PAM Awards and Red Carpet

I took a break from the campaigns to cover the Pearl of Africa Music (PAM) awards 2010.

After failing to stage the annual awards last year after some heavenly promise from the proprietor Mr. Isaac Mulindwa, many waited with doubt for this year’s event. Well, it happened but….

Let’s skip the event and focus on the red carpet.

Red Carpet

Do Ugandans really understand what a “red carpet” means? What value it carries? And why they would rather skip the function than embarrassing themselves?

I was mortified. Here is a scenario where someone walks in with a high end red carpet attire and on approaching photographers, they literally run away, cover their faces or hide behind whoever cares to carry their fright.

Mimi (L) strikes a perfect red carpet pose while the ladies on the right tried hiding

Mimi (L) strikes a perfect red carpet pose while the ladies on the right tried hiding

These girls ran away from their date on arrival for the red carpet

These girls ran away from their date on arrival for the red carpet

I got so many of these incidences during the PAM awards last week. One photographer never stopped complaining, insisting these people should have instead entered the venue through “General happiness” (low end) or rear entry.

Ugandan Celebrities

Compared to the ordinary attendant who never the less could afford the VIP ticket, they faired fairly on the red carpet.

Grace Nakimera nailed it. She smiled, changed her posture slowly but with absolutely accuracy. She was the only one who had the guts to ask us “are you good now” to which we said, yes as more flashes followed her right to her seat.

Grace Nakimera's arrival for PAM Awards 2010

Grace Nakimera's arrival for PAM Awards 2010

(L-R) The Mugisha's arrive while HB Toxic make their presence felt too

(L-R) The Mugisha's arrive while HB Toxic make their presence felt too

HB toxic, NTV’s Maurice Mugisha and his wife, Zuena’s sister Mimi, Cindy and her boyfriend Mario, GNL and girlfriend, Rachael K with a guy we are yet to get his identity and the Klear Kut crew knew what a red carpet is all about.

Miss Uganda 2010; red carpet disappointment

Miss Uganda, Heyzme Nansubuga to me was a disaster among the celebrities, if indeed she qualifies to be one.

A comparison between reigning Miss Uganda and Basketball star, Carol Mugasha

A comparison between reigning Miss Uganda and Basketball star, Carol Mugasha

She walked in so naively and managed to slip through the red carpet without anyone just me noticing after a tip-off whisper from her friend that “she’s Miss Uganda” as she bypassed a crowded red carpet.

Other photographers only noticed when i scampered to get a picture of a certain lady in a short white dress with a little crown. We joked amongst ourselves about her after-wards. A monitor photographed asked me forcefully (he wanted to show his rage on Heyzme).

(L-R) Rachael K and Girlfriend and GNL with his girlfriend didn't disappoint

(L-R) Rachael K and a friend and GNL with his girlfriend didn't disappoint

“Have you ever failed to notice Salma Nassanga (Miss Uganda 2003/04) when she arrives for any function?” I giggled in approval. Sadly, Salma for some reason didn’t show up (i personally didn’t see her

In short, that was the red carpet for you

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