Posts Tagged ‘Nabwana I.G.G.’

We talked before at length about the crazy and  wild world of Bruceploitation cinema. You can even read our tribute here. Now, unexpectedly, genre is making a slight resurgence with Michael Worth (himself a Martial Art actor/ director)’s excellent efforts shining the light on Brucesploitation with a book (Bruceploitation Bible), documentary and even a weekly podcast.  This once forgotten genre is finally getting the love it deserves!

Let the real Bruce Lee please stand up!

Now, to make things even more interesting we  have news of  Ugandan‘s premiere director Nabwana I.G.G. (Who Killed Captain Alex? and The Return of Unkle Benon) making his own spin on the Bruce Lee formula in an upcoming film staring African Kung Fu sensation Mansul Kiiza as the titular Bruce U. This will mark the first time Wakaliwood (Wakaliga, Uganda) Ramon production films in the People’s Republic of Chinaincluding the legendary Shaolin Temple and even The Great Wall of China!

Premiere of the movie was even attended by the Chinese ambassador in Uganda-  Chu Maoming and Star Times CEO Andy Wang so I wouldn’t be surprised with further China/ Uganda cinematic collaborations!

   Ugandan boy and Kung Fu fan Kiwa accidentally gets a chance to learn Kung Fu at China’s Shaolin Temple!




WakaliwoodPeople in Wakaliwood get all the fun!

Now, sometimes you stumble upon a true  jewel of a B- movie filmmaking like it was the case with Fatal Deviation  but never did a random trailer on the internet open the door to the whole parallel universe of film-making like in this case. I’m talking of course of Ramon Film Production’s TEBAATUSASULA!


Yes, Uganda has a movie industry! Yes, Uganda has strong genre- Action and Horror movie industry (called Wakaliwood)! And- all thanks to one man- Nabwana I.G.G. producer/ writer/ director and editor working out of slums of Uganda. In this age of “I can’t” this man proved you all wrong and he’s been doing it for 7 years non- stop. This self- taught filmmaker started his career with one course in computer repair ( he didn’t have funds for 6 months proper course) after which he used his new found knowledge to BUILD HIMSELF A COMPUTER out of spare parts he found!!! Then he slowly though himself the use of editing software and thus legend was born. Soon enough he founded RAMON FILM PRODUCTION- the name derived from the names of the  important ladies in his life- his grandmothers  RAchel and MONica who raised him through the hardships of Uganda’s Civil War.

Short part of documentary on Wakaliwood and Nabwana I.G.G.

He’s first big success came with Who Killed Captain Alex, first Action- fest ever produced in Uganda! His business became to bloom and he would in the year to come permanently abandon his teaching job and dedicate himself to movie making full time. Over the years he would gather a tight team of actors (who he trained himself ’cause Uganda doesn’t posses an Acting School), stuntman, martial artist, prop master and together they would travel to  all parts of  Uganda to shoot new projects and also distribute their DVD’s on local markets (not being able to pay actors he lets them keep 50% of the DVDs they sell). RFP as of now produced over 35 feature films including such hits as Who Killed Captain Alex, Rescue Team, Canibals and Return of Unkle Bennon! His films are even slowly making ways among the Ugandan upper class, which can be further confirmed by inclusion of English subtitles in his newest DVDs.

As it is a custom in slums of Uganda movie is presented by a Video Jokey, a narrator, comedian, and slum tour guide!

So, the next time you feel something is impossible or unattainable take a moment and think of Nabwana I.G.G.- then stop whining and start working on your dream! That’s all.

MV5BMjA1ODMxNDA3Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzk1MjE3NwThis man loves his job!