Ugandan Esther Nabasa Mugizi, is East Africa’s latest superstar, after emerging winner of Tusker Project Fame competition.Esther took the grand prize of Kshs 5 million (UShs 130m) and a recording deal from Africa’s leading record label, Gallo records.
David Ogola from Kenya who came third in the competition, realized Esther’s strengths much earlier and drew close to her in what many viewers saw as a bid to create a power couple and divide the vote – BBAII Tatiana/Richard style. It seemed to work. Viewers were intrigued by what was appearing to be a budding romance between the two songbirds, much to Esther’s boyfriend Tony Kajubi’s chagrin. Luckily for him, the beauty’s stay in the academy was too short for David to gain any ground.
Besides, Esther is no bimbo; word reaching us has it she has appeared on newspaper covers as a top student in Uganda national examinations. That, coupled with her amazing vocal capabilities and good looks, will take the Makerere University telecom engineering student places.
Esther who was the only Ugandan left in the academy beat three Kenyans to the game.
The only contestant not to have been on probation since the academy’s opening on April 13, she stood better chances of winning with votes from the three countries.
Esther seemed to have bewitched the crowd with her confidence and dynamic presentation.
Her dresses were enough to get her more votes from an audience more fascinated by her beauty and body shape than vocal talent.
An hour before the live show, the auditorium at the Tusker Project Fame Academy, in Ruaraka, Nairobi was flooded with fans.
With four of the last eight contestants evicted on Saturday, the battle for the Grand Prize was left to Esther, and David, Victor and Wendy all from Kenya.
Being the only remaining Ugandan in the academy forced Kenyans to divide their vote while Esther had the support from Tanzanians.
Esther will come home this week with her bounty, among other gifts.
“I am speechless, I am so excited and the greatest feeling I have is gratitude to everyone who has supported me. Thank you very much and I thank Tusker Project Fame for helping me realise my dream,” she said with tears rolling down her eyes.
She also got a laptop from Kenya Data Network, who will also provide her with internet connection for one year and butterfly software. She also wins six months of complementary grooming from Ashley’s Salon in Nairobi, Worldwide health insurance cover worth Kshs10m (Ushs 260m), a free shopping voucher worth UShs 1m from Cool Phones and more.
A great party in Kampala will be held in Esther’s honour upon her return.
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