Destination Of The Week; Queen Elizabeth National Park


 

 

The trips celebrating #UgTravelMonth are just a few days away and what best way to start off with knowledge of where  we will be headed to? The trips are going to last throughout the month of October, with every weekend being covered by a trip to go see Uganda in all her raw beauty.

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The first trip is for a fun filled weekend in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the most famous destinations in Uganda. A park with the largest variety of wildlife, animals and bird species. Why should you be excited to go you ask?

 

  • Lions and More Lions

You can not think about going to the wild without a picture of a lion popping up in your mind, they define the wild and this park has a whole lot of them. These  lions are known for climbing trees and if you catch them at the right time, you might find a number of them sprawled on branches lazily watching you drive by. The lions are common in the Ishasha area which has earned them the phrase; “tree climbing lions of Ishasha.”

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  • Mountain Rwenzori

There is no one to describe the view of the famous “Mountains of The Moon” from the Queen Elizabeth National Park, breathtaking cannot even cut it. The looming but beautiful sight is quite what the view, even better is that the park offers hiking packages for its visitors to get you an upclose view from up at the ranges. And if you cannot make it to the top, you can still get to see how amazing the elephants, giraffes and other animals look at the same time enjoy the snaking kazinga channel.

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  • Variety

The park is not just an expansive stretch of property but it is also blessed to be a home to several different types of wild animals ranging from the giant but gentle elephant to the lanky giraffes and even huge creepers like snakes. There is always something for you to see, something new to learn from and this means you will be amazed throughout your tour of the park.

Hospitality

The park has a number of lodges that include; Engiri Game Lodge, Marafiki Safari Lodge among several many others as well as hotels in the neighbouring towns of Kasese and Fort Portal. All hotels and lodges can be easily booked off of Jumia Travel from the comfort of your home with a big discount if you are going for the UG travel month experience.

 

  • Birding

If you are an avid birding enthusiast, Queen Elizabeth will wow you with its many species of birds of which some are not native to Uganda and stop by on their migrating routes. The biggest number of bird species is native to the park and they are estimated to be over 600 of them.

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some of the birds at Queen Elizabeth National Park.

  • Chimpanzee Tracking

The park offers chimpanzee tracking activities for visitors near Kasenyi and the neighbouring Kalinzu forest reserve where you get a chance to spot the mammals in their natural habitat as well as learn about their habits and species.

 

The trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park for the UG Travel Month is going to take place from the 1st of October till the 2nd, the travel entourage will set off from Garden City parking lot. If you miss this trip, there is a second trip organised from the 8th- 9th of October and will cost you just a little of 250, 000 UGX for it.

 

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TOP TIPS FOR A FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOME


 

Whether you are starting or growing your family, your home must adapt to new arrivals. Regardless of whether you live in a bungalow, shared housing, apartment, gated community, every home needs to make changes to become child-proof.

Global property portal Lamudi asks the question, how can you make your home family-friendly? and the following tips make it worth once followed:

  • Make safety a priority

Whilst the interior design of your home is important, safety should be the focal point when preparing for a new arrival to your household. This includes: installing childproof gates at the top and bottom of staircases; making sure swimming pools are surrounded by a secure fence; and keeping anything out of reach that may be deemed harmful.

  • Hide switches

Today, it is possible to buy shockproof switches and sockets for all electrical outlets. Curious kids are often drawn to plugholes, so invest in advanced designs with automatic shutters, which make it impossible for your children to access the sockets.

  • Don’t scrimp on storage

Children tend to need a lot of things – from toys to clothes, strollers to cribs. Smart storage solutions will not only help make space for all of their essentials, but provide an out-of-reach area for those precious pieces of pottery. Make sure you have enough room, by installing additional shelves, baskets and hangers, and making the most of under bed storage space.

  • Protect your walls

It is inevitable that walls will gather food stains and crayon marks over time. Get ahead of the game by introducing blackboard paint into your interior design plan. This way, drawings can be left on the walls, and you can even use the space to leave notes and lists.

