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MTN donates food to Luzira Prison inmates in Ramadan drive

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MTN Uganda and its partner, Salaam Foundation have donated food packages to Luzira Maximum Prisons inmates.

By Our Reporter

MTN Uganda and its partner, Salaam Foundation have donated food packages to the Luzira Maximum Prisons inmates in a Ramadan drive that has seen them deliver similar packages to various vulnerable Muslim communities in Kampala and neighboring areas. This drive underscores the long-standing relationship between MTN Uganda and the Muslim community.

The food packages delivered to the inmates had rice, sugar, milk, cooking oil, maize flour, soap, tomatoes and onions. These food items are meant to help the Muslim inmates as they break their fast during this holy period of Ramadan.

Ismail Hamwada MTN’s Manager, Workforce planning said that it is only proper that people fasting have proper Iftar.

“It is the second time we are donating to Luzira prison during Ramadan. This is MTN’s way of celebrating with the Muslim faithfuls as they observe the holy month of fasting. We recently delivered similar consignment to Uganda police because of the good relationship with the security organs in the country.” Hamwada said.

On behalf of the Regional Prisons Commander, Ms. Akirapa Dinah Martha the senior rehabilitation and reintegration officer thanked MTN and its partner, Salaam Foundation for choosing prisons as one of their Ramadan beneficiaries.

“It is rare for people to think about people behind bars and we thank you for keeping the inmates in your thoughts especially during this Ramadan season,” Akirapa said.

Sheikh Muhammad Mulajje, the Cheif Imaam at the Luzira prisons mosque thanked MTN for the donation and prayed a blessing over the company for remembering the inmates.

Worth noting is that this year’s Ramadan has come at a time when the country is locked down due to the Covid19 pandemic that has made it hard for inmates to receive Iftar packages from their loved ones as movement is restricted. Therefore, the move by MTN and Salaam Foundation will go a long way in helping the Luzira Maximum prisons inmates that are observing the holy month through fasting.

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KUNTA PRODUCTIONS, the production company that has put smiles onto East Africans

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By Stuart G-Khast

Have you recently enjoyed the famous TV shows like the cool NBS TV’s “MTN Pulse rap battles”, Bukedde TV’s hilarious “Yolesa Ekitone”, or Urban TV’s massive national dance competition “DANCE OFF” TV show? Well, lately its becoming obvious tthe production house behind such large scale productions.

KUNTA AFRICA, which you may commonly have seen on your TV as “KUNTA PRODUCTIONS”, with a tagline “masokulutimbe” and a massive black baboon at the end of your favorite TV shows, is a Ugandan creative production house. It is behind some of the most popular TV series, and national talent competitions. Within a span of less than 10 years, they have produced many binge worthy TV shows like the crazy ‘ERIC’S GAME’ dating show and NORTHERN CONNECT both on NTVU, ENSITAANO, a TV game trivia show on Bukedde TV, NBS TV’s ‘GIRL TALK’ – a chit chat dialogue of beautiful campus girls, SMART KIDS and other shows like SUPERWORMAN, the UGANDA NATIONAL SPELLING BEE, “MTN’s Gaggawala” with 100million to give away, VUVUZELA NATIONAL SPORTS CHALLENGE, a sports quiz show where sports fans do push-ups while answering sports questions… and the list goes on.

 They have TV shows running across the East African Region in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania on major TV stations like Citizen TV Kenya, TV10 Rwanda etc. Ugandans can now be very proud to know that the biggest TV production house in East Africa right now, is Ugandan, and is run by its founder a one Lubwama Eric Michael.

With editing suites located in Kyanja and large production warehouse in Nakawa, KUNTA PRODUCTIONS is a full service production company, with start to finish, High Definition video production. They have created thousands of motion pictures for not only TV stations, but for many corporate companies, non-profit organizations and advertisers. This is an achievement for the fast growing media, TV and film industry in Uganda.

What is unique about KUNTA PRODUCTIONS’ work is that they are clearly very creative, and professional.  Their level of quality has only been imported in Uganda just a few years back. With such creative Ugandan minds and works, this gives a lot of hope that the East African film industry is growing very fast in comparison to other African regions. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) encouraged Ugandan TV stations to air at least 70% of locally made content. Inspiring the growth of companies such as KUNTA PRODUCTIONS working hand in hand with our ever growing number of TV stations, we are more certain about the quality of TV content on our local TV stations.  This has also assured that videography is a more valid career option for young Ugandans. To check out some of their work, go to www.kuntaproductions.com

 

 

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BIC East Africa donates Ugx 50 million worth of pens to Ministry of Education

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BIC East Africa, manufactures of BIC pens, lighters, and shavers, has donated UGX 50 million worth of pens to the Ministry of Education & Sports.

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BIC East Africa, manufactures of BIC pens, lighters, and shavers, has donated UGX 50 million worth of pens to the Ministry of Education & Sports. The donation comes in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic that has left schools shut down.

Richard Mugenyi, the Bic Country Manager said the donation is aimed at boosting the government’s efforts in providing study material to students as they continue to stay grounded at home.

