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E-gaming rises from East Africa

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By Ben Roberts, Chief Technology and Innovations Officer at Liquid Telecom

E-gaming is emerging in Kenya and East Africa as an industry: delivering revenue growth of over 25% a year and seeing African games and gamers move into the global arena.
The sport is a growing phenomenon worldwide, expected to generate $125.4bn this year, up 15% on 2017, and to attract over 190m gamers, according to the Global Games Market Report.
But in the region, the growth is now greater still, spawned by an emerging ecosystem of gaming communities and organisations, including the Africa Game Developers Community, the continent’s first game developers and friends’ community, with its roots in East Africa.
Africa Game Developers is an initiative of Ludique Works, led by Douglas Ogeto, Nathan Masyuko and Lillian Nduati. Started in January 2018, it already has over 150 members across 12 countries, including Kenya Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Zambia, and Ghana, spearheading the commercialisation of games developed in Africa.
Together with Liquid Telecom, the community is holding monthly meetings covering development demos, talks, and game showcasing. Games built by members include The Orchard (Kenya), Recce Squad (Kenya), and Kukulu (Ethiopia).
The Orchard develop David Kamunyu is a self-taught game developer whose game is a slow-paced PC game that requires logic and foresight to restore an inherited farm to its original state.
The game is not as straightforward as it sounds. The player has to manage their health and well-being, follow the Kenyan seasons for successful crop and animal yields, and play the market to get the highest profits – or earn elsewhere to make ends meet.
Towards the end of 2017, The Orchard was recognised in two international events; A Maze Johannesburg in South Africa, which showcases independent and alternative games and virtual realities, and The Game Mixer, organised by the Goethe Institut, Johannesburg to promote professional exchanges between game developers.
David also emerged as one of the top five game developers in the Digital Lab Africa Competition.
Another rising East African gaming developer is Cukia Kimani, from Kenya, who is currently in Johannesburg pursuing degrees in Computer Sciences, Maths and Digital Arts.
In 2015, Cukia won the Amaze award for his game, Boxer, which he created with a colleague game designer, Ben Crooks. The game has been selected in several international awards including the Utrecht Indigo Awards 2016, Chicago Bit Bash 2016, and Birmingham Leftfield collection 2016.
Gaming tournaments are also now on the rise in the region. NAICCON 2017 was Africa’s first international multiplayer video game tournament, with a total of 16 PC and console gaming teams from Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. It drew over 3500 creative minds in the animation, gaming and comic book industries.
Nairobi also saw, this year, the largest gaming prize pool yet, of Sh1m, at the second regional E-Sports convention organised by Pro Series Gaming (PSG) Tournament and featuring Mortal Kombat XL.
At the same time, PC gaming is moving into theatres, offering fans, supporters, enthusiasts and newcomers dedicated stages complete with LED screens and live commentary and generating a new source of revenue for event organisers, cinema owners, and sound and video agencies.
This entire gaming ecosystem has created an abundance of job opportunities, for 3D modellers, animators, music composers, sound effect creators, User Interface (UI) modellers, customer support staff and others.
In this, David is typical in planning to incorporate local music into The Orchard, and working to draw local advertisers, such as clothing brands and hotels: aiming for commercialisation with an African feel.
As this new array of activity has intensified, Liquid Telecom has played a continuous role in promoting e-gaming. For the past four years, we have sponsored a Ugandan gaming community www.gamersnights.com, which is a multiplayer video gaming community, hosting its gaming servers and providing its connectivity, which is critical for seamless online video gaming.
Liquid Telecom has also been the connectivity partner for all of the region’s major gaming tournaments, providing technical and connectivity support to achieve modern age video gaming experiences. Our gaming-quality internet of up to 400Mbps enabled streaming and a gaming LAN Party at NAICCON’s first international multiplayer video game tournament last year.
We have provided this support because we understand that e-gaming is an industry that will bring jobs and growth to the region, both as a competitive sport that is attracting professional gamers and through local content generation.
However, the rise in e-gaming has created issues of addiction, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in June 2018 beginning the process of classifying gaming addiction as a mental disorder, placing it into the framework used to plan public health strategies.
But the nature of the addiction classification has been driven by players setting aside other responsibilities. In 2016, Oxford University researchers found that e-gaming is not as addictive as gambling. Most gamblers are unable to stop once they start betting. Whereas gaming addicts tend to get so engrossed in gaming that their lives can deteriorate as they neglect other activities.
For professional players and young talents moving into e-gaming as a full-time job, earning a living and taking gaming into the international arena, their hours of focus on gaming are, instead, creating a livelihood.
Thus, with an internet infrastructure that is now running ahead of many regions globally, East Africa is positioned to lead the way in developing Africa’s online gaming ecosystem.

