Airtel Uganda and Buganda Kingdom Officially launch the 2018 Kabaka Run.


Focus on the fight against Sickle cells.

Following a highly successful 2017 Kabaka Birthday Run, Airtel Uganda has today announced its sponsorship of the 2018 Kabaka Birthday Run that will be held on Sunday 8th April 2018 at Bulange in Mengo.

In line with the three – year theme announced last year – Fight against Sickle Cells, proceeds from the run will also be directed towards fighting the sickle cells disease in Uganda.
Last year, Airtel Uganda, in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom, handed over 60,000 sickle cell testing kits, bought from the proceeds of the Kabaka Birthday Run 2017, to the administration of The Uganda National Health Laboratory Services to enable them carry out conclusive testing for the prevalent disease. The kits would allow over 120,000 people to test for the sickle cells disease free of charge.

Commenting about the sponsorship, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar noted that Corporate Social Responsibility is very central to Airtel and is an integral pillar of the business.

“Through our partnership with the Buganda Kingdom, we have been able to change the lives individuals and communities in Uganda. This year, we intend to continue this life changing work by collecting funds that will be used to educate Ugandans about sickle cells, enable proper treatment of patients and fund research into how best we can contain it,” he stated.
Somasekhar added that besides Kabaka Run, Airtel Uganda has been involved in other successful CSR programmes like Together we can which won the Best CSR campaign award 2017 and Adopt a school which focuses on the transformation of dilapidated schools to provide a better learning environment. Various health camps across the country offering free medical services to underprivileged communities have also been held in partnership with the Ministry of Health among other partners.

The Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayigga thanked Airtel Uganda and other partners; such as the Ministry of Health in the Central Government and Uganda Sickle Cell Foundation, for their sponsorship, which has brought awareness and funding to illnesses that have dominated Uganda for many years.
“First, we worked together to tackle fistula and now we are focusing on sickle cells. With strategic and consistent partners such as Airtel Uganda, we shall win the fight against these sicknesses that are claiming lives of very many Ugandans,” he commented.

The Kabaka run – an annual event celebrated to mark the King’s birthday – is part of a partnership that the telecommunications giant has with the Buganda Kingdom to sponsor four of their most important activities; the Kabaka’s birthday Run, Kabaka’s birthday celebration, the Kabaka’s coronation as well as Eid El Fitri. Airtel Uganda also sponsors the Masaza Cup – the Buganda kingdom football tournament.

The run will be held on 8th April 2018 and participants will be flagged off in Lubiri Mengo by His Majesty the Kabaka for the 5km, 10kms and 21km routes.

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Chicken And Chips Is Back For The Second Season


The universal appeal of puppetry enables people to be instantly engaged in both the process and product.

Younger children enjoy the excitement of being involved in puppet shows of any kind, while the old people are equally attracted to the more sophisticated use of certain types of puppetry, sometimes linked to particular styles of theatrical performance or even a television show.

That’s why Chicken and Chips Is making a comeback on your television screens for a second season

It will have 16 episodes for 30 minutes every Sunday and the repeated every Friday at 01:30Pm

Initially it aired between October 2016 to January 2017 on NTV and we are proud to announce that your favourite show is resuming in February 2018 only on NTV.

First forward Chicken and chips is a novelty pop culture magazine that focuses on relationships and combines music, journalism, puppetry, animation and reality TV to create the freshest blend of edutainment for young people in Uganda. Programming is research-driven and dynamic, fine-tuned based on audience feedback.

Show segments will include:

Katwe Corner: Recordings of unscripted and uncensored live discussions among peers are brought to life with puppets!

Popcorn Video: Trivia, humor and useful factoids ‘pop up’ in your favorite Ugandan hit videos

Talk on the Town: People in the streets answer personal questions and reveal their love life secrets
Social Experiment: Using hidden cameras, we observe and comment on how ordinary people behave when they are confronted with dilemmas that require them to reveal their attitudes and make difficult choices.

Kiki Love: The female puppet host (who in this season has a NAME and a fun PERSONALITY!) engages the audience and introduces different segments. The character has been created by Muppet Show veteran puppeteers in New York and is voiced by celebrity comedian (Fun Factory) and radio presenter, Tindi.

Adungu Life: A Ugandan 5 piece band who play home-made electrified traditional instruments (adungu harp and thump piano), scored the theme song for Season 2, “Looking for Love” and perform it in every episode. Rap vocals by MC Yallah, UG Hip-Hop Awards Winner.

