Pictorial: Glamour as Kampala Celebrates Culture, Social life

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Thousands of revelers have descended on the Kampala city centre for the annual carnival, a celebration that draws multitudes to the capital to celebrate culture, innovation, unity and social life.

Dubbed the biggest street party in East-Afrika, the carnival is featuring musical acts including Bobi Wine, Bebe Cool, Chameleon, Navio Kigozi, Sheba and Irene Ntale among others. Companies, organizations and small businesses joined the festivities adding a corporate feel to the streets that are crowded with colorful sights and vibrant sounds.

The Carnival is organized by Kampala Capital City Authority mainly to depict the image of the City as a happy, cultural and warm place to be. This year's Carnival introduced a festival rally, cycling and a vintage car show. Places of worship have also been set up for faithful's who may need to worship while attending the festival.  

URN captured the moments at the carnival.


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About the author

Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.