  • Avoid sharp edges

If you have always dreamt of having a circular bed, now would be the time to make the investment. Sharp corners are common enemies for small children, who often bump their heads when exploring the house. If circular furniture is not your style, buy special edge protectors and corner guards to avoid incidents.

  • Consider color

Whilst white may once have been your color of choice, you cannot escape the fact that it is not practical for your family home. Preparing your home for a new addition often means moving away from more neutral shades. Darker colored carpets will hide those muddy footprints as your children get older and more adventurous, whilst bolder colors are said to stimulate brain growth and development in newborns.

  • Up cycle

When your children are old enough, your favorite coffee table will be turned upside down and used as a boat, and the sofa will become a trampoline. To avoid the risk of ruining fancy furniture, modify old pieces that can handle the wear and tear.

  • Make the most of your space

It is important to create individual spaces that your kids can call their own, including dens, arts and craft areas, and playrooms. Make sure you also have a place for the whole family to spend time together. Whether this is a bigger dining table, or a comfortable, relaxing space in your living room, as your family grows, your home space needs to adapt.

#5ASideUG


ImageIntroducing the women’s day special by 40 days over 40 smiles is the #5AsideUG that will involve be great music, drinks and eats on sale, play Station, African yoga for ladies as well as the drive in cinema. this will happen on the 8th of March and the entrance is for sure affordable. there will be a panel of judges as viewed from this photo. Each team will have  five players and two substitutes with a girl in a particular team since it’s their day.
Entrance is Shs. 3,000 and the players are paying Shs. 10,000. Each team must have a lady since it is the Women’s Day Edition of the event. hoping to see all of you there

Emirates and Arsenal Renew Sponsorship Deal


 

  • Emirates to remain shirt sponsors of Arsenal to the end of the 2023-2024 season

  • Emirates Stadium naming rights already signed to 2028

 

 

 

Emirates and Arsenal Football Club, have today announced a new sponsorship deal. The sponsorship, the largest ever signed by the club and one of the biggest ever agreed in football, grants the airline a 5-year extension to their shirt partnership with the Club until the end of the 2023-2024 season.

The new sponsorship agreement, strengthens one of the most recognizable and respected partnerships in sport. The agreement was formally finalized today by Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis and Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark.

Mr. Gazidis said: “Our shirt partnership is the longest running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport.  This mutual commitment is testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship. Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world.”

“Emirates is a great partner for Arsenal – a world class brand with a truly global reach. The airline plays a significant role in our ambitions to extend our influence and following around the world. The new deal, extending our shirt partnership until 2024, underlines how much both organizations value and benefit from the relationship.”

Emirates will remain shirt sponsors for Arsenal until the end of the 202...

In addition to being shirt sponsors, with the Emirates brand continuing to appear on Arsenal’s playing and training kits, Emirates will provide access to their award winning planes for Arsenal to use on pre-season tours. Emirates will retain marketing rights to develop campaigns and initiatives around the world. Arsenal’s home will continue to be known as Emirates Stadium up to 2028, as part of the extension agreed in 2012.

Emirates’ shirt partnership began in the 2006/2007 season, and this extension means that Emirates branding will remain on the shirt of all Arsenal teams for at least 18 years.

Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark, said: “Arsenal’s strong appeal and influence around the globe, combined with their ambitions as a Club makes them an ideal partner for Emirates, with values that reflect ours as a brand. As a long-standing supporter of football, we are passionate about the game and are a proud partner to the team.”

“As a business, we are hugely committed to supporting sports all over the world and our relationship with Arsenal is no different. Our partnership with Arsenal Football Club is a great combination of two truly global brands and we’re very pleased to have extended this relationship for five more years – connecting fans from around the world with one of the greatest teams in the world.”

 

DFCU Bank Uganda joins FMO’s FinTech initiative “FinForward”


FinForward now reaches 36 African countries through 7 financial institutions

Kampala and The Hague – dfcu Bank, a subsidiary of dfcu Limited, is set to accelerate the digitization of its operations and financial products by joining FMO’s “FinForward”, an acceleration program where global Fintech companies and Financial Institutions (FIs) and Mobile Money Providers (MMPs) in Africa are matched and integrated.

