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Y Plus Beauty Pageant 2018 launch

Some of the previous winners in the Y Plus Beauty Pageant pose for a group photo during the launch ceremony of the pageant’s 2018 edition held at Sky Hotel on Friday.

By Our Reporter

The annual Y Plus Beauty Pageant is back. Returning for its 5th edition, it will be held on Saturday, November 24 in Kampala. The pageant which is organised by the Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA) is geared towards ending stigma and discrimination among people living with HIV/AIDS through empowering the young people with knowledge and advocacy skills to enable them lead the fight against the stigma.

Speaking during the launch ceremony of this year’s edition held at Skyz Hotel last Friday, Nicholas Niwagaba, the UNYPA Executive Director, noted that pageant is one of the ways through which they are building capacity of young people living with HIV and training them to be ambassadors of change in their communities.

“The success stories from the ambassadors that take part in the Y+ beauty pageant show that these young people grow and shine with this platform because firstly; they are shown that they are beautiful, secondly, they are told to embrace themselves and lastly to adhere to their medications. We hold the pageant to build the capacity of young people living with HIV to equip them as ambassadors of change in their communities.” He noted.

During the same ceremony, Nawanyanga Gloria, the Miss Y+ 2017, attested to being involved in several sensitization programs aimed at empowering young people since being crowned beauty queen last year.

“As an ambassador, I have been doing lots of outreach programs in schools and the community at large through which I have sensitized the masses about HIV/AIDS and educated them about their rights.” Nawanyanga Gloria said.

“We need safe places such as this pageant where we young people living with HIV/AIDS can freely express ourselves and also feel empowered to reach our full potential.” She added.

To be held under the theme, “Confronting HIV with bold steps”, the pageant will see several auditions held across the country where regional winners will be selected to compete for the ultimate Mr & Miss Y+ crown.  The regional auditions will first be hosted in Wakiso district for central region on October 6, then Apac district for the Northern region on October 13, Rukungiri district for the Western region on October 27 and finally Iganga district for Eastern region on November 3.

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Singer Dina Rukoti starts the year with ‘Magoba’ video

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By Stuart G-Khast

New talent Dina Rukoti who has now released her newest video Magoba. Magoba which was dropped last week is already doing well with song enjoying airplay on Radio, TV and Kampala bars.

Magoba was produced by Ronnie and video shot by Zygaphix.

Dina Rukoti was born Kyasiimire Diana and is a student at Makerere university Business school (MUBS) pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management. She is signed under Runo Concepts management.

Watch video here

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Eddy Kenzo to spearhead national tree planting campaign

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CCBA’s Simon Kaheru (R), musician Eddy Kenzo and representatives from ESSI share a moment at the launch of the tree planting campaign held on Friday at the Coca Cola plant in Namanve.

By Our Reporter

Eddy Kenzo has been named green ambassador. The singer will spearhead a conservation campaign in which he will raise awareness about climate change and also encourage masses across the country to plant trees.

Championed by Environment Social Safeguards International (ESSI) in partnership with Coca-Cola Beverages Africa(CCBA) in Uganda and National Forestry Authority, the initiative targets to plant over 4000 trees in effort to conserve the environment.

“I am excited to be working with ESSI on this campaign to plant trees across the country and want to encourage all Ugandans to join this initiative,” Kenzo said. “Planting a tree is a blessing because you are giving life while also making our country look beautiful. It is time for us to all go green.”

Eddy Kenzo plants a tree.

Eddy Kenzo plants a tree.

According to Khasim Ngabirano, the CEO Environment Social Safeguard International, the campaign aims to create awareness about the importance of tree planting in combating negative effects of climatic change. He noted that trees play an essential role in mitigating the impact of climate change and we therefore should act now to mitigate its negative effects.

Simon Kaheru, the Public Affairs & Communications Director Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda expressed excitement about this partnership saying: “We are looking to beat climate change but also protecting the environment by planting trees. Planting trees is one of the most important things we can do as Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda to contribute to conserving the environment.

“At Coca-Cola, we place priority on watershed protection and conservation, and we are proud of the work that ESSI has done in Uganda to help restore trees. The trees not only add beauty and provide shade but they also provide a barrier to storms and help retain water in the soil, which is very important for the country.”

Uganda’s forest cover has been depleted to 8% up from 24% in 1990s, and this is largely attributed to human encroachment for different activities such as agriculture and urbanization.

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Alex Muhangi releases animated “Entogo” video

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By Staff Writer

Comedian and now singer Alex Muhangi has released his Entogo video to his fans. Unlike most videos on circulation, Entogo is animated and interesting to watch.

Alex Muhangi is slowly growing his music collection from Olukwe, Bamuleke and now Entogo

Watch Entogo here

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