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Amelia Kyambadde named CEO of the Year at MTN Women in Business Awards



The winners of the MTN Women in Business awards 2017 pose for a group photo

The winners of the MTN Women in Business awards 2017 pose for a group photo

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

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Uganda Insurers Association in Life Insurance Digital Campaign




Ms. Miriam Magala, CEO Uganda Insurers Association

Ms. Miriam Magala, CEO Uganda Insurers Association during the press briefing.

Uganda Insurers Association (UIA), the umbrella organization for all the insurance companies in Uganda, has embarked on efforts to create awareness and encourage uptake of Life insurance in Uganda.

The highly emotional campaign kicked off on UIA’s social media pages featuring children answering a series of questions about how they envision life without their parents and guardians. Through this digital based campaign, UIA intends to encourage families to take up life insurance policies by appealing to them to secure a future for themselves and their dependants.

According to the Uganda Insurers Association, Life assurance is a contract between an insurance policy holder and an insurer, where the insurer promises to pay a specified beneficiary a sum of money upon the death of the insured person or upon the happening of another specified event.

Life insurance generally falls under four categories:

• Whole Life Insurance policies which cover the entire life time of the policy holder. The premium is paid till the expiry of an agreed period and the policy pays out at death- whenever death occurs during the policyholders’ lifetime.

• Term Insurance policies which are taken for specific periods of time and because the time/period is specified, premiums are either paid throughout that period or as a single premium summing all future payments.

• Endowment policies, like term insurance policies, are taken for specified periods and premiums are paid throughout the term of the policy or until death-whichever occurs first. These are primarily for financial benefit of policy holder, and secondarily for protection of family in case of death.

• Pension Plans/Annuities allow you to pay regular premiums until the usual retirement age (usually 60 years) after which the insurer makes monthly, quarterly or annual pension payments to you until you die.

Commenting about the life insurance efforts, Ms. Miriam Magala, the UIA Chief Executive Officer, noted that with a relatively steady and growing economy, there is an increase in the number of Ugandans who can afford insurance, but many of them lack awareness about the policies and their benefits.

“By focusing on life insurance, UIA will help families, businesses, employers, and other parties to protect against a financial loss that occurs when someone dies or is no longer able to work for certain reasons. Additionally, through life insurance, Ugandans will get a cushion during their old age when their ability to engage in productive work is minimal,” she noted.

This is not the first time that the Uganda Insurers Association has embarked on a campaign to create awareness of an insurance policy. Throughout 2017, the association held a country wide insurance literacy campaign through which they created awareness for Life insurance, agriculture insurance, Workers Compensation Insurance, Motor Third Party and Comprehensive insurance.

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel hosts Muslim clients to Iftar diner




Sheraton Kampala Hotel hosted their Muslim clients to a mouthwatering dinner as they kicked off the month of Ramadan. The dinner was held to thank the Muslims clients for the continued support to the hotel and to also wish them a fruitful fasting period.

The dinner was attended by clients from various organizations and industries with a guest profile ranging from managers, ambassadors, business people, media personalities to mention but a few together with their spouses.

While addressing the guests during the dinner, the General Manager, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Jean-Philippe Bittencourt encouraged the Muslims to keep up with the good spirit of brotherhood as they observe this Ramadan. He further thanked them for the immeasurable support to the Sheraton hotel through their respective organizations
and as individuals and encouraged them to work as a team for peace and unity to be realized.

“Thank you all for respecting the Holy Month of Ramadan and making a point to fast, and we encourage all our clients to come and break their fast at Sheraton Kampala’s Paradise Restaurant where we have a very special Iftar corner accompanied by a lavish buffet every Monday through to Saturday.” Concluded Bittencourt.

As part of its value, Sheraton Kampala Hotel aims to respect all religions, races and disciplines, and holding the Iftar diner is a symbol that everyone is equally welcome at the Hotel.

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Mukono, Jinja residents rewarded in Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion




The excitement was palpable in Mukono and Jinja towns when beverage giant Coca-Cola handed over 30 prizes to lucky consumers as part of the ongoing Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion.

The excitement was palpable in Mukono and Jinja towns when beverage giant Coca-Cola handed over 30 prizes to lucky consumers as part of the ongoing Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion.

The handovers which begun in Mukono town on Saturday last week saw six lucky consumers receive brand new Hisense 32 inch TV screens. The winners included St. Paul’s Catholic Cathedral’s Father Paul Sebitoogo who purchased a crate of soda during the Cathedral charity marathon and received his prize immediately.

Held at Kazimingi grounds, the Jinja town handovers attracted traders from the central market, taxi operators from the nearby park and passers-by who were all excited to see over 30 winners receiving their prizes from Coca-Cola. Other winners in Jinja town walked away with brand new t-shirts, balls and crates of soda for taking part in the promotion.

“We still have exciting prizes and money to hand over to our consumers. Keep drinking and checking under the white crown and we shall bring the prize to you,” commented Coca-Cola Uganda Marketing Manager Mrs. Maggie Kigozi.

Samba Ne Coca-Cola was launched in April this year in partnership with World Cup Official broadcaster Multichoice and Global partner HiSense to bring the World Cup closer to consumers all across Uganda.

Since its launch, lucky consumers across the country have been winning Television sets, Multichoice Dishes and Decoders, soccer balls, brand new t-shirts, packs of soda and cash prizes. Over five lucky subscribers have already taken home UGX4,000,000 and two have won the UGX 10,000,000 jackpot so far.

To participate in the Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion, consumers simply have to purchase a Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Novida, Krest or Stoney 300ml glass or 500ml plastic bottle bearing a white crown and check under the crown for their exciting prize. Redemption of prizes will be at identified distribution points all across the country and consumers are encouraged to look out for these redemption centers in press and posters.

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