By Abbey Boris Mugerwa
Hailing from Kampala suburbs away from her father’s home somewhere in Soroti district, Martha Kaliisa Agwang commonly known to many in the diaspora as Martha Kaliisa is one of the strategic female entrepreneurs paving her breakthrough in decoration, events and entertainment business under her MK events company based in Sweden.
Watchdog News’ Abbey Boris Mugerwa caught up with her ahead of her 4th Grand Ciroc event slated on 9th November 2019.
1. Who is Martha Kaliisa Agwang?
Like I have told you earlier, I am an Ateso by tribe but still I share my mother’s descent too. So I identify myself as both Ugandan and Rwandan (she smiles…) But I grew up in Kampala and spent most of my early life with my mother and her family before she passed on and I moved to Sweden where I am happily based with my family.
2. How do you end up in showbiz business in Sweden?
My passion started way back in Uganda where I partly worked with the entertainment groups like the Eagles Band before they broke off, the New Emitoes band after
the demise of Umar Katumba. My interest grew stronger and when I moved to Sweden I embarked on it too through involving myself in social community activities for Ugandans and other Africans communities hence the birth of MK Events company.
3. What challenges do you face driving MK Events considering the stiff competition within the Ugandan community?
I admit every business has its hurdles but I hang on. I always look forward to bring something new to impact my community I serve. Ugandans are adventurous and love great services and offers in my view. I aim at that.
The financial aspect is a challenge too, Incredible services cost, so I have to work on a sufficient budget to meet my expectations for the event.
I also work with a brilliant team of associates and close friends who tirelessly work hard with me to create better ideas to move us forward.
My colleagues like Ms Connie Birungi, Ms Rachel Mutesi, Mr Selecta are some of my strongest shoulders I lean on in this game and I am very appreciative with their huge support.
4. Tell me about this Annual Ciroc Event you organize.
I started the Ciroc event three years back and this year, it’s running for the 4th time and it’s an annual event which brings Ugandans and non Ugandans together to socialize and meet and greet, and discuss a wide range of inspiring issues. One needs to attend to witness what exactly happens.
Our clientele has grown year after year and now we’re looking forward to make the event bigger by creating more themes to carter for different age groups. At a later stage we shall release our events calendar to the general public.
But all in all we aim at delivering beyond our clientele’s expectation.
For example this year, we have singer King Saha on our program and we will be performing live to our guests.
5. Lastly, social media seem to be one of the biggest critic for such events you’re engaged in, what’s your take on that?
Critics are part of life, I only listen and probably observe and pick any lessons if needed. We as humans can’t be fully satisfied so like I have said I pick and fix what I can with my team.
Lastly, I humbly argue my fellow Ugandans to support our events because we organize them for them and I am looking forward to meet you all.
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