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MTN Uganda hosts 2nd Annual Women in Business Panel discussion in celebration of Women

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Ugandan women, like their counterparts in the rest of the world are increasingly rising up to beat the odds in the male dominated job and enterprise arena to take their places in history books as achievers in various categories. These women entrepreneurs represent the spectrum of micro to high growth business, from supporting life to creating wealth. They include the professional women, hair salon owners, high tech visionaries, policy makers among others, all making critical economic contributions.

In recognition of Ugandan Women, MTN on Friday 21st March 2014, held a special Women’s Day Panel discussion under the theme ‘Work life balance – Getting more Women into the real economy’.

This year’s panel was moderated by the Managing Director for NTV Uganda, Mrs. Aggie Konde. The panelists included Ms. Judith Namugenyi – MTN General Manager Business Risk Management, Mrs. Josephine Okot, Victoria Seeds Limited Managing Director, Dr. Maggie Kigozi, Former Executive Director UIA and Mrs. Ruth Sebatindiira– President Uganda Law Society.

Speaking at the event, MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager of Enterprise, Ms. Hazel Twesigye, said since its inception in 1998 MTN Uganda created a stable platform for business to prosper and have created a diversified employee and partner base in Uganda which represents many women previously excluded from the real economy. MTN’s services have changed the way businesses run and among the key beneficiaries are women who have broken all barriers and ceased the opportunity to rise and shine in business and the corporate world.

“MTN Uganda acknowledges the importance of Ugandan women in both the social and economic development of the country. This year, as the rest of the world celebrated the annual International Women’s Day, we thought it best to again give Ugandan women entrepreneurs the opportunity to network and dialogue. We invited business and corporate women from different spheres to engage in a panel discussion and in so doing to act as motivation.” said Twesigye.

Through its leadership position, MTN Uganda employs and supports in excess of 500,000 people both directly and indirectly and a large number of these individuals are women that partner with MTN through its Distribution Network, Mobile Money Service and MTN Business partnerships.

MTN Uganda’s CEO, Mr. Mazen Mroué emphasized the role played by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) adding that the latest statistics show that SMEs have increasingly become one of the Uganda’s leading drivers of the economic growth with over 60% of the countries revenue being generated by this important group; this means that SMEs are a formidable catalyst for development.

At the end of the night, MTN’s “Women In Business Awards” highlighted and honored Uganda women leaders who are making a difference through innovation and inspiration in their respective industry sectors. This innovation and inspiration also stretches to the corridors of government and public sector excellence.

“As we celebrate these special Ugandan women, our hope is that many other Ugandan woman will be inspired to achieve greatness with the knowledge that greatness can be achieved no matter the circumstances.” said Mroué.

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The panel of judges was made up of some distinguished members of the business community and key stakeholders who included Mr. Charles Mbire, Chairman MTN Uganda, Dr. Maggie Kigozi, Member of the Board of Directors Crown Beverages Limited, Dr. Gudula Basaza, Chairperson Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Limited (UWEAL), Mr. Amos Wekesa, Founder and Managing Director Great Lakes Safaris and Mrs. Josephine Kabaga Magulu, Head Private Banking Stanbic Bank.

The Award categories and the winners were:

• CEO of the Year

Jennifer Mwijukye – Unifreight Uganda

• Business Woman of the Year

Josephine Okot – Victoria Seeds

• Science and Technology Award of the Year

Dr. Elizabeth Zikusoka Kalema – Wildlife Conservationist

• Public Sector Excellence Award of the Year

Rebecca Kadaga – Speaker Parliament of Uganda

• Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Christine Amperie – MafutaGo App Developer

• Lifetime Achievement Award

Angelina Wapakhabulo

The event was also graced by the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Hon. Maria Karooro Okurut who thanked MTN Uganda for its consistent support of development initiatives and rallying behind women.

She highlighted the fact that Women entrepreneurs in Uganda are increasingly excelling and competing with their male counterparts by diversifying into areas that were previously male dominated.

“I am a strong believer that Women are the backbone of any economy. They say that ‘If you educate a woman, you educate a nation’. That is why initiatives such as the MTN Women in Business panel discussion and Awards are much welcomed by the Government of Uganda”.

“Vote for your favourite artistes to win in the #ZZINAwards this April. Visit; www.galaxyfm.co.ug or Vote on your phone by dialling *289*4# and follow prompts. Voting closes on April 26th 2014.”

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MTN MoMo Nyabo promo is back, Ugx 1.2 billion in cash prizes up for grabs

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Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer unveiling the new promo.

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MTN Uganda has launched the 3rd edition of the highly rewarding MoMoNyabo promotion. Under the theme “MoMoNyabo Together”, this year’s promotion is designed to help MTN customers with the much-needed support following the negative effects of the covid19 pandemic on the wellbeing of many Ugandans.

Unlike previous editions which were characterized by fanfare around the country and giving away of cars, motorbikes and other prizes, this year MTN is focusing the promotion on supporting customers meet their most urgent needs such as domestic welfare, rebuilding small businesses or meeting outstanding obligations among others.

“Life has not been the same for many. Times are tough, and every Ugandan is trying to find a way to rebuild following effects of covid. It’s in this spirit that MTN is stepping in to be part of several efforts aimed at supporting Ugandans to rebuild”, said Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer.

“MoMoNyabo Together is one of several ways that MTN Uganda is standing with Ugandans in the midst of today’s disruptions,” he further commented.

The MoMoNyabo Together promotion will reward customers that have embraced MoMo, and use it to pay for airtime, bundles, utilities like Yaka, NWSC, TV subscription plus shopping, school fees among several other services, everywhere they go.

