Eddy Kenzo sang, “when life gives you lemon, make lemonade” which literally means making use of an unpleasant situation to your advantage. Ugandan singer Veronica Luggya alias Vinka might have known about the adage long before the Banq records boss sang about in his popular “Semyekozo” song. Having lived through her education cycle being bullied about her appearance and deep voice, Vinka realised she can make a fortune out of it.
Now the household name signed to the Sony Music and Swangz Avenue recounts how she felt when she was bulled by pals and agemates about her voice and appearance and as she was referred to as a boy. She revealed that she sometimes shed tears after being insulted and felt alone and unloved.
“It was so heart-breaking. I know artistes get criticised but my situation was so bad. I used to cry all the time. I was so heartbroken by people calling me a man because of my voice,” she told our reporter.
She, however, would soon learn that it was her voice and uniqueness that would propel her to a national and global superstar.
“I realised that it would actually work for me because it somehow created demand. People wanted to listen to my music and others wanted to see me perform,” added the now super confident Vinka.