It had been deemed the Banyakitara Cultural Revolution.
According to organisers, it was to be a one stop center for everything: health checks, cultural music and food, dance and above all networking.
Gates were to open at 1pm. Revellers were to pay Shs10,000. The venue was the Uganda Museum, a very tricky hosting venue. The day was Saturday, November 17.
By 7pm, organisers could be seen running around frantically, blaming Uganda Cranes’ last Afcon qualifier at Namboole Stadium for the miserable numbers.
The guys roasting meat were eating their produce. At the makeshift Royal Dutch bar, ushers were wondering what went wrong.
At 7.30pm, master of strings Kenneth Mugabi stepped on stage and opened his performance with Omusheshe, before strumming away on crowd favourite Nkwegomba. These were quickly followed by Kibunommu, Nambi, Amaaso g’otulo, Janzi and Nakyi. He closed his 30 minute performance with an encore of Nkwegomba.
And that was it.
By 8pm, the revolution was done with the number of revellers -including the two MCs Cleopatra Kyoheire and Richard Tuwangye – far less than those one would find at a three-year-old’s birthday party.