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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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Infinix Hot 6 has been launched in Uganda




Infinix has launched something new for the Ugandan market. The World’s fastest growing brand has unleashed a new model called the Infinix Hot 6 that defines fashion and technology.

The new smart phone combines latest in technology and lifestyle aspects using the latest design technologies like the 6 Inch 18:9 HD+ Infinity display which allows the user to view more content on their screens, the latest XOS 3.3 Hummingbird built around Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition) which is well optimized to give you a smooth experience on the Hot 6 plus a massive 4000mAh battery with a standby time of over 2 days and also comes with quick charge. It comes with 1GB/2GB RAM and 16GB ROM.

For music lovers, this is the phone for you as it puts more focus on the mobile sound of the device hence the slogan #PlayItLiveIt. The Hot 6 incorporates dual Dirac 3D Stereo Surrounding speakers for an immersive audio experience, carries a 13MP + 5MP and also has a fast fingerprint scanner for security purposes as well as Face Unlock which allows you to unlock your phone by scanning your face.

Amongst the key advantages of Android Oreo Go Edition are a seamless but fast user experience plus enhanced data experience.

The Hot 6 will be available in Sandstone Black, Blush Gold, Bordeaux Red and Sapphire Blue. It is available at all Infinix Branded shops near you at only UGX 463,000.

Grab yours today.

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Taxify Boda marks 100 days in Kampala




Kampala, 21st May 2018: Taxify, the world’s fastest-growing ride-sharing app, looks back at the first 100 days of Taxify Boda in the pioneer city where the category was offered. The company has seen hundreds of Boda boda drivers sign up to drive on the platform since the launch in February 2018.

The Taxify Boda category has continued to grow exponentially. The number of Taxify Boda trips today is twice the number of vehicle trips completed in Kampala. Taxify records show that Boda Boda trips grew 5 times within the first 100 days of the category launch in the Ugandan capital.

The volume of trips completed on a Boda boda in Kampala grew 500% compared to a 200% growth in the number of vehicle trips on the Taxify application within the same period.

Kampala was the first city where Taxify Boda was launched and offered as a category to riders. Boda Bodas are a preferred means of transportation in Kampala by riders seeking to avoid city traffic and to get to their destinations faster.

Operating in 26 countries globally, Taxify attributes its success to its driver-friendly platform. The ride-sharing platform takes only 15% commission from its driver – partners while also offering them added benefits, such as loyalty awards and the ability to set their own radius for pickups. The lower commission allows Taxify to offer lower prices for riders and more take-home pay for driver- partners.

Taxify continually commits to meeting the unique needs of riders in every city in which the company operates. New secondary categories in East African cities like Boda boda in Kampala, and Bajaji (three wheeled rickshaws) in Dar es Salaam have seen the firm increase its user base tremendously.

Julian Byamugisha. Operations Manager for Taxify in Uganda, said, “The growth we have seen in the Boda Boda category is a reflection of the needs of the people in Kampala. Being able to meet the needs of the local people in every city is what will eventually result in business success .”

Fun Facts

  • There are about 300,000 Boda bodas in Uganda
  • Boda Boda driving is the second highest source of employment after agriculture
  • Taxify launched in Kampala in October 2017. 4 months later, in February 2018, Taxify introduced the Boda Boda category: Taxify Boda
  • The most popular Boda boda model on the Taxify Platform is the Boxer
  • The highest fare ever paid on a Boda trip was UGX 71,000 for a trip from Kulambiro to Entebbe
  • The longest trip on a Taxify Boda lasted about 18 hours
  • 5PM is the busiest hour for Boda Bodas in Kampala

About Taxify

Taxify is one of Europe’s leading ride-sharing platforms, connecting millions of riders and drivers around the world to make travel easier, quicker and more reliable. Taxify’s efficient and tech-enabled business model benefits both driver – partners who have to pay a smaller commission as well as riders who end up paying less for their ride.

Founded by Markus Villig, Taxify launched in 2013. It’s one of the fastest-growing ride-sharing platforms in the world, focusing on Europe and Africa.

Taxify has more than 10 million customers in over 20 countries globally. For more information, please visit

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Airtel Uganda to handover foodstuffs to Muslim communities in Ramadan campaign




The foodstuffs to be given to the moslem community by Airtel Uganda during Ramadan.

The foodstuffs to be given to the moslem community by Airtel Uganda during Ramadan.

Airtel Uganda has launched an extensive Corporate Social Responsibility campaign of giving that will be held countrywide throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. The campaign is aimed at shedding light on the true Ramadan spirit and celebrating this special time of the year with the local communities.

The CSR campaign begun with a handover of foodstuffs to the Wandegeya muslim community to assist them in preparing their Iftar meals.

Commenting during the handover, Mr. Ali Balunywa the Airtel Uganda Sales & Marketing Director said: “We would like to take this opportunity to greet you all on the blessed occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan. This month presents a special time for our organization to communicate and interact with the community through our charitable
programs. Every year at Airtel we prove that we are a company that pioneers in the social involvement, where we play a big role to give back to the community.”

Balunywa went on to explain that, just like every year, Airtel will be sharing the joys of Ramadan by distributing food stuffs every week throughout this holy month to the underprivileged in over 24 mosques across the country. The company specifically chose highly populated areas to reach out to the maximum number of people. Some of the districts earmarked for Ramadan donations include Kampala, Masaka, Mbale, Mbarara, Lira, Kamuli, Fortportal, Gulu, Iganga, Hoima, Jinja, Arua, Tororo, Kabale and many others.

Balunywa added: “Our pledge towards our customers of providing the latest and best technologies has never been broken, and today we continue our promise towards the entire community through our annual Ramadan CSR campaign.”

In addition to the food stuffs, the company has launched a campaign where subscribers that recharge a minimum of 500/- through Airtel money & E-recharge will receive free 100MBs, 100SMS (Airtel to Airtel SMS) and 30Minutes (Airtel to Airtel calls). These minutes, MBs & SMS can be used between midnight & 6am daily and expire at 6am.

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