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Anecoo Omitto Raises Alur Music Globally with “Ngom Ongeyu Wege” tune.

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There is this African saying, “when you are a neighbour of a rich man, you are also rich”. This is because, once you are directing someone to your home, you can use that rich man’ home. At instance like, “when you reach that only home with roof tiles (amategula), with a black gate, opposite it, is my home!”

The same applies to music, if one artiste is international, he uplifts the whole of his nation or tribe too. And that is exactly what happened to Uganda’s international reggae artiste, Anecoo Omitto.

Soon after dropping his maiden reggae album, “Uganda and Malawian girls”, in September, last year, 2019, to the international audiences, on all major world streaming music sites, well, the latest reaching our desk, shows that, last month in April, this Alur giant, the self claimed “Jaljobi”, meaning, a he-buffalo, went back home in Nebbi, West Nile, took it to the studios and dropped down the current biggest Alur tune called, “Ngom ongeyu wege”.

Ngom ongeyu wege literary means, the world know its masters. Going by his press release, on his official page, “ngom ongeyu wege”, was inspired by the teachings of Pan-Afrikan prophet Malcolm X’s, “the house and field negroes”. Even though, Mr. Malcolm taught these in 60’s and 70’s, his teachings are as fresh as now now. What he preached against then, we are still experiencing them even up to date, as the black race.

You find that, whenever there is a black man, that rises to liberate the black race, from different forms of oppressions, there will always be some other black man out there, who will rise up to fight him too. But even if, all are like this, at the end of it all, the people (world), will differentiate between a pro-black and an anti-black. Thus, “ngom ongeyu wege” (the world knows its masters).

Anecoo Omitto further states that, he had to break down this Malcolm’s teaching, so that the local community, the Alur (Luo) that he sang to, in their language, by giving them day to day life experiences. The political and business experiences. For example, in the first verse, he sang about this good political leader, who is doing great for his community, then all of a sudden, there comes another politician, whose intentions are not after acknowledging and building on the achievements of this incumbent, but rather, he is after breaking down this incumbent from his position. Bad minds just. The same applies in business etc, as he sang it in the second verse.

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Anecoo Omitto is well known for previous Alur tunes like “kud i ywaki, kwir, moku dhamaru” and among others. The “ngom ongeyu wege” project was produced in London, UK, mixed and mastered by Uganda’s biggest mix master, Herbert Skillz. It is a soukous beat, that will readily gets up grooving to it, in this lockdown, as you throw your worries away, waiting for the lockdown may be, to eased.

It is currently being distributed by an international American publishers, based in California, on all major online music streaming sites. This is his first single, off the up next Alur (African beats) album, set to drop late next year, 2021.

Watch this page. Keep you posted! “Ngom ongeyu wege!”

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Chosen Becky And Boyfriend Dictator Amir Welcome Bouncing Baby Boy

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By BigEyeUg Team; We can now assure you that songstress Chosen Becky and boyfriend, at the same time blogger, Dictator Amir’s new relationship is jutting after a longtime in a modest moods.

Its amazing that the lovely couple has welcomed a newly born baby in their home to glee their home.

The singer has taken it to her social media and expressed her anxiety for the newly born ‘Prince’ as she describes him.

Little Prince is born 18th May 2020 Heather Mutebi Amir. Mwebale kunsabira bantu bange. Ekitibwa kya Mukama,” wrote Chosen Becky.

However, Amir seems to have anxiously waited for such a moment in his life as he immediately named the newly born baby after himself ‘Heather Mutebi Amir’.

Chosen Becky and boyfriend Dictator Amir
Dictator Amir caressing his baby

Congratulations Becky and Amir!

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Western Union Pays Tribute to First Responders & Essential Workers Globally

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Western Union provides fee reduction for frontline and essential workers as a part of company’s ongoing efforts to provide essential money transfers and payments services amid the COVID-19 pandemic


Western Union , a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, today announced a 50 percent fee reduction1 for front-line responders and essential workers sending money globally via any of the company’s digital channels for the next two weeks. The promotion is a small tribute by the company to these customers for their endless commitment to their local communities and dedication to maintain the infrastructure and resources necessary to keep local economies afloat. 

