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MTN Uganda sponsors 3 Ugandan journalists to Highway Africa

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MTN LOGOIn line with its commitment to enhance and impact journalism, media and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa, MTN Uganda sponsored three Ugandan journalists to attend the just concluded Highway Africa Conference in South Africa.

2013 marks the 12th year of MTN’s support of the Highway Africa Conference, which is the world’s largest gathering of African journalists to address challenges facing African journalists and assess the impact of technological changes on the media. The Conference is a project of Rhodes University (Grahamstown, South Africa), in partnership with Telkom, Absa Barclays and MTN. The number of MTN Operations sending sponsored journalists to the conference has increased over the years.

The three journalists; Charles Kodili -Gazzaman, Business Editor at Red Pepper, Arthur Oyako On-line Editor- New Vision and Ismail Ladu  Business Reporter with Daily Monitor took part in the three day  conference hosted by Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in partnership with the Department of Communications (South Africa), Corporate South Africa, development agencies and media associations.

For over a decade, the Highway Africa conference has been at the centre of Africa’s debates on journalism, media and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The conference has over the years become the largest annual gathering of African journalists in the world.

Welcoming the journalists back on Thursday 5th September 2013, MTN Uganda’s General Manager Corporate Services, Anthony Katamba expressed the company’s continued commitment to support the media fraternity both locally and on the continent as a whole.

“We are proud of the immense contribution of MTN Uganda in enabling Ugandan journalists to be part of critical reflection and engagement on what it means to be a media practitioner and scholar in the African continent. This is an annual conference to which MTN typically sponsors journalists from the business section of our key partner newspapers on recommendation of their CEOs and Editors in Chief. This is something MTN Uganda will continue doing as a commitment to our support for impactful journalism in the country and Africa at large,” Katamba said.

Commenting on their experiences at the just concluded Highway Africa Conference, the three journalists had the following comments:

Charles Kodili -Gazzaman, Business Editor at Red Pepper said, “It is definitely value for money for MTN giving us that opportunity to critically dissect the profession of journalism at the just concluded Highway Africa conference.”

Arthur Oyako, On-line Editor- New Vision said, “There is much to carry back home for somebody who draws life both from IT and journalism. The blend of policies and case studies was great. The evenings were just as good. I wish I could do this again next year. Thank you MTN.”

Ismail Ladu, Business Reporter at the Monitor Publications said, “Off course without the goodwill of MTN, such an opportunity could have taken long to come by. I am thankful that I was able to network and share experiences with the great speakers and fellow journalists from across the African continent. We were able to exchange ideas on how we can practice our trade-journalism. That was definitely the icing on the cake. I thank MTN for making all this possible”.

Key note speakers at the Conference included among others, the Honourable Minister Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Government of the Republic of South Africa. She noted that the media has an immense role to play in the continent’s development agenda adding that the Conference provided a forum for discussion on sustainable development and tit bits on how the media can educate African people on what little things they could do in their own environments that could make a difference.

In his opening remarks, Dr Sizwe Mabizela the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Rhodes University said the Conference which started off as an ad-hoc conference featuring just 65 delegates in 1996 has grown into a highly prestigious conference and the most pre-eminent platform for journalists, media practitioners and professionals, policy-makers and others to exchange views and reflect on the challenges facing their profession and practice in the African continent and beyond.

This years’ Highway Africa Conference theme was ‘Speaking truth to power? Media, Politics and Society’ and participants were taken through a multi-pronged programme with the following components:

Research: mapping the terrain of the challenges of the interface of technology, journalism and the media;

Education and Training: responding to the identified gaps this project makes a practical intervention by re-skilling, upskilling, educating and training journalists;

Reporting Development: this is our new and exciting project that seeks challenge and transform how African journalism and media cover the development agenda. The project consists of three elements – a web portal (www.reportingDNA.org), an annual Reporting Development Forum and training workshops.

Conference: the flagship of the programme, it is the forum for critical reflection on journalism, media, technology and development in Africa.

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Equity Bank Uganda targets Ugandans in the Diaspora

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Equity Bank Uganda will be showcasing feasible investment and banking opportunities for diaspora customers back home at this year’s Uganda North America Convention being held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, from August 29 to September 1, 2019.

