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Abryanz to hold first ever fashionpreneur summit

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Brian Ahumuza aka Abryanz

Brian Ahumuza aka Abryanz, the proprietor and founder of the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards

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Fashion enthusiasts will have a chance to learn from some of the biggest names in the fashion industry at the first ever fashionpreneur summit which is being organised as part of the activities leading up to the annual Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards (ASFAs). The one-day event will be held on October 27 at Naguru Skyz Hotel in Kampala.

The summit’s main focus will be on the role of fashion, and the creative industry in shaping the future of the country’s economy. Given the increasing number of small fashion start-ups, attendees will receive expert tips and insights on how to monetize their projects, seek funding, market their brands, manage finances and lots more.

The organisers confirmed that the Ciroc-sponsored summit will feature the accomplished South African fashion designer David Tlale, who has made it big in the industry with works showcased in South Africa and on some of the hottest runways like at the Paris Fashion Week and the New York Fashion Week among others. He will be speaking about the perks of the industry and what one needs to do to make it big in the fashion world.

Tlale, will speak alongside Santa Anzo, a renowned Ugandan fashion designer who has managed to grow her fashion house ‘Arapapa by Santa Anzo’ into a globally respected brand. She will be sharing her journey of trials and triumphs, plus expert tips on how to sustain a fashion brand in Uganda.

The event shall also feature make-up guru Mona Umutoni of Mona Faces, media personality Flavia Tumsiime and last but not least Bernard Mukasa, a senior associate at ENS Africa and a specialist in corporate commercial law, intellectual property and employment law.

“The fashion industry in Africa has immense possibilities. However, to unlock all this potential, we need our youth to be empowered with at least some basic business skills to earn from their creative projects,” said Brian Ahumuza, proprietor and founder of the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards.

“We’ve brought together experts who are excited to share their knowledge and practical skills on how to turn creative projects into income-generating businesses,” he added.

The event will run from 2pm to 5pm and will wind up with a nominees unveiling cocktail engagement starting at 6pm until late. In addition to the events nominees, sponsors shall also be unveiled. Entry to the summit is strictly by registration.

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Photos: MC Esco unveils own night

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Ugandan musicians have a new platform to showcase their music. This follows the launch of a new theme night hosted by Mc Esco.

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Last Friday, the renowned media personality and events emcee unveiled his own night dubbed “TGIF”. The night which is hosted at Rock Bar is themed around local music and featured Deejays Malik and Starboy. It attracted a host of revelers who were treated to a cocktail of Ugandan music from past hits to recent chart-toppers.

According to Esco, the theme night is putting emphasis on boosting local talent and it will be strictly playing Ugandan music only.

This night is expected to be welcomed with open warms from Ugandan music lovers as well artistes who have in the past decried lack of ample airplay of their music in local nightclubs and media.

Here are some photos from the event.

MC Esco unveils :TGIF" night at Rock bar

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Uninvited Bobi Wine turns up at Chameleone Saba Saba concert

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The recently concluded Chameleone Legend Saba Saba concert attracted masses from all corners in and around town and it is not surprising that fellow artiste Bobi Wine who was not expected turned up to witness the much anticipated concert.Bobi Wine arrived at about 10:30PM in company of about 15 other people and made his way to the VIP section. Chameleone who was on stage at first ignored him and continued his performance to another three songs before thanking Bobi Wine for unexpectedly showing up. “Thank you Bobi Wine for turning up.” Chameleone then asked all people wearing red beret to put them off as he invited Bobi Wine on stage. “This is not a political show and all people wearing Red beret kindly remove them for the moment”Chameleone requested.Bobi Wine then stepped on stage and the pair mocked each other about their past which was full of fist fights but above all congratulated eachother for building and sustaining the music industry thus far. “You put about 1000 bricks on this mighty wall of Ugandan music industry” Chameleone praised Bobi Wine.Bobi Wine then perfomed his Kyarenga alongside Chameleone. A playful Chameleone mocked Bobi Wine by removing his red beret off his head” they played about.

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Female Ugandan writer wins big at International Literature Awards

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Female Ugandan writer, Harriet Anena won big yesterday after walking away with the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature at the Monson centre, Onikan in Lagos Nigeria.

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Established by the Luminor foundation in honor of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, the Pan African writing prize worth 10,000 USD is awarded every two years to the best literary works produced by an African.

Ms.Anena won the award jointly with Professor Tanure Ojaide,a Nigerian writer who authored “Songs of myself” while Harriet Anena on the other hand authored, “ A nation in Labour,” a collection of poems that talk about Uganda being entangled in a political conflict since independence causing the citizens “labour pains.”She also explores her encounter as a child during the LRA insurgency war.

“Super happy to be the joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2018, for my book, “A Nation In Labour” she tweeted

A total of 110 submissions were submitted from over 11 countries in Africa.

Congratulations Harriet!

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