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Bizzu graces Namirembe Hillside career guidance day

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bizzu1It was an afternoon of mixed feelings on Sunday 17th at Namirembe Hillside as a crowd of over 1,000 students gathered to listen to inspirational words that came from their role models Phiona Bizzu.

Miss Uganda 2012-13 Ms Phiona Bizzu attended the event in company of her first runner up Josephine Nabakooza, Ray signature and the Kaleke Kasome hit maker Maurice Hassa.
Among the speakers of the day was a lady who preferred unanimity who firmly disclosed her status sharing memorable and terrible experience she had. She was raped at the age of 10 and infected with HIV living with the virus for over 15 years now.
She said that despite it being a deadly and incurable disease, this has not stopped her from living towards her dreams and realizing most of them. When she realized that she was sick, she started on her ARVs periodically and this has made her even healthier that virus free people.
“How many of you can believe that I have HIV when you look at me “she asked. Everybody was left speechless and a moment of silence took over the vicinity as nobody could expect this. She was looking attractive to the eyes of many.
It was now a moment to steer up the moods of many that were slowly but steady going down as many got scared and tears could be seen forming and rolling down their cheeks especially soft hearted girls. Ray signature ascended amidst a silent congregation and sang some of his wonderful songs, kasenyanku and the latest with Mun G and there was a change in the mood of the students. Smiles grew on their faces, others stood up and shook their bodies followed by the 2013 “dance heaven” champion dancers chukka gospel outreach dancers. As if it was earlier on planned for a fluctuating mood to prevail, it was yet another tear filled experience as kaleke kasome star Maurice Hassa came to perform for the students. As a matter of fact, it took me by surprise too and I found myself almost dropping a tear. Oh gosh, his songs were so touching and sorrowful.
Students cried, Miss Uganda wiped her tears together with her runner up as they hid their faces when he sang kaleke kasome and another song that depicts of a girl who was raped and later on killed. It sounded more like a prayer. This however didn’t stop the stubborn students to chip in with their jokes and this was noticed with one Mulumba Jonathan, a student in form 5 who was asked what he would do when he found out he was HIV positive. From a crowd he came and rubbed everybody’s ribs saying he would buy a rope and end his ‘miserable life before it makes his adorable body miserable’.

This gave the confession lady a point to prove to the students that there is life after HIV. One can still go on and realize his dreams despite having HIV and she called upon those who could be sick to fight stigma and properly take their medication in order to live a good life.
Among other guest on this event were the CEO Kampala International Hospital and mayor Makindye division Dr. Ian Clarke and his wife who also canceled and encouraged students to focus on their studies first.

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Breeze Serenity Saloon and Spa, a perfect one stop serene place for all your body care

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Not so many places around town will have you get all your body services at a one stop. Serenity Saloon and Spa is one of those places that will not need you place to place, the Kimathi based Saloon and Spa has services ranging from makeup, weaving, braids, dreadlocks, massage, pedicure & manicure, facial, body scrub, hair treatment, tattoos and physiotherapy services.

From those that have been at the place, the customer care is excellent and in a conducive and mind relaxing environment that has FREE WIFI. Because we have been there to experience the ambiance, the place is convenient for all classes of people including the working class because it opens through all 24 hours.

While is remains a classy saloon and Spa the charges are relatively friendly. Breeze Serenity Saloon and Spa is located at Kimathi Avenue, Pan African House, next to Kampala Casino.

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Jan Malan jets in ahead of the Uganda International Fashion Show

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Jan Malan poses for a photo with Santa Anzo, the brains behind the Uganda International Fashion Show.

Jan Malan poses for a photo with Santa Anzo, the brains behind the Uganda International Fashion Show.

By Our Reporter

Celebrated global fashion producer Jan Malan is in the country. The fashion icon will direct the sixth edition of the Uganda International Fashion Week slated to take place this Saturday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 4th at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Jan Malan will also be a guest speaker at the Fashion Business Symposium scheduled to take place on Saturday from 9am to 1pm at the Serena’s Victoria Hall. Malan will discuss technology and globalization versus African fashion.

He has staged high profile shows in over 37 cities on four continents and has a clientele that boasts of names such as Elton John, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Mercedes-Benz.

Malan said Uganda is one of his favorite countries to go to in Africa and he promised all the fashion enthusiasts a scintillating showcase at the grand finale that will take place on Sunday at Serena’s Victoria Hall from 6pm to 10pm.

“Precision. I don’t do mediocrity. Surprises. I take each designer’s vision and interpret what they are trying to do with the collection. I will create the music, the lights and the choreography too,” said Malan about his preparation for the show.

Tickets for the business symposium are at Shs 10, 000. Fashion fanatics and designers will be lectured about the business behind fashion.

Different fashion designers will be showcasing at the grand finale. The designers to look out from South Africa are Judith Artelier, Alvado Creations and the duo Mmuso Maxwell.

Our very own fashion designers Santa Anzo, Fatuma Asha, Abbas Kaijuka, Stella Atal and Paula Butagira will be representing Uganda on the runway.

Tickets for the grand finale can be bought at Arapapa and Serena. Front row seats will cost Shs250,000, V.I.P goes for Shs200,000 while the general tickets go for Shs100,000.



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Renowned Fashion producer Jan Malan to headline Fashion Business Symposium

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Jan MalanBy Our Reporter

Renowned Fashion producer Jan Malan will be one of the key guests at the 6th edition of the Uganda International Fashion week slated for 2nd to 4th August, 2019 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Malan, who specializes in the production and direction of special events for stage and television in the fields of fashion, lifestyle and music, will be speaking at the fashion business symposium where he will be discussing technology and globalization versus African fashion.

The symposium will happen on August 3rd.

Who is Jan Malan?

Jan Malan is a show director/producer that has staged high profile productions in 38 cities on four continents. He specializes in the production and direction of special events for stage and television in the fields of fashion, lifestyle and music.

Apart from a myriad of productions in Africa, Malan has directed several shows on schedule at New York Fashion Week between 2000 & 2018. This included working for Fern Mallis, New York Fashion Week founder as a venue manager.

He has had some of the world’s most sought after models on his runways. Industry icons such as Karlie Kloss, Alek Wek, Liya Kebede, Behati Prinsloo, Maria Borges, Chanel Iman, Lara Stone, Coco Rocha, Tyson Beckford and Freja Beha Erichsen, as well as legends such as Pat Cleveland and Grace Jones.

In 2013, he won an Award from African Fashion International for Outstanding contribution to African Fashion.

Malan is constantly looking for fresh and captivating venues for his shows, which have been held in unique locations such as train stations, bridges, art galleries, piers, city halls and theatre spaces.



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