FinForward is an initiative powered by FMO, the Dutch Development Bank, Miami based Fintech and digital transformation strategists above & beyond (a&b), and strategic partner, Arise. The FinForward platform launched in 2017 and with the addition of dfcu, now reaches 36 African countries with seven Financial Institutions. The FinTech community consists of 145 screened international FinTechs.

The objective of FinForward is to accelerate the digitization of the financial industry in Africa by supporting innovation of the core business with digital solutions. The matching and integration tool will make global Fintech companies accessible and in doing so, support in reducing costs, spurring innovation, the rolling-out of new services, accessing new revenue streams and working towards an open banking approach to their businesses.

dfcu Bank has an omni-channel banking platform ensuring a seamless customer experience and is one of the main agents for financial Inclusion in Uganda. The Bank focusses on serving SMEs with long-term funding and delivering financial products to underserved segments such as agribusinesses, farmers and women in business. dfcu also provides non-financial services to entrepreneurs such as financial literacy programs and advisory services.

By joining FinForward, dfcu expects to accelerate the process of getting new and innovative technologies into production. This to the benefit its customers and in order to bring greater efficiency to the way the bank works. dfcu Bank’s Chief of Business & Executive Director, William Sekabembe says: “Today’s consumers are increasingly sophisticated and are accustomed to targeted offerings and seamless experience. Joining this program provides dfcu with an opportunity to be matched with innovative FinTechs all over the world and test possible solutions that will enhance its product and service offering.”

FMO‘s Huib-Jan de Ruijter, Director Financial Institutions indicated that “with the rise of FinTech, the digital transformation of financial institutions has become inevitable and urgent. FinForward is the first program of its kind in Africa supporting collaboration between Financial Institutions and FinTechs through matchmaking and the digital integration by API technology. Through FinForward, FMO aims to be a partner in dfcu bank’s digital transformation journey.”

FinForward partner Arise’s CEO Deepak Malik added, “This is why Arise is so excited to be a strategic partner of the FinFoward initiative. Fintech is turning traditional banking on its head and is disrupting the way ordinary Africans manage their money. Digital innovation in banking offers potential rewards for banks and can lead to increased revenues from innovative offers and new business models”.

Chameleone To Grace the Youth Convention Slated for 26th May In UK


The convention will take place on 26th May 2018 at Royal Regency Hall, Manor Park in London. Registration for those who want to attend is ongoing on the convention website. The convention is aimed at empowering the youth, promoting education as well as supporting rights and well being of the youth.

Registration is on going now through their website http://ugandayouthconventionuk.org/

What you need to know about the convention?

The UK Uganda Youth Convention 2018 is a unique grass-root organization in the diaspora that will promote education, empowering the youth, women and supporting to promote the rights and well-being of the young, youth especially those who lack awareness in different ways.

The overall concern is the increasing number of problems and needs among the entire community; bearing in mind that the youth rights, vision and aspiration as well as the challenges facing them. The issue is how best the primary role of a parent can be able to help and support this stage in a youth’s growth.

Problem Statement

Most youth have had a lot of encounters in different fields of life and because of this it needs to be a shared experience.

Justification

Young to youth will enjoy the full mandate of the people in this area. The program if sanctioned by the community will facilitate and steer the campaign of Youth awareness. A management committee of the project shall be elected to oversee the community’s efforts towards their goal.

Goal/Mission

To establish a long term support for the young youth to ensuring a bright future through educational support, life skills, training, and generally the whole virtue of Awareness –our mission to make the young and youth pass through their whole life living a life time of opportunities.

Objectives

To provide informal and life skills education to the young and youth through the ONE STOP CENTRE and acquire the necessary support needed in their adult life.

To increase awareness through increased sensitization, and awareness. Campaigns like workshops, conferences, Youth camps, conventions, seminars, will have a lot of impact on the same.

