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Kenyan reggae & dancehall star Wyre to perform in Kampala

1 hour 51 min ago

Kenyan singer Wyre of the East African Bashment Crew is set to perform in Kampala at Club Play on Valentine’s Day. The singer will headline performance at the event dubbed ‘Black Valentine’ on Tuesday 14th February at 2nd Street Industrial area based nightspot.

Wyre started out as a member of duo Necessary Noise with fellow Kenyan reggae artist, Nazizi and rose to fame with reggae hits like ‘Kenyan Boy, Kenyan Girl’ and ‘Bless My Room.’

The duo later joined forces with Ugandan dancehall star Bebe Cool to form the East African Bashment Crew which gave us songs like ‘This Tune,’ ‘Fire Anthem’ and ‘Kube.’

As a solo artiste, Wyre went on to release more hit singles like ‘Chuki,’ ‘Dancehall Party,’ Sina Makosa,’ as well as various collaborative efforts with international reggae stars like ‘Nakupenda Pia’ with Alaine Laughton, ‘She Say DAT Remix’ with Cecile and ‘Guarantee’ with Gramps and Peetah Morgan of Morgan Heritage.

Tickets to Black Valentine are available at www.appabout.co.uk at UGX 35,000 after which they will go for UGX 50,000 at the gate.

The event is organized by Lumpen Mdia and sponsored by Appabout and Radiocity 97FM.

NWSC sends loyal customers to Gabon

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 18:25

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has sent a group of loyal customers to a fully paid trip to Gabon for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). The customers were flagged off today and are scheduled to attend the Uganda Cranes tournament opener against Ghana slated for this Tuesday 17th January.

“We have flagged off a team of NWSC loyal customers at the International Resource Centre Bugolobi today. The lucky winners will watch the African Cup of Nations game (Uganda Vs Ghana) scheduled for Tuesday 17th January 2016 Live in Gabon with all expenses paid. The event is in line with the NWSC Strategic Direction 2017-2021, under SPA 3 (Customer and Stakeholder Delight),” NWSC posted on their social media.

Roofings Group eyes more success in 2017

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 18:18

Roofings Group, the leading producer of quality steel products in Uganda, with a good market reach across the East African region is looking forward to another rewarding year after registering tremendous success in 2016.

Santosh Tiwari, plant manager showing journalist product colour samples

Speaking during a media engagement session at the Roofings Group’s Head office in Lubowa near Kampala today, Mr. Oliver Lalani, the Executive Director noted that the successes registered in 2016 have set in motion a raft of initiatives aimed at buttressing the firm’s position as the leading supporter of the construction sector in Uganda and the region.

“The growth in our business has been largely made possible because of the consistency in our quality, reliability and the professionalism of our staff. The availability of high quality steel is fundamental for the development of the construction sector,” he said.

Nashila Lalani – Executive Director

Adding, “Over the last few years the competition in the steel sector has also grown tremendously which has led to more innovation, product differentiation and the importance of brand equity and awareness. In order to manage this, we have worked hard to differentiate ourselves from the competitor and maintain precision in our product and service delivery. We have invested with the region in mind and enjoy good demand in neighboring countries.”

In his address, Lalani also noted that having the right product is not sufficient, but other factors such as distribution channels or accessibility are equally important to ensure that the consumer gets the right experience in purchasing the product.

In 2016, Roofings Group was recognized by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) as the Champion of the Construction Sector for its remarkable contribution to the bustling industry. The company’s plant in Namanve has diversified the products under the Roofings Group portfolio and now offers customers unmatched variety.

In light if its initiatives, the company emerged the Overall Exporter of the Year during the President’s Exporters’ awards 2016, receiving the Platinum Award, the highest recognition at the ceremony. The President’s Exporters’ Awards seek to recognize the achievements of companies that continue to work towards a vibrant and dynamic export sector of the economy.

Roofings Group also attained the prestigious Superbrands status in 2016 for being among the top quality brands in East Africa and the world at large, one of only six Ugandan firms recognized at the awards ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya.

