Star singer Jose Chameleone will this Friday morning appear on NTV Uganda’s Mwasuze Mutya programme hosted by Faridah Nakazibwe.
The music legend will explain latest divorce romour surrounding his marriage with Daniela Atim. He will also talk about his eagerly awaited ‘Legend Hit After Hit’ concert slated for June 30th 2017 at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
The TV appearance dubbed Media Tour 2017 was confirmed to us by his team through his social media pages.
A few days back, the singer was at Urban TV as he continues to appear in Media houses to promote his concert, music and explain divorce rumours surrounding his marriage. The singer’s appearance is at 9am.
“MediaTour2017: The music guru, Jose Chameleone will be live tomorrow (Friday 28th ) on NTV Uganda’s morning show, ‘Mwasuze Mutya’ starting 9:00am. Hosted by the beautiful Faridah Nakazibwe. He is readily equipped with all the answers to your various questions, so be sure to tune in.
Also: You can go to the NTV Mwasuze Mutya page post (https://m.facebook.com/ntvmwasuzemutya/photos/a.558154914318247.1073741828.558148007652271/1050018981798502/?type=3&refid=17&_ft_=top_level_post_id.1050018981798502%3Atl_objid.1050018981798502%3Athid.558148007652271%3A306061129499414%3A69%3A0%3A1493621999%3A5252466205405557281) and comment with your questions/queries/requests.
For those in the diaspora, you can follow the show on the NTV Livestream channel (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fgUTchFPsxc&itct=CA8QpDAYACITCI-7pdTnxNMCFUNaFgodu34B5EiGo7SKweq6_zY%3D&hl=en&gl=UG&client=mv-google
Famous Good African Coffee shops which were closed a few days ago have been re-opened, we can confirm. The coffee shops were re-opened today.
Good African Coffee shops at Lugogo and Entebbe belonging to city businessman Andrew Rugasira were closed by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) on Monday due to tax arrears.
The reopening follows the signing of an agreement between URA and Mr Rugasira on how to pay the arrears.
The closure of the shops had sparkled off debate from the both the public and entrepreneurs saying the action was not good for coffee, the country’s leading export earner.
Experts said the closure of Good African Coffee shops could have a negative impact on the campaign to brand Uganda’s specialty coffee and its consumption but with its re-opening now, things might get back to normal.
Afrigo Band returns for Blankets and Wine Kampala with promise of an unforgettable musical experience
On Sunday, 30th April 2017, renowned music group, Afrigo Band, will step onto the stage as the headline act of the 17th edition of the Tusker Malt Lager powered and House of Deejays organized Blankets and Wine Kampala, at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.
Notable for their ability to produce music that captures the heart, the band has been playing music for more than 40 years and will look to take their fans on a music experience that can only be associated with Blankets and Wine.
Being Uganda’s oldest music outfit, Afrigo Band boasts of more than 200 songs and has recorded over 20 albums along their musical journey. Some of its most noteworthy songs such as; Maria, Jim, Mundeke, Nantongo, Enneyisa, Sikulimba, Afrigo Batuuse, Nfunda n’Omubi, Ekitobero and Abaana ba Afrigo will leave many of their fans across different generations swaying.
For the 17th edition, Tusker Malt Lager will bring a festival feel to Blankets and Wine Kampala with an array of artists from across East Africa. Afrigo Band will be accompanied by other big name artists which will include; Cindy Sanyu, Kenya’s Muthoni the Drummer Queen, Daniel Lemma & Hot This Year, Fena Gitu, Kager Mungai, Pelindah, Byg Ben, Apio Moro, Joash, Mayonde, Essie, DJ Beekay & RPM and DJ Rachel among others.
“Afrigo Band has been playing music for as long as we can remember. Their ageless music has ruled Uganda’s airwaves for decades. It is only befitting of a band of their caliber to once again grace Blankets and Wine Kampala with another memorable performance.” Said Maureen Rutabingwa, the Brand Manager Tusker Malt Lager.
“If you have not seen the band perform, this is your best time to come and watch them at your own comfort. So prepare your mats, picnic baskets complete with some ice cold Tusker Malt Lager and we shall be heading to the Lugogo Cricket Oval to enjoy the sun and good music.” Rutabingwa remarked.”
Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Lugogo Cricket Oval and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday April 30, 2017.
In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘OVER 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.
Castle Lite has teamed up with NBS Television and AZ Associates to inject cash in the now partiers’ favourite Rwanda/Burundi Night slated to take place at Cayenne Lounge and Restaurant this Saturday 29th April 2017.
