Elijah Kisakye, Charlene Kasumba win Vodafone Whatsapp Mania slots

He was evicted only a week into last year’s Coca-Cola Rated Next competition even when he was one of the fans’ favorite and a few days later he promised not to give up on his dream.


Last night, Elijah Kisakye, who is known by Elisongs among his peers, finally won a music search competition when he walked home with audio and video recording contracts with Talent Africa and Deuces Entertainment.

This was at the Vodafone WhatsApp Mania music competition grand finale at Jazzville. The first runner-up Charlene Kasumba won only an audio contract.

Prior to the grand finale, Elijah posted the biggest number of views by the public on the competition’s website from Day One and it’s not by coincidence that even when the big day arrived his name sat well in the hearts of the hundreds of guests who attended the event.


The judges on the day were Peter Miles, who also performed on the night with his other singing half Menshan, Vodafone’s Rukh-Shana Namuyimba, Ken Daniels Kayongo and Moses Serugo.

Vodafone WhatsApp Mania, Africa’s first WhatsApp-based music competition, was launched in January, 2016 to give Ugandans with a dream to become global music icons, an opportunity to kick-start their music careers.


The other contestants were; Michael Mpho, Penelope Nankunda, Fahad Bin Haruna, Winnie Kisa Nakabanda, Mc Young Wizy, Oloya Joel, Address K, Apio Lilian, Ashley Gold, Giga. S. Conso, Kenneth Robert, Leonard Muka, Catherine Hellen Nakiwala, and Tumuhairwe Derrick.