The entertainment industry world over is still grappling with the effects of Covid-19 and yes, there are no physical shows, concerts like it was the norm before the pandemic dawned on us.
Whereas the government opened most of the other sectors, the entertainment industry remains shut down and it’s still uncertain when the artistes will be allowed to perform and engage physical audiences again.
Most of the events, since March, have been happening online and it seems the artists are earning less considering the bits of fees that fans pay for online shows unlike the physical ones.
The lucky singers; Navio and Sheebah Karungi over the weekend tapped into exactly what they used to do way back before the Covid-19 outbreak.
They were invited to perform at the Kampala Innovation Week, to light up the event that happened at the Motiv warehouse in Bugolobi.
It was all fun as Navio did justice to his songs Njogereza, Locomotive, Replay ft Radio and Weasel, Ngalo and Nawuliranga among others. His 40-minute performance brought more meaning to the event.
The singer was later joined by Sheebah Karungi who spiced up the event the more with her electrifying performances.
Upon stepping on the stage, Sheebah was received with a thunderous welcome from the few attendees that had gathered at the event. The attendees could be seen dancing and singing along to Sheebah’s performance of her songs including Ninda, Enyanda and Kyolina Omanya ft Crysto Panda among others.
The singers were grateful for the chance to perform at the event as they said they missed seeing the fans appreciate their hustle physically.
The 3-day event was a success and saw some of the participants showcase their talent and innovations among others while different companies and individuals walked home with accolades and special recognitions.
Aimed at providing the youth with ambition to take their innovations higher, the platform allows young people to showcase their innovations, skills, art and startups to thousands of other established innovators and potential funders world over.
This edition, held virtually in respect to the Ministry of Health guidelines to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, attracted thousands of online participants and a few who attended physically.
Those with outstanding projects walked home with accolades as an appreciation for the good work done in innovation.
Here is a full list of award winners;
Startup of the year Agriculture – Akorion
Startup of the year Health – Rocket Health-Digital Health
Startup of the year- Tugende
Startup champion of the year corporate sector – Stanbic bank Uganda
Startup champion of the year public sector – Ministry of ICT
Startup champion of the year in Development Sector – United Nations Capital Development Fund
Startup of the year in Technology – Flip Africa
Heap Hope award- upcoming artist Cfrey
Other winners included the youth livelihood and conflict project in Adjumani and Obongi districts (Prospers project) promoting solar powered energy efficiency stoves to Kyakwali refugees,Sport for Peace, Cooperative managed energy Kiosks, Cloud Green and Waste to Energy, closing the loop among others.