The Nyege Nyege festival is delivering on its promise, days and nights of partying and merrymaking.
Party-lovers and tourists from all over the world have trooped to Uganda to attend the percussion-filled fest with over 300 artists drawn from across the world.
Co-founder and Nyege Nyege festival organizer, Arlen Dilsizian said the event was back after a three-year break prompted by the pandemic.
He said, “Nyege Nyege was started in 2015 in Uganda, we had five physical editions here in Jinja, then we had two years hiatus due to Covid and now we resorted to a new location, about five times the size of the former location. Nyege Nyege is now an institution, you know, in terms of representing African music and culture”.
Taking place on the banks of the river Nile in eastern Uganda, a festival goer, Sarah Mutesi said this year’s edition has attracted some 12,000 fun-seekers and tourists as East African country is also using the event to market its tourism.
“It is actually my third time. I always do Nyege Nyege, I like the fun, I like the crowd, I like how it’s different, I like how… the energy. If you know, you know”.
Nyere Nyere festival has gained both dishonour and fame in the culture and entertainment industry.
But with a week to go, Uganda’s parliament attempted to ban the event after lawmakers accused organizers of promoting immorality, yet the parliament was overruled by the country’s executive.