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Miss Karamoja Ayen In Charity Drive To Take Karamojong Kids Back Home



By Peter Sebulime

Miss Tourism Karamoja 2018, Emily Ayen, over the weekend gave back to the street kids staying in Katwe Surbub as part of her move to lure them back to Karamoja.

In partnership with ‘Bring A Smile’ a non governmental charity organization created by youth from different parts of the country, she managed to offer some food stuff, pads and other basic materials to the young kids plus participating in general cleanliness activities.

The reigning Miss Tourism Karamoja, who hails from Northern Uganda torn apart by conflicts brought about by LRA (Lord Resistance Army) rebels, says the goal of this initiative is to have a smiling generation of young ladies achieve their dreams amidst the limited resources.

“We want want to be a rising sun on the landscape of a place we call home and take good care of it by making people smile within and else where” -Ayen asserted.

Emily, who deeply interacted with some of the kids unfolded that some of them have been victims of child trafficking and have found themselves with no choice but to resort to begging and commercial prostitution to raise income to help their families.

And she purports that through charity, a difference can be made.

I believe that giving charity to the Karamojongs back home will give them no reason to come to the city to beg and also those in the city when they see people at home receiving more than what we offered them will be motivated to go back home.

In the long run, i also want to support the young ladies to take part in craft making.

Karamoja beads are so beautiful that if they can make many of them, they will not only earn a living but will also become occupied to think of commercial sex as an option” – Ayen said.

She urged for support from people in her fundraising activities which she reckons are aimed at changing lives of these kids.

“For instance this Easter, we intend to have a “Tour Karamoja Educate A Child Trip” aimed at fundraising tuition for the children we interacted with and are willing to go back to school. We also intend to conduct a cleaning campaign too because health is paramount and above all we want to put and end to the trafficking of our people for labour and sex that has become rampant” – She said.

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Maurice Kirya releases much awaited “Headmaster” music video. Watch it here!



Maurice Kirya

By Bash Mutumba

Maurice Kirya is one of Uganda’s music legends, arguably, and has been plucking strings on his guitar since the late 90’s. Many of the artistes that were hitting during the times of his songs like “Boda Boda” and “Binadamu” featuring Tanzania’s A.Y, have either quit music, been forced out by competition, or totally changed style, but the King of Mwoyo has remained true to his craft of Soul Music, staying relevant till today.

“Headmaster”, just like other songs on his albums like Misubbaawa, Mwoyo and The Book Of Kirya, is an acoustic driven piece, rotating on just three chord arpeggios, but with a very catchy vibe; and news of its video getting released brought many huge smiles on many a music lover’s faces. A song that talks about the need for safety by condom use, when indulging in sexual activity, Headmaster has rather deep lyrics; and can only be deciphered by either a geezer who watched “Ndiwulira”, a late 90’s play by Bakayimbira Dramactors, or a keen listener.

The video, shot in a school setting after the song’s title, shows creative dancers doing their thing outside, a teacher giving Sex Education classes to students and Kirya channelling his inner Guitar Hero inside a classroom; urging the ‘Headmaster’ not to forget his ‘coat’ while going about his business. It is actually my personal favorite off the “Free Dreams” album, but I hope he releases videos to the songs on the new album “Beyond Myself” a little quicker.

Watch video here.

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StarTimes Kampala kids run 2019 unveiled



By Reporter

The StarTimes Kampala Kids Run 2019 kicked off in jovial style at Kampala Parents School on Thursday, 3rd October 2019 under the theme “Safe Drinking Water in Primary Schools”.

This is an event founded and organized by the NGO Kampala Kids Run, in partnership with StarTimes. It is the 6th edition in total but the 2nd edition with StarTimes on board as a sponsor. Other sponsors include Riham, CityOil, The Food Hub, and Ruparelia Foundation.The StarTimes Kampala Kids Run is an annual event that focusses on helping the less privileged children in rural schools.

Founders KKR Muslim & Mariat, StarTimes CEO Mr Franklin & PR Manager Cleopatra

During the speeches, Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia, the Managing Director of Kampala Parents School stated that, “We are very lucky. We work tirelessly to make sure we provide the best yet many children do not have the privileges we have. It is upon us to provide for them. Kampala Parents School students will also do a fundraising to support the cause.”

StarTimes CEO Mr. Franklin Wang said, “We are excited to launch our 2nd edition of StarTimes Kampala Kids Run 2019. The purpose is to come together to support our children in rural schools by providing safe drinking water. We care about each child’s health. So let us make StarTimes Kampala Kids Run a great success.”Much to the excitement of the entire school, the launch was concluded with a performance from the young and talented Patrick Senyonjo a.k.a. Fresh Kid, who is also a pupil at Kampala Parents School.

Rajiv Ruparelia, managing director Kampala Parent’s school

StarTimes Kampala Kids Run is scheduled to take place on 8th December 2019 at the Uganda Museum starting at 6am. For a child to participate in this cause, all he or she needs to do is buy a kit at only UGX 20,000. All proceeds from the event will go to ensuring that there is safe drinking water for children in rural schools.

Besides the kids’ Run which has the 1.5km and 3km race, there will be bouncing castles, a work out with Zumba dancers, kid games by the clowns and more.

Kids run organisers pose for a photo

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Video: Gabriel K strikes again in “Twanywede”



By Staff Writer

Gabriel K is not new to the face of music. The singer has further cemented his place in the Ugandan music industry with his new Reggae ‘Twanywede’.

Gabriel K music is steadily rising through the playlists even when little is known of his private life. He has previously done much enjoyed songs We Just Want Love, Abeera Omu, Onsaana, Gimme The love, Done Waiting, Number One, Special Woman, among others.

His latest project has won him an appearance on Capital Radio’s Desert Island discs this Sunday which will make among the few Ugandan artistes to feature on this program. Clearly his works seem to speaker louder than many initially thought.

“Twanywede” was produced by Big Nash and written by the talented Shena Skies.

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