Have you been looking for something to put a smile on your face after a heavy week well look no further because this will make you crack your ribs for the next three months

Gulu Resident wins Eighth Airtel Uganda Mega Masappe Car


 

 

One week after Dorah Nabukenya, a farmer based in Nakasongola drove back home in a brand new Airtel Mega Masappe car, the Smartphone Network has, once again, excited its subscribers across Uganda by handing over another brand new car and other exciting prizes including motor cycles and cash sums in the ninth Airtel Mega Masappe draw.

Airtel Uganda Head of Branding and Communications, Remmie Kisakye, pose with the lucky winners of the Airtel Mega Masappe promotion.

Santa Opio, a resident of Gulu, drove home in the brand new Toyota Premio while Harriet Sagagi, Nansamba Milly and Kiwalyanga Julius rode off on brand new motor bikes. Stephano Wagwomuti, James Lubega and Prossy Glady took home one million shillings each.

Speaking at the prize handover ceremony, the Airtel Uganda Head of Branding and Communications, Remmie Kisakye Kakuru, thanked the winners and all Airtel Uganda subscribers for taking part in the promotion. She encouraged those who had not won yet to keep hitting their targets.Airtel Uganda Head of Branding and Communications, Remmie Kisakye, handing over UG Shs 1Million to Prossy Glady the lucky winner of Airtel Mega Masappe.

 

“I congratulate Opio as well as all the other winners here today. For the past eight weeks, we have been rewarding our subscribers and we are always excited to see them in a celebratory mood. Our customers’ loyalty is crucial to our business operations and we are honored to be able to reward them with life-changing prizes” she said

“Airtel Uganda is committed to continuously giving our customers an unbeatable experience. We believe that fulfilling this is the reason we’ve remained Uganda’s Number One Smartphone network,” she added.

As part of ‘Mega Masappe’, subscribers are required to opt into the promo by dialing *162# and selecting option 1 to opt in, option 2 to check target and option 3 to redeem their data bonus – which will be broken down into Voice, SMS and Data at 50%, 10% and 40% respectively. This bonus however does not apply to social packs, quarterly, annual and free bundles.

Airtel Uganda Head of Branding and Communications, Remmie Kisakye, handing over the motor bike keys to Kiwalyanga Julius during the Airtel Mega Masappe draw.

Mega Masappe promotion subscriber bonus will be given instantly on the achievement of the daily target. For example, if a subscriber’s bonus target is Ushs. 1,000 and they recharge with that Ushs. 1,000, they will receive 100% bonus of the same value under the Voice, SMS & Data split. However, if they recharge with another Ushs. 1,000 on the same day, they will not get a 2nd bonus.

Daily and weekly prizes will be given away every Friday for the entire duration of the promotion.

 

dfcu Bank increases support to St. John’s Ambulance Uganda’s emergency medical services.


 

As part of its Responsibility & Sustainability program, dfcu Bank Uganda has today renewed its support of emergency medical services- announcing an increment in its financial contribution to St. John’s ambulance Uganda. The announcement was made during a press briefing at the St. John’s ambulance services offices on Buganda Road.

Addressing journalists at the event, dfcu Bank’s Head of Brand Marketing Communication, Jude Kansiime said the renewed commitment was the Bank’s way of increasing its support to what is a dire situation.

dfcu Bank_s Head of Brand Marketing Communication, Jude Kansiime (C) hands over fuel cards to Christine Kasirye, the National Executive Secretary, St. John_s Ambulance during the eve

dfcu Bank has been supporting the services offered by St. John’s Ambulance for the last 5 years. This support has been in the form of monthly fuel, which is a key need if an organization wishes to provide timely emergency medical services. Today, dfcu Bank is glad and honored to announce that we will both continue with and increase our contribution to this crucial service.”

 

“As part of the emergency support pillar under our Sustainability strategy,  I am pleased to announce that dfcu Bank will double our monthly contribution to St. John’s Ambulance Uganda- which will allow them to operate a second ambulance and in turn provide urgently needed emergency medical services to those in need,” Kansiime added.

 

“Lack of sufficient emergency services is one of the leading causes of death in Uganda. Less than 10% of patients are transferred to hospitals and clinics by ambulances, which results in tragedies that could have been prevented. This is why our commitment to St. John’s Ambulance is important to us as an institution- we see it as a way to give back and improve the quality of life in the communities in which we operate,” he continued.

Christine Kasirye, the National Executive Secretary, St. John’s Ambulance commended dfcu Bank for their continued and unwavering reinforcement to its operations.

