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The International Committee of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, and The African Union Commission, AUC, have announced the program for the biggest music event in Africa, the 5th AFRIMA-Ghana 2018 holding in the Gold Coast City of Accra, Ghana from Wednesday, November 21 to Saturday, November 24 under the theme ‘Africa is Gold’.

Ghana was unveiled as the 5th AFRIMA Official Host Country by the AUC on September 5 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Subsequently, the Republic of Ghana accepted the Official Host Country rights on Tuesday, September 11 during a media event held at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City Accra and attended by top Ghanaian government officials led by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana, Honourable Catherine Afeku.

Kicking off the back-to-back exhilarating events program for the 5th AFRIMA on November 21 is the AFRIMA Welcome Soiree, a reception in honour of arriving AFRIMA nominees and delegates, African Union officials, members of the International Committee of AFRIMA, media and other invited guests.

This is followed by the Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS) on November 22 at the Ballroom, Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra, between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. To be held under the theme “African Music in a Global Village: Leveraging the Opportunities”, the annual AMBS is a panel discussion platform to interrogate and strategize on the business of music in Africa while charting a synergistic way forward for development and economic empowerment for the music talents. It is a platform for business networking and interaction among music professionals, music executives, government officials and other stakeholders in the music, media and financial sectors of Africa while discussing the potentials present in the continent’s music industry and ways to harness its socio-economic gains.

Later in the day on November 22, at the AFRIMA Music Village, lovers and fans of African music are in for high octane performances by upcoming and A-list artistes from across the continent in a festival-style music concert which holds at the 100,000-capacity Independence Square, Accra, from 5.00 p.m. till dawn. The event will be broadcast live on dedicated satellite event channels.

In a bid to showcase the cultural and historical dynamism of the beautiful host city, invited guests will be treated to a tour of landmarks and sights of Accra on Friday, November 23. This will be followed by the Nominee’s Party from 10.00 p.m.

The live broadcast Main Awards Ceremony on Saturday, November 24 will have in attendance high profile guests from across the continent and the Diaspora. Scheduled for the Accra International Conference Centre, AICC, Ghana, by 7.30 p.m., the star-studded awards show will begin with the live-broadcast red carpet at 4.30 p.m. where all the glam, glitz and high fashion of the 5th AFRIMA-Ghana 2018 will be on display. The awards ceremony to be broadcast to 84 countries on 105 partner media channels will also feature a potpourri of performances from some 2018 AFRIMA nominees, past award winners, and special guest artistes.

Wrapping up the thrilling event programme is the 5th AFRIMA After-Party at the Pool Bar, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast, Accra, Ghana.

Expressing her excitements at the coming events, Hon. Catherine Afeku said “On behalf of His Excellency, the President of Ghana and the people of the Republic of Ghana, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana welcomes African artistes, African media and event delegates to the 5th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA-Ghana 2018. We take pride in ourselves in hosting this continental awards between November 21 and 24 which is consistent with our national development agenda to the growth of culture and the creative arts. We project a boost to the tourism economy of Ghana and the creation of opportunities for artists and investors in the culture and creative arts industry of Ghana. We expect more of such opportunities to be created in the national economy as we host AFRIMA events in the coming years. This will become one of the vehicles to deepen the collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Africa Union to drive the Government’s transformation agenda. We look forward to welcoming you with the warm Ghanaian hospitality, Akwaaba!”

Also sharing his enthusiasm, AFRIMA Country Director for Ghana, Francis Doku extolled the virtues of the Host Country saying, “We are very excited to be the host for the 5th AFRIMA, Ghana is a very beautiful country, and the most hospitable people on earth, and we want the whole of Africa and the rest of the world to come to see how we can also help developed the culture of Africa through music. It is also an opportunity to show the world what Ghana looks like, who we are, and the fact that we can also help to bring Africans together just as we did during the colonization of Africa. He went further to implore the world to come to Ghana, enjoy the food, the weather and the people from 21st to 24th of November, 2018 when Africa and the world will meet in Accra for the 5th edition of the All Africa Music Awards. Welcome to Ghana”. He concludes.

In partnership with the African Union Commission, AFRIMA seeks to reward Africa’s music talents living on the continent or in the diaspora, it stimulates conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the globe about the great potentials and values of the African musical and artistic heritage for the purpose of creating jobs, reducing poverty, calling the attention of world leaders to Africa and promoting the positive image of Africa to the world for global competitiveness.

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Metro FM’s Herbbie K graduates

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Veteran Ugandan Journalist also 90.8 Metro FM’s Program Director Herbert Kyewalyanga, 40, famously known by media names ‘Herbie K’ has finally reaped-big from his sleepless academic nights.


