She is testimony that women can really be funny. Have you watched Anne Kansiime deliver her jokes? If you haven’t, then you probably haven’t had a good laugh in a while.
Here are 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Anne Kansiime.
She was born in Mparo Village , Kabale District, Western Uganda. Her parents are both alive; her father is a retired banker and her mother is a housewife.
Kansiime attended Kabale Primary School . For her O-Level and A-Level education, she studied at Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior
Secondary School in Bushenyi. She holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, awarded by Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest and largest public university.
According to recorded interviews that she gave in 2014, Anne began posting some of her sketch comedy skits on YouTube.
She received positive feedback and that encouraged her to post more videos. Her screen breakthrough came when Citizen TV from neighboring Kenya offered her a slot to produce, star and present a comedy show once a week.
That is how she came up with the Don’t Mess With Kansiime comedy show.
As of March 2015, her YouTube channel had amassed more than 20 million views.
Her YouTube videos receive thousands of views and she has appeared on BBC Focus on Africa. She has played to packed houses in Blantyre, Gaborone, Kigali, Kuala Lumpur, Lagos, Lilongwe, London and Lusaka.
She got married in 2014, to Ojok Gerald. She had this to say ‘the man responsible for all this happiness is Gerald Ojok and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with him. ‘If you meet me one of these days and I am on those ones of shibubu, just understand.’
She is a winner of the best comedian at the Black Entertainment Film Fashion TV and Arts in the UK.
She wears other accolades which include best actress at the Lagos International Film Festival Awards, and Airtel Women of Substance Award in Uganda. She has also won awards in Malaysia, and attended a Commonwealth Day reception in London where she rubbed shoulders with Queen Elizabeth.
Her other awards include;
AIRTEL Women of Substance Awards
Her videos started getting traction and her friends started making fun of her.
One day Google, the American technology giant, wrote to her asking if she wanted to commercialise her account. They asked for her details which she provided. Then, her bank called one day and handed her a $8,000 (Ushs 20,800,000) cheque. She took the cheque to her Mini Buzz producer, Sanyu Kalibbala, who thought it was all a joke.
Now, Google sends her cheques every month, and she makes money from product endorsements and being a brand ambassador of among others, Gotv in Uganda and Old Mutual Kenya — an investment, savings, insurance and banking company.
The Uganda-born celebrity does not want to take her audience for granted and she keeps on repeating : “The day I will run out of jokes, I will just stop shooting comedy,” she tells Lifestyle
The dimunitive super-star comedienne has over 800,000 likes on her official Facebook page, more than any other Ugandan.