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Airtel Uganda’s Revolutionary “TUGABANE” wins ICT for Development accolade at 2016 ACIA awards.

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The Uganda Communications Commission, has recognized Airtel Uganda for their contribution to ICT development at the sixth edition of the annual ACIA Awards.

Airtel Uganda won the “ICT for Development” award for their “Tugabane” product; an enhanced internet product which allows an internet customer to subscribe to a data bundle on one mobile line while adding up to 4 other mobile numbers to surf from the same bundle. This data sharing option has close to no restrictions- allowing customers to surf from any geographical location using any internet enabled device.

The award was presented to representatives from Airtel Uganda during the ceremony held at the Kampala Serena Hotel Conference Centre.

Airtel Uganda team led by Legal and Regulatory Director Dennis Kakonge receive an award from UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi at the 2016 ACIA awards.

Airtel Uganda team led by Legal and Regulatory Director Dennis Kakonge receive an award from UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi at the 2016 ACIA awards.

Established in 2010, the ACIA Awards purport to foster innovation through the recognition and reward of outstanding ICT innovations. They provide a platform upon which outstanding ICT innovations can be showcased and propelled to further success. The awards were established in 2010 by the Uganda Communications Commission and have since recognized and awarded various innovations across several sectors including: Young Innovators, Business Excellence, Service Excellence, ICT for Development, and Digital Content. These winners and runners up of these five categories are determined by a panel of eminent and independent judges.

Commenting on the win, Airtel Uganda’s Marketing Director, Prasoon Lal said “Tugabane” was launched to enhance internet connectivity among Ugandans.

Since its inception, “Tugabane”, the first innovation of its kind in the Ugandan Mobile Internet industry, has seen continued increase in uptake by Airtel Uganda customers. The product has also rivaled traditional Wi-Fi hotspots which have limited coverage.

“On behalf of Airtel Uganda, I would like to express our gratitude to the Uganda Communications Commission which has provided a platform that allows for companies like ours to be celebrated for both our innovations and passions,” Lal said.

‘”Tugabane” is more that sharing data. It is convenient, fast, transcends location and finally, gives our customers data bundles at the most affordable rates,” he concluded.

Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission said, “…the purpose of the ACIA awards is to encourage individuals, academia, industry, government agencies and other entities to harness ICTs in creating solutions to Uganda’s development challenges.” He thanked this year’s participants and called for increased participation in the coming year.

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Ugandan cosmetic line, Minama launches new skin care product

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Ugandan beauty and cosmetics brand, Minama has released a new skin care product on the market.

The brand’s C.E.O Afsana Pey S.K has announced the release of its Minama skin oil, which goes on the market today, in Uganda and across the continent.

“Minama skin glow oil has really helped many of our clients and myself, particularly for ailments like Acne, blemishes, black spots, scars etc. It also clears your skin and leaves it glowing with that beautiful shine,” she explains.

When asked what was her motivation for setting up the skin care line, Afsana explains that she suffered with skin issues for a long time, and being as there weren’t many solutions available on the market, she decided to start up her own skin care line, whose many other products include lotions, soaps, creams and other cosmetics.

“I know first-hand how bad skin can affect you, especially your confidence, so I started the line to help others and myself. We have more products launching in December, and we can’t wait for all our clients, old and new to get their hands on this skin oil,” she concludes.

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Vivo Energy donates 15 million shillings worth of school materials to Kiswa Primary School

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Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, has today visited Kiswa Primary School in Bugolobi, Kampala and donated school materials and sanitary towels worth Fifteen million Uganda shillings to enhance its Schools’ Education Support programme.

The donation was handed over by Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director, Mr. Gilbert Assi in the presence of the school community, Vivo Energy Group Chairman, Mr. John Daly, Non-Executive Director, Ms. Hixonia Nyasulu, Executive Vice President for East and Southern Africa, Mr. Hans Paulsen and staff. 

Kampala Capital City Authority’s Director of Education and Social Services, Miss Juliet Nambi Namuddu was the guest of honour at the colourful function that was also attended by the Mayor of Nakawa Division, Hon. Ronald Bamwezo under whose jurisdiction the school is located.

Speaking at the school visit, Mr. Gilbert Assi remarked that education is one of Vivo Energy’s priority areas of community investment.

“We believe in empowering the future generation of leaders by giving them opportunities to learn. We hope that the support that we have given to this school today will in turn lead to improved literacy, better grades and overall improvement of the school’s performance.”

He added, “Vivo Energy Uganda’s Schools’ Road Safety Education programmes have in the past five years trained pupils in over 120 primary schools as road safety ambassadors. Kiswa Primary School was one of the first schools that we approached at the time. We are pleased that this relationship has progressed to the point where we are confident in the abilities of the children to support fellow children to observe safe road practices. We focus on children as the future drivers in order to inculcate in them a culture of road safety at a young age. Children can also be effective in influencing their parents’ behaviour and through these efforts, we would like to win them over first as a way to reach their parents.”

Ms. Aisha Bagaya Ntege, the Head Teacher of Kiswa Primary School commended Vivo Energy Uganda for identifying the school’s challenges and supporting the administration to address them.

“Our school population consists of over 2000 children, drawn from the less fortunate communities near and far from our location. We try our best to manage the existing challenges such as limited learning resources, nutrition, absenteeism of female students due to poor management of menstruation and more. I am delighted that companies such as Vivo Energy Uganda have a heart for the communities around them and reach out to support education. We appreciate this gesture.”

KCCA Director of Education and Social Services, Ms. Juliet Nambi Namuddu expressed her appreciation to Vivo Energy Uganda for supporting education in Uganda: “On behalf of KCCA, that manages public schools in the city, we commend Vivo Energy Uganda for continually partnering with us to make education experience for the children less of a challenge. We encourage like-minded organisations to join us in a similar initiative.”

Adding, “It is a sad reality that one out of 10 African girls skip school or drop out of school entirely due to lack of menstrual products and proper access to proper sanitation according to United Nations Children’s Fund. However, this hindrance to the education of female students is now a priority for the KCCA and for the Ministry of Education.”

Vivo Energy Group Chairman John Daly and Non-Executive Director, Ms. Hixonia Nyasulu are currently in the country on a business familiarization tour of Vivo Energy Uganda.

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Nsenene Ku Beat Event slated for November

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Ruspolia differens aka katydids, locally known as ‘Nsenene’ is a Uganda delicacy that’s mostly consumed in the months of April to May and November to December.

The lastest is that Striddle Events Africa, an events company has come up with several recipes such as Samosa Nsenene, Burger Nsenene, Pancake Nsenene, Bread Nsenene and Chapati Nsenene which will be exclusively unleashed for the ardent consumers to enjoy whilst dancing to soothing musical beats by our local talents.

Speaking to the press, Sebulime Peter alias Demo Riley the CEO Nsenene Ku Beat, asserted that they were supposed to have this event in May this year but decided to postpone it to November so they can prepare well enough to give people a better experience.

He added that the idea is to promote food tourism and this event thus presents a unique opportunity for Uganda’s vendors, consumers, corporate companies and tourism institutions to celebrate the country’s rich and original snack Nsenene and music culture.

There will be activities like cooking competitions, games, live video mixing, live band, celebrity cookouts and artists performance.

The event which will happen on Sunday 24th November at HillTop Garden, Naguru and gates will be opened at 10am till late. The cover charge is only UGX 10k and children enter for free.

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