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Kilimall Uganda 2016 in Review: Launch, Black Friday, Infinix Partnership, and more



Kilimall Uganda

After its launch in Kenya and Nigeria, Kilimall Uganda since its launch, I might say is the ‘last-man standing’ here in Uganda, offering the widest variety of products online. Following their huge success on their 2016 Black Friday with an over whelming record of receiving more than 1,000 orders, 2000 items sold out and over 100,000 unique visitors within less than 24 hours, gave up-to 70% discounts on all their products giving their customers, to having a partnership with global smartphone makers, we finally had a review on its 7-months existence in Uganda.

1. Kilimall officially launched in Uganda

Kilimall officially launched in Uganda in May 2016 serving a retail customer base that continues to grow exponentially, offering products that span various categories from; Phones, accessories, Electronics & Appliances, Clothes, Bags & Fashion, Home & Living, Office Products, Automotive, Digital Products, Kids Toys, to name a few, competing with its other biggest rivals in the market such as; Jumia, with a sole goal to become Africa’s No.1 E-commerce platform.

2. Kilimall Uganda offered up to 70% Discounts on its Black Friday Deals

Black Friday is the biggest online shopping day event in the year globally, where overwhelming discounts are offered on goods – and Ugandans were sure to jump on the boat. With over 10,000 deals on various items, Kilimall gave its Ugandan online shoppers the best deal out of Black Friday.

3. Kilimall Uganda partnered with Infinix to make a grand entry into Uganda

On November 21st, 2016, Kilimall Uganda, partnered with global smartphone markers; Infinix Mobility to launch the Infinix Note 3 and Hot 4 in the Ugandan market. At the Kilimall Kenya Black Friday media conference, Infinix announced that their exclusive deal with Kilimall Uganda to launch Infinix NOTE3 and HOT4 would surely excite Infinix fans and loyals in Uganda.

“For the first time in Uganda, Kilimall Uganda and Infinix Mobile will make these elegant devices available to Ugandans at a discount of 70%, on Black Friday under the campaign dubbed #ItsABigDeal.” Mr. Chengyang Wang said during a press conference.

4. Kilimall’s Black Friday orders showed a new dawn for online shopping in Uganda

Kilimall Uganda at it’s Black Friday set a record of receiving more than 1,000 orders, 2000 items sold out and over 100,000 unique visitors within less than 24 hours.

Mr. Wang Chengyeng; Kilimall Uganda Managing Director, over whelmed with the sales, in a press statement said, “We only launched 6 months ago, and have reached an unbelievable order number this Black Friday.”

5. Kilimall Uganda guidelines on how to make savings while shopping during the festive season

The festive season brings a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our old traditions with our family and friends. You need to shop something perhaps for your loved ones, but you’re always short on cash or have a limited budget for this.

Kilimall Uganda gave its customers an exciting offer to cut on your spending while shopping online – so that your festive season doesn’t have to be a total budget-buster, giving you a head start of UGX 10,000 worth in a shopping voucher and all you had to do is follow a few simple steps:

1. Take a picture of any taxi you see with the Kilimall Back Cover or sticker inside the taxi.

2. Post the photo on your Timeline (Facebook or Twitter) and tag Kilimall Uganda and Infinix Mobile Uganda.

3. Simple as that!

6. Kilimall Uganda gave its best discount deals on gadgets during the Christmas season

On December 20th, 2016, just five days to Christmas, Kilimall Uganda in a tweet mentioned, it’s giving its customers huge discounts on all tech gadgets they buy, ranging from smartphones, to TVs, to Tablets and Computers, to Smart watches, and so forth. One of their interesting tech discounts came on their smartphones. Early on, the online shopping platform partnered with Infinix Uganda to launch their Infinix mobile phones; the Infinix Hot 4 and Note 3, and now you can get them at awesome discounts.