The now annual night happening for the second time this weekend and hosted by Judith Heard, will see partiers part with 25k to enter and 500k for a table of six with a bottle of Jameson to enjoy the fun filled event.
Singers Sheebah Karungi who has been Uganda’s top diva for the last two years will headline the night’s performances alongside Urban Boys from Rwanda, Bruce Melody, Kebby Boy (from Burundi), DJ Africano and DJ Franco from Rwanda and Burundi.
The ‘Nkwatako’ singer has promised her fans the best on Saturday as she continues to cement her music position among Uganda’s elite singers having struggled in the beginning. Rwanda/Burundi Nite this weekend is dubbed as a must attend and the biggest party in town.
“East Africa, we got exciting news for you… Rwanda Burundi Night is back and reloaded at Cayenne Kampala featuring Bruce Melodie, Kebby Boy, Urban Boys, Sheebah Karungi alongside DJ Focus & DJ Africano ready to make you dance and have the time of your lives. Mark the date 29th April and have fun with fellow East Africans. Host: Judith Heard Tax:25k”.
Brisk Lounge in Kololo has offered Save Amani campaign week. The posh hangout located on Plot 6 Wampewo Avenue, Kololo just below Housing Finance Bank has offered a week to those who want to save Amani Kenkwanzi who is set to go kidney transplant in India.
Amani’s parents are seeking for Shs150m to take her to India for kidney transplant and the campaign has so far raised Shs100m.
“Save Amani, once again another offer from Brisk Lounge bar and restaurant, the whole week of save Amani campaign ,if you have anything to offer please pass by…We are almost there and I’m grateful to you all #saveAmani,” Wahab Mbabazi said.
Members of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) yesterday joined Buddo Junioir School Water and Sanitation Club to promote sanitation and hygiene on Buddo Hill.
“Today we joined Buddo Junior School water and Sanitation club “Kabinja” to promote Sanitation and hygiene on Buddo hill,” NWSC.
The school water and Sanitation clubs is an initiative fully funded by National Water and Sewerage Corporation to inculcate issues of safe water use, hygiene, Sanitation and environmental protection among our future leaders.
Meanwhile NWSC has warned the general public against theft of water by tampering with water meters saying it has severe punishments on suspects.
Theft of water by tampering with or bypassing water meters not only costs National Water and Sewerage Corporation billions of shillings a year, but also imposes costs on each and every paying customer.
Water theft is a serious offense and can result in significant fines as well as criminal prosecution by NWSC. Stop Water Theft!!
Socialite and humanitarian Tracy Uwera Borah said time is precious and that it should be wasted wisely. While posting on her wall as she enjoyed her holiday in Chicago, Tracy said people should waste time wisely because it is precious.
Tracy has been Uganda’s sexy goddess socialite who recently spends most of her time reaching out to the needy people. She came conquered and she is still conquering for sure.
All roads lead to Uganda Museum on 13th August 2017 for the eagerly awaited Global Cultural Event hosted by Mary Ingabire of Mary Ingabire Global Event. Miracle Entertainment Group, Burundian Troupe have been confirmed as part of performers at the global event.
“Confirmed and sealed to perform at the Global Cultural Event are the Miracle Entertainment and Focus their slogan. They do Burundian culture dance, Baganda dance, Rwandan, etc. They also do Drama, modern dance.
Mark the Dates Please, Mary Ingabire Global Events presents the Global Cultural Event. First Edition at Uganda Museum on 13th August 2017. Children 5k, Adults 10k, Stall 500k and VIP Table 1m while Tent is at 1.5m. Gates open at 10am-11pm. Come and we celebrate Pride, Heritage and Peace,” Mary said.
Gagamel Crew and Band of singer Bebe Cool has acquired a new home in Ntinda, we can confirm. Bebe Cool alongside his band will be performing live every Tuesday night at Top Notch Bar Ntinda.
The weekly night was launched last at the Ntinda – Kisaasi based Bar and Lounge with Bebe Cool performing live with his band. Hundreds turned up last night and enjoyed the launch.
The ‘Mbozi Za Malwa’ singer has called on his friends, fans and all music lovers to make to the bar every Tuesday for the weekly do and entrance is free.
“Gagamel Night is Back!!! Every Tuesday will be performing live with Gagamel Band at Top Notch Bar lounge Ntinda. I launched last night. My fans, friends and all music lovers let us all be there and rock the night every Tuesday….we meet #MbozizaMalwa,” Bebe Cool posted.
