Monday, December 31, 2012

MY 2012 was ...

Where do I start?
2012 has been crazy! And by crazy, I mean hectic! Phew! When the year was starting, I believed it was going to be an amazing and awesome year for me. Why? Because I love even numbers. You know, like, "2,4,6,8,10" etc. You get it? So 2012 was an even year, so I thought, "This owe to be great!"
I was not so wrong, but neither was I right. 2012 was ... Oh well, let's round it off together, perhaps you will help me conclude with ONE WORD to describe my year.

1. At the start of the year, I really had no stable job. Yes I act and sing but those depend a lot on if one has lots of gigs booked- which I sort of did not. So the year started off really slow.

2. The magazine for which I wrote for also took a break to sort out some issues so that was a downer.

3. Good thing I had my radio job which I enjoy and my colleagues and bosses are awesome!! :) So that kept me on my feet. It gave me something to look forward to each day.

4. A book project in which I was a part of as a writer started off well with good money too besides loving to do it but then it came to a standstill and took forever to kick off again. As I type, things are looking up again.

5. A documentary in which I worked as the interviewer went well and boy was I busy those months, the team and I ensuring we shoot and get all we need to make it top notch. After we handed in the documentary, which was like many months ago, we have not received a penny for our hardwork. That was such a big downer for me and I hate it. I find people who work like this REALLY unprofessional and inconsiderate. I am sure you know what I mean because many a Ugandan do this. Get a service given and then they are reluctant or too slow to pay up- yet they were calling everyday before as you did the work, but now you call to ask about your payment, and suddenly they are busy or not available or they just don't answer or they keep making empty promises.. blah, blah, blah!

Anyway, moving on.

6. I broke up with my long term boyfriend (end last year). Yes. I was dating someone but realised we were on two different chapters of our lives so I thought it best to let go and move on. It has been the best decision I have made all year! I feel so much better. I am more fulfilled- spiritually, emotionally & mentally uplifted. :) 

7. It was my late father's memorial this year in August and it took a toll on me. Sadness, depression, lots of questions unanswered... etc. I mean, that is what you feel when your dad is murdered for unclear reasons. His body was never found so he was never buried. We had to make a plaque for him and my aunt with whom he was killed. I had to write a message on it that was deep and close to my heart. Then we travelled all the way to the village, where the ceremony was held. A lot was going on in my life already, this was another downer. The good side of it though is that finally there is a tombstone with my father's name & picture on it. It was a form of closure for me. Rest in peace dad.

8. My music recording has been going well so far and I am glad the public is receiving my new song well. More singles are set to come out in 2013 so yes, this has been an upside for me. Got to perform at Ruth Komuntale's (the Tooro Princess) welcome party with her fiance, performed at Club Amnesia which premiered my video for my single "Party on My Mind", had a number of press interviews about my work, met amazing people; so I thank God for all the opportunities he has accorded me in 2012.

9. I got nominations for my work:
- In the current Radio & TV Academy Awards 2012 for OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER FEMALE RADIO PRESENTER (I co-host a show dubbed "THE JAM" at Radiocity 97fm, every Monday to Friday, 3pm-7pm)
The voting is still ongoing online at
If you are in Uganda, you can also vote by SMS. Simply type: RTVA Cleopatra 12
 and then send to 8888.

- MOST GIFTED ACTRESS in the Super Talent Awards 2012
-In the Pearl International Film Festival 2012 for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS in the film, State Research Bureau.
Being acknowledged for my work is humbling and it makes work even harder. I take nothing for granted.

10. Lastly, I got to do a lot of inspirational talks to students in schools with Reach a Hand Uganda, a charity organisation that focuses on the youths, and I am a Goodwill Ambassador. It was inspiring to me too and sharing with these young people, encouraging and mentoring them is my way of giving back to the community.

11. Ofcourse a few friends disappointed me.... and I guess I disappointed a few too, but this is life. We cannot please everyone. We win some, lose some. I have come to terms with it. I hope you have too.

