Kansiime Kubiryaba Anne and popularly known as Anne Kansiime, is a Ugandan entertainer, comedienne, and actress. She has been referred to as “East Africa’s Queen of Comedy” by some East African media outlets.
She was born in Mparo Village, Kabale District, in the Western Region of Uganda. Her father is a retired banker, and her mother is ahousewife. Kansiime attended Kabale Primary School. For her O-Level and A-Level education, she studied at Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior Secondary School in Bushenyi. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest and largest public university.
Born: April 13, 1987 (age 28), Kabale, Uganda
Spouse: Gerald Ojok (married in 2013)
Home town: Kabale
She travels with fellow comedian Cotildah Inapo and Manager Johnson Mujungu
She has travelled around the world on her 2015/2016 world tour, countries such as Botswana, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Rwanda, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada.
She is on her way to the USA this weekend for shows on the 12th Of October.
Beginning in 2007, while still an undergraduate at Makerere University, Kansiime began to participate in drama skits acted by the theatre group Theatre Factory, who played at the Uganda National Theatre in Kampala’s central business district. When Theatre Factory disintegrated, she joined Theatre Fun, that replaced it. The group plays every Thursday evening. The best skits were broadcast on NTV Uganda in the Barbed Wire TV show that later became U-Turn. She partnered with Brian Mulondo as a Taxi interview conductor in the MiniBuzz series and provided comic video dramatizations of topical issues that random passengers discussed.
According to recorded interviews that she gave in 2014, Anne began posting some of her sketch comedy skits on YouTube. She received positive feedback and that encouraged her to post more videos. Her screen breakthrough came when Citizen TV from neighboring Kenya offered her a slot to produce, star and present a comedy show once a week. That is how she came up with the Don’t Mess With Kansiime comedy show. As of November 2014, her YouTube channel had amassed more than 15 million views. Her YouTube videos receive thousands of views and she has appeared on BBC Focus on Africa. She has played to packed houses in Blantyre, Gaborone, Kigali, Kuala Lumpur, Lagos, Lilongwe, London and Lusaka.
Even amongst various acting commitments, Kansiime has continued performing and touring as a standup comedian. Kansiime’s comedy style tends to focus on aspects of her personal life. “I like talking about things that are going on in life, because that’s always going to be different and original,” she says. She is married to Gerald Ojok, a native Acholi. They have no children, as of February 2015. At that time, she was in the process of compiling an album of Children’s songs, which she intends to release later in 2015.
• AIRTEL Women of Substance Awards 2014
• BEFFTA 2013 (Best Comedian) Winner.
• Lagos International Festival 2013 (Best Actress) Winner.
• Social Media Awards (Favorite Celebrity) winner
• African Social Awards Malaysia (ASAM) – 2013