Digging into the life of Luyinda Junior, the boy behind the famous Kabaka Mwanga quote
Earlier on this month, a video that many people never expected would ever go viral hit the internet waves and won the hearts of many Tik tokers where it steamed from. Surely, you have already seen the popular video featuring a young boy who has been identified as Luyinda Junior however much he is commonly known for his famous catch phrase Kabaka Mwanga.
In the now famous video he made, Luyinda brags about his good looks while looking himself over in the phone camera. The video’s Catch phrase is then introduced as this is when the boy says,
“Nanyilira… Kabaka Mwanga.” (I surely look good.. Kabaka Mwanga)
Kabaka Mwanga was a famous king in the Buganda region and many people refer to him in various ways in accordance to the Baganda culture. In an interview with a local TV station, Luyinda alias Kabaka Mwanga revealed that the viral video was actually shot in his home village of Buyamba, Rakai district, where he was born. He went ahead to reveal that he is only twelve years old.
WATCH VIDEO: Original clip of Kabaka Mwanga Meme
When asked about how he came to capture his now popular video, Luyinda stated that last Christmas when their sister visited their parents in Buyamba village, he made the decision to briefly steal her phone from her and record himself. Having been his first time to see this type of phone, he mentioned that he was surprised to see how good he looked upon opening the front camera. He recollects that after recording, he returned the phone but his sister upon finding the video hilarious encoded to post it on her TikTok
“It was my first time holding a smartphone. When I switched on the camera, I was surprised by my good looks. I returned the phone to my sister after recording, and she made the decision to upload the video to her TikTok account.,” he said.
Days later, her sister told him how the video had become popular on social media. The boy revealed that after a week, a man by the name of Roy Major asked his parents to take him to Kampala to look into opportunities because his video had gone viral. He mentioned that his parents agreed on condition that he stays in school.
“My parents accepted on condition that I keep in school,” he said.
When he was further questioned about the origin of his exclamation “Kabaka Mwanga,” the boy explained that his grandparents used to thank their grandchildren for their labors by saying they are as hard working as that ancient King, Kabaka Mwanga hence copying from his grand parents.
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