By Jolly Gwari
One of Uganda’s popular nightspot Club Amnesia located along Jinja Road has announced that they will be closing down today after eight years in the business. The management said that they will be holding their last party tonight, Thursday, August 1st. “This Thursday 1st August 2019 will be our last night to have one last drink. With effect from Friday 2nd August 2019, Club Amnesia will be no more,” Innocent Nahabwe, one of the Club’s owners said in a statement released Thursday morning. Club Amnesia has been operating in Kampala for the past eight years and has been famous for their Campus nights that happened every Thursday. The place gathered people from all walks of life and because of their different themed nights, it was safe to say that Amnesia was a Club for “everyone”
According to co-Founder & Managing Director of Club Amnesia, Dr. Innocent Nahabwe in a statement released today, he attributed the closing of the night club to the fact that closed bars are phasing out. “We have realized that in the nightclub business, everyone is drinking from near their homes – mostly in open spaces. Closed bars are phasing out. We have, therefore, taken the step to close Club Amnesia with effect from Friday 2nd August 2019.”
“We are grateful to you our customers, for keeping us in business for eight years. Ever since we opened, the numbers of similar businesses that have opened and closed are uncountable. We have remained open daily for eight years, because of your support. We thank you!
“We have hosted some of the craziest parties this town has seen. We hosted all the top artistes and those starting out. We have birthed many careers and given a platform to so many. We have hosted many Kasikis, sending hundreds of you to your marriage. Some of you have found love here while others have lost love in the same place. So many memories. We must celebrate all that tonight!
“We are also thankful to our landlord, Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia and his dad Sudhir Ruparelia who have been good hosts. I hope we have been good tenants. We will remain at the building as a restaurant that serves the true Uganda dish – Katogo 24/7. “We thank our suppliers, lawyers, auditors, bankers and the beverage companies that have been very supportive over the years. We couldn’t have made it this far without you. “We thank our dedicated staff. Your energy and passion are what made us go this far. Thank you.”
However, there are some critics as to why it is closed since there are other closed nights clubs like Guvnor (former Angenoir) which have stood the taste of time despite the fact that open bars are taking over. Some say that Club Amnesia’s utterly wild theme nights like the Kissing Competition might have led its demise.