To work hand in hand with the government policies, schools, NGOs plus other organizations in effort to ensure a bright future for the needy young and youth through educational support in Uganda and the diaspora.

Activities

Awareness drive- through activities like public sensitization (showing educative movies, printing educative magazines, leaflets, catalogues,) Drama, this has a very big impact on the lives of the young and youth, in other words it will forecast an insight on the truth about how the young and the youth should lead their lives in order to move positively well ahead.

Run workshops, conventions, seminars, rallies, Sports competitions, music. Dance and drama, exposure journeys/trips, campaigns, and community support.

Provide counselling support services to the young youth from the diaspora community.

Holiday youth camp (Young to youth holiday camp) where the youth will stay for holidays and be taught a lot of activities like sports, vocational studies. Computer literacy, and various camping and other domestic chores. Under the supervision of professional Young to youth staff.

Training the locals to be community oriented so that they are able to become trainers of trainers.

Reaching out to the young and the youth, knowing them in case studies, having interest in them, listening to them and making them optimistic and realistic of their future through equipping them with ideologies, and real life direction. Through live dialogues, debates, questionnaires, tests, and camp activities.

UGANDA WATER & JUICE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION VISIT PLASTIC RECYCLING INDUSTRIES (PRI) – VOW TO AMPLIFY PLASTIC RECYCLING IN UGANDA


The Uganda Water & Juice Manufacturers Association (UWJMA) today committed to ramp up the collection of plastics from the environment to limit environmental degradation.

The UWJMA is a National Association of producers of bottled juice and water, and currently has 18 members.
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Uganda has today hosted the Uganda Water & Juice Manufacturer`s Association members at Plastic Recycling Industries Nakawa, where they recycle plastic waste.

Speaking on behalf of CCBA Uganda, Mr. Simon Kaheru, the Director Public Affairs and Communications said “As CCBA, we are committed to environmental stewardship.

As a responsible Company, we focus on constantly reducing the impact of our packaging on the environment through the light weighting of our packaging material and supporting recycling efforts. In Uganda, we were the first Company to construct PET collection centers across the entire Country when we first launched plastic packaging in 2010.

Right now, our recycling plant here in Nakawa collects between 7- 10 tonnes of plastic every day, ridding the environment over 300 tonnes of plastic per month”.

Through our processes, we are able to create employment for over 1500 Ugandans especially the urban poor. It is important to note that 80% of these collectors are women who at least earn about $17 per week.

The CCBA recycling factory – Plastic Recycling Industries located in Nakawa is a demonstration of the company’s long term commitment to environmental sustainability in Uganda.

To date we collect 33% of the plastic we produce as CCBA which is about 40% of all soft drinks bottled in plastic in Uganda.
Morgan Bonna, the secretary of the Association, echoed the need for all bottlers to come together and collectively tackle the issues of environmental degradation. The Association as a collective body of manufacturers of bottled water and juice, should take a note of the efforts of its member and push the recycling agenda in Uganda.

On his part, the Chairman of the Association Mr. Tony Ghadoke, thanked PRI, a Subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa for the great work its doing in not only collecting solid waste but also enhancing the livelihood of both the youth and women. He pledged the Association`s support in the fight against Plastic waste that is choking the Environment.

dfcu Bank receives license to offer Insurance Products


dfcu customers and the general public can now purchase a wide range of insurance products, including motor vehicle cover, fire and burglary, Child Education, goods in transit and so much more from dfcu Bank.

This after the Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda granted dfcu Bank a license to offer bancassurance services to its customers.

As a bancassurance agent, dfcu Bank now has greater flexibility to provide a more wholesome financial service tailored to customer needs at their convenience.

Some of the insurance covers that will be offered will include; Investment clubs cover, Salary protection cover, Hospital cover for Dembe accounts among others.

Through these covers, the bank’s customers will be able to access medical insurance, life insurance, funeral and related expenses insurance.

