The Prestigious Northern Uganda Music Awards (NUMA) has on Thursday unveiled Uganda's leading telecommunications company MTN Uganda, Wan Luo TV and UBL Uganda as the new sponsors for the 17th edition of the annual musical award.
The Chief Executive Officer of NUMA Awards, Okot Juma Muhammed hailed MTN Uganda for supporting the established and emerging talent in Northern Uganda.
“The NUMA event remains the oldest and best musical event in the region bringing together thousands of revealers in a night of great music, dance and comedy. It is a moment when the region comes together to witness their stars perform in anticipation to walk home with the prestigious NUMA awards. As such, we thank MTN for being a part of this great celebration,” Juma Jammie said
This announcement was made today in a press conference held at the Elephante Cafe in Gulu City.
This follows a series of Music concerts that MTN Uganda has supported this year since the reopening of the economy in a bid to support the music industry that was hard hit during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The Northern Uganda Music
Awards (NUMA) are the region’s oldest and biggest annual musical event that aims at promoting and rewarding both established and upcoming musicians inspiring change through the power of their voice.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Aggrey Byaruhanga, the MTN Uganda North and Western Region coordinator said that MTN has over the years strongly supported Ugandan music artistes and commits to continue doing the same as a way of rewarding and nurturing music talent in the country.
“We as MTN, are therefore happy to celebrate the great music and entertainment talent in our country. As part of our support towards the NUMA, we shall be contributing towards the award prizes as well as providing record deals with the best producers to the top 4 artists of these awards,” Byaruhanga said.
This year, apart from winners walking away with cash prizes, MTN has offered 100% free studio recording to 4 winners in the categories of; Artiste of the year, Male artiste of the year, Female artiste of the year and upcoming artiste of the year categories.
The awards night that is slated for
1st January 2023 at Pece Stadium in Gulu city boasts of a unique line up of Artists and acts ranging from traditional dance performances, urban music genres like Hiphop, Reggae, Gospel and Dance Hall music making it the number one go
spot for full cultural and urban
On top of the 25 categories for the awards, this edition
introduces a special category
known as the CallerTunez Category with a special prize to be unveiled at the awards ceremony.
Besides the sponsorship packages that MTN has offered to the artistes, the telecom has subsidized the Awards concert fees for the fans who will pay for their concert tickets through MTN’s Mobile Money platform.
Registration and Nominations:
The registration kicks off today, Thursday 08th December 2022 with artistes picking registration forms from different radio stations in Northern Uganda as well as online registration.
At the end of the registration process, nominees will be selected through regular radio calling programs across all the radio stations in the region and confirmed by the committee in charge of the final selection.
This is followed by a multi-layered judging process by renowned music critics who go on to assess the impact, technical quality, uniqueness and style of these selected songs in respective categories.
Meanwhile, Wan Luo TV under vision group based in Kampala city which has also joined the award as the main TV partner will be airing the event visual adverts.