12. Those who owe me money do not seem like they want to pay me back. Sucks!

Well, 2012 was ....... for me. (You can fill in the blank)
I pray 2013 is way much better for me and for you. It's no longer about "Odds" and "Evens". I do not believe in that anymore, thanks to 2012. Let's toast to the future! Cheers. :)

Monday, December 17, 2012


Emptiness is what I feel sometimes...
Can't fight it, no matter how much I try,
My body quivers as I shiver
I try to speak but words fail me
"Oh if only I could say it", I think to myself.

I scream my lungs out
Fall to the ground almost lifeless
Then begin to shake,
I am not dying,
I am crying...
and crying...
and crying.

Is it better to be dead than hurt this much?
I ask,
Is it better to be dead than hurt this much?
The pain I feel is intense
The void is immense
Pluck my heart out of me
These emotions I do not want.

How else will you know the feeling?
What feeling?
The feeling of love
The feeling of anything.
Without the heart
We are nothing.
I feel emptiness sometimes
But this is life
This moment shall pass.

Is anybody out there? ANSWER ME!

Hello? Hello? ...
I am talking to you reading this. Are you there? Can you please prove to me you are by posting a comment or something on my blog? I swear most times I feel as if I am sharing thoughts with myself. I need you to interact with me or else I am dying here. :( Going nuts in other words.

Thanks to those of you who take time to indulge with me on my blog. The majority simply view/read and click away.... yes I know coz it shows me how many views each post gets but if that was in accordance with your feedback and sharing, it would be AWESOME!! Plus, I would be wiser due to sharing with you. :)

Now come on, do not shatter my spirit by staying silent, write back, say something.... That is the reason for this blog. My thoughts, your feedback.

I will look forward to hearing from you, the man/woman behind a computer/laptop. That's supposed to be an evil laugh. Lol. ;) Okay, not necessary, I get it.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

East Africa, STAND UP!!! Vote!

We may be in what is referred to as the "dark continent" but I believe we are doing a lot to make a mark in the world or at least leave an imprint. This is most particularly thorough entertainment, this time, musically!!
We are raising our East African flags high in Africa and outside it. Okay, getting to the point, most of you may know about the Channel O Music Video Awards, yes? Good! Well, we have about eight musicians from East Africa who were nominated in these awards and we need to VOTE for them so we bring these accolades home and earn more respect for our talents. I do not know about you but I believe in supporting our own then on to the rest, I hope you are with me on this one. Charity begins at home, right? I am only voting for my fellow East Africans in all these categories. The only tight spot is the two categories I put at the bottom where a few of them appear together; the one you pick to vote for is entirely up to you.
So below are the E.A nominees, their codes and the SMS number +27839208406 to which you send your votes, for a very little charge of about USH220 (KSH 7). You can also vote via the web at ONCE EVERY HOUR. Go to the 2012 MVAs and you will see all the categories. Voting ends soon so vote as many times as you can for your favorite. Share this with friends on Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Google+ and so on. LET US VOTE!!

   Artist                           Category                    Song/Video                Code        SMS 
MAURICE KIRYA  Most Gifted Afro Pop      Don't Wannna Fight      7E         +27839208406

CAMP MULLA       Most Gifted Newcomer   Party Don't Stop            3D                    "
                                                                             ft. Collo
       "                         Most Gifted Duo/Group   Fresh All Day               4E                    "

WYRE                     Most Gifted Ragga           Dancehall Party             6E                    "

KEKO                     Most Gifted Female         Make You Dance            2E                     "
                                        Video                          ft. Madtraxx

HABIDA                Most Gifted RnB              My Reason                     9E                     "
                                       Video                           ft. Cannibal

K'NAAN                Most Gifted HipHop         Nothing To Lose            10E                   "
                                      Video                            ft. Nas

AY                         Most Gifted Male Video   Speak With Your Body   1E            +27839208406
                                                                          ft. Romeo & Lamyia

Artist                        Song                       Code           Send SMS to
NAVIO                  One & Only                13E            +27839208406

KEKO                   Make you Dance         13A                     "
 ft. Madtraxx

AY ft. Sauti Sol     I Don't Want               13C                     "
                              To Be Alone

K'NAAN ft Nas    Nothing To Lose        13D                      "
CAMP MULLA   Party Don't Stop          13B             +27839208406
   ft. Collo

