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MTN injects 300M in Onduparaka FC

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  • The sponsorship package starts in January 2019 to June 2020
  • MTN will become the title merchandise partner on the Onduparaka kit for the duration of the sponsorship
  • MTN sponsors two football clubs – Onduparaka FC and KCCA FC.

Kampala – MTN Uganda has today announced the renewal of its sponsorship of the Arua-based Onduparaka FC to a tune of Ushs300m. The renewal of the contract will see MTN become the title merchandise partner on all the Onduparaka FC kits for the 2019/2020 season.

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“We’re thrilled to have renewed our sponsorship with Onduparaka FC. Onduparaka’s consistency, fan base and success in the Uganda Premier League (UPL) remains attractive for our sponsorship package. It was an easy decision for us to renew the sponsorship and become the merchandise sponsors,” said MTN Senior Manager Brand and Communications, Mr. Martin Sebuliba on behalf of the MTN Uganda CEO Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte.

The MTN Uganda logo will feature on all the kits of Onduparaka FC. Additionally, MTN will also get content and image rights for players and also get rights to brand at both home and away games. This will bring the total sponsorship for Onduparaka FC since the 2017/18 season to Ushs 690m. In total, MTN will spend about Ushs1.9bn on football club sponsorship by end of the next football season in the Uganda Premier League.

 “As a brand, Onduparaka will give us the exposure we need and in turn we will be contributing towards the growth and development of the football club. This will be the first time the MTN Logo will appear at the front of a football kit in the 20-year history in Uganda. MTN’s commitment to sport also continues in athletics through the MTN Marathon Season and the sports facility, MTN Arena in Lugogo,” Sebuliba added.

In the past MTN Uganda has sponsored the Uganda Cranes national teams in football and cricket, a club in the national rugby league and the National Basketball League. In the last season, MTN also engaged fans through the award of Fan’s man of the match for both Onduparaka FC and KCCA FC. This enabled the club fans on Facebook and Twitter to connect to Ugandan football.

Based nearly 500kms from the capital Kampala, Onduparaka is currently in the top four of the Uganda Premier League.

Onduparaka FC Chairman Benjamin Nyakuni noted that the sponsorship will continue to enable the club to keep growing and meet some of its financial obligations.

“Onduparaka FC would not enjoy this much success without the generous support MTN has provided to us throughout. We deeply appreciate the willingness with which MTN has and continues to sponsor our efforts towards making our region proud and supporting young people to attain their highest potential through the beautiful game. We thank MTN for having faith in us and seeing the value in associating with the Onduparaka FC brand. We sincerely hope that this association will be maintained in our future endeavours”.

The Patron Onduparaka FC, also Ayivu County Member of Parliament, Honourable Bernard Atiku said, “Onduparaka Football Club has achieved tremendous success against all odds. There were sceptics who thought that we would never become a giant, but we proved them all wrong. Today we pride ourselves as having the biggest sporting brand in the country and aspiring to be one of the biggest in East Africa.”

Further, “One of our long-term objectives is to become a truly continental brand. Forging ties with MTN and their reputation for bringing unmatched technology to sports and innovative marketing takes us a step closer to our goals. We commend MTN for having had the foresight in joining forces with us and thereby making a meaningful contribution in the development of soccer.”

Onduparaka FC unveiled the new jersey for the 2019/2020 season, ahead of their Uganda Premier League tie with Matugga based Bright Stars FC.

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Liquid Silk sold off

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Since Monday, rumors spread that Liquid Silk Naalya had been closed. A number of false reasons were peddled to explain the closure. But none was ever conclusive. A reason this website reached out to our sources at the Bugolobi based offices of the Liquid Silk franchise.

According to the workers there, Liquid Silk was indeed sold off. “Liquid Silk, together with their neighbors, Mogas Petrol station were sold off to a popular food chain franchise. The money exchanged is good, and was undeniably had to refuse for the owners of both premises.” Explained a source.

According to sources, the space of Liquid Silk Naalya was singled out as strategic for both a restaurant, but as well as a petrol station. “The spaces of both Liquid Silk Naalya and Mogas petrol station have both been procured, and in a short time, development will start,” explained a source.

It is said that both parties walked away smiling to the bank.

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Kenneth Mugabi leaves revelers asking for more at the Johnnie Walker Unplugged show

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Kenneth Mugabi performs at the Johnnie Walker Unplugged show.

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Fans of Afro-soul music were on Saturday treated to an exciting evening with Kenneth Mugabi as he starred at the Johnnie Walker Unplugged show.

The multi-talented artiste dedicated the night to all the ladies in the house as he connected with his audience through his unique love songs.

The event which was hosted at Design Hub in Industrial Area in a studio-like setting attracted droves of soul music lovers who had the venue packed to its fullest as early as 7pm.

Mugabi performed songs off his upcoming album with the crowd’s favourite on the album being one that features in Luo. He also performed some of his popular songs like “Amaaso”, “Rita” and “Kibunomu”, which left the crowd yearning for more and shouting “tukademu”, meaning let’s do it again.

He crowned the night  with an electric performance of the crowds all-time favourite “Naki”, which got the fully packed house singing along to every line.

Revelers enjoying performances at the Johnnie Walker Unplugged show.

The show that ended at exactly 11:30pm is one of the many that will be taking place at Design Hub throughout the year. Next week’s show will be a tribute to Oliver Mtukudzi.

“Johnnie Walker is an icon of progress and this event is  about celebrating the incredible steps forward that these artistes we are showcasing on Unplugged have made,” said Roger Agamba International Premium Spirits Brand Manager, Uganda Breweries Limited.

Revelers were also challenged to sing an Oliver Mtukudzi song for which they got to win tickets to the next show which will serve as a tribute to the departed iconic Zimbabwean artiste.

The Johnnie Walker Unplugged show is an intimate boutique show delivering an unrivaled up-close experience of great Ugandan singers performing in a studio-style setting.

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I was raped by my uncle at 15 — Judith Heard reveals as she launches safe space for rape victims

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Socialite Judith Heard has launched her organisation dubbed “Day One Global” aimed at offering a safe space to rape and sexual assault victims to share their stories. She unveiled the organisation on Social Media where she also revealed she is a rape victim. She says she was raped by her uncle at the age of 15, and later at 17 by two armed security officers.

Here’s what she posted:

Today I stand with you. Today I present to you a new beginning, a place to hold that conversation. Am your day one.” I was defiled by my uncle at the age of 15, on the night before my final school exams and later on, at 17 raped by two army officers at gun point. As a young girl growing with big ambitions and bigger dreams , I was tormented by nightmares of what had happened to me in my earlier years.

Fortunately I had a loving and caring grandmother who I felt I could share this deepest and darkest secret with. Little by little i became self-aware of the things that i would do if only I was more confident and if I recognized my worth. All I needed from day one was a safe space where I felt I could share my story. My now deceased Grandmother took the time to listen to me and she told me that everything would be okay.

If we have more people willing to listen and believe, that would make life much easier for everyone. We (My team) have come up with an organization @dayonegl that seeks to end rape and sexual assault, aiming to create awareness and provide rehabilitation to survivors.

We believe in a culture of honesty and therefore employ an open door where people can freely communicate with each other. I stand to be the change for everyone challenged and subjected by any form of sexual assault, Join us today to save tomorrow’s super heroes.

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