Speaking at the event, dfcu Bank’s Chief of Business and Executive Director; William Sekabembe said: “dfcu Bank’s customers will be able to access their insurance needs through our 67 branches countrywide hence offering more convenience to them.”

We are making all this possible for our customers by offering more holistic financial solutions for much less and conveniently. Through the tailor made insurance products, dfcu Bank customers are guaranteed a range of insurance covers at affordable cost and conveniently.

The Insurance Regulatory Authority CEO, Ibrahim Lubega Kaddunabbi commended dfcu Bank for its effort to drive growth in the banking sector through its innovative products. “By adding bancassurance to its portfolio, the Bank is ensuring the growth of the insurance sector as well. Bancassurance will also enable the insurance companies grow their network to reach more clientele that are brought together through dfcu Bank,” he said.

dfcu Bank will be offering various incentives for its customers to encourage them to subscribe to bancassurance.

“By attaching insurance to some of the bank’s products, we believe that we will contribute to the uptake of insurance. Additionally, all dfcu bancassurance operations will be regulated by the Insurance Regulatory Authority and we are committed to upholding the highest level of compliance in our operations,” Sekabembe added.

Yoola Amajja An Initiative By Airtel Uganda Finally Comes To An End


Kimbowa Kiria Mukasa, a secondary school teacher and a resident from Kitenga Masaka District, won UGX1,100,000 in the final Yoola Amajja draw.

Kimbowa, who has been working extra hours in search for school fees for his children, thanked Airtel Uganda for a very worthwhile reward.

“I now have school fees for first team for my children” he exclaimed amidst excitement.

Other winners – Mbenawe Amonius, Ayimbisibwe Erias Abudullah, Namigadde Juliet and Matovu Dinah took home UGX956,000, UGX916,000, UGX932,000 and UGX780,000 respectively as part of the promotion that requires lucky winners to enter a box and grab money.

Yosia Mulumba, the Airtel Money Settlement Manager, had this to say while handing over the cash to the winners.

“I congratulate all the winners and thank all the subscribers who have participated in the Yoola Amajja promotion”

“Over the past 3 months, we have rewarded over 60 subscribers with as much as they managed to collect from the cash box” he stated
“Airtel Uganda will continue providing affordable and reachable services to ensure that we fulfill the dreams of our subscribers.

I encourage our subscribers to continue transacting on our reliable platform” he added.

Launched at the beginning of November, Yoola Amajja is a cash promotion that rewards customers who are actively using the Airtel Money platform to carry out their daily transactions.

Emirates to launch services to Santiago de Chile via Sao Paulo


  • Airline’s fourth South American passenger route will be served with five weekly flights
  • New service will see Emirates fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo
  • Passengers can now travel between Chile and Brazil with Emirates

Emirates Airline has today announced its plan to launch a new, five times a week, service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport (SCL), via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, starting on July 5, 2018.

The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times a week to Sao Paulo, complementing the airline’s existing daily A380 flight between Dubai and Sao Paulo. In total, Emirates will now fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo. Emirates’ Santiago flight will be a linked service with Sao Paulo, meaning that customers in South America can now travel between the two cities in unprecedented style and comfort.

Citizens from both Brazil and Chile only need ID cards to travel to either country.

The new route will be operated with a two-class configured Boeing 777-200LR which offers 38 Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 264 seats in Economy Class. The new 777 flight will also offer up to 14 tonnes of capacity for cargo, opening up access to more global markets for Chilean exports such as fish, seafood, cherries, flowers and general perishable goods.

Commenting on the new Emirates route, Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said “The start of our operations to Chile underlines our commitment to South America with our fourth destination on the continent and another five flights to Sao Paulo. We are pleased to add a destination that has been in strong demand from our customers and look forward to working with stakeholders in Chile to provide our unique product and award-winning service to passengers there.”
Flight EK263 will depart Dubai on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays at 09:05hrs local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 17:00, before departing again at 18:30 and arriving into Santiago at 21:40 on the same day. The return flight EK264 will depart Santiago on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays at 01:10 local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 05:55. EK264 will depart once again from Sao Paulo at 07:45 bound for Dubai where it will arrive at 05:15 the next day.

