Kahuna studied business administration (majoring in financing) at Nkumba University.
Byg Kahuna quit Bank of Uganda job because ‘it was boring’
Byg Kahuna once worked at the Bank of Uganda but he quit because the job was boring.
But after university, he left for the U.S. to do kyeyo and worked as a painter before getting a gig at a California-based radio station.
But he would return to Uganda following the death of his grandfather who had been his custodian for most of his life.
When he returned to Uganda, one of his first jobs was the central bank where he worked for about two months and quit.
“I found it boring, I just left," he said in an interview.
"I found it boring... USA taught me that you gotta find your passion... not many people in Uganda love what they are doing... it was boring."
Who is Byg Kahuna?
Born Jean-Paul, Byg Kahuna spent his early years in Nairobi, Kenya where he stayed with his single mom who was working with the United Nations
The mother later relocated him to Uganda to live with his grandfather who was a professor and surgeon at Makerere University where they stayed.
Kahuna went to Makerere Kindergarten, Kitante Primary School, St. Charles Lwanga S.S. Kasasa, St. Mary’s College Kisubi, Progressive S.S. Kitintale and Nkumba University, where he studied business administration.
While growing up, his inspiration to work on radio was the late Allan Mugisha, alias Allan the Cantankerous who worked with Capital FM.
After university, Byg Kahuna went to the U.S. and lived in California. Near where he stayed was a radio station and one day he went there and asked for a job and it was offered.
Before radio, he was earning a living as a painter.
When his grandfather died, he came back.
His first job was at the Bank of Uganda, but he quit shortly because it was boring.
Then he started doing interviews with different radio stations, including Power FM and Sanyu FM.
He ended up being accepted at Spirit FM, which he left to join Beat FM before it switched to Luganda. He was co-hosting with Denzel Mwiyeresti.
He then went back to Nairobi to take a break and look for more opportunities.
He spent a year there and did interviews at Capital FM Nairobi, Hot96, and failed to get a job because he had no national ID.
He left Kenya for Tanzania where he also did demos with some stations but didn't get a job.
He returned to Kampala to join Hot100.
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