Who is Sheila Nduhukire? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, husband, TV career, Education and Background, news and relationship with Ykee Benda.
Sheila Nduhukire is a Ugandan based talented, popular and enthusiastic senior News Anchor, News Editor and former senior reporter with NTV Uganda. She has a deep understanding of the top political issues in the Great Lakes Region.
Nduhukire has covered news stories from the Ugandan parliament and East African politics. These include; the 2017 Kenyan election, Rwandan election, Amisom troop deployment in Somalia and the 2013 South Sudan conflict between Riek Machar and Salva Kiir.
She also covered the 2016 conflicts in the restive Kasese District where Government bombed the palace of the Omusinga wa Rwenzururu, Charles Wesley Mumbere.
Nduhukire has interviewed Heads of State and news figures including Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni; Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni, Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye, award-winning Hollywood Actor Forest Whitaker, and Kenyan Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Also, Nduhukire is passionate about human rights, refugees, women and the girl child. She currently runs an only girl’s mentorship programme called #GirlBuildingGirls for young University students.
In 2016, Nduhukire was recognized by the United Nations Population Fund as the best National news reporter. She is also a fellow with the 2017 IWMF Great Lakes Reporting Initiative cohort.
Sheila is soft-spoken and is also a very reserved and quiet girl. Her personality attracted influential people to her which have propelled her to where she is today.
Early Life and Education
Sheila Nduhukire aged 30 was born in Kazo Kiruhura District in the Western part of Uganda to Retired. Rev. Stephen Namanya who is the North Ankole Diocese Bishop and Lydia Namanya, a teacher. Nduhukire is the eldest girl in the family, and she has always acted as a leader.
Nduhukire attended Uganda Martyr’s SS Namugongo for her O’ Level education, after she joined Bweranyangi Girls SS for her A’ Level education. From Bweranyangi she enrolled at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) to study Business Administration.
Few years after University Nduhukire got a prestigious Chevening scholarship to study International Public Relations and Global Communications Management and Law at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom (UK).
Nduhukire is now one of the future global leaders after completing her Masters at Cardiff University in the UK. She was among the eleven Ugandan future leaders welcomed back home by the Acting British High Commissioner to Uganda, Sarah Mann in 2019.
Work and Experience
Sheila Nduhukire worked as the first Guild President of Mbarara University of Science and Technology and the President of the East African Community Student’s Union, a body that brings together all students in the East African Community voted in 2013. When she left the University, she worked as a reporter for the Red Pepper newspaper based in Mbarara District.
Then Communications Intern at Parliament of Uganda, a freelance journalist with Daily Monitor, a Volunteer with Compassion International Uganda and a News Paper-based in Kampala Uganda.
Nduhukire is a Rotarian and a recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow and serves on the Rotary Uganda Public Relations Board. She’s also a communication consultant, content creator and corporate events MC/moderator.
Nduhukire’s journalism career began at NTV Uganda, a brand of Nations Media Group (NMG) starting as a journalism trainee in print, radio and television before making her mark in the field. From the training, she joined Daily Monitor working as a freelance journalist for close to two years.
While working at Daily Monitor, Nduhukire worked so hard, very diligent before Maurice Mugisha, NTV News Manager then spotted her to work as a News Anchor on NTV Uganda.
When Maurice Mugisha spotted her, she was immediately called in for an interview at NTV and she started working after she excelled in the interview. Nduhukire worked as a reporter for only 7 months and when she reported to the voice control room, it was noticed that she could anchor news perfectly.
Nduhukire admits she was nervous on her first day as the news anchor but loved the experience, and in one year, she trumped overall senior news anchors at NTV.
“My first days were tricky. I had doubts on whether I could deliver. But I was quick to accept, what I did not know and to be open to the idea of learning.”
At NTV, Nduhukire revealed that she only had workmates but not friends. She only went to the newsroom on purpose when she is on duty, that’s when she is there. She claimed NTV has more hypocrites, as a result, she prefers being alone.
