Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has hailed the new tourism-centred video song launched by Alicia Priscilla Murungi aka Baby Alicia in Hoima City.
Speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom (BKK), Mr Francis Mugerwa, the institution’s Communication Manager, said he was amused by the video because it exposes Bunyoro’s touristic potential to the world.
According to him, the tourists’ associated social-economic benefits are enjoyed by the people of Bunyoro and the country and large.
The music video titled ‘Mwije Turambule Bunyoro’ for ‘Lets tour around Bunyoro’ captures strategic cultural points and exciting geographical sceneries including the Lake Albert Rift Valley and falls as Kyoga Nile waters flow towards Lake Albert before flowing through South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt to its mouth – the Mediterranean Sea.
In his speech after watching the video, Mr Mugerwa pointed out that he was amused by the video capturing the Katasiha Fort and Caves in Hoima city memorable for providing an escape route and storing of food for security.
“The Omukama (King) Kabaleega used the caves for security because he would disappear from his enemies through the cave at Katasiha and exit in Mparo.” he said.
Katasiha is located along the Hoima-Butyaba Road in West Division of Hoima city while Mparo is located on Masindi Road in East Division of the city.
The caves are part of key military elements that helped Kabaleega to sustain the nine-year protracted rebellion against the British colonialists and their local and international collaborators mobilised from Buganda and Mombasa respectively.
Mr Mugerwa said that the kingdom will not hesitate to support Baby Alicia in her future activities as long as she keeps the relationship and presents her plan of activities.
The video by the Primary Five girl at Jordan Infants and Primary School in Hoima city, also captures some rare wildlife species and natural forests in Bunyoro.
Miss Greater Bunyoro Kitara, Rosemary Kamuli, was among the guests present at the launch who also pledged support to Baby Alicia centrally to promote talents and tourism in Bunyoro.
She said there are many talented Banyoro who can do greater things once they are supported.
Mr Christopher Nkalu, the Kikuube district council speaker, highlighted the need for joint efforts in supporting the children of Bunyoro who demonstrate talents in entertainment and other areas to rebuild Bunyoro socially and economically.
Baby Alicia applauded all those who sponsored the audio and video song production.
She has more songs and videos to produce but finances challenge to film them.
The young artiste urges parents to support and encourage their children to develop their talents.
Her music talent has helped her to win a bursary at Jordan Infants and Primary School – an offer her mother Ms Joyce Aheebwa of Kiganda cell in Hoima city appreciates.
The key sponsors of Baby Alicia activities include Princess Diana, Jordan Infants and Primary School, Mr Michael Christopher Ayeranga – the National Resistance Movement (NRM) mobiliser in Bunyoro; Bwendero Sugar and Mr Rogers Byamukama Araali – the main video sponsor.