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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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Miss Uganda – Canada inaugural edition launched

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Former Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo (2nd L) and Miss Uganda Foundation CEO, Brenda Nanyonjo(3rd L) pose for a photo with a team from BigSeal Foundation during a press briefing to announce the Miss Uganda -Canada pageant on Wednesday.

Former Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo (2nd L) and Miss Uganda Foundation CEO, Brenda Nanyonjo(3rd L) pose for a photo with a team from the BigSeal Foundation during a press briefing to announce the Miss Uganda -Canada beauty pageant on Wednesday.

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The inaugural edition of the Miss Uganda – Canada beauty pageant has been launched.

Organised by BigSeal Foundation in partnership with the Miss Uganda Foundation and Uganda High Commission in Canada, the pageant is aimed at celebrating and empowering Ugandan women domiciled in Canada through appreciating their beauty and different talents.

“The Ugandan community in Canada has not been given due attention with other pageants like the Miss Uganda North America,” Kyobe Jack, a representative from the BigSeal Foundation explained. “We want to exhaust all the Ugandan communities and will  be traversing all the provinces in Canada.”

The beauty pageant auditions will take place in the four provinces of Canada, kicking off on 6th June in Ottawa, then 13th June in Toronto, 20th June in Vancouver and 27th June in Edmonton. They will culminate into a grand finale on 4th July in Toronto where the Miss Uganda – Canada beauty queen will be crowned.

While speaking to media on Wednesday, Brenda Nanyonjo, the CEO Miss Uganda Foundation revealed that their partnership with the BigSeal Foundation comes as part of their efforts to build relationships with other pageants in the diaspora.

“The Miss Uganda franchise under Kezi Entertainment is celebrating 10 years this year and this partnership is very timely as we are now trying to build relationships with the diaspora community,” said Brenda Nanyonjo, the CEO Miss Uganda Foundation . “Our role in the Miss Uganda-Canada pageant will be to mentor the beauty queens and readying them for the big stage.”

The top three finalists will go on to participate in the Miss Canada and Miss Uganda–North America pageants.

They will also be involved in different charity projects in Uganda through the “Beauty with a Purpose” initiative by Quin Abenakyo, a former Miss Uganda and Miss World Africa.

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Fresh Daddy could face arrest over embezzling Fresh Kid’s funds

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The latest news on our desk indicates that Mutabaazi Paul aka Fresh Daddy, father to young rapper Fresh Kid could face arrest if he fails to account for the rapper’s money.

Information coming in from our sources has it that earlier this week Fresh Daddy was summoned to Minister Nakiwala Kiyingi’s office to explain how he uses money that is given to him from Fresh Kid’s manger a thing that he failed to explain. Fresh Daddy has been given an ultimatum of one week to account for it and failure to do so could see him face arrest.

According to people around him, Mutabaazi has been wasting Fresh Kid’s money for a long time.

We will keep you posted

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Cindy looking to inspire fellow female musicians in daring Cricket Oval concert

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Cindy Sanyu speaking to media during a press conference held at Bight of Benin on Monday.

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Musician Cindy Sanyu is set for a mega concert dubbed “Boom Party Concert” slated for this Saturday, March 7 at Lugogo Cricket Oval.

The “Ayokyayokya” star will be hoping to make history as the first Ugandan female musician to take on the arduous venue, one that has predominantly been used by international artists and countable Ugandan male artists.

Although she admitted worrisomeness about the choice of venue, she insists it is for the greater good and hopes to inspire fellow female musicians with the daring move.

“As a female musician who has been in the industry for over a decade, I wanted to cement my legacy with something that has not be done before. This is why I ended up choosing to hold my concert at Lugogo Cricket Oval.” Cindy told media during a press briefing held at Bight of Benin restaurant on Monday.

“I also want to squash this notion that it is only international musicians that can fill up Lugogo as well as inspire fellow women that it can be done.” She added.

Meanwhile, Cindy has promised to give fans a memorable experience, revealing that she will be performing with twice the number of dancers and instrumentalists than she usually does.

The “Boom Party Concert” will feature other artists such as Kent & Flosso, Eddy Kenzo, Maro, Karole Kasita, Rabadaba, Silver X (from South Sudan), and Viper Ranking among others.

“I know I can’t do this on my own. I am calling on everyone to come and support me.  Join me and we make history together.” She concluded.

The concert is being organised by Nexus Events and sponsored by Tusker Malt. Tickets are on sale at Shs. 20,000 (ordinary), Shs. 50,000 (VIP) and Shs 1,000,000(table).

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Raymond Mujuni returns to NTV Uganda

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Like the prodigal son, Raymond Mujuni has been welcomed back to NTV Uganda.

The investigative journalist who had left the Serena-based station in late 2017 to join the investigations desk for rival Kamwokya-based station, NBS TV confirmed his return to NTV on Tuesday.

“Glad to rejoin the Nation Media Group,” Mujuni confirmed on a social media. “I look forward to engaging, improving and growing the content on its platforms to reflect the needs of our audiences.”

According to word on the grapevine, Mujuni resigned from NBS TV over salary-related issues. Sources also revealed that the station failed to deliver on their promise for more resources to support his investigative work.

During his two years at NBS, Mujuni was directly involved in 11 investigative reports.

He returns to NTV Uganda in an editorial role.

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