More than 65 percent of global citizens working and living across the world occupy roles as first responders or in essential service industries, according to Western Union’s business intelligence. These global citizens indexed high in such roles across major countries: 63 percent in the U.S.; 67 percent in the U.K; 68 percent in France; 70 percent in Germany; 62 percent in Australia; 58 percent in the UAE and 71 percent in Saudi Arabia. 

“Many of the world’s frontline or essential workers are global citizens who regularly send money to loved ones back home,” said Western Union President and CEO Hikmet Ersek. “At Western Union, our inspiration comes from our customers who trust us with their hard-earned money. We want to acknowledge their dedication to keeping remittances moving to the communities and economies around the world that depend on them the most and support them as they continue promoting the health and safety of the communities around them.”

In Uganda, remittances play an extremely important part of the economy – for the community here, remittances are often a lifeline,” said Jason Nass, Regional Director, East Africa Western Union. “The reduction in fees for frontline and essential workers around the world should help receivers locally in Uganda as they face the current pandemic.”

The fee reduction, valid with transfer code THANKS2020, applies to any transaction initiated in the majority of Western Union’s digital-enabled countries at westernunion.com or via the Western Union app, and received anywhere Western Union’s Global Network reaches: via bank account or wallet payout in more than 100 countries, as well as retail Agent locations in 200 countries and territories. The fee reduction will run from now until May 20, 2020 and is available to first responders representing medical, police, and fire department professionals as well as essential workers across food, transport, utility, and other essential industries, including manufacturing and construction.

Last month, Western Union announced the expansion of its digital money transfer services, the fastest-growing part of its business in 2019, to more than 75 countries. The end-to-end coverage ensures that these safe, convenient digital services are available to millions of the world’s most active money movers, especially during COVID-19. The company also last month announced, “Digital Location”, a phone-based concierge service meant to help customers complete digital transactions from the safety of their homes as well as home-delivery of remittance funds in some markets. 

Western Union and the Western Union Foundation, along with partners, have pledged more than US$1.0 million in the fight against COVID-19. The foundation is prioritizing initiatives that include strengthening healthcare systems around the globe, serving vulnerable populations, including refugees and migrants. Additionally, the Foundation will continue to support local and global nonprofit organizations providing access to essential services, including hunger relief, medical training, education, supplies and equipment for frontline healthcare workers.

In addition, Western Union Business Solutions’ WU® NGO GlobalPay platform has enabled NGOs to focus on the vital work at hand delivering critical international operations to support communities in need. Since 2012, more than 2,000 NGOs have sent nearly $8 billion around the world in 132 currencies to more than 200 countries, through the platform.

All of Western Union’s responses and initiatives related to COVID-19 may be accessed via our dedicated Resource Center here.

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MTN Uganda Supports Kasese Floods Victims With Non-Food Start-up kits

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  • Thousands of people are displaced, houses and property destroyed, and livelihoods affected following flash floods from heavy rains in Kasese district and surrounding Mt. Rwenzori region this month.
  • MTN has donated shs.41,000,000 to provide relief to the displaced people
  • The money will be used to provide 100 start-up nonfood items/ relief kits to support some of the displaced families.

MTN Uganda through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the MTN Foundation has donated Shs. Ugx 41,000,000 million towards the Kasese floods victims. This money will be used to buy non-food relief items to support the families that have been displaced.

The devastating floods ensued after River Nyamwamba burst its banks, following the heavy rains that hit the Rwenzori Mountain ranges.

Over 24,760 households with approximately 173,320 people were affected by the flash floods. Almost up to 150 houses were destroyed in Karusandara division while another 92 houses were completely washed away in Nyamwamba and kilembe areas. The displaced people have sought shelter from nearby churches and school buildings following a directive from Hon. Musa Ecweru, the state Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness during his visit to the area last week.

It is against this premise MTN Uganda, through it’s foundation that aims at improving the lives of the communities within which it operates by supplementing government efforts in priority areas including disaster responses has urgently come in to reach out to the  Kasese floods victims with relief aid.

