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In his opinion, EMCEE pays him more than acting because acting payments depend on the number of audiences. PHOTO/COURTESY

Who is Patriko Mujuuka? Flash Uganda Media looks at the biography, early life, age, education, work and experience, radio presenter on CBS FM, relationship with Lydia Nalubega, Thomas Mujuuka, Lovis Nabiyonga Mujuuka, marriage and family of a Ugandan comedian.

Patriko Mujuuka stage name Amos Maxwell Ochaya, is a Ugandan comedian, radio presenter, an electrical engineer by profession and a politician. He’s best known for his comic skits in theatres, television adverts and radio skits.

Mujuuka who has a perfect Acholi accent than other comedians narrates that he learnt it while still at Kiswa Primary School in Bugolobi. 

His Acholi friends taught him the language and also at Acholi Malwa joints, where Acholi’s used to gather to drink Malwa.

Mujuuka is a reserved and shy man, a Catholic by faith and a farmer. He’s a family man who loves his family dearly.

Early Life and Education

Patriko Mujuuka was born and raised in Mbuya, a Kampala City suburb, Uganda to Thomas Mujuuka and Lovis Nabiyonga Mujuuka of Nakifuma, Mukono District. He’s the fifth child in a family of eight siblings and his parents provided a modest and purposed life, garnished with tough love.

Mujuuka narrates that his parents shared the little they had with them and taught them self-respect and respect for others.

He attended Kiswa Primary School for his Primary Education and Kyambogo College School for his O’ & A’ Level education. 

Thereafter, Mujuuka joined Uganda Polytechnic, Kyambogo (UPIK), currently Kyambogo University from where he attained a Diploma in Electrical Engineering. Later, he was awarded a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama by Makerere University Kampala (MUK), the largest and oldest public university in the country. 

This was after listening to a professor’s advice, telling him to professionalize acting. The reason he went for a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama.

Acting and Radio Career

Patriko Mujuuka is a radio presenter on CBS FM, a Bulange Mengo based station. He presents a morning show dubbed Mulengela Express alongside Ann Ssebunya that began on 3rd January 2003, Musanyusa show, that airs every weekend on CBS FM. 

Radio Sapientia, a Catholic-based Station in Nsambya was Mujuuka’s first work station he joined in 2000, before joining CBS Radio in 2003. He has much love for acting and theatre plays; the reason he abandoned his engineering career in favour of drama.

He features on The Honorables every Wednesday and Thursday on Pearl Magic and Pablo Live Shows. 

Mujuuka’s first appearance on stage acting was with the Ngoma Players, in a play dubbed ‘Betrayal in the City’ by renowned Kenyan Play writer, Francis Imbuga. 

This opened a door for him into acting, someone in the audience advised him to join Afric-Talent a drama group in Uganda based at Bat Valley Theatre in Kampala City. This was in 1997 and he has never looked back since then.

Mujuuka is also an even MCEE, according to him, EMCEE pays him more than acting because acting payments are determined by the audience’s number. A bigger number pays you much more than a smaller number.

When CBS Radio was shut down by the government in 2009, during the famous September Buganda Riots, Mujuuka and some of his colleagues including Abbey Mukiibi and John Segawa formed the ‘Akandolindoli’.

Mujuuka’s role model as far as acting is concerned is Christopher Mukiibi, a retired actor. However, when not on the radio, Mujuuka does production, scriptwriting, and farming in his garden including rearing animals. He as well does some bit of running to keep his body fit.

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Mujuuka entered politics in 2020, when he ran for a parliamentary seat in Nakifuma County, Mukono District, in the 2021 general election. FILE PHOTO

Politics

Patriko Mujuuka joined politics in 2020, as a contestant for the Nakifuma County parliamentary seat in the 2021 general elections, Mukono District. 

He took the race on an independent ticket after being denied the National Unity Platform (NUP) card in favour of Fred Simbwa, despite being a close friend to the NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

However, he lost the race to Fred Simbwa of the National Unity Platform (NUP)Mujuuka who resigned from his radio job at CBS radio in October 2020, to focus on politics, returned to 89.2 CBS FM airwaves on April 5 2021 after a failed political attempt.

Family

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He is married to Lydia Nalubega Mujuuka, renowned as Mama Majo. FILE PHOTO

Patriko Mujuuka is married to Lydia Nalubega Mujuuka best known as Mama Majo. She’s his best friend, the one she can tell his secrets. The two got married on 12th December 2014 at Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala, Uganda’s Capital City. 

At home, Mujuuka is not a comedian but rather a serious father and a perfect husband.

He’s a very quiet person when not on stage. Mujuuka has six children; three from Lydia and three from his previous relationships.