A delegation led by the Bank’s Executive Director, Anthony Kituuka will be attending the Trade and Investment Forum, the Networking Mixer and Miss Uganda North America Beauty Pageant from Thursday August 29 to Friday, August 30. They will be sharing more information on diaspora savings, loans and money remittance facilities for Ugandans working globally but are interested in investing and banking in Uganda.

Speaking about the event, Mr. Kituuka said, “It is now very convenient for Ugandans working in the diaspora to run bank accounts back home. As one of the banks handling large inflows of diaspora remittances, we recognize that our customers residing in foreign countries require convenience when they want to transact back home. Our Diaspora banking services have all the features you need to manage your finances while working abroad,” he added.

The e-banking system allows Ugandans living in the diaspora to make money transfers through SWIFT services and thirteen money transfer solutions across the globe. The Bank also offers 24/7 banking support via online banking (EazzyNet), mobile banking (EazzyBanking App) as well as access to financing formortgages, land purchase and equity release facilities.

“We have taken appropriate security measures to ensure that account opening, transfer processes and management of bank accounts is seamless, “said Mr.Kituuka.

Equity Group has banking subsidiaries inUganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, DRC and Rwanda. Equity Group recently signed a preliminary agreement with Atlas Mara Limited that will see the Bank’s entry into Zambia and Mozambique. Most recently, it set up a Commercial Representative Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The World Bank and Bank of Uganda reports say Ugandan citizens in the diaspora have been sending home over a billion dollars over the last three years. In 2017, Ugandans in the diaspora sent home US $1.4 billion though that figure fell slightly to US$ 1.312 billion in 2018.

The theme for this year’s convention is Cultural Diversity and Economic Empowerment: Building a Stronger Diaspora Community while Miss Uganda North America is running under Empowering Young Women to Lead.

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The MultiChoice Talent Factory announces MTF Academy Class of 2019

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MultiChoice Africa is thrilled to announce that the final students for the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy Class of 2019 have been chosen. After a two-month long rigorous selection process across 13 African countries, 60 aspiring filmmakers representing East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa will begin their 12-month training programme at the MTF Academies in Nairobi, Lusaka & Lagos in October this year.

The final candidates were selected after a rigorous interview and adjudication process by film and television experts, as well as regional Academy Directors Njoki Muhoho (East Africa), Berry Lwando (Southern Africa) and Femi Odugbemi (West Africa). Launched in May 2018 as part of MultiChoice Africa’s ground-breaking corporate shared value (CSV) initiative, the MTF Academy is a 12-month fully-funded training programme aimed at upskilling the next generation of passionate young film creatives. As the first touchpoint of the shared-value initiative, the academy’s curriculum was tailored alongside MultiChoice Africa partner institutions Pan-Atlantic University in Lekki, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and the University of Zambia in Lusaka, which will respectively confer the course qualification upon completion of the academy programme.

In addition, The Henley Business School offers an orientation intervention to the students at the beginning and end of the 12-month programme. The appetite for training opportunities across Africa is massive within the creative film and TV industry, according to MultiChoice Talent Factory Director Cheryl Uys-Allie, which is exactly why the MTF Academy programme was launched.“As one of the few industry players that not only tell African stories but also invest in them, the need for a dynamic training programme such as the MTF Academy has been a long time coming. As MultiChoice Africa, we always ask ourselves: what’s next in the industry, and how can we better prepare for it? The MTF Academy was the answer to that question: By giving young Africans the chance to hone their television and film production skills,” says Uys-Allie.The Class of 2019 is hot on the heels of the inaugural Class of 2018, who are ready to graduate and have their first films screened on M-Net channels and Showmax.

This year’s class will reap the additional rewards of -new partnerships between the MTF Academy and Jasco Broadcast Solutions as well as Nihilent with its connection to Bollywood, as well as existing partnerships with the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA), DOLBY Institute and Universal Music Nigeria (UMG). As part of their curriculum, the 2019 candidates will also be exposed to the MTF Masterclasses, aimed at upskilling industry professionals and emerging creatives alike by offering exclusive access to practical, expert-led industry skills workshops across the 13 participating countries. Here’s to another year of investing directly in Africa’s dynamic storytelling spirit through the MTF Academy!