Timings of the new service are scheduled to allow for seamless connections to many Asian and Middle East routes, via a convenient stopover in Dubai. Passengers travelling from Sao Paulo will now benefit from a morning departure in Sao Paulo and morning arrival in Dubai, making connecting to new destinations Southeast Asia, China and Middle East more convenient.

Chile is a popular destination for business and leisure travellers around the world, in particular from Asian destinations such as China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and India. Chile is also home to large Chinese and Middle East communities that can now take advantage of the new service.

Santiago, the first destination in Chile to be served by Emirates, is the largest city of Chile accounting for nearly half of the nation’s GDP. Chile’s capital is developing its reputation for being an incubator for major universities, large global companies and budding start-ups thanks to a growing population of well-educated young professionals. Strengthening its position towards a more productive, technology-intensive economy many global companies and conglomerates have their headquarters or regional offices in the city Centre.

Chile is also the world’s largest producer of copper.
Chile is one of the most stable and prosperous nations in South America filled with stunning landscapes, historic beauty, local charm and delectable foods.

Tourism in Chile has seen a sustained growth over the last few years with 5.6 million international visitors visiting the country in 2016 compared to 4.43 million in 2015. Chile has many different adventures to offer tourists: stargazing in the driest desert in the world, millennial glaciers in the southernmost part of the planet, enchanted forests, and lakes located at the foot of massive volcanoes. Chile is also one of the top producers and exporters of wine in the world.
Passengers flying with Emirates can book a Dubai Stopover package which will allow them to stay in Dubai for a few days on their way to one of over 155 destinations.

Dubai offers everything from desert outings to beaches to family-friendly hotels, and even ski slopes at the Mall of the Emirates. Having become the fourth-most-visited city in the world, Dubai is known for its eclectic mix of offerings, from futuristic architecture to vibrant traditional culture and diversity.

The city offers everything a visitor could want, from shopping at some of the largest malls in the region to dining options which will spoil anyone for choice. Dubai has seen the addition of several new attractions in the last year. Among the latest must-see places in the dynamic city are Dubai Parks and Resorts which features three distinct theme parks – Motiongate™, Bollywood Parks™ and LEGOLAND®. Spread over 25 million square feet, and equivalent to 420 football fields, the parks combined have more than 100 rides and attractions. Other tourist hot-spots inaugurated in 2016 include IMG World of Adventures – the largest indoor theme park in the world, Dubai Safari Park – a 119-hectare wildlife park home to over 2,500 animals and the Dubai water canal – a 3.2km long waterway which winds its way to the Arabian Gulf from the Creek in Old Dubai.

All travellers can take in the sights of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Dubai Fountain which dances to a set of music for onlookers, and of course, experience desert camel rides and dinner under the stars at a Bedouin style camp. Recently, Dubai also welcomed new landmarks including the Dubai Frame – a golden 150m high frame that overlooks the city and La Perle – a theatre offering a 270 degree viewing angle for all guests to see the stage. Dubai truly offers a variety of attractions to meet the tastes of business and leisure travellers alike.
Passengers in all classes can enjoy Wi-Fi to stay in touch with family and friends or Emirates’ multi-award winning ‘ice’ Digital Widescreen with up to 3,000 channels of movies, TV programs, music and podcasts, including channels in Spanish. Emirates provides its customers with a host of culinary offerings prepared by gourmet chefs and fines wines that suit the tastes of everyone. Passengers can also experience Emirates’ renowned in-flight service from the airline’s multi-national cabin crew from over 130 countries, including Chile.