Over the years, Roofings has continued to invest in backward integration linkages which has had a strong impact of the value addition in the steel sector.

Arun Sharma, the production manager at Roofings rolling mills explains how the new state of the art machine works. This was during a media visit to the Namanve plant

“Previously, we use to import galvanized wire, colored and galvanized coils and rebar. Today we import the basic raw materials and add value to the tune of over 250 %. This type of backward integration and value addition in the manufacturing sector is what will help Uganda achieve her goals of becoming a middle income country by 2040,” Lalani further intimated.

Roofings Group has made various investments, especially with the conception of the Roofings Rolling Mills plant in Namanve, which has put the company in better position to serve the future needs of its customers.

“We strive to be a one-stop shop for all steel construction related materials, which shows in the range of products we supply. The introduction of our PVC/HDPE and PPR pipes has also helped us in this aim to serve the construction sector from one source,” Lalani adds.

Although there is a threat of fake products on the market, Lalani explains that Roofing’s products meet the standards and have been labeled for easy identification.

“There has been a big threat of sub-standard goods entering into the market, and this has led to various incidents where buildings have even collapsed. That is why we are very proud to be named; Champions In the constructions sector 2016 by Uganda Nation Bureau of Standards (UNBA), With Roofings, the consumers can rest assured that their structure will stand the test of time. Our products are also clearly labeled and identifiable in the market,” he says.

Emirates to launch daily flights to Croatia

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 18:11

 

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Emirates announced that it will further expand its European network with the introduction of a daily flight from Dubai to Zagreb (ZAG), the capital of Croatia from June 1, 2017. The new southeast European destination will be served by an Emirates Boeing 777-300 aircraft, the only wide-body service operating to/from Zagreb.

“Emirates has had a commercial presence in Croatia since 2003, so to launch full operations is a natural progression. Emirates is pleased to have this opportunity to add such a picturesque destination to our global route network. We look forward to working with our partners and stakeholders in Croatia to provide our world renowned service to our customers on our young, modern fleet of aircraft. We are also committed to our contribution to growing the trade and tourism flows between Croatia and Dubai, as well as encouraging incoming tourism from the Middle East and Asia Pacific, where Emirates operates 45 destinations,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

The new Zagreb flight opens a whole new exciting region for Emirates’ passengers to explore. The city itself is steeped in culture and history, with an abundance of charming pavement cafes and restaurants to be enjoyed during the spring and summer months. Located in the northwest of the country, the capital city offers easy access to the mountains and national parks for energetic travellers to hike, or visitors can simply admire the natural beauty and capture the stunning vistas for Instagram or the holiday photo album. During the winter months, the ski resort of Sljeme on mountain Medvednica is just a twenty minute drive away and is a great alternative to the busy Alpine slopes.

On Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the picturesque resort of Split and the exclusive islands of Hvar and Brac can be found. Further around the coast, the UNESCO protected historical centre of Dubrovnik tempts visitors with its baroque cathedral and distinctive walled Old Town, which may have caught the eye of TV fans as ‘King’s Landing’ in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. The city’s stunning architecture has also been selected by Disney as a filming location for the latest in the Star Wars franchise, Episode VIII, out later in 2017.

The country is a popular destination for business and leisure travel from around the world, in particular with tourists from Far Eastern destinations like South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore, plus Australia. The favourable flight times offered on Emirates’ new service will make travelling to Zagreb from these markets and many more, a more seamless and enjoyable experience.

The new flights will not only benefit travellers in Croatia, but also those in neighbouring Slovenia and even the southern regions of Hungary and Austria making it more convenient to travel with Emirates to Dubai and beyond. Visiting the airline’s home of Dubai for leisure or business, in a choice of three different cabins, on a modern, wide-body aircraft, is now a viable option. Onward travel to Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, or Sydney, Melbourne, Maldives, Seychelles and Sri Lanka can all be reached with less than four hours’ transit time.

