Ugandan blogger’s moment of fame ends in shame
A Ugandan blogger has been exposed as a fraud after his attempt to seek publicity by claiming he had won a prestigious award backfired.
The blogger had taken to Facebook to sensationally announce his ‘win’ at the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) annual awards in Kampala this past weekend.
The man was however busted while still on “celebratory” mode after it emerged he hadn’t won any such award.
In a Facebook page registered under the names Ashburg Katto, the fraudulent blogger claimed he had been feted for being “the number 1 blogger in Uganda”. His post was accompanied with photos of himself holding the winner’s trophy.
“I have been awarded by USPA for being the number 1 blogger in Uganda. Praise be to God. I’m representing with the Amber Rose of Uganda aka Sara Joy Bakanansa and my brother Ray superstar,” his message read in part.
These claims were however refuted by USPA President Patrick Kanyamozi who is also a renowned radio personality in Uganda.
“To set the record straight,Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) didn’t give out any award for blogger of the year. The awards which were live on TV and widely covered were/are purely for sportsmen and women. Disregard any such information,” Kanyamozi wrote on his official Facebook page.
This development highlights a new low in what is fast turning out to be a desperate search for fame via the increasingly popular blogging world.
In Kenya, bloggers have also been accused of using the relatively affordable online platforms to extort money from institutions and prominent personalities or to portray them in negative light.