Andrew Kabuura is a Sports Journalist/Commentator for SuperSport, Radio City and NTV Uganda as well as husband to Flavia Tumusiime.
Andrew Kabuura is a polite man, despite being stubborn with a gleam of mischief in his eyes. Kabuura is genuinely down to earth person who loves having fun as much as possible and smiles a lot.
Andrew Kabuura – Early Life and Education
Kabuura was born in Ntungamo District. He is the last born to a family of four who was raised by his mother and his Uncle whom he talks of passionately after his father passed away in 1994.
Kabuura speaks of his Uncle passionately because he has been his surrogate father ever since his father died.
Kabuura went to a boarding school in Ntungamo District for his Primary School level, from where he obtained his Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) certificate. He attended his Primary School in Ntungamo because his father wanted him to learn Lunyakole.
In his narration, Kabuura says during school holidays in his village in Ntugamo, he was the only child who could speak fluent Luganda but no Runyankole.
From Ntugamo, Kabuura joined Vienna College for his High School level from where he obtained his Ordinary Level (O-Level) Certificate. He’s among the few pioneers of Vienna College.
After his O-Level, Andrew Kabuura moved to Makerere College School (MACOS) for his Advanced Level (A-Level) education from where he acquired 19 points in his UACE exams.
From Makerere College School, Kabuura joined Makerere University Business School to study a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Andrew Kabuura – Work and Experience
Andrew Kabuura began working while at Campus in 2009. This is where his big break came up from.
At that time, The New Vision had a section where people could send in newsletters bearing their opinions, which still exists.
Now, one-day Andrew Kabuura wrote a controversial letter and sent it in for the Sports Section, but he had no thought that New Vision would run his article.
Kabuura sent in two articles and he was told that the stories would be published after two weeks or a month. So, weeks later, Kabuura received a call and he was asked to go to New Vision offices to take a picture for his article.
Immediately after the call, Kabuura rushed to New Vision offices, he did not bother to take a shower. His article was published and then the next week another one ran too.
At this point, Kabuura made sure that every person in the house accessed the New Vision paper to read his article. He placed one in the living room, another in the corridor, just in case one misses reading the one in the living room.
“I still have those articles at home.”Tweet
So, after some time, Kabuura received a call from Louis Jadwong, the then sports editor at New Vision, asking him to start writing for the paper every week. He began writing for the paper but in the process, Kabuura was asked to join Vision Voice, current XFM sports desk.
But he didn’t have any knowledge about radio work, he had never seen even how a radio studio looks like in his entire life.
All he knew was football and nothing else. What Kabuura did at that particular moment was to get money and go to an internet café and researched about all the other sports. He says; that was his sports journalism career kicked off from.
The same year he joined New Vision, Kabuura got a chance to be among the top six finalists in a programme Free Voice, by Dutch radio.
Kabuura passed the exams that were to qualify African journalists for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa finishing 4th in over 400 African journalists.
One of his favourite career memories was the time Kabuura was given a chance to interview Russel Fuller who was covering the Common Wealth Games in India live on Vision Voice the current XFM through BBC.
He almost fainted when Russel Fuller called him by name Andrew.
“I mean the guys from the studio had briefed him but I didn’t care at that time, he was my idol and I was talking to him after years of listening to him.”Tweet
And when Kabuura returned to Uganda, he was asked to be a sports analyst for the Sports Bar show that airs on NTV Uganda. He did the show for a year, and during that time Super Sports (a major sports channel on cable TV) came to Uganda and they were looking for a Ugandan Sports presenters to cover the home and East African games.
Andrew Kabuura decided to join SuperSport, and he looked for someone who could connect him easily before dropping in his application. Because at that time, SuperSport had already got one person and they only wanted two commentators.
He succeeded because, after a few days, he got a call asking him to show up the next morning at Mandela Namboole Stadium.
“I only had 200Ugx in my pocket that morning and at that time, I lived in Bugoloobi. So, I went to a shop, bought cigarettes (I was a chain smoker) put on my cap and walked till Namboole.”Tweet
Kabuura arrived in time but was soaked in sweat after that long walk. He laid his shirt out to dry before he walked into the stadium.
One glance at him, Kabuura was told to straighten up and that they were not going to offer him a chance, because of the way he was dressed. He came dressed up in a jersey and jean, which they found unprofessional.
However, Kabuura was offered another chance the next weekend for auditions which he passed and the next weekend he did his first live broadcast (Commentator) at SuperSport.
The first day he did the live broadcast, Kabuura was so nervous, there were voices from the earpiece, but he tried to compose himself and got used to it after some time. And after a while, he began commentating East African games.
After landing on SuperSport job, Andrew Kabuura had to resign from XFM and later on joined SMS Media and then Radio City.
Taking about his successful career, Kabuura says if he didn’t get the courage to write the first articles he sent to New Vision that made him meet the then Sports Editor New Vision, Louis Jadwong maybe he would not be what he is today.
“We should never give up on our dreams, I know that for a fact.”Tweet
Working with SuperSport as a Commentator, Kabuura says it’s fun, but it involves hard work to maintain the job.
“SuperSport is Africa’s biggest pay Television, therefore, they do not continuously call you up if they feel you are not hitting certain quality targets. I travel to different countries and work extremely hard.”Tweet
Andrew Kabuura also presents the Revived Up show on NTV, a cars show where he talks about every car brand, features on it, fuel consumption, unique features and everything you want to know about cars.
Andrew Kabuura is married to Flavia Tumusiime who is also a media personality. Flavia Tumusiime is a Ugandan Actor, Radio and Television host, Voice-Over artist, Emcee and Author of 30 Days of Flavia.
She presents a mid-morning radio show on 91.3 Capital FM in Kampala, a former co-host of morning@ morning @NTV on NTV Uganda where she also doubles as a news anchor on NTV Tonight news and is a VJ for Channel O.
Tumusiime played the role of Kamali Tenywa (lead role) in Nana Kagga’s Television series, Beneath the lies – The series from 2014 to 2016, and has co-hosted the Guinness Football Challenge.
The two got married on 12th January 2019, at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero in Kampala, presided over by Bishop Zac Niringiye and then hosted their guests at Kampala Serena Hotel.
This was after their traditional marriage ceremony, Kuhingira in Ruyakitala that happened in Kiruhura District, Western Uganda on 17th, November 2018.
Kabuura says he was a very bright child in school, although many assume he was very naughty which he wasn’t.
During his High School days, there used to be a hint of Sports commentating future, he loved Sports and never missed games and sports activities at School. Unlike students who used to sneak out of school to go clubbing, Kabuura could escape only to watch a sports match which used to air out at bedtime hour while at school.
Kabuura’s favourite school memory was at Vienna College. He says the then Deputy Headmaster used to live close to his dormitory and he could sneak out of his dormitory to go peep through his Deputy Headmaster’s window just to catch a glimpse of the game.
One fateful night, Kabuura says the Deputy Headmaster found him watching a match through the window, he was sure he was going to be expelled or suspended from school, but instead, he invited him into the house to watch the match along with him.
And ever since that day, whenever there was a game, the Headteacher could invite Kabuura to go watch with him until his days at Vienna College ended.
Likes and Interests
- Andrew Kabuura likes interacting with his fans.
- He likes sports activities
- Has a passion for local music
- He loves reading especially Uganda’s political matters, in particular, Kabuura loves politics.