Zagreb,Croatia the latest route to-be-added to the Emirates network

Business travellers into Zagreb will appreciate the convenient early afternoon landing into Franjo Tudman (Pleso) International Airport from Dubai. Dubbed the new ‘Silicon Valley’ owing to its reputation for being an incubator for tech start-ups thanks to a growing population of highly-educated young professionals, Zagreb is central to industry in the region. In addition to new technology and telecoms, many of the largest Croatian and Central European companies and conglomerates have their headquarters or regional offices in the city centre.

From the perspective of trade and commerce, the whole southeast Europe region will now be more accessible to businesses in the Middle East and beyond, an area previously unreached by an Emirates route. Emirates’ daily 777 service will also offer up to 16 tonnes of cargo per flight, opening up access to more global markets for Croatian exports, and to support trade.

Scheduled flight times for EK129 (departing Dubai at 08:15hours and arriving in Zagreb at 12:20hours local time) and the return flight EK130 (departing Zagreb at 15:35hours and arriving in Dubai at 23:05hours).

The three-class configured Emirates Boeing 777-300 which will operate on the route offers 12 lie-flat seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Passengers can enjoy up to 2,500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment on Emirates’ award winning ice entertainment system and gourmet a la carte cuisine in all classes. Emirates’ famed service and hospitality will be provided by multi-national cabin crew from over 130 countries, including 234 crew members from Croatia.

How it went down at a Night in the Emirates at Cayenne

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:56

There was pomp and glamour as the Night in the emirates rocked Bukoto based Cayenne Lounge and Restaurant on Friday.

The event which sold out saw Kampala’s top party animals and party lovers enjoy the night together hosted by Nickita Bachu who was also celebrating her birthday.

Forget about January brokenness, the place was packed to capacity as revelers pounced on all sort of drinks till dawn. The night was sponsored by Belaire.

Flames Events and Marketing has praised and thanked the partiers who turned up in large numbers to enjoy the annual event.

“Flames Events & Marketing would like to thank everyone who came through on Friday 13th January 2017 to our first event of the Year dubbed ‘A Night In The Emirates’. Thanks for making it a successful & Sold Out party. Special Thanks Go To Our Sponsor Belaire, Aly Allibhai. Bijou Fortunate for the support you rendered. Thanks to everyone that made This Happen Heavyq, Crisio, Van Dongen, Bobby Illest Lubega And To my Team Sparkle Promoz. Promotor Juli Melvin Beliz and Of course Nickita Evas Bachu For All The Effort Y’all Put In. All Media Houses & Blogs. We do appreciate.

Thanks To cayenne our Official partners. Night Emirates Will Be back Again Next Year Bigger & Better. Blessed Week,” Gareth Onyango.

Desire Luzinda calls for girls’ empowerment

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:44

Singer Desire Luzinda has called on parents and guardians to empower girls because they can empower the country. The ‘Lwakisa’ singer said once the girls are empowered, they can double the country’s present power in future.

Desire Luzinda is trying to empower her daughter Mitchell

“Empowering girls will empower the country and can double its present power in the future,” Desire Luzinda said.

Angella Katatumba enjoys private boat cruise to K Palm

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:18

Humanitarian singer Angella Katatumba has surely started the New Year in style.

The ‘Mulago Yaffe’ singer was pictured enjoying a private boat cruise to K Palm beach on the shores of Lake Victoria.

She really enjoyed as her cruise. Donning short blue jeans, Angella put up a trademark smile as she cruised on the waters of Lake Victoria.

The singer is still enjoying her holiday break as she prepares to continue her charity and music work next month.

Musician Dizzy Nuts denounces Bobi Wine, joins Gagamel

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 10:58

Struggling singer Dizzy Nuts has officially joined Bebe Cool’s Gagamel International Crew. The singer who has seen his career almost hit a dead end, denounced Bobi Wine on Friday night at Pool Nest Club in Kireka. During Bebe Cool’s performance at the nightspot, Dizzy Nuts was introduced to Gagamel fans by Bebe Cool.