Her close friends at the time were in Kigali and she sometimes travels to Kigali for a visit when she is free. That’s where most of her trusted friends and ones she went to school with life.
Nduhukire has been a member of CIPR UK, the largest organization of PR professionals in Europe.
Nduhukire joins NBS TV
Sheila Nduhukire crossed to NBS TV in 2019 as a News Anchor right from NTV joining several other presenters of NTV Uganda that left the Serena based Station to join the NBS team, a brand of Next Media Group. Nduhukire was unveiled by Next Media Group CEO Kin Kariisa “Welcome to the winning team!” the station posted.
Ms Nduhukire previously worked for NTV Kenya as a news anchor, where she was on Media Lab training.
Ms Nduhukire became more popular on the airwaves most especially during the 2016 elections when she worked close to 20 hours a day and the scandals about teenage marriages in Refugee camps in Uganda.
She has covered memorable and commendable news stories right from NTV Uganda, these include; the 2016 General Elections, feature stories like the under-age prostitution in Uganda’s refugee camps where girls as young as 17 were being forced into prostitution.
This impressed Ugandans and on several occasions, and she came out as a fearless and intelligent journalist. Her passion, fearlessness and vigour have earned her praise in her career path.
When Nduhukire’s father became a Bishop, he used his position to link her daughter to the right people in the government. In the end, she found herself in the circles of the First Son, Gen Muhoozi which accelerated her journalism career.
It’s believed that through the First Son, Nduhukire got a chance to interview the First Lady of Uganda, Janet Kataha Museveni.
Nduhukire and her father
Nduhukire and her father are so close inseparable. She says media can write anything about her. However, she says her father got used and knows her well more than anyone.
She says that when she joined the media, she briefed her father what to expect. That saved her. She loves her father so much.
Relationship and personal life
Sheila Nduhukire has no known relationship and has no plans of getting married soon. She narrates that she once loved a guy but later realized that he was married and had children so she gave up on relationships.
One time Ugandan Singer Ykee Benda original names Wycliffe Tugume confessed that NBS TV’s Sheila Nduhukire is his dream wife. Benda said he already made his intentions to NBS TV’s news anchor.
Benda speaking to NBS TV’s Uncut Entertainment Show claimed that he has for quite some time harboured feelings for the Live at 9 News Anchor, and he has confessed his feelings to her saying he just wants to marry her.
“I have watched her on TV for some time, I am single myself and I am sure she is the kind of person I want. I need to meet her parents and lay my intentions bear. She knows it, we can do this,” Benda claimed.
Benda, who is a first-class chemical engineering graduate first confessed his feelings publically for Nduhukire in April 2020 via his Twitter handle.
“23rd April and angel was given to us…She grew into a graceful confident woman of character…what a time to be alive…allow me wish my everyday crush a happy birthday…The sunshine,” Ykee Benda tweeted and immediately replaced his profile picture with that of Sheila.
Following Benda’s confession which he made on Nduhukire’s birthday, Benda was advised by fellow singer Alexander Bagonza alias Apass to divert his energies elsewhere because his quest for Sheila would ‘end in tears’ just like what happened to him when he had a crush on Flavia Tumusiime of NTV.
Nevertheless, Nduhukire has remained silent with no single response to Ykee Benda’s feelings.
On Nduhukire’s 30th birthday she celebrated in 2020 the soft-spoken news anchor made a more detailed compilation of mixed memories down her life’s journey. Nduhukire revealed not only how successful her journalism career has been but also opened up on the small demons she has had to deal with along the way.
In her speech, Nduhukire thanked the almighty God for the abundant blessings in the 30 years she has lived. However, she revealed that along the way she had to deal with anxiety, heartbreaks, depression, and rejections among other troubles over the years.
Nduhukire’s revelation about heartbreaks prompted some deep thinking online addicts to state that perhaps being disappointed and rejected many times in life could just be the reason why the beautiful news anchor is taking her time to settle down with the man of her dreams.