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Separated at birth

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By Kampala Sun Writer

In January last year, President Yoweri Museveni met comedian Patrick Idringi ‘Salvado’ at Nakasero State Lodge. National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters were not amused. They interpreted the meeting as a form of backstabbing after Salvado had seemed to pledge allegiance to NUP. Away from the politics, the President’s likening the comedian’s appearance to former president Idi Amin trended.

“He tells me the Bazukulu call him Salvado of Ombokolo village. But from his looks, he must be the grandson of Idi Amin,” Museveni twitted.

The comedian revels in the resemblance with the late former president, often emphasising it in his skits.

Another one who has tried tooth and nail to look even more like his ‘brother’ is musician Rabadaba aka Faisal Seguya. Dubbed Uganda’s Lil Wayne, Rabadaba can lick where the sun doesn’t shine as long as it gives him the opportunity to meet his idol. With their gigantic teeth, dreadlocks and boyish figures, the two could pass for siblings, only that one is waaaaaaaayyyyyy poorer than the other.

The gods must be crazy. How could they separate Ugandan sports journalist Andrew Kabuura aka Mr Big Cassava from Namibian actor N!Xau Toma? The skin complexion, the smile, the hairline are all the same. We wouldn’t be surprised if N!Xau was also well-endowed with a certain member P. His spirit lives in his ‘son’, Kabuura.

Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze only needs to wear pants and she would pass for musician Mesach Semakula’s brother.

Some of you might remember photojournalist Jeff Ochieng, who came all the way from Kenya in 2014 to meet his ‘father’, former Forum for Democratic Change president Kizza Besigye. The resemblance was uncanny. Ochieng said his mother died before introducing his father to him. But Besigye denied ever siring a child in Kenya.

Other lookalikes are Cindy and Kenyan  musician Wahu Kagwi, as well as media personality Doreen Komuhangi and Tanzanian singer Ray C in her heyday.

So on the occasion of National Roots Day today, we urge you to know who you are and where you come from during the festive season when you are in the village. According to, the day is meant to encourage families to delve into their family history, heritage and ancestry.

Besigye and Jeff Ochieng

Salvado and Amin

American rapper Kanye West and some guy at Blankets and Wine in 2018

Lil Wayne and Rabadaba

Nambooze and Mesach





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