Close. Joshua Bbaale, also known as MC Media, is an MC who takes pride in his craft. Esther Bridget Nakalya catches up with him for more.
My name is Joshua Bbaale, also known as Mc Media. I am of mixed race; Tanzanian and Rwandan but born in Kampala. My parents moved to Kampala from Mutukula in my early years to do business.
I am the firstborn of four. I attended Masaka Secondary School, Bishop Dungu Primary School and St. Elizabeth, Nkowe for my high school diploma. I was prefect of entertainment and later did a Bachelor of Science in biology at Ndejje University, but I dropped out for financial reasons.
How did you discover your talent?
A friend invited me to a party organized by Orange Telecom and asked me to fill in as his MC.
From this platform I was encouraged to do more. The audience was receptive and made me feel like I was on the right track.
This exposed me to other companies to do more work.
I also have a retail business, some real estate investments and manage the Bredo Hotel in Mukono.
When do you wake up and what do you do first?
I get up at 8am and brush my teeth to start the day.
What was your first salary?
Shs200,000 as a tip from the first show I hosted.
My desire to stay on track and be productive at and outside of work. I must remain trustworthy even with good work ethic.
What is your favorite drink?
What is your favorite food?
How many shows can you do in a day?
What are some of your achievements?
Pearl of Africa rally anchor, the battle of Jose Chameleone and Bebe Cool and I have appeared in the media and hosted a show with comedian Tata Sam on the radio.
What challenges do you deal with in your job?
Hosting night shows exposes one to risks such as personal injury or property destruction. Once I was attacked by villains at a show and since then I have hired bodyguards for such events.
If you had to hire an MC for your own event, who would it be?
How do you recover from a faux pas during a show?
This often happens because you are dealing with different types of people. But I try not to talk about things I don’t believe in.
What do you do to prepare for a show?
I don’t need much practice. I get what I need to say by interacting with the audience. I usually move around in my car with three mics so I’m always ready.
Where do you see the industry in the near future?
We need structure and discipline. Facilitators should also make an effort to discover their strengths and stick to them. For example, if you’re good at comedy, focus on that.
What’s your next chapter?
I intend to continue this profession for a long time.