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New hub to empower Somali refugees living in Uganda launched

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A team from the US Embassy poses for a group photo with some of the students at Hope Hub during the launch ceremony on Wednesday.

A team from the US Embassy poses for a group photo with some of the students at Hope Hub during the launch ceremony on Wednesday.

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Local NGO, iProfile Foundation, in partnership with the US Mission Uganda, has launched a new initiative aimed at empowering the Somali refugees living in Uganda. On Wednesday, they officially opened a community school in Kisenyi, Kampala called Hope Hub which offers vocational education to the Somali community.

Hope Hub is indeed a beacon of hope to the refugees and was welcomed with overwhelming support from the Somali community. With  less than a month since its inception, they have already admitted over 100 students with more individuals continuing to show interest in enrolling for the different programs offered every passing day.

According to Omar Ali, the chairman iProfile Foundation, the hub equips students with life skills and knowledge needed to easily integrate with the local community and also make a living for themselves.

“We are helping Somali people who are now living in Uganda to integrate into the local community,” he said. “We are taking baby steps, and hopefully in future we will include Luganda lessons on our curriculum.”

Hope Hub currently offering six classes which include knitting, make-up, ICT, photography, henna art and English lessons which are conducted daily from Monday to Saturday.

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Ugandan movie “Veronica’s Wish” to be premiered this month

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New Ugandan Movie “Veronica’s Wish” is set to be premiered this month.

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The film that stars Malaika Nyanzi, Nisha Kalema, Moushema Housen and Simon Kalema will be premiered on November 17, at Kampala Serena Hotel.

According to the organizers, the premiere will feature a red carpet.

“Veronica’s Wish” was written and produced by multi award winning film maker Nisha Kalema and directed by multi award winning film director Rehema Nanfuka.

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Michael Jackson claims highest-paid Dead Celebrity Title for sixth consecutive year

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Michael Jackson topped the dead celebrities rich list for a sixth year in a row.

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The King of Pop, who died in 2009, remains the top-earning star beyond the grave, according to Forbes magazine, thanks to a $399 million (£313 million) windfall over the past year.

The “Thriller” star has now made £1.8 billion in the nine years since his death.

Elvis Presley, the father of Jackson’s former wife Lisa Marie Presley, comes in second on the 2018 dead celebrities rich list with $39.5 million (£31 million), while golfer Arnold Palmer is third.

Source: Aceshowbiz

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Adventure seekers set for trip to Murchison Falls

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Murchison falls national park

Giraffes grazing in Murchison falls national park.

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While Uganda is acclaimed as a top tourist destination globally, the tourism uptake locally still remains low. To counter this, there has been a rise in initiatives aimed at encouraging domestic tourism both by the government and private sector.

Recently, several local tour operators have embarked on organizing subsidized adventure trips all year round to different touristic destinations around the country, allowing the masses to also enjoy the beauty that is Uganda.

The latest tour company to also get on this wagon is Tuje Safaris who are organizing an expedition to Murchison Falls national park. Slated for this weekend, adventure seekers will enjoy a 3-day getaway in the wild.

In an interview with Baryamuzura Mikdad Kaddu, the co-founder Tuje Safaris, he explained that the trip is aimed at dispelling the myth that tourism is a reserve for the privileged upper echelons of society and encourage the general citizenry to participate in domestic tourism.

“We want people to start appreciating their own. This is why we are offering subsidized trips,” he relayed. “We want people to change the mindset that tourism events are for the rich. We believe this is what will boost domestic tourism in our country.”

He further revealed they are planning to hold more such trips in future. “We shall have rounds of such trips to almost all physical feature attractions in the country. We shall have the next one at Queen Elizabeth national park later this year.”

Located on the shores of Lake Albert in northwest Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park is home to several bird species and wild game. Travellers, who set off on Friday, 2nd November and return Sunday, 4th November, will get to enjoy a game drive, cinema in the wild and a camping experience among others. Trip costs 150K(Single) and 250K(couples).

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