Bebe Cool introduces Dizzy Nuts to Gagamel fans at Pool Nest on Friday

He promised to revive his career under Bebe Cool and vowed never to mess up again.

“I will do my best and am sorry for messing up my career but this time I want to get down and do good music with the help of my now father Bebe Cool,” Nuts said. Dizzy Nuts described Bebe Cool as a father to him.

Dizzy Nuts

“He has been in bad company and we welcome him into out camp with open arms, we are going to help him revive his career. He is back, welcome him into the family from smokers,” Bebe Cool said after unveiling Dizzy Nuts on Friday.

Dizzy who is also known for his song “Fire Burn Dem” was born Galiwango Stevens and was close to Bebe Cool before.

Bebe Cool

HiPipo awards to honor Madinah Nalwanga with Entertainment Showpiece Act of 2016

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 10:52

The 5th prestigious HiPipo Music Awards will honor Madinah Nalwanga with the award of “Entertainment Showpiece Act of 2016” in recognition and celebration of her role in  ‘Queen of Katwe’ a 2016 American biographical sports drama film directed by Mira Nair and written by William Wheeler starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, and Madinah Nalwanga.

‘Queen of Katwe story telling would have fallen short without a befitting actor but the young Madinah acting was superb for a debutant resulting into numerous commendations from movie reviews across the world for Madinah Nalwanga the true star of the movie.

Madinah Nalwanga of Queen of Katwe

The movie also shone a spotlight on the talent that lies untapped as all the other actors were phenomenal albeit Nalwanga’s standing out and thus Nalwanga stays up there, with the big Hollywood stars. The movie also served as a lesson for Ugandan Film makers.

“Madinah Nalwanga is the talented young dancer that has turned celebrated Hollywood superstar in her debut act. Courtesy of this accomplishment, The 5th prestigious HiPipo Music Awards will celebrate Madinah Nalwanga with The Entertainment Showpiece Act of 2016” noted Innocent Kawooya, CEO HiPipo. Adding that “The Entertainment Showpiece Act is an award to an entertainment act that attracts critical attention and admiration and is an outstanding performance in the entertainment industry during the year. The awards is open for performing arts industry works and personalities including for Music, Dance, Drama, Comedy and Film;”

The prestigious HiPipo Music Awards that occurs yearly since 2012 is an annual extravaganza organized by HiPipo, to celebrate, promote and recognize music excellence in Uganda, East Africa and Whole of Africa.

HiPipo and her partners will present the 5th prestigious HiPipo Music Awards (#HMA2017) winners on Saturday 4th February 2017 at Kampala Serena Hotel.

A total of 35 categories nominees were earlier released including special categories namely; Quinquennial Africa Music Vanguard Award (2012/2016), Music Icon of the Decade (Uganda: 2006-2016), HiPipo Video Trailblazer Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.

The other categories include East Africa Best Video, East Africa Super Hit, Song of the Year from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan.

The awards event will be graced with star studded epic performances from Ziza Bafana, Sheebah Karungi, Bebe Cool, Maureen Nantume and Ziwuuna band (led by Sammy Kasule and Frank Mbalire) among others. The Co-Host of the night will be Douglas Lwanga the CEO Brand Purple and Wesley King (The King of Radio) that doubles as the resident HiPipo events host since 2014.

The prestigious HiPipo Music Awards 2017 tickets will be sold exclusively through PayWay. To book a ticket, visit any PayWay location and purchase one, keep your ticket safe and present it for scanning by PayWay team at the entrance on 4th February 2017.

Find PayWay points at all Total and Shell petrol stations, Mogas, Major supermarkets, Shops, Shopping malls and wherever you see the PayWay logo.

‘Make your children remember you even when you aren’t around anymore’ – SK Mbuga

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 12:38

City tycoon Sulaiman Kabangala Mbuga aka SK Mbuga has advised parents to make sure that they make their children remember what they did for them even they are no longer living.

The tycoon while posting on his social media page with a picture of his son, said when children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they should remember that it’s because of their parents.

“Live so that when your children thinks of Fairness, Caring, and Integrity, they think of you,” SK Mbuga posted.