Business Class passengers can also travel to and from the airport via Emirates Complimentary Chauffeur-drive service, making it easy and convenient for customers across the network to arrive on time, refreshed and ready for their flight.
Emirates Skywards, the award-winning frequent flyer program of Emirates, offers four tiers of membership – Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum – with each membership tier providing exclusive privileges. Emirates Skywards members earn Skywards Miles when they fly on Emirates or partner airlines, or when they use the program’s designated hotels, car rentals, financial, leisure and lifestyle partners. Skywards Miles can be redeemed for an extensive range of rewards, including tickets on Emirates and other Emirates Skywards partner airlines, flight upgrades, hotel accommodation, excursions and exclusive shopping.

Airtel Uganda Rewards Best Performers in Adopted Schools


Best performing students at Airtel adopted schools, St. Ponsiano Primary Kyamula School in Makindye, Sseke Primary School in Lwengo District, Ndeeba Church of Uganda Primary School in Kayunga District and Nanfugaki Primary School in Iganga District, have been rewarded by Airtel Uganda with a secondary school requirements starter pack to kick start their secondary education.

St. Ponsiano Kyamula Primary School, Sseke Primary School, Ndeeba Church of Uganda Primary School and Nanfugaki Primary School were adopted and refurbished between 2011 and 2015 under the Airtel Uganda Adopt-A-School Program.

The telecommunications’ company, under the guidance of the Ministry of Education and Sports which nominates various schools, selects or, “adopts” a school, and goes on to refurbish, construct new and donate items including but not limited to: classroom blocks, toilet facilities, water harvesting and libraries.

Since its inception, this program has ensured access to quality education for hundreds of underprivileged children from disadvantaged communities, and has therefore contributed to the overall development of the country.

Speaking at the awarding ceremony, Mrs. Charity R. Bukenya, the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Airtel Uganda said “By acknowledging and rewarding the best performing pupils, we are providing these children with a platform to showcase their academic potential and help other children understand the value of academic excellence,” adding that Airtel believes that quality education is not only the most important tool for social –economic development of our country but also a key weapon in bridging the knowledge, skills and poverty gaps in Uganda.

“Though, the pupils’ performance declined generally countrywide, at the Adopted schools we managed to have 12 candidates pass in Division one in 2017. In 2016, 21 candidates passed in Division one and we believe that celebrating and rewarding their performance makes a positive and long-lasting contribution towards their future and towards the development of their communities” She added

This is not the first time that Airtel Uganda is coming out to recognize the best performing pupils in their adopted schools. Last year, Airtel awarded pupils of St. Ponsiano Primary School, Nanfugaki Primary School and Sseke primary School who had excelled in the Primary Leaving Examinations with items to enable them start their secondary school journey seamlessly.
“We intend to extend this awards program to all of our adopted schools in order to motivate our students to always work smart to achieve any goals they set their mind to,” Bukenya concluded.

Battle for Cash” Top 20 Investment Clubs for Nairobi Study tour.


The Top 20 Investment Clubs in the recently concluded dfcu ‘Battle for Cash’ Investment Clubs Competition flew out late last week for a study tour in Nairobi. The flag off was presided over by Mr. William Sekabembe, dfcu Chief of Business and Executive Director.

The three-day study tour will cover areas like investment club formation, set up and management; Designing and Executing a Successful Investment Strategy; Compliance with laws and regulations; Funding your investment project and practical tips from the top four investment clubs in Kenya.

Between June and August 2017, dfcu Bank had teams going round the country carrying out regional saving and financial literacy workshops. Some of the topics covered included; Why and how to save; where to invest money so it can grow, things to think about when thinking of investing and so much more. This was aimed at changing the perceptions and attitudes about money, savings and investments.

dfcu Bank received applications from close to 200 Investment clubs across the country. The applications were independently vetted by PwC who were able to zero down to 20 clubs that entered the TV competition.

As part of the application process, clubs were tasked to develop a Business plan for an innovative investment project. So at the start of the show all shortlisted 20 clubs had to defend the business plan they wrote to a panel of judges to make it to the next show. The clubs were trained in different aspects and assigned weekly tasks to demonstrate their ability to put into practice what they had been taught.

