Singer Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool has expressed disappointment in Ugandans for exhibiting negative energy after he missed an award at the MTV MAMA Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Bebe Cool who popularised President Yoweri Museveni during the February presidential campaigns lost the ‘listeners choice’ category award to Zimbabwe’s Jay Prayzah.
Other Ugandan singers; Sheebah Karungi [lost to Congo’s Youssoupha in ‘video of the year’ category] and Eddy Kenzo [lost to South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest in the ‘Best Live Act’ category] also returned home empty-handed.
Bebe Cool disappointed
As soon as the awards were announced, Ugandans took to social media and expressed their relief at the fact that Bebe Cool didn’t win any award.
Some even suggested that the country would be at peace since the Gagamel boss would have nothing “to brag and boast about” for months or so.
“It’s a pity,” Bebe remarked on Monday, clarifying that he has spent 19 years in the Uganda music industry, building what many enjoy today and are able to make a lot of money.
“It all begun 19 years ago when I woke up and said I would deliver my country and myself to greater heights musically, with a few friends, some have dropped out while am still standing/growing stronger every day,” Bebe wrote.
He said the people of Uganda had little interest in pushing their music beyond borders but he went ahead and pushed himself, crossed and stayed in countries at a tender teen age, not sure of safety or food tomorrow, but to achieve what would be important for the country and its people.
“Today I see people from my own country saying all bad prayers for me, say all sorts of bad things about me, plan foul play for me, not me alone but many other Ugandans who have sacrificed in different fields.”
According to him, developed countries like Nigeria and South Africa not forgetting the western world always rally behind their people when the battle is beyond borders or when their people have contributed to their country, but in Uganda, people do otherwise.
“Why do Ugandans fear competition? Why do Ugandans feel bad for each other’s achievement? Why do Ugandans have a lot of negative energy?”
Bebe said he expected negative energy but it’s a pity it is even growing stronger in his country and will affect the social/economic development in different sectors.
“I have displayed strength, capability and talent, sacrificed and helped to build others despite the negative forces and am still going to do so.”
This is the third year Uganda gets nominated in the MTV awards and it’s Bebe’s second time.
Many countries and individuals don’t get this recognition despite their hard work but Uganda does, he recalled.
“I am proud to say thank all those who have been supportive, thanks to MTV for the platform and keep recognising our hard work, thanks to Trace TV.”
Bebe swore never to “pull my plug but as long as am alive till I achieve my dream, raise my flag to the highest level in the world”.