Remmy Lubega is the man behind the management of the ‘Neptunez Band’ and is responsible for the monthly Jazz Junction evening of music at Kigali Serena Hotel. He has made a name for himself as a businessman in the fields of events management.
He talked to Nasra Bishumba about the lighter side of his everyday life.
1. Your hands have been in everything. You have been an events planner, an MC, a love doctor, a radio programs director etc. What is that one job that you feel you can’t venture into?
Surgery; perhaps because it comes with too many risks. I would never forgive myself if someone lost his life on the table.
2. What was your most difficult event to promote and why?
I remember the first show I ever organised was a school event. I took a group back to my former school in 1999. I had to organise blankets from students because the hall didn’t have windows but the show was doomed from the beginning. First, the sound system got issues. Secondly, there was a match and so the students opted for the match because we charged our Shs1, 000 entrance fee. In the end, I collected Shs12, 000 (about Rwf3000). I had to pay the group of 18 people who performed, give the entertainment department 15 percent, pay the people who rented me the blankets, pay the transportation fee and I was expected to fix the sound system. It was one big headache.
3. What is on your bucket list?
•Build a continental brand in business one that will surpass the test of time and inspire many young people before I am 65.
•I would like to do a Phil Collins concert one day.
•I would also like to set up a hospital in my home town.
4. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date?
I have been able to support my family since I was 18 years old. I managed to pay for my own education and later was able to educate all my six siblings. This year, the last is graduating in Clinical Medicine.
5. Who is your biggest celebrity crush?
I think it’s Jennifer Lopez but I love Alicia Keys’ legs and rapper Eve’s lips.
6. What’s your worst habit?
I have failed to multitask, especially when I am on phone. If for example I am having a conversation on Whatsapp, it consumes all my attention that I can hardly listen to anything else. I am trying to learn how to do better because it annoys many people.
7. If you had to listen to one song over and over again, what would it be?
That’s tricky because they are many but as of now, it would be between ‘Plan B’ by Wade Core and ‘Paradise’ by Phil Collins.
8. What food combo can you cook perfectly well?
Me? Cooking? (Laughs). I am good at making posho. I am such a huge fan that I can tell bad posho just from smelling it even from a distance.
9. What can’t you live without?
10. Describe your perfect woman.
Sexy, independent, work oriented, social, simple but fashionable and God fearing.
11. What is the one thing that you cannot tolerate in a relationship?
I can’t stand tendencies of witchcraft. But feel free to add laziness, untidiness and mockery to that.
12. If you didn’t have to worry about money or work, where would you live in the world?
It most definitely would still have to be in Africa. Zanzibar perhaps. It has always struck a chord with me. There is something about its ancient artistry that appeals to me and its basking sunrise and set, the constant breeze and warmth of its people just make me feel like staying forever.
13. What is the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to you?
I was the MC at the New Year dinner at Serena Hotel and I was really excited to do the countdown. I bought this trendy pair of pants and just as I was doing the countdown, the pants ripped so badly at the front that I was very confused and I was stuck. I didn’t know what to do and just as I was trying to find the strength, the champagne of the night was popped and in my confusion, I thought my pants had ripped at the back also. I dealt with it like a pro but if my heart could talk, it probably would have told you a different story.
14. What is that that surprises most people about you?
The fact that I can’t swim maybe.
15. What actor would play you in a movie about your life?
Kevin Hart; mainly because my life has mostly been a funny ride. Secondly, he is as loud as I am sometimes.
16. You have seven days to live, how would you spend them?
I would spend those days on an adventure. I would take a trip with my loved ones to a place we all have never gone. I have never done something like that before.
17. If you were to turn into a woman for 24 hours, what would you spend that time doing?
They say women are the best when it comes to multitasking. I would want to try staying on phone, texting while listening to someone tell me a story as I also watch the BBC series ‘Hustle’.
18. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Camel meat. I say strange because it’s unusual but surprisingly, it was really tasty.
19. When was the last time you bought something for someone, and what was it?
I just bought my daughter a nice Barbie doll and my son a toy basketball and ring with a pole. I also bought my friend cologne for his birthday. All these items were bought together this past weekend.
20. What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?
I have one on my right hip. I sustained it when I fell while playing football back in 1987. It’s the biggest and most annoying scar on my body actually.
21. What animal creeps you out?