MTN has earmarked over UGX 1.2billion in mobile money prizes to be given away to lucky customers and MTN MoMo Agents and/or merchants. The winners will be chosen in draws to be broadcast on NBS and Bukedde TV every day, starting at 8:20pm.

Every week day, two customers that have used MTN MoMo to pay for airtime, bundles or another service, will randomly be chosen and each will win a guaranteed UGX 1m/- with a chance to triple that amount and also win an additional UGX 2m/- for friends and loved ones through an exciting game show. This brings the total amount available for each winner and their beneficiaries to UGX 5m/-.

All this will be broadcast on TV.

To win money for their friends and loved ones, customers’ will be given a chance to participate in a quiz in which they will be asked 5 general knowledge questions each with a multiple choice of answers, for the winners to select the correct one. Each question is worth UGX 800,000 which will be equally split between the winner and their preferred beneficiary. The winner has the option to choose one beneficiary for all the answers they get right or nominate several beneficiaries for each question answered correctly.

Nominated beneficiaries can be individuals, families, organizations/causes who should be active MTN customers.

“MTN MoMo not only saves our customers the inconveniences of having to leave their comfort to get airtime, bundles or other services, it also gives them the chance to win much needed money though this promotion”, Somdev concluded.

Customers don’t have to deposit all their money on the phone but just keep some on MTN MoMo to use it when they need it the most. For example, if you have 5,000/-, you can deposit 2,000/- on your MTN MoMo account and use it to pay for airtime, bundles or other services and enter the MoMoNyabo Together promotion for a chance to win money.

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ISBAT University, Airtel Uganda partner to provide free access to university’s Hybrid Virtual Learning Platform

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ISBAT University has announced a new partnership with Airtel Uganda aimed at providing students with free access to the University’s Hybrid Blended Learning platform.

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ISBAT University has announced a new partnership with Airtel Uganda aimed at providing students with free access to the University’s Hybrid Blended Learning platform using the Airtel internet platform.

The partnership that is in line with the Uganda government’s efforts to ensure safety for everyone as well as education and business continuity from home will see Airtel provide free access to student numbers provided by the university and will be available to all active students of the current semester (Spring 2020).

Commenting about this partnership during the launch, ISBAT University Vice Chancellor Dr. K.M. Mathew noted that World over Universities adopted such learning and assessment practices for the affected semester(s) in order to save the semester and progress academically.

“ISBAT University’s interactive live virtual classes attracted a vast majority of students with lots of encouragement from the University community. The University’s aim is to ensure that our students are not at disadvantage due to the prolonged closure of the University in the lockdown period and we sincerely hope to save the semester in a timely manner,” he noted.

Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar congratulated ISBAT University upon this essential innovation and encouraged the students to utilize this opportunity to further their education.

Since the lockdown of all Education facilities in March 2020, Airtel Uganda has put in place a number of interventions to ensure Ugandans continue to access their education materials. The telecommunications company recently partnered with Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA), as well as a number of online education providers to implement remote learning initiatives.

The collaboration between Airtel and ISBAT is going to be a paradigm shift in the higher education sector of Uganda, especially during this unprecedented pandemic situation.

Students will greatly benefit by this unique arrangement, as they will be able to continue with the academic progress in an uninterrupted manner with more enthusiasm and high academic spirit, without spending anything for expensive internet data.

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The Innovation Village opens new centre in Mbarara

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The Innovation Village has launched its new location in Mbarara City. This is their 3rd new location since the beginning of the year 2020.

According to CK Japheth, the Team Lead at The Innovation Village, “The Innovation Village is a promise to entrepreneurs. Our motivation is the potential that Ugandans have to contribute solutions to the problems challenging their country.”

“In Mbarara, we have set up a community where women and young entrepreneurs can come to network, connect and meet each other, and our mandate is to ensure that entrepreneurs realize their potential, work through their ideas until they scale into sustainable businesses.” Japheth added.

This launch comes at a time after Mbarara was recently awarded its city status. The district has earned its popularity as the land of milk and honey. This move will facilitate uniform and harmonized growth and development.

Mbarara town is a gateway to western parts of Uganda and Great Lakes region countries of Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo. Its population is about 480,000 people, and is second to Kampala in importance, industry, and infrastructure. Mbarara is also the home of one of Uganda’s biggest universities majoring in science and technology.

The Innovation Village seeks to partner with entrepreneurs that are not just technology enabled, but contribute to different sectors like farming, arts and crafts, agriculture to name but a few.

“Entrepreneurs do not know how to create sustainable businesses around what they do. The Innovation Village will help them sieve through their dreams until they settle for a good idea, that can grow and scale into other regions in the country.” He concluded.

The Innovation Village has other locations catering to the needs of entrepreneurs in Gulu, Jinja and Kampala.

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Oner Fruit Juice introduces new flavour

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Oner Juice

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Hariss International, the manufacturers of RIHAM products, have announced a new Oner Fruit Juice flavour. The juice now comes in a  Grapes and Berries flavour,giving consumers another option to choose from.

Oner Grapes & Berries is an addition to the already existing flavours of the Oner family – Oner Apple and Oner Mango which were launched into the market in 2014, and have since grown into successful brands.

“We have introduced a new Oner Juice blend of Grapes and berries to grow and diversify the brand’s family while also fulfilling the consumers’ desire for fruit Juice.” Hariss International said in a press statement.

Due to the multiple health benefits associated with the product, market surveys indicate that Oner Grapes and Berries fruit juice is likely to gain wide acceptance among the masses.

The new oner Grapes and berries recipe will also be trading under the renown slogan “Freshness you can taste” a symbol of the brand’s ability to bring freshness and a sweet – natural taste of Grapes & Berries.

The 500ml Fruit Juice is now available in all retail outlets, supermarkets, and restaurants countrywide at a recommended retail price of UGX 2,000.

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