Nipped in the Bud; A Look at AK47’s Short but Eventful Life.

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Med Mushaijamukuru Kimbugwe

On the night of Monday 16th March 2015, the Ugandan music sorority was engrossed with shock and incredulity as news trickled in, of the death of young dancehall artist, Emmanuel Mayanja Hummerton, popularly known as AK47.

Fellow artists and fans alike couldn’t believe that Chameleone, Weasel and Pallaso’s kid brother had died at Nsambya hospital, following hitherto inexplicable circumstances of events that transpired at Dejavu, a city hangout owned by Team No Sleepe manager, Jeff Kiwanuka.

The interest of this article is to therefore look at the life of a young and gifted man, whose demise came in rather in the morning of his career and life. Short as his life has been, AK 47 was the envy of many an artist his age, with an eventful career and life.

The lastborn child of the Mayanja family, Emmanuel started the journey of his life on the 31t of October 1990, meaning he was just slightly over twenty four years by the time of his demise, a young man with a whole future ahead of him- nipped in the bud!

Colleagues, including those he went with to Kisubi high describe him as having been jolly, kind, humble, reserved and down to earth, a description his father Mr. Gerald Mayanja confirmed as being true. Not even stardom detached him from his admirable personality.

I for one remember him for his humility and one day, just before his performance at Theatre La Bonita, I told him to stop calling me Mzee, a title he said he was using out of respect for me. It must be as a result of his humility and good nature that thousands thronged the National Theater to pay their respects to the fallen Dancehall artist.

Believed to have dropped out of school after his Senior Six, AK47 joined music, a trade that his elder brother Chameleone, Weasel and Pallaso were already plying. His mark in the music industry was scratched with his magnum opus hit Champion AK.

He went ahead to do a whole lot of songs including Action Packed, Better Dance, Yoono, Ndi Muzibu Ft. Schwarz, Gal A Bubble FT. Diziza, You Should Know and Tukikolemu and was slated to release a gospel song by the time of his passing on.

Sources close to him indicate that the youngster was a proud father of three, including a set of four months old twins. This therefore means that at the age of just twenty four, AK 47 was not only an artist on the rise, but also a proud father.


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