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Jesus Worship Night with Pastor Wilson Bugembe is back

The Jesus Worship night with Pastor Wilson Bugembe is back and better.

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By Staff Writer

The Jesus Worship night with Pastor Wilson Bugembe is back and better. The event slated to take place on 29th November at the Worship house in Nansana will see the youthful Pastor who recently had a concert in the same venue worship with his church members and all other well-wishers from far and wide.

According to the organizers of the worship night, Pastor Nabbosa Justine, Pastor Don He Ron, Pastor Dayo Olutayo and the Worship army will feature.

The event that organisers promise to be a night of healing, starts at 6pm in the evening and ends at 6am in the morning.

Worship Night, Wilson Bugembe

Attendance is free. See you there.

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Mega party lined up as Bond 7 Honey prepares to officially launch

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By Our Reporter

Have you heard the buzz? This Friday, 1st November Bond 7 Honey will officially be launched in a mega party at Legends Rugby Grounds. The party which has been dubbed ‘The Hive Experience’ is going to have lots of fun filled activities and entertainment including performances featuring some of the fresh Ugandan artists like Grenade and Feffe Bussi.

Some of the coolest deejays around town like Naselow, Fem a Deejay, Aludah and Shiru have also been lined up for the fun packed evening to wow the crowds as they out do themselves on any track.

There will also be lots of games, giveaways and a premium whiskey drinking experience courtesy of Bond 7 Honey. The scheduled Premier League games of the day will be screened at the event.

To get yourself a ticket, all you need to do is buy yourself a bottle of Bond 7 Honey from any of the listed supermarkets in your location like; Capital Shoppers Ntinda, Capital Shoppers Nakawa, Kwik Pik, Senana Supermarket and Mega Standard Garden City and instantly win yourself not one but two tickets.

You can also lookout for the ongoing bar activations in popular hangouts like; Panamera, Gabz, Legends, Valhalla and Game Club to stand a chance to win two tickets.

Gates will open at 5.00pm till late.


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“You Slept with Grenade,” Amanda tells off Sheilah Gashumba

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The war between Sheilah Gashumba and Amanda is still brewing. It was brought to the attention of social media in-laws following a video leak that featured Sheilah sobbing.

Now we can learn that after Sheilah Gashumba confronted Amanda for sleeping with God’s Plan and making it a big deal, Amanda was not ready to let it go.

According to friends, Amanda shouted back at Sheilah; if you love God’s Plan so much, why did you sleep with Grenade. So it is okay for you to experiment in an open relationship but it aint okay for him,” Amanda wondered.

It is then that more secrets were revealed. Grenade is currently the doctor in AK 47’s widow’s life. People say Grenade is living true to his name blasting anything that crosses his path.


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I did everything I could for Rema – Kenzo wishes baby mama well in her new marriage

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Musician Eddy Kenzo has penned an emotional letter for baby mama and fellow musician Rema Namakula.

The singer who will be wedded to another man in November this year, is deep in love as her song suggests with her new man.

Kenzo on the other hand seems heartbroken and has wished her well.

Here is Kenzo’s open letter to Rema.

I wanted to record this on a video so that it shall remain on record. Unfortunately i have failed, given that i’m the worst writter..

Okay!! Rema yazaala Aamal musuuza malaika ye maama we forever and for good that will never change, so kitegeza nti we will talk to each other mpaka nga one of us mukama amujurudde mubulamu bw’ensi eno .

