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Merrymaking as Coke Studio Africa 2017 edition officially launches

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Influencers, journalists and well-wishers were treated to a magical evening of free drinks, dinner and entertainment during the event to officially launch the 5th consecutive season of Coca-Cola’s flagship show Coke Studio.

Hosted at Fame Bar and Lounge in Kololo, the event was also attended by two of Uganda’s Coke Studio representatives – Bebe Cool and Lydia Jazmine as well as representatives from Century Bottling Company Limited, the official bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola products in Uganda.

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Bebe Cool shares his Coke Studio experience with guest during the Coke Studio Africa launch event

Bebe Cool shares his Coke Studio experience with guests during the Coke Studio Africa launch event

Titled Coke Studio Africa 2017, this season marks the first time that the beverage giant has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one, bigger and better show, consequently increasing the number of participating countries to 16, up from 11 in previous edition.

Mr. Rodney Nzioka, the Coca-Cola Uganda Brand manager thanked the guests for showing up in large numbers and for their continued support over the years.

“As you all know, fusing the diverse musical influences in Africa while providing a platform for renowned as well as upcoming and less mainstream artists to collaborate musically is the backbone of Coke Studio,” he said.

“Coke Studio Africa is Coca-Cola’s pledge to the development and support of both the African and Ugandan music industry. Through productions such as Coca-Cola Pop Stars, Coca-Cola Real Stars and Coca-Cola Rated Next, we have played an active role in harnessing the talent in our country,” Nzioka added.

During the launch event, Coke Studio representatives Lydia Jasmine and Bebe Cool were given an opportunity to share their experiences in the studio and the impact this show has had on their personalities and music careers.

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Never Seen Before Awesome Photos of Uganda’s First Family

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By Staff Writer

1999 was a year like no other. As Ugandans prepared for the millenium, it was a year that brought all kinds of emotions. There has never been a new years eve that was celebrated with much emotions as 2000. It was the year of Chance Nalubega. But it was also a year of real people.

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Check out the First Family; Muhoozi, Diana, Patience at a party in 1999.

If you have any 1999 memories, share them with us:

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Meet Pastor Mark and Maureen Kigozi; Uganda’s Most Adorable Couple

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Few couples inspire you to fall and grow in love like that of Pastor Mark and Maureen Kigozi.

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On 1st May, the two celebrated their 20th anniversary and it’s been an awesome ride for this couple that pastors Real Life Church.

And indeed they are the definition of real life. They have held each other through thick and thin, mountains and valleys. At BigEye.ug we celebrate this couple.

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Uganda woos global film makers

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Uganda team at Cannes poses for a group photo after a panel discussion on Uganda's film industry at the African Pavilion in Cannes, France.

Uganda team at Cannes poses for a group photo after a panel discussion on Uganda’s film industry at the African Pavilion in Cannes, France.

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A favorable climate, beautiful scenery and a rich cultural heritage all connive to make Uganda the perfect set for shooting internationally acclaimed films and documentaries.

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With a growing film industry that is quickly gaining international recognition, Uganda is position herself as a multifaceted filming destination and hub at the Cannes Film Festival that is currently going on in France.

The Ugandan delegation hosted the Uganda Day where they pitched Uganda as the ultimate film destination to regional and international film makers.

Sandra Natukunda, the Senior Public Relations Officer at Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) believes that with such exposure to a global audience of renowned film makers, the Uganda film industry is destined for greater times.

“The Uganda Day was a great opportunity for us to showcase what Uganda can offer to film makers. We showcased our unique selling points such as weather, which enables film makers to shoot all year round. The Africa Pavilion at Cannes has been a very good learning point for our film makers and we believe that the lessons we take away from here will be of invaluable importance to this budding industry,” she noted.

In its first year at Cannes, Pavillon Afriques is one of the busiest, unique, networking and business hub at the festival this year. Uganda joined a line-up of participating countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Jamaica, USA, and Brazil among others.

Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi the Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) notes that this is a unique opportunity for Uganda to position local film trade and promotion that outlines the diversity and plurality of Uganda at an International level to drive television content, adding that Uganda has the potential of becoming a center for filming in Africa.

The Pavillion Afrique is an exclusive business platform where film industry stakeholders are meeting to discuss potential trade in Cinematography taking advantage of the unique atmosphere of the Festival de Cannes.

The festival is situated within the heart of the Marché du Film, which is the world’s biggest gathering of film industry professionals seeking to expand professional networks, develop partnerships and sell films.

Under the theme ‘Connecting the Past, Present and Future’; Pavillon packs a full schedule with a mix of private and public sector round-table discussions on film financing and content distribution, a series of country destination seminars, celebrity-hosted panels, leadership workshops, film screenings and more, the programme is the most fascinating hub out of Cannes in 2019.

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