Kaggwa-Gaetano-JjuukoIn 2003, almost out of the blue, Gaetano Kaggwa shot to fame after appearing on the maiden edition of Big Brother Africa and making a stint on Big Brother UK. Gaetano recently returned to work with 91.3 Capital FM. Ahead of the launch of the 2014 edition of Big Brother Africa, he relives his journey to the limelight with Simon Kasyate on the Desert Island Discs programme.

Welcome to Desert Island Discs

Thank you for having me on the show, Simon.

For those who might not know, who are you?

I was born here in Uganda in the 70s. Without giving my age, though you can google it. I was born in Mulago hospital but I hail, pretty much, from Masaka. I was born to Mr John and Jane Kaggwa. My mother is [deceased] but my father is alive and kicking. Many people mistake him for my uncle who passed away but he was also my father. So, Gaetano is a Ugandan, a son of the soil, so to speak, and thrust into the limelight by chance.

Come on, not by chance. You worked hard. It didn’t come on a silver platter.

Well, I mean the initial…. Maybe I wasn’t on people’s mind. I was just the average Joe. And then after I came out of Big Brother in 2003, things changed.

You must have obviously positioned yourself in a place where this chance hit you… the kind of childhood you had would probably explain the person you are.

Depending on how you look at it, I was either fortunate or unfortunate because I left Uganda in the 70s; that was Idi Amin’s time. We ran [to exile] like many Ugandans did at that time.

We ran to Kenya and my father got into some business dealings with a relative of ours and we moved to Lesotho. I did my high school from there, after which I was very fortunate to be able to go and study outside the continent. I went to the USA.  SEE MORE ON PAGE2

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