“We are making a donation of 100,000 BIC Pens to the Ministry of Education & Sport to help in the government program of providing study material during this lockdown. Our total contribution is equivalent to Ugx 50,000,000/=.” Said Richard Mugenyi while handing over the donation.

The donation which was handed over to Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday is in response to the President’s call to the private sector for support to government’s Coronavirus relief efforts.

The COVID-19 National Task force has so far received contributions in excess of Ugx 21 billon from individuals, corporate companies and well wishers.

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StarTimes launches a “1 to 3” project to reward subscribers

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We recently celebrated Mother’s Day despite the hard times considering the country is on lockdown and people must stay home. Family time is always warm, especially when everyone can leisurely enjoy watching the content he or she likes. To fulfil the viewing requirement of a family, StarTimes launched a “1 to 3” project available in long term, to reward each Pay TV subscriber with 3 free membership rights on the StarTimes ON App. With this reward, all the family members are able to watch their favorite content simultaneously on various devices.

The project aims at providing more possibilities and alternatives for all family members to enjoy their stay at home especially with the StarTimes ON App which has already been applied by over 20 million users in Africa. This handy application can provide the users with 150+ live TV channels and 20000hrs+ movies and TV series.

Simply link your smart card with the StarTimes ON app, watch all the VIP programs available on your TV bouquet on the app for free and enjoy the convenient self-service. One decoder can be linked to three different StarTimes ON accounts, so your family can enjoy exciting content at the same time on various devices. Enjoy happy moments anytime anywhere. Get the App now at http://bit.ly/2U3NPC8 or download it on Google Play and iOS App Stores.

Users of StarTimes ON can enjoy the same quality of HD performance of videos with less data consumption at around 30% compared to the other Apps in the same category. All content can be watched in HD or SD depending on your preference. Most content can be downloaded to your phone for later watching. These features make the StarTimes ON a desirable and convenient platform to be on during the pandemic.

“We appreciate the support of our audience and would like to have them rewarded with more access to the content during these tough times of the pandemic. The various ways in which different family members can watch and enjoy content via the Startimes ON App will be satisfactory.” said Isma Lule the Brand & Marketing Director at StarTimes Uganda. 

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MTN Uganda offers University Students free access to their universities online learning platforms.

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Students do not need MBS to be able to access the sites as they are free of charge

The gesture is part of the initiatives that MTN Uganda has put in place during the lockdown to make the lives of her communities a bit easier. 

MTN Uganda has zero rated a number of Universities online learning platforms allowing students and lecturers free access to study at home during this period of the COVID 19 lockdown.

This means that no data charges will apply to these educational websites as students and lecturers will be able to utilise them to continue with learning and teaching from home. 

Like all other education institutions, the universities officially closed on March 20 after a directive from President Yoweri Museveni that all places of mass concentration suspend their operations to prevent the spread of Covid19. 

Below is a list of the learning platforms that have been zero rated.

Makerere Universitymuele.mak.ac.ug      196.43.133.73
admissions.mak.ac.ug   154.72.194.148
aims.mak.ac.ug    154.72.194.149
student.mak.ac.ug   154.72.194.150
payments.mak.ac.ug   137.63.246.6
webconf.mak.ac.ug   196.43.185.46
Uganda Christian Universityhttps://moodle.ucu.ac.ug/
https://alpha.ucu.ac.ug/
https://elearning.ucu.ac.ug/
Uganda Martyrs Universityhttps://elearning.umu.ac.ug/
International University of East Africahttps://elearning.iuea.ac.ug/
Gulu Universityhttps://elearning.gu.ac.ug/
Mbarara universityhttps://smartlearning.must.edu.eg/
Kyambogo universityhttps://kelms.kyu.ac.ug/

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe has lauded telecommunications giant for this gesture saying it will go a long way in enabling students catch up on lost study time as they will now have access to the study materials at no cost.

 “Our negotiations with MTN Uganda yielded a lot of fruit as the telecom company has accepted to zero rate six of our online learning platforms. We applaud them for this. I now urge our students and lectures to take advantage of this opportunity,” he said. 

At the onset of the lockdown, MTN Uganda also zero rated a number of e-learning platforms targeting the primary and secondary students, a move which several parents lauded as it enabled them to continue their children’s learning at home.

The other websites that MTN Uganda zero rated targeting pupils and high school students include:


www.classroommagazines.scholastic.com  
www.coolmath4kids.com
www.allinonehomeschool.comwww.mathgametime.com
www.starfall.comwww.uniteforliteracy.com
www.abcya.comwww.literactive.com
www.funbrain.comwww.sciencekids.co.nz
www.splashlearn.comwww.switchzoo.com
www.storylineonline.netwww.turtlediary.com
www.highlightkids.comwww.e-learningforkids.org
www.pbskids.org

MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer Sen Somdev said the telecom company is committed to standing together with Ugandans by doing everything it can to reduce the impact that the lockdown is having on their lives.  

“MTN Uganda will continue to look at ways of supporting our communities and government, to ensure that together, we do everything feasible to get through this difficult time,” Somdev said.

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