The ‘Uganda One’ program presenter has graduated with Honors, Master’s Degree in Public Relations at St. Lawrence University.
Herbie K’s Graduation cake-cutting ceremony held at the radio premises at Martin Road, Old Kampala was graced by Metro FM’s Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Francis Babu in an entourage of his employees.


The Self-proclaimed “Usual suspect” is now a top contender among the most educated media personalities in Uganda of all time after pursuing different bachelor’s degrees in various media-related fields.
2019 proves triumphant for the 40year-old after he recently showered his baby mama with a fancy birthday dinner at Hilton Garden Inn.
Congratulations Herbie K, Way to go.

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Why Bebe Cool has rushed to Vietnam

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It’s now obvious, Bebe Cool’s generosity has paid off. Bebe Cool who two years ago was appointed a Global Tuberculosis (TB) Ambassador has been invited by TB Reach for a meeting in Vietnam to discuss how he can be funded to carry out duties as a TB Ambassador.

TB Reach is an initiative under Stop TB Partnership in Geneva and UNOPS whose objective is to find all the missing cases of TB with the aim of eradicating the disease from the World.

“Statistics prove that 80,000 Ugandans die of Tuberculosis annually yet many Ugandan’s aren’t aware of the causes, symptoms and remedies for the killer disease. It’s time all key players join hands and invest more in Creating Awareness if Tuberculosis is to be defeated” – Bebe Cool

Bebe Cool has been engaging in many charitable activities under Amber Heart
Foundation, the latest having been last year when he donated over UGX.60,000,000 (Sixty Million Shillings) from proceeds of his Concert towards facilitating treatment of children with Heart defects

Bebe Cool will be meeting UN officials in Vietnam this week to deliberate on among other things how best to execute his fight against Tuberculosis in Uganda.

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Ugandan Athletes Shine At 2019 MTN Kampala Marathon

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The 16th Edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon 2019 has been concluded today Sunday 24th November 2019

  • 25,000 people participated in the various categories of the Marathon including elite runners from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • All the runners were flagged off by the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, The MTN CEO, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte and The General Manager, MTN Corporate Affairs, Ms. Enid Edroma at the Kololo Independence grounds
  • All proceeds from the marathon will be used to improve maternal health facilities in a Health Centre IV hospital, to be selected in the region.

For the 16th time, thousands of Ugandans and people from the neighboring countries took part in the MTN Kampala Marathon (MKM). Held under the theme “For a good cause”, the proceeds from the marathon will go to improving maternal health across the country.

Participants took part in a full marathon (42km), Half marathon (21km), 10km run and the differently abled participated in the 5Km wheelchair race. The wheelchair race that  was previously held a weekend before the main marathon event was also held today foster inclusiveness.

Special attention was made to ensure every participant has a vest that fits and enables a comfortable running experience. Additionally, this year’s kit came with a phone holder worn on the arm to enable participants to run with their phones.

The Marathon attracted elite runners from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

All the runners were flagged off by the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, The MTN CEO, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte and The General Manager, MTN Corporate Affairs, Ms. Enid Edroma at the Kololo Independence grounds.

Uganda’s Phillip Kiplimo who covered the 42km race in 2 hours thirteen minutes and 56 seconds walked away with shs. 20 million. In the female category, Uganda’s Nyakisi Adero who covered the same distance in 2 hours, 41 minutes and 11 seconds also won sh.20 million.

In the 21km race, Jacob Kiplimo from Uganda won shs. 4.5 million having covered the distance in 1 hour 1 minute and 53 seconds. In the females’ category, Juliet Chekwel from Uganda also walked away with shs. 4.5 million after completing the race in 1 hour 13 minutes and 8 seconds.

In the 10Km race, Uganda’s Denis Cherotich fished the race in 35 minutes and 29 minutes, walking away with shs. 1.5 million. His female counterpart, Sauline Chelangat, also from Uganda walked away with the same amount having completed the race in 35 minutes and 29 seconds.

In the wheel chair race, Kevin Mubiru came first while Polline Acayo took the lead among the females. In the Tricycle race, Mohammed Ngobi and Mariam Kasibira took the mantle of the day.

Sheraton Hotel won 3.4 million shillings under the corporate challenge. They will spend this money on a charity of their choice under a registered Non-Government Organization.

Levixone, Fresh Kid, Vinka, John Blaq and Spice Diana among others entertained the crowd.

Like last year, the MKM was preceded by regional runs aimed at giving the sixteen year old annual event a national feel. This year’s regional races were held in Soroti, Arua and Masaka. Proceeds from the races will go towards improving maternal health in those particular regions.

The Regional Runs started in Soroti on 3rd November. Thereafter, action moved to Arua on Sunday 10th November, action has been moved to Arua town. Thereafter, the regional runs will be wrapped up in Masaka on Sunday 17th November 2019 ahead of the main MTN Kampala Marathon in Kampala that happened today.

