald Kiwewa, Fred Sebata, Mamuri Katumba, Malagala, Jobless, Summy Cool, Mr. World among others.
When it came to security, the entire stadium was cordoned off with all sorts of security agencies to the extent that no crime had been registered by press time. Stand by ambulances and Red Cross crews were ever alert to give aid whenever deemed necessary.
We confirmed last night that this time round over 40, 000 crates of all sorts of booze, soda, waragi and all sorts of drinks were sold out. Muchomo which is the favourite for the people of Busoga was time in constant supply from all sorts of corners.
However, Baba fm’s event has not left other top radio stations in the region the same. In fact one catholic priest who was spotted at the stadium at mid night though he claimed to have gone there to search for his missing maid quoted the bible as follows.
“James 1:12 says that, as the sun rises and gets hotter, its heat dries up the plants, and flowers fall off. The flowers that were so beautiful are now dead.”
Watch the space.
By Tom Kalumula