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Two Ugandans Among Finalists of CNN Multichoice African Journalist Of The Year 2013

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cnnTwo Ugandan journalists are amongst the 27 finalists for this year prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 Competition.

The two are Carol Natukunda, New Vision and Amon Ngabo, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation.

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Announcing the finalists today, Feria Haffajee, Chair of the Independent Judging Panel said the completion received entries from 42 countries across the continent including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.

“A tough table of judges was often visibly impressed by the range of stories presented to us.  African journalists, as represented by our entries, have risen to the challenge of 2012.  The big stories were well-covered.  The small stories were not forgotten.  We commend the dedication of journalists who are very much part of a rising Africa with rising professionalism, increased appetite for tough and investigative journalism, an eye on those left behind and a deep commitment to telling good stories across many mediums.”

The winners of the competition will be announced at an Award Ceremony and Gala Evening in Cape Town, South Africa, on Saturday 12 October, where CNN International’s ‘NewsCenter’ Isha Sesay will host the evening.

Other 27 finalists from 11 countries:

  • Gifty Andoh Appiah, Joy News TV, Ghana
  • Rebekah Awuah, GBC 24, Ghana
  • Domingos Bento, Seminário Novo Jornal, Angola
  • Thomas Otieno Bwire, Pamoja FM, Kibera, Kenya
  • Axcel Micael Chenney, Le Défi Média Group, Mauritius
  • Florence Dallu, Freelance for Koch FM, Kenya
  • Nicola de Chaud, Freelance for Carte Blanche, South Africa
  • Adrian de Kock, The Star, South Africa
  • Ibrahima-Benjamin Diagne, Radio Futurs Médias (RFM), Senegal
  • Msindisi Fengu & Yandisa Monakali, Daily Dispatch, South Africa
  • Selma Inocência, Rede de Comunicação Miramar, Mozambique
  • Geoff Iyatse, The Guardian, Nigeria
  • Thanduxolo Jika & Media 24 Investigations Team, Media 24, South Africa
  • Judy Jeptum Kosgei & Mauritius Oduor, Citizen TV, Kenya
  • Lucas Ledwaba, City Press, South Africa
  • Lázaro  Mabunda, O País, Mozambique
  • Carol Natukunda, New Vision, Uganda
  • Amon Ngabo, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, Uganda
  • Tolu Ogunlesi, Freelance for Ventures Africa, Nigeria
  • Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, Sunday Punch, Nigeria
  • A. Okoth, The Star, Kenya
  • Nassima Oulebsir, El Watan, Algeria
  • Passant Rabie, Egypt Today, Egypt
  • Roseline Wangui & Wambui Kurema, NTV, Kenya

The independent judging panel, chaired by Ferial Haffajee, Editor-in-Chief, City Press, South Africa includes:

  • Debo Adesina, Editor-in-Chief, The Guardian Newspaper,Nigeria;
  • Betty Dindi, Managing Editor, Nation Media Group, Kenya;
  • Jean-Paul Gérouard, Editor-in-Chief, France Télévisions ;
  • Anton Harber, Professor of journalism & media studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa;
  • Joel Kibazo, Journalist and Media Consultant;
  • Arlindo Lopes, General Manager, Regulatory and Corporate, Angola and Mozambique, MultiChoice Africa Ltd;
  • Arlindo Macedo, Journalist Rádio Nacional de Angola, (RNA);
  • Amadou Mahtar Ba, CEO, African Media Initiative and Kim Norgaard, CNN Bureau Chief, South Africa

The competition is once again supported by the following sponsors, who continue to lend their valuable support to the awards: The Coca-Cola Company; Ecobank; Ericsson; IPP Media, Tanzania; Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), UNICEF and A24 Media.

An all-expenses paid four day programme of workshops, media forums, networking has been set up for the finalists during the run up to the award ceremony on 12 October 2013.

Tony Maddox, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of CNN International said: “Now in its 18th year, the quality and excellence of the work submitted to the African Journalist Awards continues to rise year on year, ensuring that the 2013 competition maintains its place as the most prestigious Pan African Awards for journalists. CNN is proud to continue its commitment to fostering inspired journalistic excellence in African reporting.”

Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, said: “MultiChoice South Africa is proud to play a role in amplifying the voice of journalists across the African continent. We congratulate the finalists for telling the stories of Africa and its people to the world. We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town for the awards.”

Nico Meyer, CEO of MultiChoice Africa said: ”MultiChoice Africa is especially proud to once again partner with CNN in hosting these prestigious Awards. We believe that these awards play a key role in encouraging excellence in media while sharing the great stories of the continent. Congratulations to the finalists of 2013, we look forward to hosting you in Cape Town in October to celebrate the best journalism Africa has to offer.”

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Fanfare in Masaka as MTN launches “MoMo Nyabo” promo

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Bebe Cool entertains revelers in Masaka. Bebe Cool entertains revelers in Masaka.

Bebe Cool entertains revelers in Masaka.

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Business was brought to a standstill in Masaka town on Friday afternoon as MTN Uganda launched the second edition of the “MoMo Nyabo” campaign which is aimed at encouraging customers to transact using Mobile Money.

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The campaign which was officially launched during a press briefing held at Brovad Hotel was marked by a flurry of fanfare, much to the excitement of the town dwellers.

The launch was followed by a procession around the town displaying the brand new Toyota Wish cars and motorbikes that will be given away during the campaign.

