|Birth name||Halima Namakula|
|Also known as||the mother of all artists in Uganda|
|Born||January 1, 1960|
|Genres||Afro beat/Reggae/World Beat|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, actress, entrepreneur, humanitarian|
Halima Namakula started her career as a stage actress when she was young and in school with the group called "The Black Pearls". Namakula's acting partner, husband, and the father of her children died in 1994. Though her stage name is Halima Namakula, she sometimes referred to as "the mother of all artists". In the 1990s after the death of her husband, Namakula relocated back to her home country and continued on with her acting, joining a TV soap opera, “That’s Life Mwattu”, as Michelle.
Halima Namakula is the founding member of Women At Work International, a non-government organization that helps to take commercial sex workers off the streets by creating job opportunities for them.
- 1999 Ekimbeewo
- 2000 Tonkutula
- 2001 Kyama Kyange
- 2004 Cheza aka Sambagala
- 2008 Ntuse Jendaga
- Omusajja Waa Taxi
- Africa Yetu
- Watoto Wa Mungu
In 2008 Namakula celebrated her 10th year anniversary in the music industry right after she had what the media called "a flopped show" at Kati Kati with K-Ci & Jojo. In April 2012 Namakula released a song call "Digida" meaning dance, but this time she stayed away from the nursery rhymes she's known for.
In 2003 Halima Namakula's Radio station Beat FM was shot down by the broadcasting Council for operating without a license. In 2007 Halima Namakula was sued for sh57million Uganda shillings (about $25,000 USD) for running over a three-year-old child. In 2012 Halima was arrested for littering the city of Kampala with posters of her Ndimuzadde concert at Club Obligatto.
Nominations and recognitions
- 2004 Kora Awards - Nominee
- 2005 Kora Awards - Nominee
- 2009 Divas Awards, presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- 2009/2010 New Vision & DFCU “Woman Achiever Of The Year Award.
- In 2009 she was Mrs. Uganda and represented Uganda in the 2009 Mrs. World pageant that took place in Vung Tau, Vietnam.
- Maganja, Johnson Grace (17 July 2011). "Namakula,woman with many hands". The Observer.
- Nantongo, Annet (September 12, 2010). "Who is the most beautiful married woman?". New Vision.
- "Woman Rising from the ashes of his early death". Daily Monitor. 22 June 2013.
- "Halima Namakula". MusicUganda. 26 January 2011.
- "Fasting does not call for looking pale". New Vision. 14 September 2009.
- "Namakula takes sex workers off the streets, fights HIV stigma". New Vision. 28 February 2010.
- "Uganda gets seven Kora nods". New Vision. 17 October 2005.
- "Halima Namakula - Free MP3 Download". Mp3round.org. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- "Never say die Halima Namakula". The Observer. 17 April 2008.
- "Desire Luzinda, Halima Namakula out new tracks". Uganda On Line. 1 April 2012.
- "Beat FM Shut Down". New Vision. 19 December 2003.
- "Halima Namakula sued for sh57m". New Vision. 14 December 2007.
- "Halima Namakula arrested for littering the city". Uganda On Line. 3 June 2013.
- "Kora Awards Eludes Uganda's Nominees". The Daily Monitor. 14 December 2004.
- "Kora Awards 2005 in Durban". FrancoMix. 30 November 2005.
- "Diva Awards come to Rwanda - The New Times Rwanda". New Times. Newtimes.co.rw. 17 May 2013.