The fate of Uganda’s biggest annual music festival Nyege Nyege still hangs in the balance with well over two months to the planned dates.
The festival was slated for 3- 6 September 2020 at the Nile Discovery Resort Beach in Njeru.
The festival attracts thousands of revellers and musicians from all over the globe and brings a flurry of activity around Jinja and Njeru. Uganda’s top celebs flood the once abandoned resort for a four day festival like no other. Normally, all hotels, guest houses and lodges are booked weeks and sometimes months to the festival. In fact, from the end August to the end of the festival , it’s impossible to get accommodation around Jinja until the festival is done.
The festival has become a cash cow for nearby residents with businesses and accommodation akin to those of Namugongo during the Martyrs day celebrations. Several business owners have been looking forward to the festival this year. However, their dreams were dashed by the onset of Covid-19.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought the entertainment industry all over the world to a standstill, with Uganda being no exception. Government banned large gatherings to stem the spread of the virus.
All shows, events and concerts between the end of March through to the end of June were either canceled or postponed.
Although there is some hope from July onwards, nothing can be confirmed until government totally lifts the ban on large gatherings and international flights resume.
Even after all this is done, it will be sometime until the situation normalised. People’s incomes have been hit hard and most might not be willing to spend on non essential commodities and activities.
The festival is organized by Talent Africa Uganda, with a variety of sponsors including MTN, Uganda Waragi, Brussels Airlines, Nile Breweries, etc.
Until a final word is got from the event’s organizers about a possible cancellation or postponed, revellers will be left in the dark.
We will keep you posted as we get details.
Jinja City Media