As the ‘Women’s month’ of March comes to a close, MTN Uganda hosted the 5th annual Women in Business awards that marked the end of the two month long search for those women who have excelled in their enterprises through the use of tools and opportunities available to them.
Under the 2017 theme: Survival of the fittest: Partnering for success, these awards celebrate the achievements of Ugandan women entrepreneurs who against all odds continue to excel in the predominantly male dominated field of business.
The awards hosted on Friday 17th March 2017 by Ms. Lois Aber at the Kampala Serena Hotel were not short on inspiration. Among the highlights of the night was a stimulating panel discussion, and a key note speech delivered by Ms. Phuti Mahanyele – Executive Chairperson, Sigma Capital and an accomplished female business leader in South Africa and across the globe.
In an address that emphasized perseverance, Ms. Mahanyele also spoke of the need to nurture relationships with family, because “they are the ones who stay with you when challenges, personal or otherwise, set in”. She encouraged women entrepreneurs to seek out and engage with potential partners internationally because international partners continue to seek out good investment ideas from across globe.
MTN Business together with partners gave an assortment of prizes and recognition certificates to all nominees. The nominees were selected from a pool of women managed enterprises that are serviced by MTN Business while those in the People’s Choice (Survivor of the Year) category were chosen from New Vision/Bukedde’s entrepreneurship programs and the final five selected through a popular public vote. This year, the awards also featured an MTN Staff Woman Champion category comprising of ladies working with MTN but impacting their communities through entrepreneurship.
The winners were selected by a panel of distinguished judges who are industry captains in their respective fields of business. They included;
1. Jennifer Mwijukye – The Chief Executive Officer and founder of Unifreight Group
2. Rita Balaka – A member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA, UK) and currently Head of Compliance – Stanbic Bank Uganda.
3. Dr. Margaret Blick Kigozi – Is a Ugandan medical doctor, business consultant, educator and sportswoman
4. Yewagnesh Mamo Biriggwa (Yogi) – Country Manager, South African Airways
5. Sophia Mukasa – Is the Senior Manager – Enterprise Marketing at MTN Business Uganda.
Speaking on behalf of the judges, Dr. Kigozi detailed the criteria used to select the winners, emphasizing the need for women business owners to work towards having in place systems and processes that work to support the growth of their businesses.
The guest of honour for the evening, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka thanked MTN for the support it’s extending to communities and to that of women in particular. She offered advice to those engaged in business to “stand up for your rights. Pay your taxes but also follow up government programs and demand for accountability of how the tax funds are appropriated.”
On her part, the Chief Marketing Officer MTN Uganda, Mrs. Mapula Bodibe thanked women and other stakeholders who gave of their time to implement the 5th edition of what is now the most recognizable platform celebrating upcoming and successful women entrepreneurs in Uganda. “I congratulate Uganda’s women and continue to be inspired by what you’ve achieved in your various capacities as mothers, wives and most significantly as industry captains”, she said.
Using the example of his wife Barbara, the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Uganda Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte paid glowing tribute to women business owners, who continue to prevail despite the fact that they “bear the responsibility of being wives and mothers at home, coupled with running their enterprises in an environment in which they have to endlessly prove to everyone that their products are good despite being Ugandan and produced by the female gender”.
“They (women) ought to be respected”, he concluded.
2017 Women in Business Awards Winners
MTN Women in Business MTN Staff Woman Champion
• Donna Namujju Kaddu Mukasa – Capital Projects, MTN Uganda (Co-director at Lincoln Medical Limited) – WINNER
• Lazia Namutebi – Quality Assurance, Customer Experience MTN Uganda (Founder of Strive 4 Jannah Foundation)
• Olivia Kyomuhendo Muhumuza – Back Office Administrator, Customer Experience MTN Uganda (CEO at Livy’s Décor)
• Sharline Mustari Kahambu – Quality Assurance, Customer Experience MTN Uganda (Proprietor of Hold it fabric, Go classic, Be African)
MTN Women in Business Excellence in ICT Award
• Eugenie Nsubuga Windt of Carlson Wagonlit Travel – WINNER
• Annet Kajubi of Xplore World
• Sherifah Tumusiime of Zimba Women
MTN Women in Business Excellence in Financial Services Award
• Lydia Oile – le Memorial Hospital, Lawsam Chemicals, Tausi Décor – WINNER
• Betty Walakira – Health Child
• Tatu Nalunga – Iqra High School
MTN Women in Business People’s Choice (Survivor of the Year)
• Sarah Nkonge – Teacher, Politician, Farmer & Business woman – WINNER
• Zaujja Ndifuna – Proprietor, Mbogo Schools
• Aidah Nassolo – Restauranteur & Business women
• Jane Nabwami – Farmer/Proprietor, Najja Poultry & Animal Feeds
• Betty Kabiine – Business woman (Brick making)
MTN Women in Business CEO Of The Year
• Amelia Kisakye Kyambadde – Seroma Christian High School – WINNER
• Prudence Ukkonika – SK Roma Limited
• Angelina Sebanakitta – Wilson Development Services
• Janat Sempala – Janat Ladies Centre
LG expands retail chain in Uganda
LG Electronics has launched a new brand shop in Kampala’s industrial Area that will see the consumer reach doubled in the country.
The 70,000 USD (257 million UGX) investment comes after LG successfully engaged the distributor Diamond Star who will be managing the store, bringing the total number of LG outlets to three in Uganda.