While handling over the dummy cheque to the Red Cross and Officials from the office of the Prime Minister, MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte said remarked that facing such a disaster in these unprecedented times when the globe is grappling with the Covid19 pandemic and the country in a state of lock-down, spells double tragedy for the people of Kasese, thus prompting urgent relief from mtn and all other stake holders to save the lives of people.

This was during a dummy cheque handover at the Nyonyi Gardens MTN offices in Kampala this morning.

Wim further expressed MTN’s heartfelt sympathy to the people of Kasese.

“As MTN Uganda, we stand with the people of Kasese who have suffered great loss in the recent heavily destructive flash floods. We understand that this is such a trying time, especially since we are already battling the devastating effects of the Covid19 pandemic. We hope that this modest support we have rendered will offer them some comfort,”

While receiving the cheque, Robert Kwesiga, Uganda Red Cross Secretary General appreciated MTN for always coming through very fast to support whenever the Country has emergences.

“This is not the first time MTN Uganda has supported people affected by disasters. Last year they supported Bududa twice, supported Bundibugyo and today they are supporting Kasese. This consistent commitment is a true humanitarian spirit exhibited by MTN to support it’s community. Amidst this period when all partners including MTN have heavily invested in the COVID-19 fight, MTN has still managed to support Kasese. We want to thank you.” Kwesiga said.

The money shall be used to procure 100 standard household non-food-item kits to reach out to 100 most vulnerable families comprising of children, youths, women and the elderly. Each of the kits contains 2 cooking pots, 6 cups, 6 plates, 1 knife, 1 ladle, 2 jerry cans, 3 blankets, 3 mosquito nets, 3 bars of soap and 1 tarpaulin for shelter.

In 2013, the MTN foundation spent about 250m to support the kilembe mines hospital which had been affected by similar floods through refurbishment of the children and maternal ward and provided items to support the hospital inclusive of 100 hospital beds, mattresses, mosquito nets as well a generator.

On behalf of the Government of Uganda, the Ag Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness Ms. Rose Nakabugo extended warm heartfelt appreciation to MTN Foundation for the support to the people of Kasese. “This is very timely. We thank MTN and commit that the donated items will right away be delivered to Kasese to help people cope through this situation. Thank you for complementing our efforts.”

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Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa’s Corporate Social Responsibility Are Paying Off in Northern Uganda

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Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa’s approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Northern Uganda continues to empower communities to uplift themselves. Ayabatwa’s CSR in this case is based on food security, income-generation, afforestation and access to clean water. 

1. FOOD SECURITY 

Ayabatwa’s company based in Northern Uganda established the Arua Organic Agricultural Centre (AOAC) which demonstrates to communities best practices in food production. 

Crucially, AOAC teaches farmers continuous farming even where rains are scarce. Solar-powered irrigation is now operational, which permits the growing of over 15 different food crops.

A key aspect is to keep these crops well mulched helping the soil to retain more moisture, keeping the temperature low and increasing the soil fertility.

Overall, encouraging and supporting farmers not only to improve food security but also to generate incomes is central. For example, a small farm can produce more than required to sustain a family. By adopting good agricultural practices farmers produce excess food thereby helping to improve Uganda’s food security.

2. INCOME-GENERATION

Farmers are continuously sensitized to expand their income portfolio and not depend only on cash crops. These are several initiatives in this regard. In the case of bee-keeping, 9 apiaries were installed in all regions where farmers learn best practices in bee-keeping. Second, farmers are assisted to grow their own mini forests. A small forest can produce enough wood for domestic consumption and provide extra income every year by selling construction material and charcoal.

3. AFFORESTATION 

In the area of afforestation, 2.4 tree seedlings per year are given to farmers free of charge. Farmers are taught that tree planting goes together with cash crop growing. Tobacco. Native tree species and fruit trees are supplied to the farming communities. 

4. PROVIDING CLEAN WATER SOURCES TO COMMUNITIES

Shallow wells are constructed for communities – providing clean water access to over 15,000 people in the Arua region. This also ensures that children don’t travel long distances to fetch water from rivers thereby undermining their education and their future. 

Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa and his companies remain fully committed to the CSR path they have practiced over the years, namely, giving a hand to local communities as they lift themselves from poverty. 

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