Geneber Outspan Organic Farmers who were the overall winners in the competition walked away with UGX 25 million and coming in second, The Peak Investment Club won UGX 15 Million. The third winner Sikyomu Development Organisation got UGX 10 Million while the fourth and fifth clubs both got UGX 5 Million each.

In recognition of the role of women and youth in development there was a special category for women and youth. The best youth club price was scooped by Plus Save Group and Soroti Women Cooperative Union were awarded in the best women club category. Both clubs walked away with UGX 7.5 Million each.

dfcu Bank introduced the Investment Clubs program in 2007 providing a conducive platform to foster group savings. The dfcu Bank program has since grown with over 10,000 Investment Clubs that cut across all segments including students, the professionals, women and youth holding a savings turnover in hundreds of billions of shillings.

“It is not enough to simply save money if it is not growing so the Investment Club challenge was also about challenging the investments clubs and the public to think through how to grow & multiply their savings,” Sekabembe said.

An amount totaling to UGX 100 million in prize money was set aside for the Investment Club challenge including regional draws carried out in different parts of the country.

HISTORIC FIFA WORLD CUP™ TROPHY TOUR BY COCA-COLA TO ARRIVE IN UGANDA


FIFA World Cup Original Trophy Visiting More Than 50 Countries

The fourth FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will arrive in Kampala on 5th March 2018 giving Ugandan fans the chance to experience football’s most coveted prize.

The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will give millions of people around the world the opportunity to get ready to taste the feeling of the world’s largest, most anticipated sporting event – the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. In hosting this momentous, international tour, Coca-Cola and FIFA invite fans to get up close and personal with the same trophy that is presented by FIFA to the winning country of the FIFA World Cup™.

For thousands of fans, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the most iconic symbol in football and share their passion for the game.

“We are proud to welcome the FIFA World Cup Trophy to Uganda for the second time. This recognition and honor attests to the country’s undying love for the game. The Trophy is only visiting 10 countries in Africa and this attests to the great pride Coca-Cola has for Ugandan people. Football is the most popular sport in the country and millions of fans follow and watch both local and international matches.

COPA Coca-Cola has been actively developing football talent in Uganda for a number of years now with Farouk Miya, Godfrey Walusimbi, Shaban Muhamad, Khalid Aucho and many others being a few stars that have been developed through this tournament.

The FIFA World Cup finals brings the country to a virtual standstill as many, young and old, join the world in cheering for their favourite teams. Football has a strong unifying power across culture, religion and politics and we as Coca-Cola are excited to share with Ugandans the rare chance to view the FIFA World Cup Trophy,” said Miriam Limo, Senior Brand Manager Uganda

The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off in September 2017 in Russia and will visit more than 50 countries across six continents, travelling 126,000 kilometers in the nine months leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. Within Russia, the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit 25 cities – the longest host country tour in history – with one out of every three Russians having the opportunity to experience the Trophy in person.

“In the world of sports, no symbol stands stronger than the FIFA World Cup Trophy,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “Everyone recognizes the significance of the Trophy as a unifying force. We are extremely happy to partner with Coca-Cola once again to bring the Trophy to football fans around the world.”

FIFA World Cup 2018 fans in Uganda will have an opportunity to witness the world’s most loved sport Trophy tour the country in a number of ways. First, the trophy will arrive in Uganda from Cape Town on Monday 5th March. 12 lucky Ugandans will have an opportunity to travel to Cape Town and come back with the trophy. Activation details are on press and posters with lucky winners being unveiled on 12th February 2018. The Trophy will be received by the President on 5th March.

Secondly, the Coca-Cola Company has organized a fans and consumers viewing opportunity at Lugogo Cricket Oval on 6th March 2018 where there will be exciting and engaging activities as consumers get a chance of a life time to view the World Cup Trophy in Uganda.

The Coca-Cola Company has had a long-standing relationship with FIFA since 1976 and has been an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ since 1978.

Coca-Cola has had stadium advertising at every FIFA World Cup™ since 1950 and is a long-time supporter of football at all levels. This is the fourth time that Coca-Cola and FIFA have come together to bring the Trophy Tour to the world.