Veteran radio broadcasters get service awards

Monday February 16 2015

By AL-MAHDI SSENKABIRWA

Kampala- The African Practical Radio, Television and Film Training Centre last Friday recognised two veteran radio broadcasters for their distinguished performance in the media.

Ms Eseza Kaana and Mama Rafarina Nakabubi have been working on radio since the 1970s.
Ms Kaana joined Radio Uganda, now Uganda Broadcasting Corporation in the mid-1970s while Maama Nakabuubi joined in 1979, producing the radio show Emboozi ya maka.

Currently, she is an employee of Central Broadcasting Corporation (CBS) where she has produced Ebilowoozo bya bawuliliza, Emboozi za maka and Sunday Church service programmes.

The RTF director, Mr Abu Kawenja, said Ms Kaana and Mama Nakabuubi’s endless service and careers in different media houses confirms that the distinction in their service is not just in a specified period, but throughout their entire career.

Uplift morals
“Over the years, these two ladies have produced radio shows that have instilled moral values in children and adults,” Mr Kawenja said.

“From youth programmes to family and religion, their soft soothing voices and great personalities have seen them enjoy their work produced with unprecedented passion and precision. They do command respect and act as inspiration to others,” he added.

He also said their recognition was planned to coincide with the annual World Radio Day celebrations .
The day is aimed at celebrating radio as a medium and improve international cooperation between broadcasters and encourage major networks and community media to promote access to information a free, independent and pluralistic media.

The duo is the second to receive such awards after Abbey Mukiibi and Kato Lubwama, both radio presenters on CBS FM.

Ms Eseza Kaana initiated a kids progamme Emiti Emito that won her the name Eseza omuto in 1977.
She produced the same programme on UTV and currently presents it on WBS TV.
Through Mama Rafarina Nakabubi’s constant research about families and challenges they experience, she recently authored a book Emboozi za Maka, which focuses on the values of a good family.

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