Reggae star N0.1 Suspect Badman is set to rock his fans at Julep Bar Corner Longstreet cafe and Mojito Bar, Cape Town on 28th April 2017. The ‘Morning Star’ singer will be unveiling and premiering some of his latest music exploits.
The singer is now under the management of Medi Moore, the loaded music promoter based in South Africa also. “No. 1SuspectBadman live at Julep Bar corner Longstreet Cafe and Mojito Bar on 28th April brought you by https://www.eastravaganza.com/
A new company has opened its doors to the general public at Old Kampala to ease your business dealings. Berene Enterprises Uganda Limited, a fully registered company is located on Ghaddafi Road, Old Kampala and is here to help you in your business dealings.
The company deals in; procurement, consultancy, supply, computers, printers, stationery, cleaning detergents, printing and branding and Supply office equipment.
Anyone in need of the above, reach them on 0776641654 for all the services.
Keeping you abreast with the latest trends in Digital Marketing
Theme: Share knowledge, learn from others
Blu Flamingo Limited, Uganda’s leading and most reputable digital marketing company executed the first cycle of a nationwide digital skills training between August and October 2016.
11,000 Ugandans are reported to have signed up and completed this training – these included, students in institutions of higher learning, corporate employees and young entrepreneurs.
As the company prepares to go in to the second cycle, Blu Flamingo has organised a one day conference on 5th May, 2017 at Golf Course Hotel, Kampala. The DigiCon Conference, featuring 4 master classes in: Strategy, Advertising, Content Marketing and Social Reporting. Attendees will learn from industry experts and receive certificates.
Cost Number of Classes Cost (Ugx) 1. 20,000 2. 30,000 3. 50,000 4. 60,000. Later in the day, there will be a networking session at which companies or individuals that have done exceptionally well, over the past year in areas of online content, app development and digital media buy will present their case studies to the attendees.
The said companies and or individuals will be recognised as DigiCon Masters. The process of selecting DigiCon Master involves a call for submissions which closes on 28th April, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel that will make the decision on whether the work submitted is up to their required standard. We are thrilled about the second cycle of DigiCon Mini scheduled to start in July, 2017.
‘We aim to train up to 15,000 Ugandans in digital skills. The second cycle has been designed to create an even greater impact than the first. Through strategic collaborations and digital career boot camps we expect to open up opportunities for DigiCon Mini students to intern, create better, all inclusive marketing strategies at their work place and or take their businesses to the next level. We shall put specific focus on university students pursuing courses in areas of business, entrepreneurship, marketing, communications and Information Technology, vocational institutions, High Schools, entrepreneurs and journalists. We encourage members of the public to come to the DigiCon 17 Conference to learn, share knowledge and get guidance regarding the DigiCon Mini courses”
To learn more about the DigiCon Conference and DigiCon Mini visit our website at www.bluflamingo.digital/digicon
Money is key element for anyone to progress. Today we bring you money mistakes that if avoided you are likely to succeed. Read on…
Never borrow money with interest to start a business (except for salary loans); only borrow to grow your business. This is because business takes a long time to gain ground and begin making profit yet for most of the loans you begin paying back a month later or even earlier. Hence, never borrow to start a business expecting that business to be the one to pay back the borrowed money plus the interest.
Never spend money you haven’t received. Don’t even promise someone money based a promise you have from someone else. Don’t hear somebody say, “Ezra come to my office tomorrow at 9am and pick 2m” and you go buy items on credit hoping to clear when the promised money comes.
If u want to ever save, whenever u receive money ensure you don’t start spending before removing the savings hoping that you’ll save what remains. Normally what remains is zero because as long as money to spend it available what to be spent on is also available. And things to spend on even incite their ‘relatives’ while when money to spend is not available we naturally find a way of managing. That’s why I’ve learnt to save with FRIENDS FOREVER INVESTMENT CLUB. When I send money there I assume I no longer have it.
When you get an opportunity to meet a very wealthy person never ask for money. Ask for ideas on how to make money. They can even choose to give you money on their own after seeing that your ideas are great, but let getting money from them never be your objective.
Keeping your seed instead of planting it. Many people stop at saving. It’s very, very difficult to save and have all you need to maintain your lifestyle especially after retirement. When you save, your savings are seed; plant it. When you just keep it some seeds begin to die (eaten by inflation and the likes). That’s where I recommend that you read about the different types investment vehicles you can use to grow savings. I am not necessarily talking about putting the money in a business because you can easily lose money on a business. I am talking about putting it in an investment.
