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Top 8 influential people in 2022 (Pulse Picks)

The last of the viruses and economic upheavals that came flying out of Pandora's box in late 2019 seem to be retreating over the socio-economic horizon. As the dust settles, a few distinguished people have influenced the public through their respective fields, to get back to wellness and normal, whatever that may be for each person.

Pulse Picks Influencial people

They have been catalysts for positive change, advocates of improved livelihood and inspiration, sparking conversation and making sure lurking social and economic evils are exorcised during this transitional period.

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Which brings us to our first story pick:

When Nakawa West Constituency legislator Joel Ssenyonyi was appointed chairperson of the Com­mit­tee on Com­mis­sions, Statu­tory Au­thor­i­ties and State En­ter­prises (COSASE) last year in July, he said "investigating corruption in Government entities is no piece of cake, I’m told it’s even risky. However, God is by my side. I’ll give this role my best and I believe together with colleagues on the committee, we’ll deliver."

In the months following the approval for the role, he has led a crackdown on the administration and operations of the national airline, Uganda Airlines. The National Unity Platform (NUP) spokesperson carried his coherence down on Airlines Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Bamuturaki until the case came to an end in September this year. He has probed into Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) over the Kampala-Entebbe Express Way. Wherever he has been pointed, the politician has been a force to be reckoned with on accountability and transparency.

The first Ugandan musician to hold a festival during his lifetime and to be nominated for America's prestigious Grammy Award, both feats he accomplished in the same year. It is hard to mention the Ugandan music industry without Edrisa Musuuza, alias Eddy Kenzo, coming up.

His influence has also crossed over into the Tourism industry. He is the Uganda Tourism ambassdor for Uganda, a role that bleeds into his diversified music collaborations.

If he's not making homorous videos, Moses Kiboneka alias Uncle Mo is in Germany shooting homorous videos for medical companies. The mechanic cum internet sensation for his comic skits about current issues, is a household name. It is hard to tell who he's influencing more, trustworthy mechanics or relatable age-friendly comedians.

The News anchor has cast his sails into the world of self-help. His Twitter space ManCaveUg is a haven for men to address and air out issues concerning mental, emotional, physical and financial health. If he's not hosting the space, and recentlyn shooting videos for the ManCaveUg, he is sharing messages on his social media channels to help males along their journey to wellness.

In August, there were allegations that the pride and joy of Uganda's netball members, the She Cranes, had only received $13.45 (Shs50,000) after the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The National Council of Sports (NCS) is yet to report on how they were rewarded for their net shooting skills, but the smiles they left on Ugandans with their dance skills are priceless.

That time they were filmed dancing to Nigerian Singer Ruger's sensational song "Girlfriend". A few weeks ago they danced on court to Uganda Singer Grenade's song "Babandana".

Some wonder if he took a break from being meme-prone. Bagonza Alexander has joined the unsung fitness and health influences documenting his journey in pictures showing off his progress.

The rapper ushered in a generation of "meicas" when he hit the music scene back in 2015 with his hit song "Pistol". But before he was known as the "Fresh Boy", Fameica was in the industry as a fashion designer. He quirky clothes, hairstyles and accessories mark his videography and photography, but if you bump into him around town, that's not him. That is one of his look-a-likes that have been touched by his fashion artistry.

Sheebah Karungi is the unofficial feminism advocate if you ask her fans or the board that assigns feminism roles (if there's one). Her accolades range from musical to business and she is not shy about her opinion on her notorious single lifestyle. When she's not standing up for herself or maintaining her composure in one scandal or another, she can be seen or heard cheering on for women and pushing for female rights.

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