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Akite Agnes
Akite Agnes in March 2015
BornAkite Agnes Opio
(1983-03-19)March 19, 1983
Kampala, Uganda
Alma materMakerere University
(Bachelor of Tourism)
OccupationComedian, Actress, MC
Years active  2009–present
Known forHer role as Arach in The Hostel series
Spouse(s)Brian Makalama
ChildrenNoel, Brianna

Akite Agnes (born 19 March 1983) is a Ugandan stand up comedienne, actress and events MC. She is popularly known for her role as Arach in The Hostel TV Series where she acted as Odoch's girlfriend and owner of a shop. She has also acted in UBC's Girl From Mparo as Mama Brian, the nosy neighbour. Her style of comedy reflects on the daily issues that face people as they go about their lives.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Akite Agnes was born on 19 March 1983 in Kampala, Uganda to Anthony Opio, an auditor and Hellen Opio. She is the fifth born of nine children. She grew up in Kitintale and later on Mutungo, which are suburbs of Kampala. She was rasied a Catholic. She went to St. Kizito Primary School, Bugolobi for her primary, where she did her Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) from and then later on Our lady of Good Counsel, Gayaza where she did her secondary education. She did her Uganda Certificate Examinations (UCE) from Naalya SS, Namugongo. She later went for her A levels in St. Lawrence Creamland Campus where she did her UACE. She joined Makerere University in 2003 where she pursued and completed a Bachelors of Arts in Tourism.

Career[edit | edit source]

Akite performing at Africa Laughs Season IV at Kampala Serena Hotel

In 2009, Akite started her acting career as Arach, in The Hostel, a Series that was very popular in Uganda, shown on NTV and later on to be shown on DSTV. She acted for three seasons and later left 2012 as she was preparing to give birth to her second born, Brianna.

In 2014 she debuted her stand up comedy act with a group called The Punchliners. She later joined Comedy Files. Since then she has been doing solo acts on different comedy platforms including Rock Comedy, Comedy Store Ug, hosted by Alex Muhangi and Ug Pineapple Comedy Tour. On her return to Comedy Stores Ug, she impressed the crowd.[1] The clip for that show went viral on WhatsApp where she was heaped with praise.[2] In 2016 she featured in Girl From Mparo as Mama Brian the nosy neighbour, a series that is being aired on UBC.[3] In 2017, she was an opening act for Okello Okello's One Man Show, dubbed Rich Friends, Poor Family. In 2018, she appeared in the Kampala Comedy Festival, hosted by Okello Okello, another renowned comedian in Uganda.[4][5] She was part the Group from Comedy Store Ug that went to Mbarara for its maiden show outside Kampala. She has been a permanent member of the Ug Pineapple comedy tour, which has taken her to different parts of the country like Mbale,[6] Gulu[7] and Fort Portal and Jinja.

She featured for the first time in the fourth episode of Africa Laughs on the 8th October 2018 at Kampala Serena Hotel.[8][9][10] alongside Basketmouth, Alfred Kainga, Eddie Kadi, Mc Jesse, Professor Haimo, Patrick Idiringi Salvado, and other talented Ugandan Comedians.

In between her acting and stand up comedy, she finds time to do events emceeing.

Style of comedy[edit | edit source]

Akite's style of stand-up is observational comedy where she makes one see the funny side the day to day life of the common man. On occasions, she has the good nature to have a go at herself and her attributes in a self-depreciation. Akite’s jokes are based on everyday life and experiences. It is from such that she picks up a line or two, builds up on them, and eventually crafts something funny out of it.[11]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Akite is the fifth born of a family of two brothers, Richard and Emmanuel; and six sisters, Cathy, Grace, Mary, Susan, Harriet and Doreen. Akite is a mother to two children, Noel, 13 and Brianna, 5. She is in a relationship with Brian Makalama. She is a devout Catholic who has been praying from from Our Lady of Africa, Mbuya church since she was a little girl.[12]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Acting appearances in film and television
Year Title Role Network Notes
2009–2012 The Hostel Arach NTV Uganda, DSTV – Africa Magic Entertainment, ZUKU TV and NTV KENYA
2016 Girl from Mparo Mama Brian UBC

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Comedienne Agned Arach Impresses Revellers on Comedy Store".
  2. "Comedienne Agnes AKite heaped with praise by fans after her clip went viral". MBU. 2018-08-06. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  3. "Girl From Mparo".
  4. "PHOTOS: How it Went Down at the Inaugural Kampala Comedy Festival — MTN Pulse". pulse.mtn.co.ug. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  5. "The First Ever Kampala Comedy Festival Reveals New Internationals".
  6. "Kampala Comedians Thrill Mbale Residents".
  7. "Gulu Comedy Fans Embrace Ug Pineapple". 2018-09-17.
  8. "Africa Laughs Season 4 Drama and Humour Leaves Revellers in Tears".
  9. "Africa Laughs Season 4 Leaves Uganda Dying With Laughter". 2018-10-10.
  10. "Drama and Rib Cracking Laughter Light Up Africa Laughs Season 4". 2018-10-09.
  11. Nantaba, Agnes (October 19, 2018). "Agnes Akite aka Arach on Funny Ugandans". Uganda News Archive.
  12. Baike, Prisca. "Comedian Agnes Akite has Bone to Pick with Minister Lokodo". The Observer. Retrieved October 19, 2018.

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