With an estimated 336 deaths per 100,000 live births, Uganda’s maternal mortality is one of the highest in the world. This explains why for the third year in a row, the Marathon will focus on improving maternal health.

Proceeds from last year’s Marathon are being used to complement efforts by the Ministry of Health to improve service delivery in 5 Health Centre IV facilities across Uganda.

While the regional races will feature a single 10km route run, the Kampala Marathon will feature five routes including; the full marathon (42Km), half marathon (21Km), the 10Km race and 5Km fun run and the wheelchair race.

10 KM WINNERS

MEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 15194 Denis Cherotich Uganda 00;29;59 Ush. 1.5 Mil
2 22625 Bushendich Mande Uganda 00:30:05 Ush. 800,000
3 15203 Phillip Kipyeko Uganda 00:30:12 Ush. 500,000
4 20319 Kwemoi Salim Uganda 00:30:14 Ush. 300,000
5 22618 Ezekiel Mutai Uganda 00:30:15 Ush. 200,000

10 KM WINNERS

WOMEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 17171 Sauline Chelangat Uganda 00:35:29 Ush. 1.5 Mil
2 22610 Lillan Cheptegai Uganda 00:35:41 Ush. 800,000
3 15188 Sharon Chepkwemboi Uganda 00:36:12 Ush. 500,000
4 15190 Phanice Chemutai Uganda 00:36:28 Ush. 300,000
5 15191 Ruth Mande Uganda 00:36:34 Ush. 200,000

21.1 KM

MEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash Prize
1 1708 Jacob Kiplimo Uganda 01:10:53 Ush. 4.5 Mil
2 1640 Filex Chemonges Uganda 01:02:57 Ush. 2.5 Mil
3 1168 Kibet Titus Uganda 01:03:21 Ush. 1.5 Mil
4 1188 Moses Kibet Uganda 01:03:37 Ush. 750,000
5 1709 Isaac Kibet Uganda 01:04:34 Ush. 375,000

21.1 KM WINNERS

WOMEN

Position Number Name Country Race time Cash prize
1 1182 Juliet Chekwel Uganda 01:13.08 Ush. 4.5 Mil
2 1167 Doreen Chemutai Uganda 01:13:09 Ush. 2.5 Mil
3 1643 Dorcus Ajok Uganda 01:14:13 Ush. 1.5 Mil
4 1183 Doreen Chesang Uganda 01:14:21 USH. 750,000
5 1163 Annet Chelangat Uganda 01:14:23 Ush. 375,000

42.2 KM

MEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 341 Phillip Kiplimo Uganda 02:13:56 Ush. 20 Mil
2 346 Fred Musobo Uganda 02:15:23 Ush. 10 Mil
3 337 Anthony Ayeko Uganda 02:15:52 Ush. 5 Mil
4 328 Soyekwo Kibet Uganda 02:16:17 Ush, 3 Mil
5 378 Francis Musani Uganda 02:18:03 Ush. 2 Mil
6 334 Daniel Rotich Uganda 02:18:38 Ush. 1.24 Mil
7 338 Patrick Kiptalah Uganda 02:20:29 Ush. 900,000
8 323 Hable Guta Bira Ethiopia 02:20:49 Ush. 800,000
9 355 Alfred Kiptoyek Uganda 02:20:55 Ush. 700,000
10 9 Allan Andiema Uganda 02:21:00 Ush.600,000

42.2 KM WINNERS

WOMEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 342 Nyakisi Adero Uganda 02:41:11 Ush 20 Mil
2 340 Vanis Chemutai Uganda 02:45:42 Ush. 10 Mil
3 322 Kidist Fiseha Tedia Eritrea 02:47:01 Ush. 5 Mil
4 324 Lydia Wafula Kenya 02:49:08 Ush. 3 Mil
5 354 Priscilla Chelangat Uganda 02:49:45 Ush.2Mil
6 26 Migada Caroline Uganda 02:50:55 1.24 Mil
7 399 Omari Doris Kenya 02:52:59 Ush. 900,000
8 376 Rotich Lydia Chepleting Kenya 02:54:15 Ush. 800,000
9 320 Debesay Yohannes Hibret Eritrea 02:55:43 Ush. 700,000
10 318 Eileen Jepngetich Korir Kenya 02:57:10 Ush. 600,000

Tri-cycle Men

Number Name Position
5510 Ngobi Muhammed 1
5019  Abongo Geofrey 2
10174 Suusa Karim 3

Wheel chair Men

Number Name Position
5514 Mubiru Kevin 1
5016 Ocira Richard 2
5020 Ziraba Christopher 3

Tri-cycle women

Number Name Position
5002 Kasibira Mariam 11
5017 Acen Florence 2
5568 Elivaida Abenoyo 3

Wheel chair women

Number Name Position
5002 Acayo Polline 1
5003 Kyalimpa Vastar 2

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