LG has also simultaneously opened a parallel service center in Kampala to cater to the rising number of consumers using LG products.
“We are responding to the rising demand of LG products in the Ugandan market. This expansion will improve the availability of our innovative products to our growing client base. We project that the new store will serve more than 200,000 new customers every month,” said Mr. Moses Marji, Marketing Director, East and Central Africa.
LG is a leading supplier of home electronics and appliances to the region and has stores in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, Zambia and Rwanda.
Today’s launch brings LG’s retail store count in the Eastern African region to 98. Four new stores were opened in the region in 2017. Additionally, the company will also refurbish and upgrade some of the major existing outlets to meet the global LG Electronics’ shop standards.
LG Electronics Managing Director in charge of East and Central Africa Janghoon Chung said the company is committed to delivering high quality products that bring convenience to the lives of consumers.
“At LG, quality is our priority and we take the time to make sure that our customers are satisfied with the products that they buy. This is also part of our contribution to the growth of Uganda’s economy by delivering outstanding value to customers every day,” said Mr Chung.
Some of LG’s headlining home appliances such as the LG TWIN Wash will first hit the Ugandan market through the new shop. The TWIN Wash has the capacity to handle two separate loads simultaneously, allowing users to wash different types of clothes seamlessly.
The new brand shop will also stock LG’s new range of Super UHD TVs that use Nano Cell technology to deliver accurate colors and high picture quality even when viewed from wide angles.
MTN UGANDA LAUNCHES MTN SHORTZ.
- MTN Shortz allows subscribers to post video content
- There is an opportunity for content created to generate revenue
- Video content of up to 10 minutes can be uploaded
- To subscribe and upload, visit www.mtnplay.co.ug/shortz
MTN Uganda in a continuous drive to become a digital company has today launched MTN Shortz, a short video streaming platform. MTN Shortz is a mobile-only service that allows subscribers to upload videos of no more than 10 minutes. MTN Shortz is available through mobile phones only on www.mtnplay.co.ug/shortz.
The streaming service allows subscribers to directly post video content from their mobile devices.
“MTN is creating an opportunity for its subscribers to create video content and earn from it. As the leading tech brand in Africa, we are always looking for ways to use technology to provide services that uplift the quality of life in the markets where we operate and so MTN Shortz,” said Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer.
MTN Shortz has several channels that subscribers can pick to upload content of their choice. It consists of channels belonging to different content owners, which users can access to view a variety of content. For subscribers to view the content on MTN Shortz, there is a daily charge of between Ugx200 and Ugx1000.
For a video viewed, the content owner will be able to earn some money from the visits.
“The MTN Shortz channels will have local content videos, meaning that for the Ugandan content producers, there is an opportunity for views and extra income. MTN believes that MTN Shortz will be able to drive local content video production,” Prentout notes.
Adding “There is also an opportunity for those that want to be seen by professional content creators. There are several professional content creators that will be using MTN Shortz and will be able to identify the untapped talent. You won’t have to wait for the opportunity to come to you, you can create it.”
For the MTN Pulse community, MTN Shortz is empowering the lifestyle of creating an opportunity. There are several platforms where people can post videos, however on MTN Shortz, the fact is that there is an opportunity to make money. The MTN Pulse community, there will be several exclusive offers in order to access and use MTN Shortz.
Opportunity Bank rebrands
By Our Reporter
Opportunity Bank, a leading microfinance bank in Uganda, announced their new brand and officially unveiled their new and improved Head Office in Kamwokya on Friday.
These changes will elevate Opportunity Bank’s focus on the ability to provide a strong customer experience and technology-led financial services offering to well serve their existing customers and potential target market in the small and mid-sized businesses (SMEs).
Mr. Tineyi Emmanuel Mawocha, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Bank said that “There are still many people who are unbanked and have fettered access to loans for developing their businesses. Being able to provide a strong customer experience while exhibiting our unique brand values and financial solutions can be a key differentiator to enable the local market access to turn-key banking products and services. With our rebranding efforts, Opportunity Bank has been empowered to offer banking solutions and experienced customer support services that SMBs need to grow.”
The acting Board Chairperson, Mrs Winnie-Lawoko-Olwe, also added that “Opportunity Bank’s unique banking platform is able to meet consumer needs in an easy-to-use way for any SME and individual. Opportunity Bank continues to develop its multi-functional platform, helping our local markets grow one business at a time. The innovative banking solutions that a small business owner will need to grow their business is extensive. We knew that a unique approach was needed, and we have moved to tailor our products and services specifically to meet our client’s needs.”
Executive Director-Supervision at Bank of Uganda Dr. Tumubweine Twinemanzi who officiated at the launch said that increased confidence in banking benefits will see the move of the ‘unbanked funds’ from under the mattress to commercial banks. Opportunity Bank’s new branding further enables the bank to stand out, not only within the expansive financial sector industry, but also within the ever-growing mobile money banking sector technology ecosystem. Small business owners will enjoy the ease-of-use of Opportunity Bank’s sophisticated technology, along with the human touch that is delivered through superior customer service.
The New Opportunity Bank logo brings a sharp new visual identity, characterising the brand as bold, smart, effective, and original. Opportunity Bank’s emphasis on providing a full suite of products and services to the local market is reflected in the company’s new tagline, – “Empower yourself, empower your business, empower your future.” This language speaks to the core belief that in a vast, ever-changing, and evolving financial sector, Opportunity Bank can fully cater to each and every business to establish and secure a thriving banking solution.
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