Artist                            Song                  Code               Send SMS to
CAMP MULLA     Fresh All Day            14I                +27839208406
AY ft.                  Speak with Yo Body     14J                +27839208406                   
Romeo & Lamyia 

I really hope you VOTE! It counts! Let's keep East Africa up in a positive light!! If not politically, at least musically. Cheers!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012


 As a child, I dreamed of a future filled with love, fairness and opportunities for all of us, be it a girl or boy.
As I grew, I realised that not all of us were as lucky. The girl child's education did not seem to be as important as that of a boy. In some instances, the girl would be told to stay home and do chores as her siblings who were boys, were taken to school. I felt bad when I grew to realise that the world was not fair. That while I went to school, a fellow girl somewhere else in my country was digging in the farm, or cooking in the kitchen or picking firewood and the like. In some areas, countries and cultures, a baby girl was seen as a curse and would be killed but the baby boy would be perceived as a blessing and would be celebrated.
My heart bled because the girl child was being ignored and treated as irrelevant and unimportant.
Some would be married off at the tender age of thirteen. I could not imagine myself getting married at such an age. I wished... and wished... and wished.... that there would come a change in my country.
That was 30 years ago but a lot has changed since then. Today, lots of girls go to school, are protected against early marriages and I am ever so grateful to the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and people who came up to put up a fight for the Girl Child. I see more influential women in the world today: Internationally, I can point out Michelle Obama, Joyce Meyer, Oprah Winfrey etc and our very own local strong women in Uganda such as Jeniffer Musisi, Rebecca Kadaga, Maggie Kigozi, Julia Sebutinde, Sylvia Nagginda (the Queen of Buganda), Allen Kagina and so on. The list is endless. Imagine if they had been ignored and not given a chance or not been educated??
I am a Goodwill Ambassador for an NGO called Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) and with them, we aim at empowering the youth. Our slogan is "Young People For Young People". We aim at helping the youth aged between 10-24 to make informed choices and we do this by going out to the schools and communities in the urban and rural areas and I personally share my life's journey so far, with them. We encourage the girls to stay in school and get education, to have focus and direction. Girls are the mothers of a nation. If they are lost, then the nation is as good as lost too.
What are you doing for your community? Who are you reaching out to? Try and make a difference in someone's life. Let us make our world a better place. It starts with you and I. Let's support the Girl Child and get rid of the oppression, abuse and suppression. A girl can make a great contribution to the world too. It's not only a man's world--it's our world- both girls and boys, men and women. If we work together, we will achieve much more than working apart or against each other. I am for the GIRL CHILD, are you? Reach out your hand to her today and always.

BACKGROUND: The International Day of the Girl Child promotes girls’ rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. It is a UN observance that is annually held on October 11.
The International Day of the Girl Child gives people and organizations the opportunity to raise public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls around the world suffer from. On this day, many community and political leaders talk to the public about the importance of girls’ right to equal education and their fundamental freedoms. Various events are held to showcase the work that people are doing to empower girls through active support and engagement with parents, families, and the wider community.


You may have heard of the name MAURICE KIRYA... If you hadn't yet, then now you have. :)
He is a Ugandan musician who refers to his genre & style of music as "Mwooyo", a Luganda word to mean "Soul". In other words, he does Soul music. He is known for his hits such as: I Will Sing, Revolution, among others plus I Don't Wanna Fight, Ugandan Girl & Mulembe Gwa Kirya which are the latest singles off his new album and the fans seem to love each track.
Anyway, getting straight to the point, Maurice Kirya is set to release his 2nd long awaited album, THE BOOK OF KIRYA, this Friday 12th October 2012 starting 11am at the Cineplex Hub at Nakumatt Oasis (Kampala, Uganda). A CD will cost UGX25,000 only (about KSH800). It will be worth it because when it comes to quality, Maurice does not compromise. He aims to give the best of the best.
What are friends for? Let's spread the word.Share this with your friends/family/other bloggers etc. You will want to own a copy of THE BOOK OF KIRYA. 
He is a nominee in the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards in the Most Gifted Afro Pop Video category as seen below. Online voting is available for web at Online voting is free of charge, but you may online vote once per hour, per category.
Jozi – Ugologo Code: 7A
DJ Sbu ft. Zahara – Lengoma Code: 7B
Gal Level ft. Toniks – Money Code: 7C
Brymo – Ara Code: 7D
Maurice KiryaI Don’t Want To Fight Code: 7E

Voting is available on these platforms:
SMS: artist voting code to the number +27 83 920 8406. Standard SMS rates apply.
Web and WAP:

Below is a link to his website in case you want to know all about MAURICE KIRYA. By the way, he is proudly Ugandan, Proudly East African & Proudly African.... just like me! See you at the press release event. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SERA gone too soon!

