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Model shares his experience working with the disabled at the Hot Pink Catwalk fashion show

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Joseph Etiang on the run way at Hot Pink Catwalk Charity Show

The writer on the run way at the Hot Pink Catwalk Charity Show

By Joseph Etiang

Major Lazer in Kampala, ticket details here

Not even identical twins can be the same! Not even a shirt woven by the same machine can be the same or rather have you ever wondered why even your body parts, say the breasts, are not the same?

Excuse my extreme thinking but I challenge you to take a second and think about it. Things can never be the same no matter how much we try and this is because it is in the perfect plan of God. Don’t you think the world would be a very boring place if things were the same?

I love posho and you love rice, I love Uganda, you love Kenya, I love blue you love pink; our differences shouldn’t make us hate or crucify others for having different tastes and preferences but rather support and build one another for the betterment of this world.

I am strongly inclined to think that we don’t naturally have hate in our hearts although some other schools of thought will say we are born evil because of some theories and beliefs like the curse of Adam and Eve but com’on let’s think twice for a while. Just ask yourself this simple question “If truly we are born evil, why do we have people who are so loving and caring?” doesn’t this say something about our innate being of being pure and holy because our creator is exactly that. Would a cow give birth to a dog, I believe not!

However, I will agree with the notion that the world is evil and I will challenge us to start thinking different. I remember my mentor telling me “Dreams come true”. So, let’s work on this dream.

Early this year I met Michelle Omamteker, the founder and CEO of Malengo Foundation, an NGO that focuses on people with disabilities. Its focus is social inclusion of all people and proliferation of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Malengo Foundation creatively creates platforms to generate awareness for the Global Goals and the most popular platform is the annual Hot Pink Catwalk Charity fashion Show . Let me dive straight into the show, when I was contacted by Michelle to walk on the show, I was elated and felt very privileged not because I love fashion and the like but I was mainly touched by the cause of this show. In my whole life, I confess that I have never met people with such optimism and zeal about life like the models at the show. I met models of all kinds; albinos, deaf, damn, amputees, vitiligo cases to mention but a few. These models made me appreciate life and it changed my opinion about being different. We are all special and we deserve equal treatment.

I was very inspired and energized to look at life differently and concentrate more on the positives of life than the negatives. I made very good friends from the show and I am grateful for them.

The Pink Catwalk is very well-organized show with both disabled models and top models showcasing for both top designers like Eguana, Brenda Maraka, Muyomba, Parple Rayn, K Rafael and upcoming designers like Kats Just Wear, Kori house of couture and design, YY to mention but a few.

Back to my experience, leave alone the designers and their creative hands. Walking on the Malengo Pink Catwalk was like walking on at the New York Fashion week and this is all because it was an honor to support my brothers and sisters who need all our support in all ways and also expedite the 17 Global Goals like No Poverty, Clean water and sanitation, Reduced inequality, Quality education and many others.

I further realized that life is far way beyond the material gains we crave for like cars, designer clothes. I appreciated the desire for acceptance and belonging among all of us no matter how privileged we may seem to be. I saw happiness and gratitude on the faces models as they graced the runway.

It’s more than just a fashion show, it’s time we changed our minds and made this world a better place. Let’s treat others as we wish to be treated, respect and love for all will take us a long way to achieve this.

Photo Credit: Giulio Molfese

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StarTimes acquires exclusive broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League

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UEFA Europa League

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Africa’s leading pay-TV operator StarTimes has acquired exclusive broadcasting rights for UEFA Europa League in Sub-Saharan Africa until 2021. The broadcast, which will begin on September 20th, will see football fans enjoy matches between the best European clubs. “We are very happy to bring UEFA Europa League to our subscribers. This summer FIFA World Cup was a success and fans really appreciated that we brought them ICC exclusive and live right after. So we thought that they would be delighted to watch another European club competition on StarTimes,” explained Aldrine Nsubuga Snr, StarTimes Uganda Marketing VP. “We are working hard to bring the best sport content to our subscribers. This season will be intense for football fans with Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, FIFA Club World Cup, French & Italian Cups and now UEFA Europa League.”

StarTimes will not only exclusively broadcast UEFA Europa League in Uganda but also in all Sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. StarTimes has been awarded exclusive rights for English, Portuguese and local languages in English and Portuguese speaking areas.

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XFM Bring XFM Bash to Kampala, powered by Smirnoff

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We’re Bringing the Party to the Streets Kampala, 13th September, 2018: XFM is excited to announce that 20th October, 2018 is the date on which we shall hold the first ever XFM Street Bash. “XFM is a youth station that is all about the good music & the good vibes,” said Ghislain Masamba, the XFM Station Manager. “When we looked at our need to give our listeners a good party& all these warehouse et al concepts all exhausted, doing the XFM Street Bash right next to home became such an exciting opportunity for us!”

The XFM Street Bash will be hosted at 1st Street, Industrial Area, right next to the XFM premises. It will cost revelers just UGX 10,000 to access the venue, with gates opening at 12 noon till late.

The XFM Street Bash will have revelers party with the biggest artistes, your favorite XFM & Urban TV presenters, DJs & many more.

Powering the event is top vodka brand, Smirnoff. “Smirnoff is a good brand with a product that relates directly with XFM’s average listener,” said Vision Group’s Marketing Manager in charge of Broadcast & Digital platforms, Kenneth Oduka. “Smirnoff Vodka, along with their Black & Red Ice are very popular with the youth & it made perfect sense for us to partner with them for this event.”

“Smirnoff are also one of the biggest brands in as far as understanding the party scene goes. That we look to have the XFM Street Bash as one of the biggest parties in the land pretty much dictated that we partner with the best there is,” added Ghislain Masamba.

For more information.

XFM is Vision Group’s youth-eccentric radio station that prides itself in playing you today’s hit music, located in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

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Little go green’s Joseph Masembe matches against climate change in San Francisco

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Rise for climate has had two successful events this year and that’s the green festival and the children’s climate change. Over the weekend Joseph Masembe the CEO of little go green hands Uganda marched alongside other environmentalists at rise for climate in San Francisco.the march started at Embarcadero and ended at the civic center, the march attracted thousands of environmentalists all over the world and Uganda was privileged to have been represented.

The march happened before world leaders, researchers and enviroment activists arrived in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit, which is organized by the UN and Governor Jerry Brown.

The global climate summit is to begin tomorrow 13th September with a two days program, it will be aimed “Taking Ambition to the next level” the Global Climate Action Summit will bring together state and local governments, businesses, and citizens from around the world to showcase climate action taking place, demonstrating how the tide has turned in the race against climate change and inspiring deeper national commitments in support of the Paris Agreement

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