Angella Franklin Keihongani Katatumba, a Ugandan by nationality was born on February 21st in Nairobi Kenya.
She is the daughter of the Honorary Consul of Pakistan in Uganda, H.E Dr. Boney Katatumba and Gertrude Katatumba the proprietor AFK Beauty Clinic Kabalagala. Angella has a sister and seven brothers; Rosemary, Allan, Dennis, Rugiirwa (Angella’s Twin brother), Colin (the late), Ken, Ian and Jay.
She went to primary education in Uganda at the Katatumba Academy, from 1986 – 1994 then went to Belmont Senior Secondary School from 1994 -1996 in Vancouver, B.C, Canada, where she obtained a Public Relations Diploma. She then went to Oxford Brookes University, England where she got Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Law from 1996-1999. Also at Oxford Brookes University, England she continued on to obtain a Masters in International Management / Public Relations in 1999 - 2000. After university in England, Angella moved to Chicago, Illinois in the US, where she had several well paying and prestigious jobs in the hospitality industry. She worked at; Buca Di Beppo Restaurant from 2001 - 2002, Isaac Hayes Restaurant in 2002 - 2003 also in Chicago and at Majestic Star Casino from 2003 - 2004 in Chicago Illinois, USA where she was earning up to almost $100,000 USD per year with bonuses. When Angella moved back home to Uganda in 2005, she started working as the Managing Director at her father H.E Dr. Boney Katatumba’s Hotel called Hotel Diplomate in Kampala, Uganda. Angella is currently the Managing Director of the hotel. Angella in 2005 also started to professionally record her music in Uganda. So far she has recorded two Albums and is working on her third. Angella has made singing in English a priority since she started singing in Uganda; this is because she has always had the global market in mind and mostly because of her western upbringing.
The first album is titled PEACE (a 10 track album with songs like: For You Gulu, Peace - a duet with Butcherman, Sikyettagga - a duet with Bebe Cool, I live For You, Let Me, I surrender, One Minute Man a duet with Bebe Cool, Success, Standing in the Rain and I Live For You Remix. The Second album is titled Glad I'm Alive, a 10 Track Album with song's like Feel Alright a duet with Navio, Glad I'm Alive, Thank You, The Pledge, Without You, Wind Beneath Your Wings, A Better Place a duet with First Love, Forgivenes, Ngenze Noono and Gwenjagala. The third Album is titled Supernatural Girl. It so far has songs like Together Forever, Let’s Go Green a duet with Keko, In the Air a duet with Keko, Only You, So Close and Supernatural Girl.
Angella’s intention is to make it a 10 Track Album. In addition to music, in 2006 to present, Angella started an NGO called the Angella Katatumba Development Foundation which is the umbrella of two of Angella’s current projects. The first is her extremely successful “For You Gulu” Project. The For You Gulu project’s intention is through her music to raise awareness about the plight in Northern Uganda after the 21 year old war ended and to collect anything in kind to help the people of the war torn regions. After the massive success of her For You Gulu project, Angella, under her foundation continues to raise awareness for the suffering people in Uganda and eventually Africa. The second project is Angella’s “Let’s Go Green campaign”. After the tremendous success of Angella’s For You Gulu project, in 2010 the British Council commissioned Angella and appointed her the International Climate Change Icon in Uganda 2010-2011. Her purpose was to spearhead again, through her music the awareness of climate change in Uganda. This project has also been extremely successful and has seen Angella globe trot to different parts of the world, among other places she went to Cancun Mexico where she attended the Global Climate Change summit and also performed for heads of states and other dignitaries her Let’s Go Green song, which was being used as one of the theme songs at a number of events at the global climate change summit.
She also goes to the villages in Uganda and especially in schools to teach about climate change. Angella has so far with God’s grace achieved a number of things; Achievements: SELECTED BY THE HIGH COMMISSION FOR THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ON AUG 31ST 2012 – To sing both the national Anthems of Uganda and Trinidad and Tobago to mark the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Trinidad and Tobago. OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT ON MAY 12TH 2011- Chose Angella to make history by being the first artist to ever accompany the police, army and prisons bands by singing the Uganda National Anthem for the first time ever in front of 11 heads of state. DEUSCHWELLES TV (DWTV) Feb 2011 – Featured on DWTV on the Let’s Go Green Campaign’s success. BRITISH COUNCIL APPOINTED CLIMATE CHANGE ICON IN UGANDA April 1ST 2010 – April 1st 2011– To use my status as a musician and a humanitarian to promote the awareness of Climate Change in Uganda. ALJAZEERA TV Feb 2010 - Featured on Aljazeera’s Hot Spot Program regarding my music career and my “For You Gulu” Project VOA November 10th 2009 - Featured on VOA’S, IN FOCUS regarding my success as a singer VOA September 22nd 2009 - Featured on VOA’S, IN FOCUS regarding “For You Gulu” Project VOA August 29th2007 - Featured on VOA, Straight Talk Africa, regarding my humanitarian work with my “For You Gulu” Project CNN Oct 27th 2006 - Featured on Inside Africa, regarding my humanitarian work with my “For You Gulu” Project Last King of Scotland (Oscar Wining Movie) 2006 - Played the part of “Beautiful Woman Number 1” Awards: Diva Awards - Humanitarian Diva Dec 2010 & Role Model Diva Dec 2011 Office of the Prime Minister of the Government Of Uganda: - Peace Award For You Gulu Project Sept 2010 Record TV Uganda - Woman of Power Award 2009 Buzz Teens Award - Ugandan Teens Role Model in 2007 and 2008 Kampala Rotaract Award - Humanitarian Award for my “For You Gulu” Project in 2007 Music Talent Show Awards - For winning singing contests in Canada and Oxford 1994 - 2000