It was at 10:30pm Tuesday night that I heard the message tone go off on my phone. I neglected it telling myself I will read the message later once I am home and settled in. When I arrived home, got into the house and set my handbag and laptop bag down, I got my phone and as I read the message, I slowly sat down and said, "Oh no!".
A friend of mine had texted me with bad news. The message read, "Hi. Did you know Sera who sang Contagious has died of ulcers?" Sera's lovely face came to mind. I remembered when she came to Radiocity 97fm (where I work), to do her TOP 10 as the Celebrity of the day, she was an hour early and I told her to feel at home. I and other presenters were having a chat and once in a while we made her talk and laugh. She was full of life... a lot was in stock for her, I thought. It is so sad that she is gone to soon!
After I read the text, I did not want to believe it straight away, so I rung up a friend I knew would know the details considering he works at Swangz Avenue, the label to which Sera was signed. The moment he spoke on the other line, I knew it was true dear Sera was gone. He spoke with heaviness in his voice as if he had been crying and when I asked what was wrong, he told me, "Sera is dead... We were traveling back from a burial in Masaka She had not eaten in a while and she complained saying her ulcers were starting up and causing her pain. We took her to a clinic and she was given some medication but then, on our way, she started puking blood. Blood was coming out of her ears, mouth and nose." It is at this point that I interjected and asked my friend if they were sure it was not Ebola (which is in Kampala as we speak and some other places outside Kampala) but he answered, "No. The symptoms were different. It is as if something in her body burst. My friends and I were trying to help her but we couldn't.... she died right in front of me--I helplessly watched her die." His voice broke ..... I cannot write more of what my friend said but he sounded devastated, who wouldn't be in such a situation? It is heart wrenching.
Sarah Nampijja a.k.a Sera was a 22-year-old budding singer and had hits to her name in just a year, such as: Sunrise, Contagious in which she featured along side Jeff Blaise, Delivered, and her latest song titled Fire. Her music career was on the rise, it is terrible that we have lost such young strong talent. There is a link to one of her music videos below.
My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends and everyone at Swangz Avenue in Muyenga. We shall miss you Sera, may your soul rest in eternal peace. The Vigil is going to be at her parents' home in Nansana and the funeral service is on Thursday 2nd August 2012 at Christ The King Church at 9am.
"To comfort others does not necessitate that we remove someone's pain but that we move alongside  the one who is suffering and say: You are not alone. I am with you. Together we can carry this burden."-Henri Nouwen

Friday, July 27, 2012

Africa Magic

Oh by the way,
a week ago, I got a hola from Africa Magic and they did an interview of me. Just felt I should share it with you. Check the link below. Cheers. :)


Gosh, what a week!
Ever felt like the world is on your shoulders?? This is how I have felt all week... actually all month! Can't get into the nitty-gritty... you know the saying, "Not everyone wants to hear your problems"? You haven't? Well, that is because I made it up but I am sure you have heard people say it.
Am hoping August brings me less stress.... (Yes, I hear you say, "You & me both") Lol....
Well, I wish you a lovely stress-free weekend & a wonderful August!
Toast to life!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Me & some of the Cast members 
So the Namasagali Old Students' Association (NOSA) production "THE HAPPY LIFE HOTEL" ended on a beautiful note on Sunday 24th June 2012. It was a fun weekend as we went on stage with poise and the moment we got off, run backstage to change into the next costume for the next scene as quickly as possible, sometimes almost colliding with each other. Hilarious sight if you ask me.
Florence Oteba being made up as Maria
I acted the role of Miss Maria on 23rd June Saturday evening and 24th Sunday evening. Another old student of Namasagali, Florence Oteba, acted on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. By the way, most people tell us we look like sisters. :)When I was not acting, I would dance.
The turn up was not disappointing either and the audience was quite engrossed in the play too that it made it all the more enjoyable.
Miria Matembe
The finale on Sunday evening had politician Miria Matembe (former Minister of Ethics & Integrity) as the Guest of honour--yes, she is an Old Girl of Namasagali College. She came up with Father Grimes at the end of the play to give a speech and it was quite humorous as she shared her first day at the school years ago. 
If you missed out, it's so sad but come next time. ;)
Joan, Joyce, Vickie & me (dressed in white as Miss Maria)
There might be another production towards the end of this year... if all goes well. Hope I see you there then.
A big thank you to The Observer, New Vision, Daily Monitor, Radiocity 97fm, and Moses Serugo of  for their support & coverage. Strive Regardless.... :)
Below are links to some articles written about the play.
Father Grimes & I