Nga wadde okusomozebwa kunji abantu banji abanyinako obukyayi bunji for their own reasons which is okay, kubanga Ensi bwetyo mukama yatusinga okumanya i have nothing to do okujako okubareka,

Abalabe bange banji bembadde manyi n’ebentegedde mumbera eno, they are using this chance okunsula they are doing their level best to make sure I go back to Street, which is okay, it’s ok kubanga era that’s my home nze ndi kaana kambata and it’s very possible life can change and I end up on street again awo byebyo. Kubanga tukirabyeko nga ba once billionaire bazeyo ku zero kisoboka and I can feel the effort. Amanyi bali mukozesa manji nyo okunsuula era ngawurira I congratulate you people, you are winning banange amanyi gampedde.

I’m a fighter hustler mukunonya sente but not in fighting people so I don’t think I can win this battle honestly speaking.

Nga wadde embera eri bwetyo nze sigenda kuvayo nyanike maama wo mwana wange mubantu for the sake of winning this battle no, abig noooo.

I won’t give you what you want era mwogere mpaka wemunakowa, like jugde me makama anaturamura.

Abantu oba bankyaye it’s okay, at least I will quit music and do something else naye nga sigenda kubagamba byama bya family yange.

Munsi teli atayagala kirungi fena byetukolerera naye ekirunji bwekiba kyanemye kitegeza kyanemye for so many reasons ekirunji kakyanemye however much I wanted it so bad.

I have to protect Rema no matter what sigenda kola interviews I’m no gona prove my self right, kasita katonda y’e amanyi why our relationship failed, we wanted to have best couple and best life naye ensi bwetyo. Fenga abantu tusaba birara naye mukama aba n’entegeka aze. nsabira maama Aamal obufumbo oburungi nsaba ALLAH akutere emirembe mu Mr Sebunya Doctor, akwagale nyo okusinga nze bwenkwagala kubanga bwanansinga okwagala ajakuba akwagadde byansuso REMA!!! nkwagala and I remember telling you this in our last conversation 2 weeks back. Era mbadde nkigamba from day one. And you know its not new to you I always told you I love you. I don’t know oba you believed me or not but let me repeat here, nkwagala nyo that’s why you will always be family forever.

NAMAKULA! gw’omanyi ebyange munange, like ebyapa byange gwe abirina card z’emotoka abaana n’ebirara era nzikiriza nkusabbe mu public nti bwoba otuse okuva E’seguku nga ogenda awuwo in your new blessings please take everything you want. remember nze another thing okimanyi ndimuragajavu nyo ate ntambula nyo ebintu byange bija kumburako so keep them for me please. Until I trust someone else again

Abagamba nti nyina omukazi oba abakazi abalala ekyo sikitufu I’m single and not searching for same reasons.

I congratulate you Mr SEBUNYA yogayoga ssebo. Rema mwagale bambi becouse your the man of her dreams and the reason why she made this big decision, she is living her dreams mashallah.

May the almighty show you the way,

Aamal mwana wafe era nsaba omwagale she is a sister to the coming Sebunya’s.

REMA oyo gworaba mbadde naye for the last 5 years i have been with her mubera enzibu enyo enyo enyo enyo nga jenkomeza tuyise mubinji and its one of the reasons why, our relationship failed naye mumbera eyo simukubyeko wade oluuyi. Simuyombesangako bantu tubadde toyombera mukisenge tankwatirangako mubwenzi nga wadde ebigambo bagamugambye binji simulazeko mukazi yena sizadde wabweru omwana gweyansanga naye Era gwe nkyalina era y’e maya musuuza mirembe i have 2 kids maya and Aamal.

I pushed her to be a better person wrote for her big Hits and participated in production of hits that will stay forever she will sing this music for so many years. like I’m not perfect but i have tried ma best, remember she is the best vocalist of all times she loves music with all her heart if you give her support on her career that will be the best feeling ever so Good luck my brother:

NOTE I’m not your enemy’s era tompitangako taata wange bino byansi ate bibawo Salaam Aleikm 🙏🙏🙏


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