Ugandans rate condition of garbage services in Kampala

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 12:33

64% of Kampala City residents have rated condition of garbage services positive in their area. This was during a poll quiz organized Government Citizen Interaction Centre (GCIC).

In the feedback, 4% voted it excellent, 30% good, 30% fairy good totaling to 64% of Kampala City residents who thinks garbage services is positive. 36% of the residents put it a poor state.

In response KCCA said they have a plan of installing three major plants of recycling, composting and waste energy very soon.

Nancy Mugga to emcee Radio & Weasel London gig

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 12:20

Renowned international MC Nancy Mugga is set to his the stage again this year at the Winter Fest on Januaray 28th in London.

“London aren’t playing… they are all ready for the lads to take London by storm come January 28th at Epic Dalton,”.

The Best of Radio and Weasel at the Winter Fest will feature Star Boss BigEye alongside Angel Sbl Motoka, Angela Nabuufu aka Ang3lina, Rasta Soke, Biggs Holiday Illamadi Peter, Clinton Elvis & more. DJ Zj Nash & Shady Shahid will spin the wheels.

Speed Nominated for Video of the Year in HMA2017

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 12:16

Juju Kiyingi’s unique ‘Speed’ video that was earlier listed as one of the most unique visuals Africa has ever seen made has been nominated in the HiPipo Music Awards 2017 in the Video of the Year category.

“I am excited to let you that I have for the first time ever been nominated in the Prestigious HiPipo Music Awards #HMA2017.I thank you all for the support and wish a great 2017. See you at the Serena on Saturday 4th Feb 2017. Your votes will be much appreciated! For voting, follow the link is listed below.

VOTE: http://hma.hipipo.com/vote/video-of-the-year-hma2017/

Uganda Cranes safely in Gabon ahead of their first game

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 12:08

Uganda national football team ‘The Uganda Cranes’ safely arrived at Port Gentil in Gabon yesterday ahead of their first African Cup of Nations (AFCON) opener against bitter rivals Ghana.

Uganda Cranes will play their first AFCON 2017 game against Ghana on Tuesday before facing Egypt and Mali in the group stages.

The first games of the tournament which kicked off yesterday between Gabon and Guinea Bissau and Cameroon and Burkina Faso all ended in a 1-1 all draw.

The actions continues today with Algeria V Zimbabwe 16:00 and Tunisia V Senegal 19:00.

Desire Luzinda angered by daughter’s false PLE failure story

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 13:08

Curvy singer Desire Luzinda has expressed disappointment over unnamed journalists who published an article that her daughter Mitchell performed poorly in the just released Primary Leaving Exams (PLE).

Desire Luzinda

The singer revealed that her daughter passed with 11 and although she may not have been the best in the country, she passed with a 1st grade and Desire is extremely proud of her.

Mitchell passed with 11

“I know being a celebrity comes with so many negative and positive challenges but I pity journalists whose intention is to always belittle young kids, attaching your whatsoever beef to the parents. Just because I didn’t rush to social media to flaunt it doesn’t mean she failed. My daughter passed with 11 (may not have been the best in the country) but she passed with a 1st grade and am extremely proud of her. I hope whoever wrote this becomes a parent some day and see the pain one feels when shade is thrown to your own child especially when it is malicious,” Luzinda Desire.

Desire was not happy with the story which described as malicious

Jose Chameleone to act with The Ebonies

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 12:49

Singing doctor Jose Chameleone will on Tuesday 17th January hit the stage as an actor with The Ebonies. The Bayuda singer will join the drama actors at their home Theater La Bonita.

 

Jose Chameleone

“With the ever living Ebonies this coming Tuesday. 17th January I hit La Bonita Theater as an actor see you there,” Jose Chameleone said.

Juliana applauds young sister’s movie role

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 18:27

Songbird Juliana Kanyomozi has applauded her sister Laura Kahunde for her role in the new movie ‘Love Faces’. Laura who is a younger sister of the ‘Nabikoowa’ singer is playing the lead role in the movie. While posting on her social media page, Juliana said she is proud of her sister and can’t wait to see her starring.

