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Photos: Nile Special 5s returns for Season 2

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The annual Nile Special 5-aside football tournament makes a return for the second successive year following a very successful inaugural campaign at the end of which the Ugandan ladies emerged African champions.

 The national premier social football league is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, 4th April in Arua and Kabale at Police Grounds and Main Stadium respectively revealed the brand manager Francis Nyende during the launch of the soccer showpiece today at Fast Fusion Sports.

 The unique social league is scheduled to extend its reach to various new regions in an effort to cultivate friendship bonds beyond one’s geographical borders.

“The first edition of the Nile Special 5s was a great one for us as a country. Our girls set the bar quite high and it’s up to the teams to rise to the occasion this year. The feat will certainly be harder to replicate because Uganda is no longer a little known entity in this tournament. We are giants,” said Nyende.

“But the journey starts here at home,” added Nyende. “Teams have to first be national champions before they can conquer Africa. All one has to do is to buy 5 Nile Special beers and register his or her team of five to take part in the competition; first the preliminary level, then the regionals and the grand finale. It’s the winner that this stage that gets the opportunity to represent the county at the continental tournament that will be in South Africa between the 16th and 20th of July 2020.”

Unlike the previous tournament, the national representatives will be escorted by 10 fans to the continental showpiece. To stand a chance to be among the lucky fans, one is required to participate in the Samuel Eto consumer promotion. Information on participation is available on our social media platforms.

In 2018 the campaign launched with six countries mainly from the Southern parts of Africa: South Africa, Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and east African country, Tanzania. Last year, saw a major step-up with the addition of three more countries in Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda. In addition to widening the leagues footprint into other countries, a women’s division was introduced to the League.

The 2020 edition is set to make an even bigger impact across the continent as the tournament will be extended from eight to 16 countries in both the men and women’s division. Furthermore, the tournament will be opened to amateur and professional players.

This showpiece will see two Continental final winning teams,each bag an all-expenses paid trip to the Serie A classic derby between Inter Milan and AC Milan later this year, hosted by the renowned legend and Africa 5s ambassador Samuel Eto’o.

 

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Uganda Police endoserses Ykee Benda to pen down song against gender based violence

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The Uganda police recently tasked singer Ykee Benda to produce a song to fight gender based violence and the singer in a fortnight has had results. Ykee Benda today presented his project and has been well received.

We are not sure how much he has bagged from this deal but we can confirm he will be the voice of the Uganda police regarding the subject.

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5 year Mystery: Who Killed Akay 47?

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It is now Five years since the super talented Young dancehall artist one Emmertone Mayanja Also Famously known as Akay 47 Died .

Ugandans especially His fans and Friends still question the family, Team No Sleep boss Jeff Kiwa and Police what really took their star but up to now they haven’t received any reply from the above mentioned parties.

It should be noted that Akay 47 died from Nsambya Hospital after getting unknown attack at Team No Sleep Bar and club known as Deejavu in Kansanga which is currently rebranded as Dons club .

According to the allegations, they were some people at this Bar who were chilling with Akay 47 in this bar and one of the names mentioned is Mumbere who disappeared after the death of this youngster and rumours had it that up to now the guy is hiding in Kasese at the Border of Congo in the place known as Bwera.

This brings many questions to us , Why Mumbere who was a bouncer and at the same time a cleaner at Deejavu disappeared after Akay47 ‘s incident?

Why was he not arrested? And so many other factors .

Akay 47 got his breakthrough song Champion in 2011, he continued to release other hit songs like , Yono, Kaleba , Moving Star , Nalongo wange , Tukikolemu and he died after releasing his first gospel song dubbed as Ndimulokole .

Ugandans miss this talented boy and they really need to know what exactly killed their star.

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Meet Phillip Ganja, a Ugandan film actor and comedian based in South Africa

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Mutebi Norman aka Phillip Ganja is a prominent film director, Producer, Actor, Comedian and studied Drama while in Uganda.

Born to Eddy Ganja, a Ugandan music legend, Soloist and vocalist with the Afrigo band with his six siblings. Nana, William, Vicky,Morgan, Colline and Milva.

 I was one of the best student in my drama school during that time and by then he managed to get a scholarship in high school, then after joined one of the best drama groups in Uganda the Bakayimbira Dramactors who featured in the film hotel Rwanda, i then later travelled to South Africa to promote my acting career.

Together with his brother, Norman, they started a music and films Production company under their father’s name “Ganja” music production to basically help upgrade talent.

 The two brothers have worked with some of the top South African Kwaito artists including Arthur Mafokate, the late Zombo, Purity and Penny Penny the Shangani music star.

 Their Film Company has produced movies like “welcome to south Africa” which sold up to 2 million copies in Uganda and 5000 copies in South Africa on the day of its release. They also produced “Buladina”, a tribute film about the life of fallen star Paulo Kafeero..

 In 2004, he opened a music company called GM Production which dealt in music events and actors after which he later started another company called Celeb Entertainment  which traded  in Celeb Movies in South Africa.

‘I produced a movie called Welcome to South Africa 1 and 2 which was later signed by Next Movies Company also in South Africa’.

 The movie was also recognized as the most selling Ugandan Movie ever on the market before I produced Bradina (1 and 2) and in both Movies am the main character and Producer. Adds Ganja.

 Am very flexible with any role that am assigned to play or act that’s why in the said movies above I managed to act as a traditional doctor and a farmer respectively.

 My current production is a Comedy/ drama piece called ‘The Bachelors’ and am also into charity activities with my ‘Streets Of Africa’ Program where I give back to the poor.

Besides films and commercials, I mostly spend my other time dealing in car spare parts as well as estate and properties.

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Vinka enlists Mr Eazi’s Producer for new album

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Vinka in studio with E Kelly.

Vinka in studio with E Kelly.

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Musician Vinka who signed to Sony Music last year is working on her first big project under the label, we have learnt.

Sources have intimated to us that the “Chips na Ketchup” hitmaker is working on a new music album.

We have further learned the label  has enlisted some of the best music producers on the continent for the project.

Vinka will be working with top producers  including Mr Eazi’s producer, E Kelly as well Diamond Platnumz producer Lizer.

This will be Vinka’s second studio album.

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