By Our Reporter
Renowned comedian Trevor Noah has said he will “try to visit” Uganda sometime.
This follows a barrage of tweets by Ugandans directed at Trevor after he refuted a newspaper story claiming that he would be coming to Uganda in November.
The story which appeared on Matooke Republic online on Thursday indicated that the US-based South African comedian and host of The Daily Show would be headlining a comedy festival in Uganda.
Trevor Noah quickly shot down the claim with a tweet: “This is a scam, I’m not coming to Uganda.”
But his move instead sparked an online campaign, using the Twitter hashtag #TrevorNoahVisitsUganda, intended to make the comedian consider his stance and to also indirectly promote a country widely known as the Pearl of Africa.
Funny posts including doctored images of Trevor touring Uganda were all over Twitter, each tagging the comedian to make sure he (and obviously, his followers) read them.
The funny tweets, which ran intensely for two days, placed Trevor across the country.
Eventually the pressure paid off with Trevor Noah tweeting last night: “OK Uganda, you win. I’ll try to visit sometime.”
He, however, gave one condition. Trevor wants to have the “original rolex” made by Sula in Wandegeya.
Henry Herbert Ssali, one of the founders and editors in chief of Matooke Republic, told UBC News that Trevor’s visit story was based on facts.
“We don’t deal in fake news,” Ssali, who is also a former editor at Daily Monitor said. “Trevor knows down deep that he is negotiating a deal to come and perform in Kampala. But those guys are professional and follow some principles which don’t allow them to confirm news of an event until pen is put to paper, however, we have it from a reliable source that negotiations are on-going and they are going good.”
Well, at least now we know that for whatever reason, Trevor will be coming to Uganda.