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 Youth Empowerment Necessary for Economic Development

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Uganda has the world’s youngest population with over 78 percent of its population below the age of 30. With just under eight million youth aged 15-30, the country also has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Sub-Saharan Africa (Youthpolicy.org). Such a high and unemployed youth population presents challenges for the country, as they are susceptible to many ideas and habits. Many a time, these youths end up in rehabilitation centers or prisons because of drug related problems and other more serious crimes such as burglary and even murder.

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It is therefore imperative for the Government of Uganda to come up with projects that can sustainably occupy these youth and divert them from harmful behaviors and individuals. One such project is the Presidential Jua Kali Youth Initiative that has brought hundreds of youth together for the sole purpose of modernizing the Jua Kali industry and giving the Ugandans involved in artisan trade equipment and skills to enable them join the small-scale manufacturing sector.

A recent visit to the Nsambya Carpentry Joinery and Crafts Training Agency (NSACARJA) located in Nsambya revealed that some youth have taken heed to the government’s call and have started to focus on income generating projects such as furniture.

The agency was established in 2016 when the President of Uganda H.E. Y.K. Museveni handed carpenters already working at Nsambya 100m shillings cash and double that in machinery to ease their work and train youth from all over Nsambya in carpentry. Machinery such as surfacer, skindle molder, thick naser, turning machine, circular saw, sanding belt, mortis machine and band saw were handed over to Mr. Muleke Moses aka Sadaam – the chairperson of their association.

With the 100 million shillings, the carpenters formed a SACCO through which they could borrow money to finance their big furniture orders. Today, the SAACO has over 350 members and the association has attracted over 2000 youth who have the ability to take on larger jobs as they can afford the necessary raw materials. Additionally, hundreds of the youth have been trained in woodwork, weaving, sawing, tailoring and the quality of furniture that they are producing has greatly improved. According to Sadam, the future is very bright for these youth.

“Many of these boys came here with nothing and now they are all dressed up at the roadside selling beautiful beds they made. In future, we envisage a Furniture Village to where we will relocate. It will become our permanent home and Ugandans from across the country will come to buy all sorts of furniture,” he notes.

The benefits at Nsambya stretch far beyond the furniture sales. Within the agency, many women have found jobs as tailors sewing clothes for the sofas and others have started food businesses.

“In the beginning there were few carpenters here and our sales were low. They could not even afford lunch. These days, the workshops have hundreds of men and many of them work on large orders meaning they can afford our lunch. Our business has also grown and we have now started selling passion fruit juice,” narrates Namyaalo Christine, a food vendor.

With the government’s strategic policy expanding from just education to include skills for income generation and employability, the Presidential Jua Kali Initiative is already providing a springboard for many unemployed youth to gain the skills necessary for them to generate income and self –sustenance.

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TECNO CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO launched at special Christmas Price

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Christmas is around the corner and so are all the juicy deals from top brands in Uganda. Today, TECNO Mobile Uganda has launched two new smart smartphones called the CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO at a special Christmas price. The new phones have been described as the drivers for the future of selfies by some thanks to the ability to take bright and clear selfies with high quality powered by the new AI Technology.

The CAMON 11 duo exploits improved AI technology for selfie photography among many more AI- powered operational features like AI Bokeh effect, AI HDR, and AI automatic scene detection. Together with the super Notch Screen of 6.2inches and upgraded multi-tasking software, CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO offers consumers a better user experience.

Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in-built in the CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO is capable of doing a lot more than what previously seemed to be impossible by smartphones.

The revolutionary AI technology embedded in the CAMON 11 PRO and CAMON 11’s camera elevates the smartphone selfie experience.

For the Selfie-lovers, the high-end 24 or 16-megapixel front camera gives a whole new dimension of selfie experience. AI-technology smartly allows customers to create high-quality self-portraits with natural skin colour by optimizing the image, thereby achieving brighter colours and sharp contours.

The new CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO does not pride only in the new AI technology but also showcases its ability to give customers an impeccable experience right from the slick beautiful diamond fire design to the space and many more fantastic specs.

The new phones comes sealed fully accessorized with new headsets, charger, tempered glass, (screen guard) and pin.

CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO have been favourably priced to not only enable customers access it but it’s also time for giving and celebration, therefore the price is to give customers a reason to celebrate their festivities in style with a new super smart gadget. The new phones will be at a Recommended Retail Price of CAMON 11 UGX 578,000 and CAMON 11 PRO UGX 899,000.

The new CAMON 11 and Camon 11 PRO will be available country wide in all TECNO exclusive shops starting today 10th December 2018.

Below are the some of the spectacular features of to look out for;

AI Technology Captures More Beauty of You
New AI technology advances include more accurate facial recognition capability. CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO cameras are able to improve self-portraits with the help of AI Beauty by recognizing up to 240points on the face of the subject, delivering better beautification effects no matter the gender or age, and enabling self-learning capabilities based on user preferences, plus other added fun features. It also supports Face Unlock option and is equipped with its own powerful AI adjustable front LED flashlights, which allows to get beautiful and realistic photos with a certain flash level customized for you.