It culminated in a mega concert which was hosted at the Masaka Recreation grounds. Revelers were entertained by Uganda’s top artistes including Jose Chameleone and Bebe Cool among others.

During the concert, the first winners in this year’s MoMo Nyabo campaign were also announced. Kigundu Rashid and Steven Nanziga emerged the lucky winners and each walked away with a motorcycle.

Hundreds turned for the concert at the Masaka Recreation grounds.

Hundreds turned for the concert at the Masaka Recreation grounds.

Meanwhile, prizes worth Ugx 1.5billion will be won by lucky customers in the eight week campaign.The prizes include 24 cars, 32 Boda bodas, 160 smartphones as well as mobile money.

The MoMo Nyabo promotion is part of a series of offers the telecom company has launched in recent times to reward customers including bonus on data bundle purchase via MTN Mobile Money and a few days ago, MTN slashed mobile money sending rates by more than half.

“This will be a double win for our customers. First of all, they will be sending money at half price. While doing that, they will be entered into a draw to win one of those exciting prizes. So in a way, all our customers will be winners”. Samuel Gitta, MTN Uganda’s Ag. GM Risk & Compliance said.

“We are continually evolving to make our customers’ lives better. We value and appreciate our customers and all that we are doing is just to give back to them for continuing to support us,” he added.

For customers to stand a chance to win one of the prizes, all they have to do is dial *165*1#. Customers will then automatically enter into a draw to win the exciting prizes.

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Vivo Energy in joint venture with Kuku Foods to accelerate roll-out of KFC restaurants

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Vivo Energy plc (Vivo Energy), the pan-African retailer and distributor of Shell and Engen-branded fuels and lubricants, has agreed to form a non-fuel joint venture to accelerate the roll-out of KFC restaurants in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The 50:50 joint venture will manage and operate the restaurants in the three markets on behalf of Kuku Foods East Africa Holdings (Kuku Foods), who will remain the local KFC franchisee. Completion of this transaction is subject to standard legal agreements and regulatory and competition authority approval.

The restaurants, 22 in Kenya and 8 in Uganda, are located in shopping malls, city centre locations, and service stations. Kuku Foods plans to open its first KFC restaurant in Rwanda in 2019.

The 5 KFC restaurants operated by Kuku Foods Tanzania, the KFC franchisee in Tanzania, will not form part of the transaction.

The joint venture will enable a significant increase in the number of KFC restaurants in the portfolio in the coming years. It is envisaged that many of the new restaurants will be opened at Vivo Energy’s network of service stations across Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, which leverages Vivo Energy’s retail footprint, with more countries to be considered in the future, based on market opportunities.

Commenting on the transaction, Christian Chammas, CEO of Vivo Energy, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Kuku Foods to replicate the KFC joint venture model we pioneered in Botswana and Côte d’Ivoire. Kuku Foods shares our ambition to invest in order to grow the number of restaurants and give more African customers access to the internationally renowned KFC brand. This partnership further demonstrates our ambition to continue to offer more convenience to satisfy the evolving needs of our growing number of African customers.”

Derrick Van Houten, Group CEO of Kuku Foods and Principal Operator of the KFC franchises, added: “Having launched our first KFC in East Africa in 2011, we have successfully grown the business over the last eight years. We are delighted to announce this new partnership with Vivo Energy to continue this growth, bringing our world-renowned KFC products and experience to as many customers as possible.”

KFC Africa’s General Manager, Tarun Lal concluded: “We are delighted that KFC can leverage the joint venture entered into between Vivo Energy and Kuku Foods to continue to grow its network of KFC restaurants in Africa. We are confident that the KFC franchisee will continue to provide customers with a great KFC experience, driving improvements in customer
service and quality through its relationship with Vivo Energy.”

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Rising Woman initiative returns for second edition

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Monitor Publications Limited’s (MPL) flagship brand Daily Monitor in partnership with dfcu Bank’s Women in Business Program and Uganda Investment Authority(UIA) have launched the second edition of the Rising Woman initiative.

The Rising Woman initiative which was started last year under the theme ‘Taking your business ahead’ is meant to recognize, celebrate and promote a culture of mentorship among women in business in Uganda and targets Ugandan business women, Small scale investors, Entrepreneurs, Members of Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL), Members of Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) and Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) members.

Speaking at the launch, dfcu Chief Executive Officer Mathias Katamba called the initiative a “…fundamental step on the path to creating a financially-enabling environment for female entrepreneurs.”

He went on to note that the bank has created programs and products which specifically address the financial needs of women across the country. “As a financial institution that believes in building thriving communities, dfcu embarked on a journey to creating an enabling environment for Small and Medium Women owned Enterprises starting in 2007, with the introduction of the Women in Business program. Our primary motivation is the fact that despite women making up over 52% of the population of Uganda, it is not reflected in the ratio of women who have access to financial services.”

“Through the program, we work with women in diverse ventures to turn business ideas into realities which in turn become vehicles for change in communities. With over 53 years of lending to SMEs, and at least 10 years running the WiB program, dfcu Bank understands the financial needs of women and goes ahead to provide tailor-made solutions for them,” Katamba added.

He also officially announced the call for business proposals through the bank’s official website which will begin the contention for the top 10 business ideas.

The proposal submission is already underway and will run up to 20th September 2019. The top 3 winners will walk away with Ugx 15 million, Ugx 10 million and Ugx 5 million respectively and the top 10 will take part in an all-expense study tour trip to Nairobi.

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