- Nyege Nyege Festival was started back in 2015 in Uganda to celebrate and represent African music.
- After a two year hiatus, the Nyege Nyege Festival is back. Revelers from different countries are expected to converge in Jinja, Uganda, from September 15th to 18th for the event.
- ‘Nyege Nyege’ means an irresistible urge to dance in the local Luganda language. For Kenyans, the phrase has a different (sexual) connotation in Kenyan street language (sheng).
- This year’s edition of the event will be the first in-person edition since 2019 occasioned by the outbreak of Covid-19. In 2020 the festival hosted a 96-hour digital festival due to restrictions on mass social gatherings in Uganda that was occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic.
Prior to a ban that had been issued by the Ugandan Government on the event citing ‘immorality concerns’, (which was later lifted & the event cleared to go on under ‘strict guidelines), the Festival kicked off on Thursday, and was for the first time held on the banks of the Nile attracting over 12,000 revelers including 5,000 foreign tourists.
This however, is not the first ban issued against the event. Back In 2018, a ban was slapped on the festival when Uganda’s former ethics minister Simon Lokodo, an outspoken homophobe, called the event “an orgy of homosexuality, nudity and drugs akin to devil worship.”
Owing to its growing prominence. This year’s event was five times bigger the size of its previous location.
Revelers have been sharing how the highly publicized event has been going down since Thursday.