By Mirembe Martina
The Olive Gospel Music Awards were launched in Kampala last week, Thursday at the Kampala Serena Hotel amidst music, jokes and eats.
There was live music by Aroma Band’s Daisy Ejang and Shalma Mushaga as Big Sam and Ronnie Habasa made jokes to rile up the attendees. Among people present were South African gospel artiste Promise Malindi, Sister Price and Hannah Mugyenyi.
Promise Malindi, Sister Price and Hannah Mugyenyi sang the awards’ anthem at the ceremony.
The awards are chaired by Pastor Edwin Musiime who while giving a speech promised a grandiose, red carpet experience on November 10 when the awards will climax. American recording/music host Anthony Faulkner is expected to attend.
Winners are expected to get cash-prizes and to nominate and vote for a particular gospel artist, one has to SMS. “The media rated us highly last year. This year we are setting higher standards,” Musiime said.
This year’s theme, he said was, Celebrating Life and revealed that the proceeds from the event will go towards the construction of a maternity hospital in Nebbi.