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After a two-year absence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ugandan hip hop fraternity was finally able to congregate again for the country’s top event as MTN Uganda Hip Hop Awards returned this past Saturday.

Sponsored by the telecom giant, the awards recognise and celebrate individuals and groups who have elevated the art form, and the industry in general, over the past year.

As part of the initiative to unearth new talent, the organisers introduced a new live segment, the MTN Pulse Cypher Challenge where five contestants battled for freestyling supremacy, with the winner taking home Ush2 million (about $530) while those coming second and third walked away with $399 and $266, respectively.

Allan Wathika, aka Triggah, was named the winner of the challenge with Ibrahim Balunywa, alias Ebrahim Soul’o, and Anena Missy Ochola, alias King Missy, coming first and second runner-up respectively. MTN also offered a consolation prize of $172 to the other two contestants each as well as 20GB data bundles to all the top five contestants. Additionally, they were offered an opportunity to work together on a collaboration project for free by Swangz Avenue, a leading production powerhouse in Uganda.

Gareth Onyango was a dancer before he went into club management first at club Rouge and then Venom and later on Cayenne, flames among others. However for a while now, he has been off the entertainment scene.

After some time off that lifestyle, we have reliably been informed that he is back with yet another club to operate with.

It is said that a club known as B-Club is set to Open in Uganda at Garden City come the 31st of this month and that Gareth might be one of the managers.

The franchise is run by a Rwandan businessman Barry Ndegeyingoma with the same club located in Kilimani, Nairobi, Kigali, and DRC.

Barry has managed to open high-end clubs such as Billion Club in Belgium which has a capacity of 3,000 people, Afrodiziac Club (also in Belgium) which accommodates 1,000 people, B-Club, Kigali, and B-Club DRC among others, which are currently doing well.

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