Even on a stressful day, Pastor Wilson Bugembe can bring a smile to your face with his soul-touching songs like Ani, Kani, Njagala Kkumanya, Komawo Eka and Munaabe.
But to some, could the pastor be doing it for cheap popularity and monetary gain? At one time, the youthful pastor contemplated leaving music to concentrate on being a pastor but the call of God to serve through music kept him firm.
Like he explains in one of his songs Ekisa Kya Yesu: “Whatever I do, I do it for people like me; people who are going through what I went through but not for those who think I should have kept quiet after burying all my siblings, father and mother.”
It is on this six-track Ani album that he also answers those concerned about his marital status.
In Kaninde, Bugembe says he is waiting for the right woman even if she comes along after all his teeth have fallen out.
“I am waiting for one I shall grow old with, not those who only enjoy kicking the wedding gown…” he sings in Kaninde.
The pastor is currently the hot cake among born again bachelors, especially after the last most eligible bachelor Ps. Isaac Kiwewesi of Kansanga Miracle Centre finally took a wife in 2007.
Now it seems every single mulokole girl of marrying age wants to be the Mrs Bugembe, to the 26-year-old.
At a church in Masanafu, one girl is said to have rudely brushed off a suitor, telling him, “Leave me alone please. I am going to marry Ps. Bugembe.”
Then at Bugembe’s Light the World Church in Nansana, drama ensued a few months ago when a smitten girl followed the pastor to his car, claiming God had directed her to get married to him.
When Bugembe ignored her, she opened the passenger door to his Toyota Surf and hopped in, eventually earning herself a hot slap from the man of God.
“The action [of slapping the girl] saved me from vultures who used to frequent my office that they have been sent by the Holy Spirit [to get married to me], as they now respect me. Let them be patient; I am getting married soon. Before 2011 closes people will see my wife,” Bugembe told The Observer in an interview.
He said there are many women but few wives; he is still searching among the few wives. He also talks about the inspiration behind his Ani, the hit song that came from his pastoring experience.
“One morning, an elderly woman came looking for a baby and I prayed for her but before she could even disappear, a young schoolgirl comes in seeking prayers for a successful miscarriage.
“I was puzzled and this is when I realised I cannot be God for even a minute,” Bugembe, wearing shorts and a sleeveless T-shirt, explained as he rushed to take more than 200 youths for a three-day retreat in Entebbe last week.
His other hot-on-the-charts song right now is Munaabe (omusaayi gwa Yesu); it explains the difference between being a good person and a saved person.
Regardless of religion, tribe or nationality, Bugembe has managed to cross boundaries with his true-life stories told with good music.