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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.

“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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Bobi Wine’s Best Friend in trouble for shooting DJ

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Babu Owino, could be Bobi Wine’s Best Friend but he is never far from controversy.

During a bar argument at B-Club in Nairobi, Babu Owino drew his pistol and shot at DJ Evolve.

Babu had been smoking shisha and appeared to have been high. Hours earlier, Babu had posted that Raila Odinga would be president by ballot or bullet. Many wondered whether the argument had been about Raila versus Ruto.

By press time, it was being rumoured that DJ Evolve had passed on. Babu Owino is currently in jail over attempted murder.

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I am not in debt — Rema

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Rema in Tikula video

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Singer Rema Namakula has dismissed reports claiming that she is choking on debts.

It had been alleged that Rema had sold off several of her valuable assets to fund her introduction ceremony. The rumors become rife after it emerged that the singer’s car, a Prado TX model, had also been put on sale soon after her introduction. It was alleged this was the singer’s effort to raise more money to pay off debts.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, the “Gutujja” hitmaker insisted that the sale of her car has nothing to do with her current financial position, adding that all the service providers were duly paid.

“You saw how big my introduction ceremony was. The money from selling the car would not have even been enough to feed the guests.” Rema said.

“I am not in debt, and that is one thing I am very scared of,” she added. “I always pay all my service providers promptly and this is why you have never seen anyone come out complaining or say I have defaulted.”

Rema introduced her lover, Dr Hamza Sebunya, in a lavish ceremony that was held in November last year.

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Rema officially announces 2020 concert

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Rema Namakula

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Songstress Rema Namakula has started off the year in high gear as she officially announced her 2020 concert.

The announcement was made during a press conference held at the New Vision offices on Wednesday. She will be thrilling her fans in a live concert dubbed “Hottest 2020” that will take place on Valentine’s Day at Hotel Africana.

Speaking to media, Rema applauded her fans for their continued support throughout the years and promised to deliver her best at the concert.

“This concert is majorly for my fans, the fuel that has kept the music engine burning all these years. You guys have given me your everything by supporting me in all aspects of my life so this is going to be a thank you from me. Come expecting the best from me.” Said Rema.

Organised by KT Events, Rema will also hold subsequent shows across the country. She entertain her fans at Collin Hotel in Mukono on February 15, Maria Flo in Masaka on February 16, and Agip Motel in Mbarara and Lyantonde on February 22 &23 respectively. She will conclude with a show at Freedom City on Women’s Day.

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