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MTN Innovation Awards 2017: Here’s the full list of winners

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Olivier Prentout, the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer addressing guests at the MTN Innovation Awards ceremony

Olivier Prentout, the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer addressing guests at the MTN Innovation Awards ceremony

MTN Uganda announced winners of the MTN Innovation Awards 2017 at a gala dinner hosted at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Wednesday. Nine innovations were recognized, each walking away with $3,000 and a plaque. The nine winners were selected by a panel of judges from a nominee list of 45 highly recommended applications.

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Speaking at the awards ceremony, Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer noted that the overwhelming number of entries, over 200, indicated how Uganda was indeed an innovative country.

“Technology presents a real opportunity for transformation of our economy and our nation and we must harness it. But it will take more than just MTN to achieve this; building a sustainable eco-system requires that we come together as stakeholders in Industry, Government, and private sector,” he said.

Adding, “We are also happy to recognize the strong response and participation of youth in our innovation initiatives both the MTN App challenge and the Innovation Awards. Indeed through these platforms, we hope to build a proposition that empowers youth to fulfill aspirations of self-employment and financial independence.”

Here’s the full list of winners:

Innovator of the Year – David Gonahasa – Roundbob.com

Outstanding Woman in Innovation – Evelyn Namara

Best SME Application – Qwicart

Most Innovative Mobile App – Qwicart

Best Education Application – myChild

Best Financial Services Application – MamboPay

Best Health Application – Protecting Infants Remotely by SMS (PRISMS)

Best Agriculture Application – M-Voucher

Best Media and Entertainment Application – appAbout

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When Drugs Become The Music: The Addiction Problem in the Entertainment Industry

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At his peak, Bobi Wine, now a member of Parliament remixed one of the Late Paul Kafeero’s songs; ‘Dippo Nazigala.’ The Kadongo-kamu singer had sang about his long journey towards quitting alcohol, Bobi Wine on the other hand sang about his struggles with marijuana. He laid down reasons why he had quit and went on to take a swipe at his musical competitors; Chameleone and Bebe Cool both of whom had come close to death. He blamed Chameleone’s fractures and Bebe Cool’s bullet injuries on addiction. Yet subtly, Bobi Wine had blown the lid off the drug problem in the entertainment industry, but no one did take him serious, at least no serious case had yet to surface.

It’s more than five years since the ‘Ghetto Nazigala’ song, the country awakens to the Ginkesse Star, Qute Kaye, who’d just survived a lynching over stealing car headlights. There were more questions than answers; “what happened? what went wrong?” How could a music star fall so low into an abyss that could not be explained any longer? “Drugs,” some guessed. But if it was drugs, how many had gone down this path? Did they ever find their bearing back to a normal life?

1. Dave Dash (Davis Lukwago), TV and Radio Presenter

Dave Dash

Last year in September, social media was hit by shockwaves as a video circulated. It was of Dave Dash taking a naked mile, his dreadlocks had given him away. Dave Dash would immediately check himself into rehabilitation at Butabika. A month later, he were to give a testimony of his recovery describing this moment as the most alive he’d been his entire life. Today, he seems to have left his past life behind and seems excited about the future ahead. He’s also gone on a drug awareness drive, partnering with organisations such as Reach A Hand Uganda to sensitise the youths about the dangers of drug use. He clearly did not live in denial about his problem, he came out and confronted it and seems to be winning so far.

2. Kennedy Zziwa, Hair Stylist at Hair by Zziwa

Zziwa

Speak of relapses, and Zziwa is there as a witness. He first publicly shared his story in light of the Dave Dash saga. In April this year, he once again came open and talked about his relapse. “I discovered from the news sites that I knocked an electricity pole in Biina. Survived being lynched. And then I was whisked to Rehab where I have been for two weeks,” confessed Zziwa. He’d been unaware of being high on drugs. Despite the relapse, he described it all as part of the recovery process and apologised to those he’d disappointed. It was no clear that there comes a point when drugs take control of one’s personality enslaving them in ways they can’t explain.

3. Iryn Namubiru, Ugandan Musician

The Ugandan music artiste was detained in Tokyo Japan for illegal possession of drugs. The singer claimed innocence and blamed her promoter, one Nigerian Kim Ueno for setting her up. Although Namubiru survived a punishment that could have gone up to seven years in jail, it still left the country talking. Till today, the facts of the matter remain unclear. Was Namubiru trying to export drugs? How many other Ugandan celebrities were in this kind of business?

4. Jackie Chandiru, Ugandan Music Artiste

Jackie Chandiru

Of all the former Blu3 girls, none has faced it rough more than Jackie Chandiru. The cracks of her life were first revealed by a leaked photo that showed her body with needle marks at various points. She had morphed into the Ugandan Elvis Prisley. Drugs were digging gold from her music stardom. But what could have driven Chandiru to drugs? Could it have been her failed relationships? Was it something she’d started out as an experimental exercise only to find euphoria in it? Chandiru last surfaced in public in 2017 during another of her relapses. The family rushed her back to rehab in a Bunamwaya health facility. We thus wonder; “did she hit a point of no-return or will there be a music reformation for this artiste?”

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BBS Terefayina launches World Cup in live broadcast.

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Yesterday as the long awaited World Cup final kicked off, Mengo based BBS Terefayina as the only authorized local station to broadcast all 32 games broadcasted its first match. While the station broadcasted the match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, there was also a ceremony to mark the milestone where VIP guests like the Katikiro graced the live broadcast on big screens in Bulange.

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BBS Terefayina will continue to broadcast the remaining 31 matches live.

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