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AFRIMA announces exciting event programme for GHANA 2018



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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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TECNO CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO launched at special Christmas Price



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Christmas is around the corner and so are all the juicy deals from top brands in Uganda. Today, TECNO Mobile Uganda has launched two new smart smartphones called the CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO at a special Christmas price. The new phones have been described as the drivers for the future of selfies by some thanks to the ability to take bright and clear selfies with high quality powered by the new AI Technology.

The CAMON 11 duo exploits improved AI technology for selfie photography among many more AI- powered operational features like AI Bokeh effect, AI HDR, and AI automatic scene detection. Together with the super Notch Screen of 6.2inches and upgraded multi-tasking software, CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO offers consumers a better user experience.

Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in-built in the CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO is capable of doing a lot more than what previously seemed to be impossible by smartphones.

The revolutionary AI technology embedded in the CAMON 11 PRO and CAMON 11’s camera elevates the smartphone selfie experience.

For the Selfie-lovers, the high-end 24 or 16-megapixel front camera gives a whole new dimension of selfie experience. AI-technology smartly allows customers to create high-quality self-portraits with natural skin colour by optimizing the image, thereby achieving brighter colours and sharp contours.

The new CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO does not pride only in the new AI technology but also showcases its ability to give customers an impeccable experience right from the slick beautiful diamond fire design to the space and many more fantastic specs.

The new phones comes sealed fully accessorized with new headsets, charger, tempered glass, (screen guard) and pin.

CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO have been favourably priced to not only enable customers access it but it’s also time for giving and celebration, therefore the price is to give customers a reason to celebrate their festivities in style with a new super smart gadget. The new phones will be at a Recommended Retail Price of CAMON 11 UGX 578,000 and CAMON 11 PRO UGX 899,000.

The new CAMON 11 and Camon 11 PRO will be available country wide in all TECNO exclusive shops starting today 10th December 2018.

Below are the some of the spectacular features of to look out for;

AI Technology Captures More Beauty of You
New AI technology advances include more accurate facial recognition capability. CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO cameras are able to improve self-portraits with the help of AI Beauty by recognizing up to 240points on the face of the subject, delivering better beautification effects no matter the gender or age, and enabling self-learning capabilities based on user preferences, plus other added fun features. It also supports Face Unlock option and is equipped with its own powerful AI adjustable front LED flashlights, which allows to get beautiful and realistic photos with a certain flash level customized for you.

Taking selfies has never been better, thanks to the advanced 16 MP front camera for the CAMON 11 and 24 MP for the CAMON 11 PRO. These front cameras have the widest dynamic range due to the AI feature in HDR mode, guaranteeing perfect shots in any light. In low light conditions, the camera takes several pictures at once, combining them into one clear shot, which guarantees accurate detail processing and eliminates the problem of image blur. AI is also able to automatically recognize scenes and adapt to shooting conditions, as well as select the optimal parameters for a wide variety of shooting modes from sports to portrait.

The dual camera is designed for impressive shots to gain popularity in social networks. Night shooting mode is also based on AI-technology and provides high detail photos, even in conditions of limited lighting.

The storage- 6GBRAM + 64GB ROM
Set the pace with the new CAMON 11 PRO, powered by a ground-breaking 6GB RAM and 2.0 GHz Octa-Core processor, taking your “speed” to the next level. Feel free to watch your favourite videos, download content, play games, and with the help of machine learning technology, CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO are able to accelerate the game and put the phone into anti-disturb mode for users, which will bring a more immersive gaming experience.

More Fun with Animoji

Animoji combines human expressions with 3D virtual expressions through Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and creates dynamic cartoon images in keyboard, which is embedded in the typewriting and allows for usage in all major instant messengers and social networks – Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Google+, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype, etc. Animated emoji reads facial movements and recreates them, making chatting with friends so much more fun!

Advanced HiOS Software – Favorite Apps at Your Fingertips
The HiOS software is intelligent enough to recognize your favourite apps and have them open in just 0.3s through your different fingerprints. One can set up “Google + Facebook + YouTube” to open using your forefinger print or access “Instagram + Google Map + Snapchat“via your mid-finger print, all at your personalized convenience.