“Over the last 5 years, dfcu Bank has proved itself a dedicated and stable partner to the work that we do. One of the key elements needed for the successful provision of emergency medical services is timely arrival to the scene of the emergency and thereafter to a hospital or clinic. The monthly fuel contributions from dfcu Bank have helped us save countless lives,” Ms. Kasirye said.

dfcu Bank_s Head of Brand Marketing Communication, Jude Kansiime (L) hands over a dummy cheque to Christine Kasirye, the National Executive Secretary, St. John_s Ambulance after maki

“By providing fuel for a second ambulance, dfcu Bank is giving us the ability and means to reach more patients, provide urgent medical aid and as a result, save more lives. On behalf of St. John’s Ambulance, I extend our gratitude to the management of dfcu Bank for their pro-active support of emergency medical services,” Ms. Kasirye concluded.

 

With the increased funding, dfcu Bank’s contribution to St. John’s Ambulance will add up to UGX 24,000,000/- per year.

Emirates Extends its Dubai Special Fare and Free Visa Offer


 

 

Offer also includes free 3rd piece of luggage and My Emirates Pass

 

Emirates has extended its offer to Ugandan travellers to visit Dubai with a special Economy and Business Class return airfare that includes a free Visa, a free third piece of luggage of up to 23 kg and a “My Emirates Pass”.

 

Under the special offer, an Economy Class ticket from Entebbe to Dubai costs USD406 and Business Class USD1499. The fare offer is subject to availability, specific terms and conditions and for a limited time only. Tickets must be booked between 11 July and 24 July 2017, while travel must take place between 11 July and 30 November 2017. The cost of the ticket includes airport taxes.

 

Voted by travellers as the Best Airline in the World in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards, Emirates is also offering a free 30-day visa for the United Arab Emirates (subject to approval by immigration authorities), a 3rd piece of luggage of up to 23kg for Economy Class and up to 32kg for Business Class, as well as a My Emirates Pass, which is can be used for exclusive offers and discounts across Dubai.

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The My Emirates Pass, which is valid for use until 31 August 2017, gives customers special discounts at over 120 world class restaurants and hotel dining outlets in Dubai. Exclusive offers are also available on a range of leisure activities including visits to championship golf courses, thrilling theme parks or luxury spas across the city. To see all My Emirates Pass offers, visit www.emirates.com/english/offers/4221290/my-emirates-pass.

 

With year-round sunshine, world-class shopping and restaurants, stunning beaches and iconic buildings, Dubai offers something for the whole family. Visitors to Dubai can use My Emirates Pass to enjoy some of the city’s newest attractions including must-see places like Dubai Parks and Resorts featuring three theme parks: Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and LEGOLAND® Water Park.

 

The city also offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

 

On all Emirates’ flights, customers can look forward to hours of entertainment on the airline’s ice system, which offers over 2500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment, from the latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family friendly products and services for children, including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport.

 

In addition to the on-board comforts and products, customers will experience the world famous hospitality from Emirates’ multinational cabin crew while enjoying chef prepared regional and international cuisine, using the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines and beverages.

 

Emirates flies once a day from Entebbe International Airport to Dubai. To book, or for more information on fares, terms and conditions, please visit www.emirates.com/ug or visit the local Emirates office or your travel agent.

 

 

 

 

Jinja enjoys Kampala Restaurant Week as they Savor with Tusker Lite


 

Jinja Sailing Club was the centre of focus as key media personnel and food lovers traveled to Jinja to check out its participation in the ongoing 3rd edition of the Kampala Restaurant Week.

Powered by Tusker Lite and organised by Pearl Guide Uganda, the largest showcase of restaurants in and around Kampala kicked off on the 5th July and will go till 15th July.

During the Kampala Restaurant week, restaurants get to offer meals going as low as UGX 15,000 and UGX 25,000. On normal days, the same meals would go for as high as UGX 35,000. This was acknowledged by Jinja Sailing Club’s Executive Chief, Noman Qureshi who said that the restaurant week activity offers customers a chance to try out the best cuisines at affordable prices.

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This year, Tusker Lite has added great value to everyone’s experience by offering a complimentary drink to diners to ensure they enjoy a complete dining experience.

Tusker Lite was introduced into the East African market in 2011 as a low carb beer uniquely brewed with natural ingredients. It delivers an easy drinking experience. The idea behind its introduction was to bring a new taste.

“Tusker Lite offers a soothing experience with every meal. It is for this purpose that we had to check out the experience in Jinja. We hope that people are enjoying their meals and this edition of Kampala Restaurant Week.” Uganda Breweries Limited’s Head of Beers, Muzito Estella said.

