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Myko Ouma to headline the South African Wine Festival

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Stanbic Bank, South African Airways (SAA), Kampala Serena Hotel and Wines of South Africa (WOSA) are set to host the South African Wine festival for 2018.

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The black tie event which has been held annually since 2010 will see the 300 invited wine lovers from across Uganda sample a variety of South Africa‘s best wines along with a delicious seven course menu with each course paired with a specific wine.

Speaking about her high expectations for the evening, Yogi Biriggwa- South African Airways Country Manager, the event patron and founder said, “Every year this event has got bigger and a lot better with an ever improving standard in both the quality and the variety of wines we have on offer. This year we are extremely excited to have a fine selection featuring superb Ses’fikile and Overhex wines from the Cape Winelands.”

An ever growing list of accolades is testament to the high standard of the Ses’fikile and Overhex wines. Among the medals they have won include the International Wines and Spirits Competition, Decanter World Wine Awards and the Michelangelo International Wine awards. Most recently Overhex Wines International’s Survivor Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2016 was chosen as one of the best Chardonnays at the 24th International Chardonnay du Monde competition – a well-respected and globally recognised competition with the sole objective of recognising the world’s best Chardonnay wines.

Talking on behalf of the bank, Daniel Ogong, Stanbic Bank’s Head of Marketing and Communications said, “We are proud to be in partnership with South African Airways each year as we bring a truly world class event to Uganda’s finest wine tasting audiences. This is an event we really enjoy and put our hearts into because it’s true to our heritage and presents the very best of what two of Africa’s leading hospitality nations have to offer.” He explained, “In addition to the fantastic South African wines, our guests will also enjoy some tastes of truly organic Ugandan foods as part of their seven-course meal for the evening. “This is a food and wine marriage made in heaven which will provide an unforgettable dining experience for our esteemed guests. Stanbic has been a proud partner of this event since its inception in 2010, we are extremely pleased to see how the WOSA wine tasting grown to become one of the highlights of the years social calendar.”

World class wine makers from South Africa representing the country’s most important wine makers are expected participate in the wine tasting. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Myko Ouma Uganda’s leading folk and Jazz musician.

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Photos: MC Esco unveils own night

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Ugandan musicians have a new platform to showcase their music. This follows the launch of a new theme night hosted by Mc Esco.

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Last Friday, the renowned media personality and events emcee unveiled his own night dubbed “TGIF”. The night which is hosted at Rock Bar is themed around local music and featured Deejays Malik and Starboy. It attracted a host of revelers who were treated to a cocktail of Ugandan music from past hits to recent chart-toppers.

According to Esco, the theme night is putting emphasis on boosting local talent and it will be strictly playing Ugandan music only.

This night is expected to be welcomed with open warms from Ugandan music lovers as well artistes who have in the past decried lack of ample airplay of their music in local nightclubs and media.

Here are some photos from the event.

MC Esco unveils :TGIF" night at Rock bar

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Uninvited Bobi Wine turns up at Chameleone Saba Saba concert

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The recently concluded Chameleone Legend Saba Saba concert attracted masses from all corners in and around town and it is not surprising that fellow artiste Bobi Wine who was not expected turned up to witness the much anticipated concert.Bobi Wine arrived at about 10:30PM in company of about 15 other people and made his way to the VIP section. Chameleone who was on stage at first ignored him and continued his performance to another three songs before thanking Bobi Wine for unexpectedly showing up. “Thank you Bobi Wine for turning up.” Chameleone then asked all people wearing red beret to put them off as he invited Bobi Wine on stage. “This is not a political show and all people wearing Red beret kindly remove them for the moment”Chameleone requested.Bobi Wine then stepped on stage and the pair mocked each other about their past which was full of fist fights but above all congratulated eachother for building and sustaining the music industry thus far. “You put about 1000 bricks on this mighty wall of Ugandan music industry” Chameleone praised Bobi Wine.Bobi Wine then perfomed his Kyarenga alongside Chameleone. A playful Chameleone mocked Bobi Wine by removing his red beret off his head” they played about.

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Female Ugandan writer wins big at International Literature Awards

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Female Ugandan writer, Harriet Anena won big yesterday after walking away with the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature at the Monson centre, Onikan in Lagos Nigeria.

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Established by the Luminor foundation in honor of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, the Pan African writing prize worth 10,000 USD is awarded every two years to the best literary works produced by an African.

Ms.Anena won the award jointly with Professor Tanure Ojaide,a Nigerian writer who authored “Songs of myself” while Harriet Anena on the other hand authored, “ A nation in Labour,” a collection of poems that talk about Uganda being entangled in a political conflict since independence causing the citizens “labour pains.”She also explores her encounter as a child during the LRA insurgency war.

“Super happy to be the joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2018, for my book, “A Nation In Labour” she tweeted

A total of 110 submissions were submitted from over 11 countries in Africa.

Congratulations Harriet!

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