Call Recording by Fingerprint

Conversations embody our relationships, fuel career growth, offer evidence for justice, and more. From helping us keep alive the memory of loved ones, to keeping records of legal discussions, conducting interviews or even making customer service calls, the CAMON 11 or CAMON 11 PRO makes recording calls a breeze. By just a simple tap of the fingerprint scanner, the call will be recorded immediately.

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Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards 2018: Here’s the full list of winners



Vinka accepting her award at the 2018 Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards.

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Fashion aficionados were treated to yet another extravaganza of dress and style at the sixth edition of the Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards that took place on Friday at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

The event, a celebration of fashion in Uganda and across Africa attracted some of the continent’s top fashion designers and industry trend- setters who were a picture of glamour as they strutted on the red carpet to the Victoria Ballroom, which hosted the spectacular event.

Hosted by Kenya’s Anita Nderu and Tracy Wanjiru the Ciroc-sponsored event awarded those who are making their mark in the fashion world with the night’s big winner being Fatuma Asha who won the award for Fashion designer of the year (Uganda) and Saida Beauty who was named Makeup artist of the year.

“The fashion industry in Uganda had over the years not been given the respect due to it. I am glad that the ASFAs have changed this and created an awareness to what fashion has to offer and the positive impact it can have to the country’s economy,” said Brian Ahumuza, proprietor of Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards.

The fashion gala also featured showcases from some of Africa’s and Uganda’s top designers, including Nigeria’s Mai Atafo, South Africa’s David Tlale and Laduma Ngoxokolo, Uganda’s Anita Beryl of Beryl Couture, Alex Alecool of Alecool Clothing and Kkoolo among others.

The fashion extravaganza also features performances from Ugandan artists like Spice Diana, Lydia Jasmine, and the highlight of it all being Lillian’s performance attribute to the Late Mose radio.

Here’s the full list of winners:




Fatuma Asha (Winner)

Joe Malaika

Anita Beryl

Stella Atal

Sham Tyra


Chusuwanapha (South Africa)

Maxhosa By Laduma (South Africa) (Winner)

Soraya Da Piedade (Angola)

House Of Tayo (Rwanda)

Taibo Bakhar (Mozambique)



Anyon Ansola

Paul Mwesigwa (Winner)

Aliet Sarah

Aketch Joy Winnie

Ayak Vernonica


Adonis Bosso (Ivory Coast)

Dylan Wentzel (South Africa) (Winner)

Happy Jacqueline (Rwanda)

Graobe Noelle (Cameroon)

Dave Kabamba (Congo)



Beats By Deryk

Danyel on the Brushes

Nahya Glam

Imani Makeup

Saida Beauty (Winner)


Bimpe Onakoya (Nigeria)

Muthoni Njoba (Kenya)

Lucoh Mhlongo (South Africa)

Steve Koby (Kenya)



Mavo Kampala

Tazibone Solomon (Winner)

Glitz by Nalu

Kaijuka Abbas

Sam Kikumba


Brian Babu (Kenya) (Winner)

Chuck Mbevo (Angola)

Kelvin Vicent (Nigeria)

Moashy Styling (Nigeria)

Chloe Andrea (South Africa)



Papa Shot it

Oscar Ntege (Winner)

Bwire Mark

Fred Bugembe



Trevor Stuurman (South Africa)

Emmanuel Oyeleke (Nigeria) (Winner)

Shawn Keiffer (Tanzania)

Stevenchy Photography (Kenya)

Justin Dingwall (South Africa)



Mart Barber

Gray Cee Hairz (Winner)

Hair By Zziwa

Maureen Nambusi

Jeff Jingo


Saadique Ryklief (South Africa) (Winner)

Rehema Samo (Tanzania)

Saul Juma (Kenya)

Ncumisa Mimiduma (South Africa)



Fik Fameika

A Pass (Winner)


Eddy Kenzo

Beenie Gunter


Octopizzo (Kenya) (Winner)

