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Y Plus beauty pageant returns for 6th edition

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The search for the next Mr & Miss Y Plus is on. This follows the launch of the Y Plus beauty pageant on Friday evening at a cocktail event held at Skyz Hotel which was graced by different stakeholders in the sexual and reproductive health and rights space including government officials and members from civil society.

Organised by the Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA), the pageant is aimed at fighting stigma and discrimination as well as gender based violence against people living with HIV/AIDS by building a generation of young advocates that is empowered with knowledge and advocacy skills to enable them influence policy, attitude and behavioral change among young people and stakeholders.

Addressing guests at the launch ceremony, Nicholas Niwagaba, the team leader at UNYPA recounted how far the pageant has come. “I was challenged with how to deal with the growing stigma and discrimination against young people living with HIV/AIDS and that is how the idea of this pageant was birthed.” He stated, adding that, “we started the pageant in 2014 with only 10 contestants and five years later, entering the 6th, I am glad to say that we have empowered over 200 ambassadors across the country.”

“Our mission is to create an enabling and supportive environment for young people living with HIV/AIDs so that these young people can become productive members of our society,” he further noted.

Returning for its 6th edition, the beauty pageant will be held under the theme, “peers making it happen”, with several auditions set to be held across the country where regional winners will be selected to compete nationally for the coveted crown.

Auditions will comprise a series of activities including school outreaches, health camps and community dialogues that will provide a platform for young people living with HIV/AIDs to speak openly about stigma in their community.

The regional auditions will first be hosted in Kampala district for central region on October 5, then Moroto district for the Northern region on October 12, Kasese district for the Western region on October 26 and finally Busia district for Eastern region on November 2.

The regional search will culminate with the grand finale slated for November 22 where ultimately Mr & Miss Y+ will be crowned.

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Tanzanian star Harmonize arrives in the country

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Tanzanian star Harmonize is in the country ahead of the Africa Laughs show slated for this Friday. The day being Valentines, Konde boy will be entertaining the revellers with his love ballads.

Harmonize arrived in the country on Thursday evening at 6:00pm aboard Uganda Airlines. While addressing the media at Entebbe airport Harmonize couldn’t hide his excitement. “Uganda, let’s all pull up tomorrow at Kololo Airstrip. I promise you all a memorable show and let’s not forget to enjoy the show as we celebrate love, it’s all about love.” He said.

Now in Season 5, the Singleton-sponsored comedy fest will also feature some of the continent’s comedy giants like Kenny Blaq, Eric Omondi, Eddie Kadi, and Alfred Kaingo who will share the same stage with the man from Ombokolo Patrick Idringi Salvado.

In addition, there will also be performances from our own crème de la crème, such as Daniel Omara, Prince Emma, Ronnie Mc Vex, Agnes Akite and Madrat & Chiko.

First held in 2013, Africa Laughs continues to be Uganda’s most sought-after comedy festival. The international comedy giants are already in the country warming up for the big night.

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Airtel Uganda launches free TV app

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Airtel Uganda MD V.G.Somasekhar addresses guests at the launch of the Airtel TV App held at the Ndere Cultural Centre on Thursday.

Airtel Uganda MD V.G.Somasekhar addresses guests at the launch of the Airtel TV App held at the Ndere Cultural Centre on Thursday.

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Airtel Uganda has launched a Live TV and Video on Demand (VOD) service offering a premium mix of local and international content sourced from some of the largest studios across the globe.

Named Airtel TV,  it is available only to Airtel Uganda subscribers and is designed to add value to the high quality streaming while promoting local content and talent in one convenient and easy to access package free of charge only requiring the users to have an active data bundle.

Speaking during the launch, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G Somasekhar noted that Airtel TV is the embodiment of convenient and affordable entertainment.

“The platform will deliver the very best of entertainment experience directly to all Airtel customers across the country. With our 4G network, subscribers to Airtel Tv will enjoy a seamless viewing experience without and interruptions. We are confident that the platform will delight, entertain and inspire Airtel customers as it offers first-class entertainment.” He said.

Somasekhar also noted that the App is Airtel’s contribution to the development and promotion of local content in Uganda.

“This App will have different local news, music, Ugandan comedy and movies, in addition to streaming of sports, video-on-demand and many other offerings. We encourage Uganda’s local content producers to utilize this platform for revenue,” he added.

Users on Airtel TV can watch movies — Ugawood, Nollywood and Bollywood among others, Bloomberg, Trace (Urban, Africa, Mziki, Tropical, Gospel, and Sports Stars), Gametoon, Fashion Box, Nautical, God TV, Inspiration TV, and Al Jazeera, among others.

To access Airtel TV, Airtel Uganda subscribers can download the Airtel TV App from Play store for Android or iOS for iPhone, enter their Airtel number and the OTP SMS received. Subscribers will then be able to stream and watch all channels available on the App as long they have an active data bundle.

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Video: You are a legend in this game, Rude Boy tells Chameleone

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Chameleone has once again got praise for his 20 year old legancy as a star singer on the continent and worldwide. Chameleone hosted Nigerian singer Rude Boy who is currently in Uganda for his show on Friday and in exchange of salutations the Nigerian singer reminded Chameleone how legendary he was in the music game.

Chameleone gifted Rude Boy with the Ugandan flag as treaty to unity amongst artistes. “I will wave this flag as I perform Nakudata in tribute to the late Radio” Rude Boy said.

Here is the video

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Rema announces change in concert venue

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With Valentines around the corner, couples are looking out for shows and concerts to celebrate the lover’s day together and Rema’s concert being one of the most sought out, KT events are already looking at a sold out concert and have reconsidered the venue.

Rema took to her social media late last evening to announce the shift in venue to fans and guests who will be attending the show.

“Attention ladies and gentlemen. Due to demand, love and support from you my friends, Nile Hall can’t accomodate us all (efunze) so I have shifted my concert to Hotel Africana, People’s Space…..see you soon my loves,” the songbird posted.

She went on to add that this will be a much more ideal location as it will have bigger space with a gigantic tent to accommodate every one of her guests.

The queen of love ballads also promised fans a magical night through a post she shared online declaring that she has “Valentines sorted” for all her fans and they should look no further.

The love-attributed concert will have the star share the stage with other artists she has worked with like B2C, Ykee Benda and Chris Evans among others.

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