Jinja Sailing Club Executive Chef Noma Qureshi 2

The Kampala Restaurant Week will be capped off with an awards ceremony on the 15th July at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala. This will be to recognize the most outstanding chefs, restaurants and other participants in this edition.

 

 

Battle For Cash with DFCU Bank


 

dfcu Bank, in partnership with NTV Uganda and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) launched a nationwide campaign targeted at driving a savings and investment culture in Uganda. The campaign, which will run – in part as a TV show competition dubbed ‘Battle for Cash’ was launched at the Kampala Serena Hotel with the media fraternity having the first hands-on experience.

Compared to the countries in the region, Uganda has the lowest savings to GDP ratio, which is at 13.48 per cent of GDP with majority of the population being un-banked. According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, only 12% of the population have bank accounts while research shows that Ugandans save less than 5% of their monthly earnings as compared to other East African countries (Kenya 23%; Tanzania 13% Rwanda 18%).

 

The low savings rates are largely a result of traditional banking remaining out of reach for most due to factors like; inadequate financial services; financial illiteracy; physical distance from banking institutions and high minimum deposit and balance requirements, limiting access to banking services. But banks have taken huge strides in addressing these shortcomings by recognizing the potential and are introducing resourceful methods of bringing them back into the formal economy by introducing several innovative products and services.

 

As part of several efforts to promote a savings culture in Uganda, 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, youths holding a savings turnover of over UGX 400 billion.

dfcu Bank, Battle for Cash Campaign judges, Joseph Kasaija, Ann Kyohairwe and Adam Sengoba, address the media during the campaign launch at Serena Hotel.

The Judges that will adjudicate Battle For Cash

It is against this background that dfcu Bank has collaborated with NTV and PwC to start a competition to encourage its customers to grow their savings portfolio. The ‘Battle for Cash,’ challenge will provide a free platform to Investment Clubs to show case their success stories over a period of six (6) months. Additionally clubs who are able to present innovative investment ideas and demonstrate the ability to consistently pool savings towards the realization of their objective for a minimum period of six months will be eligible to enter the competition. They will have the opportunity to show case their ideas and investment projects on NTV Uganda.

 

According to the dfcu Bank Executive Director and Chief of Business William Sekabembe, two special categories of women and youth have been included. Clubs with 100% composition of these special groups will apply to enter the competition and into a special category for Women Clubs & Youth increasing their chances of winning. “We are putting a lot of emphasis on these two categories because we believe they play a major role in the development of communities and Uganda as a whole,” he added.

dfcu Bank Executive Director and Chief of Business, William Sekabembe giving a speech during the launch of Battle for Cash campaign at Serena Hotel.

William Sekabambe Chief of business at DFCU

An amount totaling up to UGX 100 million in prize money has been set aside for the best Investment Clubs. Additionally, one delegate from each of the 20 selected clubs that will enter the competition will be sponsored to attend a study tour in Nairobi to share experiences, network, and widen their knowledge and contacts. This as the top seven (7) clubs will receive free advisory services for a period of one (1) year.

UGANDA’S BEBE COOL TO COLLABORATE WITH NIGERIAN SUPER STAR ‘FALZ’  


 

Top Nigerian artist Falz famed for hits like “Jeje”, “Soft Work” and “Soldier” returns to Coke Studio Africa for a second time this year, paired alongside Ugandan legendary artist Bebe Cool, who makes his anticipated debut on the show this year. Last year Falz was paired with Tanzanian rapper Joh Makini and the two produced great covers of each other’s songs and an original track “You Dey Hot”.

Bebe Cool - Coke Studio Africa 2017

 

While speaking exclusively at the show’s Behind the Music Studios in Nairobi during the show’s recording, Falz said: “It feels very good to work with Bebe Cool. He is a very cool guy a very chill guy. So far, we have a good working relationship and we are getting along well. I am looking forward to learning more from him about his culture and language– that’s what Is most exciting about this Coke Studio experience.”

On top of the music collaborations, the two will also participate on Coke Studio’s Food Culture Exchange segment.  

 

Bebe Cool and Falz will be produced by top Nigerian music producer GospelOnDeBeatz. Bebe Cool revealed some info on his collaboration with Falz: “Expect a lot of fire. Falz is a huge hiphop artist and I am a dancehall artist so the fusion is going to be electric!”

