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Eleanor Nansibo Nabwiso: Young actress eyes global success

Eleanor Nansibo Nabwiso is an actress and producer known for roles in `Watch Over Me’ (2013), `Rain’ (2016) and `The Hostel (2011)’. `Rain’, a movie about keeping hope alive against all odds, is her first production under the Nabwiso brand.

Kampala, Uganda | AGNES NANTABA | Her acting and film producing journey dates back to when as a young teenager, she always dreamt of appearing on TV screens as either a presenter or an actress. She got her first taste of fame during her Senior Six vacation when she was picked to present a weekend programme, K-Files on WBS TV. She saw this as an opportunity to prove to her mother, Jane Frances Nakamya, who wanted her to take a different career path, that acting or the media industry pays. He mother mainly feared the late night movements and sought a banking job for her.

While hosting K-Files, Nansibo continued to feature in plays as extra characters in the Obsessions music and drama group. On one of those lucky days, Kwezi Kiganda the director and writer of the famous ‘Hostel’ miniseries under Fast Track productions scouted her for role of Hope.

While it takes years if not decades for most Ugandan actors and actresses to command recognition in the industry, Nansibo’s case was different.

Nansibo describes herself as boyish outgoing Nansibo, and a total contrast of the Hope she played, but she played the part for three years. On set she met and married Mathew Nabwiso with whom they opened Nabwiso Films, a production company. `Rain is their first gig but she says more are lined up.

Nansibo is the third of the five children of the retired politician, Rev. Dr. Kefa Sempangi who founded the Presbyterian Church in Uganda. Sempangi was also was an instrumental figure in the ministry to the street children in Uganda in 1971 under the banner of The Africa Foundation. She went to Namagunga Boarding Primary School, Seeta High School and Sikkim Manipal University where she graduated with a degree in science in IT.

Nansibo has her sight on international success.

“The industry can only be financially rewarding with quality work that not only targets the local market but globally,” she say.

Eleanor Nansibo’s Liteside

Any three things we don’t know about you?

When I am angry I clean up a lot which helps me relieve off the stress. I also talk a lot and most times, I am real; something that doesn’t go well with some people. I exhibit a boyish character to the extent that even when I am out there, I am free of makeup and most artificial stuff.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

My happiness is my family and that is the peak of it all. Even after a long day, as long as my husband and children are there to say all will be well, I am happy.

What is your greatest fear?

Being a risk taker, I am a fearless person.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Sometimes I get boyish which irritates some people.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

I can’t stand liars or bad communicators, those who are not real or the double- faced people.

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