NTV news anchor Faridah Nakazibwe has aimed a cheeky dig at Sheila Gashumba following her revelations that television presenters in Uganda are paid peanuts forcing them into escort service providers for survival.
Since last night, the Uganda online conversation has been about how television presenters are exploited by their bosses.
One of Uganda’s most recognozed TV personalities, Sheila Gashumba revealed salary secrets of TV stars
This expose comes at the peak of TV wars in Uganda as NBS TV and NTV each struggle for attention.
In her expose, Sheila talks of the time she was earning just UGX 50,000 per show at NTV Uganda, the nation’s biggest media earner.
“Even when I did the fashion show on NTV, I was being paid UGX 100K per show. That meant UGX 400K a month, yet I was living a million shilling lifestyle. I was literally faking it all through. My makeup was at UGX 80K. That means I was earning 20K per show. Add in transport, add in every other thing, I was paying to be on TV,” Sheilah narrates.
“Rightnow, I would rather be a good house wife to God’s Plan than pretend to be a TV Presenter. Fame did not pay my bills, God’s Plan does,” Sheilah continues.
According to Sheila, many female TV presenters are using the platform to engage in escorting business.
In the end everyone became a dealer of sorts. You know what they say about every female celeb in Uganda having a price, it is so true for female presenters in Uganda.
You can imagine some were going for as low as 100K for a night. “The fame is a lie. It puts you up there with nothing in your pockets. My father was footing most of my bills. The brand ambassador gigs were also a lie. Even my hair extension business just didn’t work out. I chose to settle at home and cook for my man,” Sheila revealed.
And since her outburst, the little stunner has received mixed reactions.
And celebrated news reader Nakazibwe has added her voice, advising Sheila to ‘wash saucepans in silence.’
Sheila, tired of the laughable pay at NTV, left and moved in with her boyfriend Ali Marcus Lwanga
also known as God’s Plan.