Both Bebe Cool and Falz will also feature in a special Coke Studio dubbed ‘The Global Fusion Edition’ alongside Coke Studio Africa’s international guest star – the American Pop/R&B star Jason Derulo and 8 other talented African stars. They include Dela (Kenya), Mr. Bow (Mozambique), Joey B (Ghana), Betty G (Ethiopia), Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe), Shekhinah (South Africa), Locko (Cameroon) and Denise (Madagascar).

This year Coke Studio has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one—bigger and better Coke Studio Africa 2017. The show promises to be a melting pot of music talents bringing together renowned music producers and top-notch artists drawn from various parts of the continent. ​The merger increases the number of participating countries to 16, up from 11 in previous edition.

Airtel Uganda Masappe Promo Goes into Overdrive


 

  • Over 74 million, 74 bikes and 12 cars to be won

Telecommunications giant, Airtel Uganda has announced a new exciting recharge promotion that will see subscribers win daily and weekly prizes over the next 90 days.

Dubbed ‘Mega Masappe’, the new campaign, which will see subscribers win daily and weekly prizes such as motor bikes, brand new cars and cash over the next 90 days. This comes on the heels of the recently concluded Xtra Masappe data campaign which offered customers bonus for loading weekly and monthly bundles.

The lucky winners, pose with their cash they won during the launch of Mega Masappe

lucky winners showing their prize money

As part of ‘Mega Masappe’, subscribers will be required to opt into the promo by dialing *162# and selecting option 1 to opt in, option 2 to check target and option 3 to redeem their data bonus – which will be broken down into Voice, SMS and Data at 50%, 10% and 40% respectively. This bonus however does not apply to social packs, quarterly, annual and free bundles.

Mr. Indrajeet Kumar Singh, the Airtel Uganda Marketing Director expressed excitement at the new promotion.

“We made a promise to Ugandans to offer them the most reliable and affordable telecommunications services while directly improving their lives through our different offerings and campaigns and this promo is evidence that we are doing just that,” he said, adding that for the next 90 days, Airtel subscribers are going to win loads and loads of prizes including cars, motor cycles and huge sums of cash by simply opting into this Mega Masappe promotion.

Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Indrajeet Kumar Singh, giving a speech during the launch of Mega Masappe.

Airtel Marketing Director Indrajeet Kumar

Kumar further encouraged Ugandans to join the smartphone network and stand a chance to change their lives overnight.

As part of the Mega Masappe promotion, subscriber bonus will be given instantly on the achievement of the daily target. For example, if a subscriber’s bonus target is Ushs. 1,000 and they recharge with that Ushs. 1,000, they will receive 100% bonus of the same value under the Voice, SMS & Data split. However, if they recharge with another Ushs. 1,000 on the same day, they will not get a 2nd bonus.

Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Indrajeet Kumar Singh handing over the Motor Bike keys to one of the lucky winners during the launch of Mega Masappe.

some of the prizes to be won

Daily and weekly prizes will be given away every Friday for the duration of the promo.

 

 

 

Dfcu Bank set to hold business clinics for SME clients


dfcu Bank, in partnership with Enterprise Uganda,announced at a press conference that it will hold 12 business clinics for its Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) customers.

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The announcement was made during a press briefing which also doubled as the first training session at Mackinnon Suites.

The clinics will be held over the course of the next six months and will centre on growing the skillsets of the beneficiaries.

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They will also focus on the five functional areas of a business; Marketing, Finance, Human
Resource, Strategic planning and Operations.

The announcement comes a week after dfcu Bank was unveiled as the main sponsor of the 2017 Top mid-sized Companies’ Survey.
Speaking at the press briefing, the dfcu Bank Managing Director, Juma Kisaame said the
Business Clinics were part of the Bank’s strategy to empower the SME business community.
“Using the M-S-F Model, Enterprise Uganda will provide both practical and theoretical training
to our SME clients. These training sessions will cater to 35-40 people per session and will cover various aspects related to operating a successful business operation. For the next six months, we will mobilize our customers to attend two training sessions each month- and our expectation is that they will be better equipped to manage their businesses,” Kisaame said.

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Kisaame emphasized the Bank’s commitment to the Ugandan market saying, “dfcu Bank is
firmly dedicated to offering tailor-made solutions to our clients with the belief that in turn, they
will help them grow both their personal and business investments. The Business Clinics will cover a range of topics including marketing, branding, human resource management and
several more, which we believe will offer invaluable learnings to business owners and managers.”
Kisaame concluded by saying all participants in the clinics would be required to create action
plans- which would be used during the advisory sessions scheduled to take place a month after the completion of the clinics.