Singer Ethan Kawuma after being announced winner of the competition.


Singer Ethan Kawuma has won the prestigious Sanyu FM Hot Mic challenge after shrugging off stiff competition from over 1,300 challengers.

The Mwoli singer was crowned the winner at a glamorous ceremony presided over by Rajiv Ruparelia on Friday.

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As the winner of the challenge, the singer immediately penned a multi-million shilling contract with Sanyu FM, and was full of praises for the radio station.

The final event was highlighted by thunderous performances from the top-ten contestants who were given a chance to remind the judges of the stuff they are made of, allowing the panel to trim down the contestants to three.

Ethan Kawuma was in the final three alongside former Urban TV presenter Timothy Code and Philomena Kyamuteera.

“To the other contestants, you are all going to be winners because this is not the end of the journey. This is what I call the start of the journey of your profession. You chose to be not because of the money but because of the passion to achieve your dreams. To me that is vital. Just because you did not win does not mean that you are not the best, “Mr Rajiv said.

Chris Ireland, one of the pioneer presenters at Sanyu FM, said that although Ethan won, Timothy and Kyamuteera would also be offered jobs at Sanyu FM.

“We had over 1,300 contestants. We came down to ten and then to three and the person selected was Ethan. He goes away with 3 million and a two-year contract to work at Sanyu FM.The other two guys were also good and they will get jobs as the Manager has confirmed, “Mr Ireland s

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