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What you need to know before riding a horse for the first time



Horse Riding at Speke Resort Munyonyo

Kids enjoy a pony ride at Speke Resort Munyonyo

Mounting a horse for the first time brings mixed feelings for many. On one part you are excited, while on the other you feel nervous. Seated high up on horse back, holding the reins, you finally realize riding a horse is not as easy as the movies make it seem. But if you can manage to keep it together, with the help of a guide, you will finally have your first horse riding experience.

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But before you ride a horse for the first time, you will need to familiarize yourself with the horse tack which are the accessories equipped on horses such as saddles, stirrups, straps, bridles and bits. It is with this knowledge that you will be able to maneuver your horse.

For instance, if you want the horse to move left, you pull the strap in your left hand and the horse will turn left. If you want to turn right, you pull the strap in your right hand and the horse will turn right. If your horse is moving forward and you want to stop, you will pull both straps towards your stomach and the bit (metal in the mouth of the horse) will bring it to a halt. If you want the horse to starting moving forward again, you will nudge it using your feet. If you want it to move faster, you will keep on kicking with your feet. And to keep firm in your saddle, you will use your knees to support yourself.

Now that you are versed with the basics, there a few more things you need to keep in mind while horse riding.  According to Harrison Gikungu Waweru, the Equestrian Manager and Head Instructor at the Speke Resort  Equestrian Centre, these are:

1. Be focused — When you are seated on a horse, you need to be focused and concentrate on the task at hand. This is because a horse is an animal and could get jittery and throw you down, or you could even easily topple over from the horse if you lose your concentration.

2. Always wear a helmet — As long as you are on a horse, you must wear a helmet. This is because in an unfortunate incident that you have tripped off the horse, you will fall head first. The helmet is for your safety.

3. Wear the right attire — When you are riding a horse, you will need to put on a trouser and closed shoes. You can wear special riding pants called jodhpurs, or just improvise with jeans. However, shorts are not allowed because if you ride in shorts, the saddle will leave you bruised.

4. Listen to the instructor — The instructor always knows best. He will decide which horse suits you best as  a beginner. This will depend on your weight, level of skill and the horse’s calmness.

Harrison who has 13 years’ experience with jumping horses says, to become comfortable with horse riding, it will take you at least 10 rides (each lasting 45 minutes) and this will cost you Ugx 400K at the Speke Resort. At this point you should be able to control the horse with ease and ride on your own.

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Female Ugandan writer wins big at International Literature Awards



Female Ugandan writer, Harriet Anena won big yesterday after walking away with the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature at the Monson centre, Onikan in Lagos Nigeria.

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Established by the Luminor foundation in honor of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, the Pan African writing prize worth 10,000 USD is awarded every two years to the best literary works produced by an African.

Ms.Anena won the award jointly with Professor Tanure Ojaide,a Nigerian writer who authored “Songs of myself” while Harriet Anena on the other hand authored, “ A nation in Labour,” a collection of poems that talk about Uganda being entangled in a political conflict since independence causing the citizens “labour pains.”She also explores her encounter as a child during the LRA insurgency war.

“Super happy to be the joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa 2018, for my book, “A Nation In Labour” she tweeted

A total of 110 submissions were submitted from over 11 countries in Africa.

Congratulations Harriet!

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Philanthropist Ladiva Millen Magesa celebrates birthday at Sanyu babies’ home (Photos)



Tanzanian born philanthropist and BET global good will winner Millen Magesa has today celebrated her birthday in Uganda and made s a delibarate decision to celebrate ot at Namirembe based Sanyu babies home where she also cut and ate her cake with friends, babies and their care takers.

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Millen amongst many other items carried and donated items like pampers, food stuffs, beddings and further pledged more support.

Millen is the CEO of Millen Magesa Foundation and her foundation has extended extensive aod to Ugandans woth recently donating over 100 life jackets after the boat that capsized on Lake Victoria.

Here are some moments at Sanyu babies home.

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Tecno Camon 11 Pro to be launched



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Ugandan’s who want to keep up with the latest in trends and gadgets know that Tecno is one brand that always has their back. Tecno is launching the Camon 11 Pro soon with a promise that it will be bigger, better and smarter. This has caused a lot of excitement on Social Media.

According to the Tecno Mobile Uganda Social Media pages, the Camon 11 Pro is nothing less than the best at the moment at a pocket friendly price. The phone prides itself in the latest budget camera technology hence the tagline Capture more beauty. We also have it on good authority that with the new camera, you can now capture extra beautiful selfies even under very low light.

Although the team at Tecno remains tight lipped about the full spec of the phone, we have been told that AI – Artificial intelligence which is a must have for all new smartphone is available in the new Tecno Camon 11 Pro that will hit the market soon.

Tecno Camon 11 Pro Specifications and Features

  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) + HiOS 4.1 OS
  • Display: 6.2-inch HD+ (720 x 1520 pixel) IPS LCD Display
  • Processor Type: 2.0GHz octa-Core MT6762 Helio P22 CPU
  • Graphics ProcessorPowerVR GE8320
  • Internal Storage: 64GB Internal Storage Expandable to 256GB via SD card
  • RAM: 6GB RAM
  • Back Camera : 16 + 5 Megapixel dual Rear Camera with quad-LED flash
  • Front Camera: 24 megapixel front Camera with LED flash
  • Other Features: Fingerprint scanner, FaceID, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM and 4G LTE Networks
  • Battery: 3750mAh with Mediatek Pump Express
  • Price: Not yet confirmed

We cannot confirm how much this phone will cost but we know that it won’t exceed a million shillings. We will keep you posted.

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