Benezeri Wanjala Chibita, known by the stage name “Benezeri”, the voice behind the Abeeyo hit song was all smiles on Friday as he graduated from Uganda Christian University (UCU).
Having joined UCU in 2012 from Vienna High School, the artiste followed in the footsteps of his mother Dr Monica Chibita; a distinguished scholar in Journalism and Communication who also heads the department of Mass Communication at UCU.
At a ceremony held at the Mukono –based campus last Friday, Benezeri having achieved a GPA of 3.5 walked away with a Second class Lower degree in Mass communication.
The rapper, 22 first burst out on the music scene in 2011 after winning the National Sprite Rap Battle held at YMCA, a feat that transformed the then seventeen year old artiste who had been booed off stage just two years ago after forgetting his lines during a performance at Kitende turn into one of urban rap music’s greatest talents at the time.
Follow up music releases with hit songs like “girls from Kampala”, “Blest” with Essie and “Zuukuka” which featured Ruyonga and Big Trill saw the music star re-assert his presence on the Ugandan New skool Hip hop scene as a permanent fixture.
A retake in one of his course units last year seemed to diminish his chances of graduating, yet according to the rhyme-smith, he was never worried about this set-back.
“I knew that eventually I was bound to graduate” he says in modesty citing wisdom from God as the underlying factor for not only his academic success but also his music.
On whether he may pursue a similar major as that taken by his mother in mass communication, the rapper offered a different line of specialization.
“Am considering a Masters in the near future but it won’t be in Mass Communication, maybe an MBA” he says.
But for the 22yr old it will be a time to concentrate on a music career that seems so bright for his talent after temporarily getting the commitment of education off his to-do list.
“Am releasing an album called “Made in Ug” he informs with a renewed promise to concentrate more on the entertainment bit of music than competition.
“I plan to focus more on entertaining my fans rather than competing with other rappers”. He promises.
”The likes of Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne are successful in music coz they are out there trying to entertain not compete” he adds.
For his fans it will be a period of waiting with the hope that the seventeen year old who took the urban rap scene by storm can once again deliver.