Taking selfies has never been better, thanks to the advanced 16 MP front camera for the CAMON 11 and 24 MP for the CAMON 11 PRO. These front cameras have the widest dynamic range due to the AI feature in HDR mode, guaranteeing perfect shots in any light. In low light conditions, the camera takes several pictures at once, combining them into one clear shot, which guarantees accurate detail processing and eliminates the problem of image blur. AI is also able to automatically recognize scenes and adapt to shooting conditions, as well as select the optimal parameters for a wide variety of shooting modes from sports to portrait.

The dual camera is designed for impressive shots to gain popularity in social networks. Night shooting mode is also based on AI-technology and provides high detail photos, even in conditions of limited lighting.

The storage- 6GBRAM + 64GB ROM
Set the pace with the new CAMON 11 PRO, powered by a ground-breaking 6GB RAM and 2.0 GHz Octa-Core processor, taking your “speed” to the next level. Feel free to watch your favourite videos, download content, play games, and with the help of machine learning technology, CAMON 11 and CAMON 11 PRO are able to accelerate the game and put the phone into anti-disturb mode for users, which will bring a more immersive gaming experience.

More Fun with Animoji

Animoji combines human expressions with 3D virtual expressions through Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and creates dynamic cartoon images in keyboard, which is embedded in the typewriting and allows for usage in all major instant messengers and social networks – Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Google+, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype, etc. Animated emoji reads facial movements and recreates them, making chatting with friends so much more fun!

Advanced HiOS Software – Favorite Apps at Your Fingertips
The HiOS software is intelligent enough to recognize your favourite apps and have them open in just 0.3s through your different fingerprints. One can set up “Google + Facebook + YouTube” to open using your forefinger print or access “Instagram + Google Map + Snapchat“via your mid-finger print, all at your personalized convenience.

Call Recording by Fingerprint

Conversations embody our relationships, fuel career growth, offer evidence for justice, and more. From helping us keep alive the memory of loved ones, to keeping records of legal discussions, conducting interviews or even making customer service calls, the CAMON 11 or CAMON 11 PRO makes recording calls a breeze. By just a simple tap of the fingerprint scanner, the call will be recorded immediately.

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Buganda Kingdom products to begin selling on Jumia

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Jumia and Majestic Brands Limited, Buganda Kingdom’s official investment arm, have announced a new partnership where all kingdom merchandise will be readily available on Jumia.

The Buganda Kingdom product assortment on Jumia includes, portraits of His Majesty – the King, Maama Nnaabegereka , marriage certificates, totems and memorabilia. All sales revenue will go to support the kingdom development projects.

The partnership was announced at a press event in Bulange, Mengo, and attended by Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikkiro of Buganda, Majestic Brands CEO Mr Ronald Kawaddwa, and Jumia CEO Ron Kawamara.

“The Buganda cultural and brand products are highly appreciated by millions of consumers globally. Today we are pleased to offer a new distribution channel for our customers to own the symbols and memorabilia that make up the norms and culture of this great kingdom”, Jumia CEO, Ron Kawamara said.

Mr Ronald Kawaddwa, Majestic Brands CEO said, “ We hereby request our people to conveniently make use of this platform to get these products.”

The eCommerce space in Uganda is on the rise, with Jumia receiving an average of 500,000 visitors per month, a 120% increase from last year.

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Immersion Uganda Sets Dates For Midnight Party Bus

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By Demo Reily

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Immersion Uganda’s midnight party bus experience to Entebbe will officially set the tone for the party month of December. The party bus experience which is basically a tour bus fitted with lighting and sound, dancing, glow sticks, lots of alcohol and pizza, will be happening on Saturday, 22nd of December.

The fun is not just in the journey but the destination. The tour will involve hopping from bar to bar in Entebbe’s renowned joints like Riders, Street Club and De’Bar included on the itinerary. There will also be music mixes by DJ Chapat on the bus.

Partiers will be welcomed with shots on arrival at the bus included on the ticket price and guaranteed free and secure parking dedicated for all partiers at Hotel Africana, where the departure is slated at 6-7pm.

The bus will then return to Kampala with all the music, raving and drinks, pizza and bar hopping where Uber and designated driver rides will be available at the arrival.

ABOUT IMMERSION UGANDA

The ImmersionUG city tours agency is a brain child of Arthur Mwanje who has put a distinctly Kampala city in touch to epic tour offerings. Their best known tours are the ‘Kampala-On-Foot’ free city walking tour, the ‘Kampala-After-Dark’ tour rated by trip advisor as Kampala’s number one nightlife attraction, and their ‘SavourUganda’ food tasting tour.

They intend to provide a great way to get a first and engaging introduction to the city and spirit of it’s people, for visitors. The agency is run by passionate young locals, and are conducted in a fun, quirky and casual way. They allow guests to have an unusually intimate experience of Kampala and surrounding towns. More recently immersionug now arranges monthly events tailored towards locals and the Night Party Bus is a prominent example.

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