Laura Kahunde in ‘Love Faces’ which is set to premiere soon

“Aaaaawwwww I’m so excited and proud of my gorgeous little sister Laura Kahunde. She’s doing the lead role in the movie Love Faces, acting as Sherry Mulungi. I can’t wait to see this movie. Coming Soon!!!!,” Juliana Kanyomozi posted.

Juliana Kanyomozi

CNOOC boosts Hoima security with police beat

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 17:04

CNOOC Uganda Limited today handed over the Ikamiiro Police Beat to the Uganda Police Force, Hoima District.

As a good neighbor and in a bid to enhance the win-win relationship with the communities, CNOOC Uganda Limited constructed the police beat with the intention to boost security efforts in the area.

The land was donated by residents of Hoima district to the Uganda Police Force for the construction of a Police Beat.

CNOOC Uganda Limited through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs supported the initiative and constructed the police beat.

The police beat consists of a partitioned container with a holding cell and a reception area. Also constructed at the Police Beat is a VIP latrine with a bath shelter which will be used by the police officers stationed at the Police Beat.

“Supporting the Uganda Police is part of CNOOC Uganda Limited’s policy as a good neighbor to the local community. We hope that the police beat shall go a long way to guarantee security for the residents”, said Aminah Bukenya, the Public Relations Supervisor, CNOOC Uganda Limited during the Police beat handover ceremony.

“CNOOC Uganda Limited has done many CSR programs and we are happy that this is also one of their accomplishments. We thank you for this initiative and we pledge our continued support as your host communities,” commented the Resident District representative, Hoima District, Ekoom John Stephen.

Emphasizing CNOOC Uganda Limited’s dedication to various efforts, Aminah Bukenya noted that the company has supported the education and health sectors both in Hoima and the rest of the country.

“Thank you CNOOC Uganda Limited for supporting the communities in education, sports, security, and road safety among other sectors. We as the people of Ikamiiro are very grateful for this support and for the Police Beat which will boost the security of the area,” said Mr. Bigirwa the LCI Chairperson for Ikamiiro.

The District Police Commander appreciated CNOOC Uganda Limited’s contribution as it will go a long way in boosting the security of the area.

Citizens rate condition of Water services in their area

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 16:55

86% of the citizens have rated condition of water services in their area. Responding to the poll question posted by Government Citizen Interaction Centre (GCIC), 18% rated the services excellent, 43% rated at good, 25% rated it at fairly good with 13% putting it at poor.

The poll question was, “What is the condition of water services in your home and neighbourhood”. Citizens also expressed confidence in National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) in service delivery and called on the water body to do more and reach more people and areas.

NWSC on Tuesday completed plans to make water available to 12,000 villages in 80 districts across the country.

“Am sure most of the citizens that participated in this poll are Urban based, however the status in most rural areas isn’t impressive or good at all. I hope the establishment of Public Access Points will help save the situation more so with the unreliability of rainfall increasing rapidly each passing day,” Franco Kibuule reasoned out.

Follow Government Citizens Interaction Centre on Facebook and Twitter via these links https://www.facebook.com/GCICUganda/ and https://twitter.com/GCICUganda/status/819516930033876993

Pearl Eyes Studio shifts to Ntinda

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 16:14

The studio has over 1000 unique pictures featuring wildlife, nature, birds, landscape and culture for sale

Pearl Eyes, a photographic tours and studio has shifted to Ntinda, we can confirm.

The studio well known for its unique pictures featuring wildlife, birds, culture and landscape is now located on the First Floor Rock Catalina building Ntinda.

“We have over 1000 pictures featuring Wildlife, nature, landscapes, birds and culture all taken in Uganda.  We print and frame in different sizes. Come to us for your choice,” Matthias Mugisha said.

Pearl Eyes also makes T-shirts and caps for bulky printing.

For bookings or to press an order, call or WhatsApp +256772407561

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