Thursday, June 21, 2012


If you love theatre, then you should not miss out on this play!  Filled with lots of dance, humor and drama, THE HAPPY LIFE HOTEL is a must-watch! It's on this weekend at the National Theatre, Kampala starting Friday 22nd June:7pm, Sat. 23rd 7pm, Sun. 24th: 3pm & 7pm Tickets: 15,000/= at the National Theatre box office. All proceeds will go to the Father Grimes Foundation. (Father Grimes is the former headmaster.)
The cast is made up of old students form Namasagali College, a school that was well known for its excellence in the Arts, that is: Music, dance & drama.Most of the former students are now prominent figures in society.They include: Seanice Kacungira (known as a radio presenter at Sanyu FM & she also worked Capital FM Kenya, an entrepreneur & owner of SUQA Salon), Matthew Nabwiso (an actor, has starred in State Research Bureau, The Hostel series among others), Cleopatra Koheirwe (This is me, You know what I am all about so just come watch.;) You will enjoy.) and many other talented successful personalities.
Namasagali has old students in all fields such as: Patrick Bitature (a prominent businessman), Rebecca Kadaga (Speaker of Parliament) etc.... The school's motto was "Strive Regardless" and indeed we all have. Need I say more?? In other words, you will not be disappointed. Come have fun with us! I hope to see you there. xoxo

Friday, June 15, 2012


 "A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself/herself — to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself/herself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart."-Leo F. Buscaglia
I love reading inspirational quotes and Leo F. Buscaglia is one of my favourite people with amazing quotes. Anyway, let's move on to what I want to share with you.
The words “I love you” carry a lot of weight… or at least used to. Not sure about now.
Long ago, a poor couple would be together all because of love; a man would do all he could to be with the woman of his life because of love; a young couple would rather die than not be with each other, because of love (Romeo & Juliette)… Need I say more? You get the drift am on, yes? Good.
But I often ponder “Is love enough”? In these tough inflation times, can you be in a relationship if there is no money?
There is a lot that goes on in a relationship. The beginning is the most exciting for many couples; can’t keep apart for too long, talk on phone for hours on end, call each other all the lovey-dovey names such as; sweetie, honey, sugar, baby, munchkin etc…. New lovers are so obvious and easy to pick out from a crowd, citing the PDA and all.
Today, the pressure is on…. LOVE alone does not cut it. If you cannot provide for your woman or family, or contribute financially to each other, lots of problems might arise such as resentment, unhappiness, arguments and these lead to one of the partners drifting away, cheating or other.
Falling short in the financial department is a no-no hence people working their butts off to make a good living. Men are out to impress, splashing money or trying to prove to their mates that they got it.
It seems today, one has to be able to sustain the demands that come within the relationship. If both the man and woman are financially stable, the better; but it is important they agree on how to handle their finances. I believe joint accounts are not always a great idea because when things go wrong or if you break up, one of you might put the other in jeopardy by using all the money or taking off with it or whatever.
Relationships are so complicated but I guess we complicate them with all the expectations and standards we set. The simplest of things is usually the best. It is not that simple to just be “in the moment” and enjoy without worry, suspicion, jealousy and so on. Well, let me stop going on and on, I just want you to tell me if you think a relationship in this day and age, can survive solely on LOVE.
By the way, would you rather be single or in a relationship?
FYI, I do not know which I prefer…. Lol. Both have their huddles to overcome but being a sucker of love, perhaps I prefer to be in a relationship....
"Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyse your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness."-Leo F. Buscaglia

