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Comedian Bright Onak excites Many at Miss teens West

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Bright does his thing at the Mirinda Miss Teen event in Western Uganda

It was a glamorous moment at Plus two high school Bushenyi when over 9 schools with close to 3,000 students gathered for Miss Teens Western contest. Schools that were present include Eden International School, Kashaka girls, Bweranyangi, Standard High School and the hosts among others.

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The event kicked off at around 10 am with fabulous music ambience putting the contestants, judges and students in mood for Miss Teens West 2013. This was to enable judges cover a big number of contestants present and to allow those that came from far to catch up with time.

As the day progressed, the whole event turned comical, as everybody seemed to crack the other’s ribs ranging from the judges to comedians and contestants themselves. Bright got on stage in style with his dance teaser and all people could not control themselves but to let go of laughter. He seemed to enjoy the home advantage as he threw most of his jokes in Lunyankole.

During his time, he enjoyed applause that was inevitable and reached a time when his jokes could not be heard anymore because people where screaming and laughing loud. “It was one of my favorite performances so-far this year,” said Bright.
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One of the judges from the host school known by one name Asasiira seemed tougher than a judge but an economics teacher as she kept on throwing economics questions at the contestant e.g. GDP, inflation rate, per capita income etc. As if some one had annoyed her earlier on, she kept on asking questions rudely. Some contestants resorted to circumventing her questions by pretending not to hear her.

She too made people laugh when she asked one contestant what the most “denzily” populated African “cowunture” was. Many laughed and her 2 more questions could not be heard and this could have affected the contestant in question.

It was too much to laugh at also with the contestants, when one was asked for the capital city of France, one confidently answered Belgium, other was the President of Tanzania and she answered Uhuru Kenyatta just because the contestant before was asked for the president of Kenya. Cram work its pick.

The same applied to the judges, they asked what the GDP of Uganda was and this was an intriguing question because it calls for variable answers and funny enough not even them knew the answer. While back stage, one judge threw the same to the other and she assuredly gave Kale Kayihura as her answer mistaking it for IGP.

Among other artist that graced the event was the western favorite Tonix who was accompanied by Swangs Avenue Ntale however their applause by the audience could not even be compared to a young and talented Gruned who had all students on their foot forcing him to sign autographs for them.

The day could not end with out knowing who the Western Teens representative for Miss teens 2013 was. A form one chap from Eden International school Mbarara known as Daniel was crowned Miss Teen amidst tight competition from other schools. The first runner-up came from the same school.

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Global Internet Organization calls for Africans to claim their voice on the internet

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Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN VP of GSE in Africa, stresses a point during the media roundtable.

Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN VP of GSE in Africa, stresses a point during the media roundtable.

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A media roundtable brought together leaders of regional and global Internet organizations to share perspectives on African representation in the Internet ecosystem, and participation in shaping the Internet’s future.

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Led by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and attended by the Internet Society’s Uganda Chapter, and AfRegistrar, the media roundtable took place during the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel.

ICANN has been actively seeking to help raise awareness and build capacities around the domain name system, and the Internet in general across Africa. As part of this, it has been supporting and holding several workshops in the region.

“Africa’s digital potential is rising, which makes it imperative for the continent to claim its voice in the global Internet governance and protect its interests” stressed Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN VP of GSE in Africa. “With this in mind, ICANN is committed to providing equal opportunities to inform the region’s different communities about the domain name industry, and working with them on how best to not only strengthen Africa’s online presence, but also improve their participation within ICANN. Uganda is no exception.”

ICANN helps people connect to each other online. This happens through its coordination of parts of the Domain Name System (DNS), which is at the very root of the Internet functions. It translates computer host names into IP addresses, as well as the Internet Protocol addressing system used to route Internet traffic. Thus, ICANN plays a specific, technical role, acting in the global public interest as the trusted steward of these unique identifier systems of the Internet. With every email, video chat, or online purchase, ICANN is touched in one way or another. Also, ICANN helps protect the resiliency and security of the DNS and of Internet at large.

“We need to have this dialogue about the Internet now, and not later; as Africa is not outside the realms of the Internet. Every policy made about the future of the Internet concerns us, too. So, we need to join the decision-makers, and not stay as bystanders” said Lillian Nalwoga, the President of ISOC Uganda Chapter.

The Internet penetration in Africa is around 37%, still lagging behind with respect to the global penetration rate which is at 57%.  Internet access is among the many other obstacles Africa has to overcome with respect to its integration into the global digital economy, including the domain name business.

“AfRegistrar will work closely with African Regulators, African Union and Private Sector to enable the emergency of a vibrant Internet Environment for the African Economy, with a good and active Internet Governance, in an active and harmonized Broadband Policy and Regulation for African countries” reiterated Mouhamet Diop, Chair of AfRegistrar.

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Tycoon Hamis Kiggundu’s Book Will Now Feature on Uganda School Syllabus

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Hamis Kiggundu aka Ham is one of the few Ugandan businessmen who’ve written books. His book titled; “Success and Failure based on Reason and Reality” has been selected by the National Curriculum Development Centre.

It will now be one of the recommended readings for Secondary School Students in the field of Literature, and Entrepreneurship.

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This is a big win for Ham despite the lag on his Nakivubo Stadium project. Well done

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Ugandan Millenials are Ghosting out of Relationships

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Gone are the days when boyfriends and girlfriends would sit down and agree to end a relationship. Now, Ugandan millenials have changed the trends. They are just ghosting.

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According to research, Ugandan couples no longer suffer with breakup lines. “He simply stops talking to you. He stops replying your messages. Then you just figure out that the relationship is done,” says one of the victims of ghosting.

According to older generations, ghosting is a cowardly way of ending relationships. But it turns out millenials are also ghosting at jobs. “You employ them, they work for some months then they just stop showing up. Next thing you know they moved on to another job. It is unprofessional,” says a human resource director.

Let us hear from you. Have you been ghosted? Have you ghosted before?

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