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StarTimes & China Film companies give back

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StarTimes has come through once again for some children in the community. It was in 2003 that a one Isaac Nabwana IGG founded a school named Crane Educational Centre in the slums of Wakaliga. You may know him as the man behind Wakaliwood, the popular film company that has produced local action movies with martial arts as a big element. His work has attracted many to his camp and lately, 5 top film companies from China came to pay him and his school a visit, joined by StarTimes which has been a supporter of the school for a few years now.

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The production companies that donated to the school are recognized as the Top 5 best in China. They are: Ciwen Media Group Co. Ltd, Hangzhou Jiaping Pictures Co. Ltd, Shanghai Linmon Pictures Co. Ltd, Daylight Entertainment Co. Ltd, and National Radio and Television Administration. With StarTimes, they gave the children school requirements such as exercise books, sets, school bags, and pencil cases. Crane Educational Centre has a total of 375 kids with 21 members of staff who do their level best for the children. Isaac Nabwana stated that, “I am happy about the gesture because the donations from StarTimes and the Chinese are aimed at easing the conditions in which these children study as well as their general welfare. The Chinese chose my school because it is well known for promoting the Chinese culture especially through Kung Fu training both at school and in the community.”

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12 kids made a Kung Fu presentation for the Chinese guests who were grateful for the efforts the school puts in to teach the Chinese culture and also thanked Isaac Nabwana for his work. They shared their intentions of creating a relationship between Uganda and China in regards to film production in future. The children also got to be entertained with a screening of an animation which they enjoyed, and after which, proceeded home.

“StarTimes believes in empowering children in particular because they are the ones who will carry the mantle in years to come. We have had a relationship with this school for some time now and we try to provide what is necessary to help them excel. Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces makes us happy too. Isaac is doing something positive for his community and we believe that our support encourages and motivates him to soar on. We do our best to contribute to the development of society.” said Cleopatra Koheirwe, the PR Manager at StarTimes

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Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards 2019 FashionPreneur slated for next Saturday at Kingdom Kampala

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As build up for the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards in December, The ASFAs 2019 will hold their fashionprenuer next Saturday at Kampala Kingdom. FashionPrenuer is a fashion exhibition that sees Key fashion industry stakeholders share their source of inspiration, discuss the challenges they face as Fashionpreneurs and speak on their experiences while debating the solutions to empower the next generation of Fashionpreneurs.

The event will have both exhibitors and attendees showcasing and admiring fashion respectively. You can register and pay online to attend.

ASFAs 2019 are slated for 13th December at Kampala Serena hotel. The awards this years have 14 designated categories and will see the best fashion faces awarded. Entrance is only 100,000ugx and tickets are available on their website.

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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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StarTimes wins “Africa Best Content App” at Digital Impact Awards Africa 2019

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The grand finale of the 6th annual Digital Impact Awards Africa 2019 (DIAA) was on 20th September 2019 at Mestil Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. Under the theme “Include Everyone”, The Digital Impact Awards Africa is a platform that promotes Digital inclusion, financial inclusion and cyber security.

DIAA is Africa’s most important gathering of C-Level Executives, and Senior Digital and IT executives. The event was a climax of the Include Everyone- Digital and Financial Inclusion Summit which explores the strategic trends and technologies that are shaping the future of Digital, IT and business. The DIAA seek to recognize, celebrate and appreciate different individuals and organizations that are spearheading the use of digital mediums to better serve their communities. The awards had 16 Uganda categories and 6 Continental categories. There was a jury/research panel assessment and public survey/vote to determine eventual winners. StarTimes was nominated in two categories; Africa Best Content App (Africa), and Disruptive Innovation (Uganda).In the ‘Africa Best Content App’ category, the StarTimes ON App was up against Kwese iflix, DSTV Now and Netflix. StarTimes won the accolade!While in the ‘Disruptive Innovation’ category, the StarTimes ON App was running against MTN MoMoCard, SafeBoda Pairing, Citimasta App, Standard Chartered Bank, and YO TV who won this award. The StarTimes team was very happy to receive the news that they were the winner of the Africa Best Content App-StarTimes ON at the DIAA 2019.

CEO, Mr Franklin Wang (Left), Miss Cleopatra Koheirwe (Centre) and Marketing & Brand Director- Mr Lule Isma (Right)

StarTimes CEO, Mr Franklin Wang said: “It was a tough competition! We were nominated alongside other equally successful companies so it is a great honor winning this award. We thank our customers for their support and DIAA for the recognition.” StarTimes had a lot more reason to celebrate because as they were winning at the DIAA 2019, they were also winning at the 10th annual People’s Choice Quality Awards 2019 that were being held at Hotel Africana. These awards recognize excellence in service, and quality in product. The Awards were given based on a survey done by Muyz Plus Advertising International between January and April 2019 in 5 regions in Uganda: Western, Northern, Central, Eastern, and Kampala. The survey was done in accordance with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics population census geographical data. The People’s Choice Quality Awards recognized more than 20 brands for being exceptionally good at what they do. StarTimes was announced as the Best Pay TV in Uganda, and was awarded by the State Minister for Trade, Hon. Michael Werikhe Kafabusa who was the guest of honor.Mr Franklin Wang, the CEO of StarTimes said, “We are so honored to receive this award. Our team puts in the work to make sure the public gets great service.

We thank our customers for their support because without them, we would not be here. Thank you People’s Choice Awards for acknowledging and appreciating our services.”The StarTimes ON Mobile AppStarTimes ON is StarTimes’ official App providing video streaming service of 70+ LIVE TV channels, exclusive LIVE football matches (StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL), UEFA Europa League, Bundesliga, French Ligue1, and online videos, catch up, short videos, plus TV guide of all 400+ channels on StarTimes’ digital TV platform. The StarTimes Mobile Application which can be downloaded for free on the Google Play Store and Apple App store offers viewers over 70 channels.StarTimesStarTimes is the leading digital TV operator in Africa, serving nearly 20 million users with a signal covering the whole continent and a massive distribution network of 200 brand halls, 3,000 convenience stores and 5,000 distributors. StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, etc. The company’s vision is “To ensure that every African family can access, afford, watch and share the beauty of digital TV”. StarTimes achieves this by combining satellite and terrestrial DTV systems as well as OTT services to provide an open and secure digital wireless platform. The company provides a robust signal transmission service for public and private broadcasters, offers consumers outstanding Pay-TV programs, mobile multimedia, wireless Internet connectivity and convenient online services.

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