"The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships."-Anthony Robbins

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Does love like that which was or is between our parents, grandparents and great grandparents still exist??
I think not.
I used to admire how my guardians and grandparents in my life related and always seemed to be so happy despite the circumstances. Their love was strong, genuine, true and stood all tests of time.
Today, no matter how long you have known someone, it will take a stranger to draw you two apart with the silliest of words/acts or circumstances.
I honestly tell you this, I used to be a hopeless romantic—yes, USED to be but not anymore. I believed in true love, fairy tale endings and happily ever after but blame it on all the cartoons I watched growing up. J Well, having been raised by a single mother (was not her choice, my father was murdered under unclear circumstances during the Obote II regime slightly before I was born. Yes, she was pregnant with me the time he was killed so you can imagine the hell she went through). I asked her lots of questions about my father from the age of six but I only got to know the whole bitter truth when I was nine. At the time, I felt angry at her for never telling me but to be honest, I would not have understood the facts earlier and now I look back and imagine the pain she felt, the loneliness for having lost her one true love. Yes, back then, at least they stuck it out and did the needful like seek permission from the girl’s parents to take her hand before anything happened.
Today, oh well, it is a whole different story! Morals are slowly but surely going down the drain and LOVE is confused with infatuation, status and material things. Men feel pressured to impress their fellow men (ego) by being with as many women as they can (in all aspects; sleep with, hang out with, unnecessarily have kids with… etc.) but never commit or if they do, it won’t be long before the bond is broken and is then called a ‘Divorce’, and this is due to petty issues that our parents, grandparents and great grandparents could bare and sort out amicably. I ask myself, ‘what is it? What is different? Why can’t relationships last? Why is there no more loyalty and fidelity in relationships these days?’ I f you know the answers, do share with the rest of us.
I tell you, most relationships now are ‘happily never after’. The married cheat on their partners, those dating have secrets and act more like roommates than romantic partners behind closed doors and they hardly share stuff about their life plans or hopes—in fact, with observation of most couples, the best friends of your boyfriend/girlfriend know more about what is going on in your partner’s life than you do. If I was in love, the first person I would want to share my good news or bad news with would be my other half/boyfriend/husband but today….. hmm…… Your partner might not be that supportive or attentive simply because there is someone or something else taking or consuming their time and minds. No matter how nice or good you are (man or woman), there is someone out there spending time with your partner; physically and mentally (texting, sexting, chatting via phone/internet e.t.c)!
I guess this explains why there are a lot more heartbreak and hate songs today as compared to long ago when everything was about unending love….. I rest my case. J  
What say you? Share your opinion with the rest of us please.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

UMEME's back at it again!!

The new year 2012 is finally here but it is being made gloomy and boring all too quickly due to UMEME's endless load-shedding/cutting off of power supply. :(
It pains me to say this but Uganda, my country, when will we ever truly develop and be beyond such issues???
It is just the 3rd of January but electricity is going off in almost all places.
I was at work in Bugolobi then power went off, so we had to bare the noise of the generator, finally the day's work ends and am eagerly going back home, looking forward to taking a nice long shower, making myself a nice meal and sitting in my couch to watch a series but just as i turn onto the road to my house, there is total black out!!! AAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!
We were promised that the Bujagali Dam would be complete by now and that the power cuts would greatly reduce or stop but considering that I have been in darkness for the past four hours in the house except for the light from my lamp and laptop, I worry that this might not be so. Are we being taken for a ride? Are the promises real? Who out there believes we will soon have no more load-shedding? Please share your sentiments and experiences with this load-shedding. I need some hope.
One thing I must commend UMEME for though is the fact that they endeavored not to load-shed during the festive season all the way from 24th DEC 2011 to 1st January 2012.... or am I wrong?? If your home area had no electricity during that time, vent and let it out here, let's share our pain. 
I would go on and on but time check now is 10:11pm and I gotta rest....... Oh and guess what? The power is back. ...... C'est la vie.