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MTN Uganda partners with Breathtaking Uganda to promote domestic tourism

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MTN Uganda has entered a partnership with Breathtaking Uganda that will
see young Ugandans explore more of their country.

The partnership targeted at mainly the youth, is a co-marketing initiative between the two organizations with the aim of growing domestic tourism awareness and encouraging young Ugandans to explore their country.

In the partnership, Breathtaking Uganda; a local tourism promotion firm, will organize monthly trips to different exciting locations of the country culminating into the big one at the end of the year in which Ugandans will move across the country in a 31-day trip from 1st December to 31st December.

MTN Uganda will engage its millions of subscribers especially under the Pulse segment with a special discount of up to 25% on fully paid trips. This will bring the planned experiences within reach of many Ugandans under this category.

Pulse is MTN Uganda’s youth platform created for the young at heart and mind.

Also worth noting is that MTN’s over 5 million social media base will learn more about their country through regular updates of Breathtaking Uganda’s activities, get discounted offers or win free tickets to the adventure destinations by following the activities on the MTN and Breathtaking Uganda digital platforms.

Hellen Kirungi, the MTN Pulse Manager said, “This is a partnership that provides a great opportunity to drive the domestic tourism agenda by taking Ugandans to various breathtaking destinations through our digital platforms. This also ties in with our duties as the leader in telecommunications business and gives us the chance to share locally made and generated organic content that is unique and very appealing to our subscribers.”

“We also want to encourage the growth of the tourism business. We are therefore happy to partner with Breathtaking Uganda and we encourage all Ugandans to look out for these exciting excursions and content on all our digital.” She added.

Breathtaking Uganda has a year-long domestic tourism promotion campaign where Ugandans and even non-Ugandans pay discounted rates for an experience of a lifetime to tour Uganda’s breathtaking destinations.

During these trips various exciting activities are engaged in such as – road trips, nature walks, camping, quiz nights, wildlife/game viewing experiences, campfires and barbeques, pool parties, beach parties, gorilla/primates tracking, bird watching, scenery viewing and photography, mountain hiking, silent disco, water rafting, zip lining and boat cruises to mention just a few.

According the Breathtaking Uganda’s CEO Isaiah Jobs Rwanyekiro, there are five more trips before the end of year starting with;

• Kibale/Semuliki National Park Fort Portal from 26th – 28th July

• Sipi Falls (Mt. Elgon National Park) in Mbale on 30th August to 1st September

• Queen Elizabeth National Park on 27th – 29th September

• Kalangala Island Beach festival on 25th to 27th October at Brovad Sands lodge

• And the grand trip “Around Uganda in 31 breathtaking days” from 1st to 31st December 2019.

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MultiChoice Uganda premieres two short films

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Multi choice Uganda last week on Friday premiered two short films.  The two films, “Promise” and “Ensulo” were premiered at the multi choice head offices in Kololo. Each of the one hour films were created in Kenya and will be showing on DSTV, Pearl Magic channel 161.

According to Joan Semanda, PR and communications MultiChoice said the premier of the two short films were in line with both DSTV and GO TV showing support for the Uganda film industry. “WE also encourage young students with passion in film making as either film directors or actors to pursue career as we are here to support them.”

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Ugandan cosmetic line, Minama launches new skin care product

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Ugandan beauty and cosmetics brand, Minama has released a new skin care product on the market.

The brand’s C.E.O Afsana Pey S.K has announced the release of its Minama skin oil, which goes on the market today, in Uganda and across the continent.

“Minama skin glow oil has really helped many of our clients and myself, particularly for ailments like Acne, blemishes, black spots, scars etc. It also clears your skin and leaves it glowing with that beautiful shine,” she explains.

When asked what was her motivation for setting up the skin care line, Afsana explains that she suffered with skin issues for a long time, and being as there weren’t many solutions available on the market, she decided to start up her own skin care line, whose many other products include lotions, soaps, creams and other cosmetics.

“I know first-hand how bad skin can affect you, especially your confidence, so I started the line to help others and myself. We have more products launching in December, and we can’t wait for all our clients, old and new to get their hands on this skin oil,” she concludes.



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Vivo Energy donates 15 million shillings worth of school materials to Kiswa Primary School

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Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, has today visited Kiswa Primary School in Bugolobi, Kampala and donated school materials and sanitary towels worth Fifteen million Uganda shillings to enhance its Schools’ Education Support programme.

The donation was handed over by Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director, Mr. Gilbert Assi in the presence of the school community, Vivo Energy Group Chairman, Mr. John Daly, Non-Executive Director, Ms. Hixonia Nyasulu, Executive Vice President for East and Southern Africa, Mr. Hans Paulsen and staff. 

Kampala Capital City Authority’s Director of Education and Social Services, Miss Juliet Nambi Namuddu was the guest of honour at the colourful function that was also attended by the Mayor of Nakawa Division, Hon. Ronald Bamwezo under whose jurisdiction the school is located.

Speaking at the school visit, Mr. Gilbert Assi remarked that education is one of Vivo Energy’s priority areas of community investment.

“We believe in empowering the future generation of leaders by giving them opportunities to learn. We hope that the support that we have given to this school today will in turn lead to improved literacy, better grades and overall improvement of the school’s performance.”

He added, “Vivo Energy Uganda’s Schools’ Road Safety Education programmes have in the past five years trained pupils in over 120 primary schools as road safety ambassadors. Kiswa Primary School was one of the first schools that we approached at the time. We are pleased that this relationship has progressed to the point where we are confident in the abilities of the children to support fellow children to observe safe road practices. We focus on children as the future drivers in order to inculcate in them a culture of road safety at a young age. Children can also be effective in influencing their parents’ behaviour and through these efforts, we would like to win them over first as a way to reach their parents.”

Ms. Aisha Bagaya Ntege, the Head Teacher of Kiswa Primary School commended Vivo Energy Uganda for identifying the school’s challenges and supporting the administration to address them.

“Our school population consists of over 2000 children, drawn from the less fortunate communities near and far from our location. We try our best to manage the existing challenges such as limited learning resources, nutrition, absenteeism of female students due to poor management of menstruation and more. I am delighted that companies such as Vivo Energy Uganda have a heart for the communities around them and reach out to support education. We appreciate this gesture.”

KCCA Director of Education and Social Services, Ms. Juliet Nambi Namuddu expressed her appreciation to Vivo Energy Uganda for supporting education in Uganda: “On behalf of KCCA, that manages public schools in the city, we commend Vivo Energy Uganda for continually partnering with us to make education experience for the children less of a challenge. We encourage like-minded organisations to join us in a similar initiative.”

Adding, “It is a sad reality that one out of 10 African girls skip school or drop out of school entirely due to lack of menstrual products and proper access to proper sanitation according to United Nations Children’s Fund. However, this hindrance to the education of female students is now a priority for the KCCA and for the Ministry of Education.”

Vivo Energy Group Chairman John Daly and Non-Executive Director, Ms. Hixonia Nyasulu are currently in the country on a business familiarization tour of Vivo Energy Uganda.

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