Riky Rick (South Africa)

Fally Ipupa (DRC)

Runtown (Nigeria)

Sauti Sol (Kenya)




Spice Diana (Winner)

Nina Roz

Lydia Jazmine



Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) (Winner)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Seyi Shay (Nigeria)

Efya (Ghana)

Oteya (Namibia)



Brandon Brandon (Winner)

Sir Owen Dapper

Zipper Atafo

Abduz Spot

Lord Sanie


Noble Igwe (Nigeria)

Amar Jonathan (Kenya) (Winner)

Galal Muhammad (Sudan)

Stive Lee (Tanzania)

Akin Faminu (Nigeria)



Aaron Hilson

Meg Lusembo

Kasirye Hauer (Winner)

Udy The Gemini


Tshego Manche

Kefilwe Mabote

Lauren Campbell

Sarah Langa (Winner)



Gloria Haguma (Winner)

Esther Oluka

Nasif Nyiiro Nkoobe

Edward Nimusiima

Siima Sabiiti


Richard Akuson (Anasty Boy)

Leanne Trcy (Refashion Africa)

Gloria Nella (Fashion Bomb Africa)

Patience Ezeogo (Style Vitae)

Eki Ogunbor (Nigeria) (Winner)



Finally – Geosteady

Very Well – King Saha , Slick Stuart and Roja

Chips Na Ketchup – Vinka (Winner)

Mummy Yo – Sheebah Karungi

Mujje – GNL Zamba


So Mi So – Wande Coal

Sweetboy – Falz

Duro Dada – Bimbi Phillips (Winner)

Short and Sweet -Sauti Sol

Gbona – Burna Boy



Sheila Gashumba

Rachel K

Judith Heard (Winner)


Sue Ochola Deroy


Dillish Mathews (Namibia) (Winner)

Amina Abdi (Kenya)

Nomzamo Mbatha (South Africa)

Nana Akua Addo (Ghana)

Zynnell Lydia (Ghana)



Denola Grey

DJ Spinall


Tobi Bakre

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Quiin Abenakyo wins “Miss World Africa” title at Miss World 2018 



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Uganda’s very own Miss Uganda 2018 Quiin Abenakyo won the title of Miss World Africa and finished in 4th place out of 118 contestants at the Miss World 2018 pageant which took place in Sanyu City Arena, China on December 8th, 2018. This was the best finish for Uganda in the history of the annual beauty pageant.

Quiin Abenakyo’s stunning looks combined with her intellect, personality and impressive “beauty with a purpose” project impressed the judges throughout the competition. After Quiin won the head to head challenge and was confirmed in the top 40 semi-finalists, the entire nation got behind her to rally for votes. The online voting campaign was enhanced by numerous celebrities, socialites, influencers, politicians and corporate companies who showed support on their social media pages.

Earlier this year in April, Miss Uganda franchise holders Kezzi Entertainment announced their new joint venture partnership with Talent Africa, Uganda’s leading event, talent and entertainment company. Talent Africa promised to bring glamour, flair and showbiz to the Miss Uganda Pageant. After an extremely competitive judging process which at times faced mixed feelings from the public, the Miss Uganda team remained positive and promised to send a beauty queen that could compete on a international level at Miss World. With Quiin Abenakyo’s success at Miss World, it is clear the that judges made the right choice. The judging panel consisted of Brenda Nanyonjo, Sylvia Namutebi, Stella Nantumbwe, Nana Kagga, Brian Ahumuza, Maggie Kigozi and Zari Hassan amongst others.

The Miss Uganda pageant and Miss World journey is brought to you by Kezzi Entertainment and Talent Africa in conjunction with the sponsors:

Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Holiday Territory, Pan Afric Group, Princess Pads, Luc Belaire, Virginia Black Whiskey, Oakwood Decor, Photo 4 Fashion, RadioCity 97fm, NBS TV, Reach a Hand Foundation, Spruced, Smukke Lashes, Chris Hair, Beats By Dyrk, Jefferson Bridal Beauty Salon and UNAA Causes.

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