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Supa Sigiri’s Relieve Households In Uganda Of Annual Excessive Charcoal Expenses

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The Government of Uganda through the Uganda Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion Project, a Government of Uganda project, implemented by Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) is encouraging the public to use improved cook stoves dubbed ‘Supa Sigiris’ designed to use less charcoal, emit less smoke and cook faster than the ordinary cooking stoves found in most homes. Currently, Supa Sigiri’s can relieve their users of at least 360,000Ushs worth of annual charcoal expenses.

According to the 2016/2017 Uganda National Household Survey, almost every household in the country either uses charcoal or firewood for cooking, revealing that the dependency on firewood as a source of energy is straining the environment locally, regionally and globally. Ordinary Sigiri’s emit large amounts of black carbon which in the long run contribute to global warming. 

The collective benefits of using any of the Supa Sigiri types are;

  • Supa Sigiris use less charcoal,
  • Supa Sigiris cooking time is greatly reduced thus making them a faster means of meal preparation,
  • Supa Sigiris emit less smoke, and therefore reduce the risk of health issues household members may face in association with smoke fumes released within the home, 
  • Supa Sigiris also ensure a cleaner and safer environment generally in the home because of their unique design.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Capital FM Cook off with Supa Sigiri held last Friday, 23rd August 2019, Michael Oboth Sales Personnel for the Envirofit and Ecozoom cook stoves explained that the Envirofit and Ecozoom are a product of a World Bank research to combat climatic change which has become a global concern. ‘Both Envirofit and Ecozoom cook stoves save consumption rate of fuel by 58%, have a 78% faster cooking rate and 82% smoke reduction.’ Oboth added that one can cook with the Envirofit cook stove in the comfort of one’s choice:  on top of plastic tables, woollen carpets or tiles and they will not cause a fire outbreak.’

Biolite cook stove Representative Uganda Andrew Abacha said, ‘Biolite improved cook stoves can uniquely charge your phone or light up as you cook. It uses minimal amounts of firewood which in the long run addresses environmental, health and financial challenges. It also saves its users money as they need firewood worth only 500 Ushs to cook with every day.’

Charles Akamanya, Sales Representative and Project Development Officer for the Potential Energy cook stove said, ‘The Potential Energy cook stove is versatile, uses both charcoal and firewood, cooks at double the speed and comes with two provisions for cooking both at the top and bottom.’


Debbi Nansumba, Project Officer for the Smart Home Supa Sigiri Cookstove said that being part of the Uganda Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion Project has generally created awareness for the cook stoves and widened the market. She called upon the public to use Supa Sigiris cook stoves because of their benefits that make them unique from ordinary sigiris.

Mugwanya Ahmed the Sales Representative for Ugastove cook stoves said, ‘Ugastoves are durable, can work for 4 years, have less carbon emission, save energy and use less charcoal than ordinary sigiris.’

The Supa Sigiris come in 7 brands and are priced as follows:


Stove typePrice (UGX)
1Smart Home17,000

ILF Smart Home17,000
2Ugastove charcoal stove  45,000

Ugastove dual stove45,000
3Ecozoom Jiko Fresh125,000

Ecozoom Jiko Bora165,000
4Envirofit Super saver charcoal stove200,000

Envirofit Charcoal stove170,000
5Biolite Home stove 2180,000
Potential Energy: Berkley Darfur stove95,000
7BURN Jikokoa150,000

BURN Kunikoa150,000

Any of the 7 Supa Sigiri’s can be bought either by cash or loan (PSFU is reaching out to the various office SACCO’s in and around Kampala for the member credit facility option). Supa Sigiri’s sale points around Kampala and Wakiso can be accessed at the following locations: 

  • Shop No. 4 located at Wandegeya market building, Northern wing,
  • Johnrich supermarket Kabalagala entrance,
  • Bugolobi market entrance, 
  • Nakawa market, charcoal entrance shop No. 278, 
  • Seeta Trading Centre next to Stanbic bank ATM.
  • Capital Shoppers Ntinda and Nakawa Entrance
  • Kasubi Market opposite Kobil Petrol Station

Supa Sigiri’s can also be ordered via the phone on 0783813902; via SMS to 8008, Type Sigiri [leave space] your location and send; Email: info@supasigiri.co.ug; or by visiting the website www.supasigiri.co.ug. The Supa Sigiri’s are also available on the JumiaUG shop.

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