On their list, some of the products their provided included; the Infinix smartphones, StarTimes TVs with pre-intalled decoder and 1 month FREE subscription, and Samsung 24, 32, and 40 Inch TV sets.

Kilimall since it has become Uganda’s fastest growing online shopping mall with over 600 orders per day and counting, and Ugandan shoppers increasingly embracing the benefits of shopping online, Kilimall Uganda shared a few guides to those who still find it difficult to shop and pay for items online.

7. Kilimall Uganda announced its winners of the Wish-List Campaign

Kilimall Uganda last year had multiple promotions including; Spot a Taxi with Kilimall Uganda promo, Christmas Pre-warm promotion, Make a Wishlist & Win promotion, and so forth. Before ending the year 2016, in one of their promotion make a Wishlist & Win promo, Kilimall Uganda stepped out to award it’s participants that took part competition.

The lucky winners managed to walk away with Infinix mobile phones, Bluetooth speakers, watches, rear view glasses, and so forth.

All you had to do was to login to the Kilimall Uganda website daily to make your Christmas Wishlist and then later share it [your Wishlist] on your social media page/platforms. The participants that got many likes won, Joselyne Ngiine; Marketing Officer at Kilimall Uganda explained in a Facebook Post, as she was seen awarding some of the lucky winners of the promo.

More to add to the videos, Brenda and Hillary won watches, while Sunna Ivan and Bright Niwaha who won an Infinix Hot 4 and Juicer press, respectively.

Kilimall Uganda as of last year had been awarding all its participants that take part in their promo with gifts including; UGX 10,000 shopping vouchers.

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  • 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

MTN Uganda’s Snr Manager Digital, Susan Kayemba explaining how MTN Shortz works at The Square industrial area at the launch.

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

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.

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Opportunity Bank rebrands




Mrs Winnie-Lawoko-Olwe, the acting Board Chairperson, Dr. Tumubweine Twinemanzi, the Executive Director-Supervision at Bank of Uganda, and Tineyi Emmanuel Mawocha, the Opportunity Bank CEO, officially open Opportunity Bank’s new head office in Kamwokya.

Mrs Winnie-Lawoko-Olwe, the acting Board Chairperson Opportunity Bank, Dr. Tumubweine Twinemanzi, the Executive Director-Supervision at Bank of Uganda, and Tineyi Emmanuel Mawocha, the Opportunity Bank CEO, officially open Opportunity Bank’s new head office in Kamwokya.

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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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dfcu Bank moves to consolidate its partnership with Non-Governmental Organizations




dfcu Bank's Chief of Business and Executive Director; William Sekabembe.

dfcu Bank’s Chief of Business and Executive Director; William Sekabembe addressing guests at the breakfast meeting.

In a move to grow the entrepreneurial outlook of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), dfcu Bank hosted a breakfast meeting with over 150 current and prospective NGOs at the Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala.

The meeting provided a platform for Non-Governmental Organisation’s to hear from subject experts and share insights on how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset if they are to remain relevant and sustainable.

According to William Sekabembe, the Chief of Business & Executive Director this calls for putting beneficiaries at the center of programme development; more structure, transparency, accountability and innovation.

“With shrinking donor funding and increasing competition, it is important that NGO’s realign their operations to transition from reliance on grants to becoming social enterprises. This change in mindset and ultimately operations will drive sustainability and make them more attractive to financial institutions and give them leverage in negotiating for better financial solutions,” says William Sekabembe.

dfcu Bank introduced its NGO account in 2013 and has revamped its offering to give NGO’s more so they can carry out their operations with ease. The current customer value proposition includes among others: free account maintenance & activity fees; interest rates of up to 4% p.a on UGX accounts & 1.25% p.a on USD accounts; free internet banking; free access to a third-party & Bulk payments solution and dedicated services points at selected branches across the 66-branch nationwide network.

This is in line with dfcu’s brand promise of making more possible for the sectors it serves and attain its aspiration of becoming a Universal Bank.

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