How NTV blocked Sheila Nduhukire from joining NBS TV

When one leaves NTV, the most likely destination is NBS TV! Yes, there has been an ‘exodus’ of top journalists from NTV to NBS. At one point, it was safe to bet on who next NBS would ‘snatch’ from NTV.

Prominent names like Solomon Serwanja, Rukh ShanaNamuyimba, Sheila Tusiime Mugisha, Ernest Wisdom Kiyonga, Darren Kyeyune, MC Kats, and most recently, Douglas Lwanga left Serena Hotel based media house for Media Plaza.

Just a few months after the departure of Douglas Lwanga, NTV found itself between a rock and a hard place when prominent senior reporter/news anchor, Sheila Nduhukire tendered in her resignation.

Our sources revealed that also senior cameraman Abubaker Zirabamuzale handed in his resignation around the same time too throwing the management at NTV into panic. They reportedly had no guesses on what the next destination would be!

With NBS TV receptive to top talent (especially from its competitor NTV), Sheila Nduhukire would be yet another top catch! For fear of public backlash, and also with instructions from NTV headquarters in Nairobi to nip staff exodus to NBS in the bud, NTV Uganda moved very fast to talk to Nduhukire and suggested for her another idea of relocating her to sister station NTV Kenya where she will soon be doing her journalism trade.

NTV Kenya is a sister television station owned by NMG (Nation Media Group) which was founded in 1959 by Aga Khan. Following her graduation from Mbarara University, Nduhukire joined NMG as a trainee at the Nairobi based Media Lab.

This was the same media lab, investigative journalist Raymond Mujuni who crossed over to NBS attended.

Losing another success story would be a big blow! In a show of loyalty to her background and a juicier offer on table, on top of career growth, Sheila agreed to the Kenya deal.

She thus tendered notice to fellow staff;

Hello colleagues, As some of you might be aware, I will be away for a while in Nairobi (NTV Kenya)… 

Thank you very much for the love, support and teamwork throughout the years. Each one of you has taught me an invaluable lesson in my career. 

Thank you Boss Mugi (Maurice Mugisha) and all Producers for giving me an opportunity to grow in a profession I had (and still have) very little knowledge about.. I will miss working with all of you (atleast Under the same roof).. Where I didn’t measure up, munsonyiwe bambi- it was all part of the learning process. I leave a better and mature person than I came. Till we meet again… Adios.

With Nduhukire ended her message with “till we meet again,” there is a likelihood that she could bounce back in Kampala, most likely in a bigger position after sometime in “exile” just like her boss Maurice Mugisha who worked in Nairobi for a while.

Nduhukire was born in Kazo, Kiruhura District to Bishop of North Ankole Diocese Stephen Namanya, and Lydia Namanya, a teacher. She attended Uganda Martyrs Namugongo for O’ Level and later Bweranyangi Girls School for A’ Level. She was Guild President at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. She later joined Nation Media Group as a trainee journalist and rose through the ranks.