Katatumba, Chaka Chaka in top 13 women leading Africa

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Angella during fundraising to purchase solar lights to Bidi bidi refugee camp

Ugandan singer and songwriter, Angella Katatumba, is now rated among top 13 women who are influencing Africa.

She is the daughter of the late H. E. Boney Katatumba, a former Ugandan consul to Pakistan.

Angella is involved in humanitarian work and has been recognised especially for the “Foy you Gulu” project.

“I am more than honoured to be considered as one of the Top 13 WOMEN LEADING AFRICA,” she said on Monday after appearing in the magazine by the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF).

AWDF is a grantmaking foundation that supports local, national and regional women’s organisations working towards the empowerment of African women and the promotion and realisation of their rights.

By amplifying and celebrating African women’s voices and achievements, the AWDF supports efforts that combat harmful stereotypes, and promote African women as active agents of change.

“The fact that I am even mentioned in the same breath as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, one of my music idols is too much,” Angella said.

She added: “Who am I? I simply give God the Glory!”

Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an internationally recognised and highly respected South African singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher.

Dubbed the “Princess of Africa” (a name she received after a 1990 tour), Chaka Chaka has been at the forefront of South African popular music for 27 years and has been popular in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Gabon, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.

Songs like “I’m Burning Up”, “Thank You Mister DJ”, “I Cry for Freedom”, “Makoti”, “Motherland” and the ever-popular “Umqombothi” (“African Beer”) ensured Yvonne’s stardom.

The song “Umqombothi” was featured in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda.