By Reagan Ssempijja
Nile Nest Resort, in Jinja, was quite the place to be on Saturday, June 4, for those who wanted to wrap up a long weekend with bliss, pomp and entertainment.
The venue was this year’s destination for the Vumbula Uganda Festival, an annual event that seeks to unearth Uganda’s beauty, but with a touch of music, performances by artistes and fashion.
Hundreds of partygoers and tourism enthusiasts thronged Uganda Museum parking lot, where a number of buses awaited them for transport to Jinja. All you needed was to buy a ticket of either sh50,000 or sh300,000, and transport would not be part of your worries.
Those who dug their pockets deeper for a sh300,000 ticket indeed experienced the marvel that is Jinja.
From activities like tubing on the Nile, a boat cruise, visiting the source of the Nile, and a lot more, the day was set in the right mode for an energetic concert that would later close the day.
At the event itself, performances by Jinja’s local DJs kept the venue alive as revellers strolled in. Later that night, Nile Nest’s gardens would seem smaller than the crowd.
After performances from home-baked artistes, Abeeka Band put up quite a live band showcase, which, to many, was the highlight of the event.
To others, however, Kampala-based musicians like Aziz Azion and Anknown brought their A-game, closing the night in unforgettable style.
As these performed, a host of excited guests were busy trying dance challenges in the crowd, while many sang along to almost all of Azion’s songs
With the venue’s strategic location just by the banks of River Nile, the festival was such an enthralling one.