Never lend someone money you are not willing to lose. By the time you lend money, be contented in your heart that should the person not pay, you will not die with the money. You should not even lose the person as a friend. If you find the person can fail to pay you and you remain as usual, then lend. If you find you would even hate the person’s entire clan, please advise the person to go to the bank.
Never append your signature to guarantee someone on a financial matter if you are not willing or able to pay the money. Do I have to explain that one? No. It’s self explanatory.
Avoid keeping within easy reach money you don’t intend to use in the short term – don’t for instance walk with 100k in your pocket when all you plan to do in a day cost 20k.
Avoid keeping money in inappropriate places eg in socks, under the pillow, in a pit, in the sitting room, in the bra, in a travel bag that you will place somewhere eg when in a bus..
Spending money on an item that you can do without (at least for the time being). These days when I pick money from my pocket, before paying for something I ask myself: What would happen if insist buy this? If I find I can live with the consequences of not having that thing, I smile and walk away.
Paying an amount that’s not the minimum you can get that same value for. In other words, if you are along Kampala Road and you pay 70k for a shoe that you can get at 30k at Mukwano Arcade, that’s a money mistake except for those who have achieved financial freedom.
Wanting to be the savior of the world by helping with ethane in financial need. My sister, brother you are not Jesus. If you find it so hard to say No to a financial demand, you may think you are practicing generosity when in actual sense you are practicing committing (financial) suicide. We are not learning to be miserable here; we are learning to live within the boundaries of reality.
Consistently spending all you earn or more than you earn. It’s like having a drum where you have an inlet that’s smaller than the outlet. It will never get full. And should the inlet ever reduce significantly the drum will run dry. If you do it the other way round and the inlet is bugger, it will get full and even overflow. Hence, we have to always ensure we are widening the inlet while narrowing the outlet – all the time.
Thinking about short term only and forgetting about long term or thinking about the long term and forgetting about the short term. For instance Lydia was told that there’s money in land. She saved money over a long period of time and bought 30 acres of land. Now she has the land but she is ever broke. She is ever complaining. She’s disgruntled and she doesn’t seem to see herself earning from the land in the near future. Now, let’s ask ourselves: Having 30 acres of land and no money to feed your family or take a child to hospital, is that wealth or poverty? I think Lydia only looked at long term needs and forgot that she has short term needs that require money. What of those who find they are one paycheck away from salary? Are they thinking about the long term needs?
For now lets take note of the above .
Music and Events Promoter Mary Ingabire brought Walays Bar in London to a standstill on Friday as she celebrated her birthday with a lavish party.
Revellers rained on champagne as the boss for Mary Ingabire Global Events. Party loving Ugandans thronged the place in big numbers.
The glamorous event saw partiers drown in expensive liquors and champagne till wee hours of Saturday morning.
Mary Ingabire’s birthday bash comes after months before her big event dubbed Global Cultural Event slated for the 13th August 2017 at Uganda Museum.
Our camera flying squad didn’t miss out on the event and we bring you pictorial moments. Enjoy!!!!
Thank you Lord for last night. Thank you everyone for the Love. Respect to you all. Words can’t express how grateful I am with you guys. It was an awesome nite. God Bless every one of you and those that were part of this but not in pictures. I am so humbled. Cheers,” Mary posted after the party.
It’s going to be massive and fun filled event as the second edition of Rwanda/Burundi set to rock Kampala on Saturday this weekend.
Uganda’s Diva Sheebah Karungi is the biggest household name set to perform at the event. The Nkwataako star with tussle it out with Rwanda’s fast rising music group Urban Boys.
Other stars to perform at the Castle Lite and Rwanda Air sponsored even are Bruce Melody, Kebby Boy (from Burundi), DJ Africano and DJ Franco from Rwanda and Burundi. The night will also see Urban Boys premiere their latest collabo with Ykee Benda tilted ‘Nipe’. Entrance fee is 25k per head and a table of six is 500k with a bottle of Jameson.
Ex teacher turned comedian pins down ‘END OF AN ERA’ letter as he goes solo
Funnyman Ehmah Napoleone has announced that he is joining solo career, we can confirm. Ehmah, a teacher by profession revealed yesterday he is going to pursue solo career thereby relinquishing his duties as Director at Laftaz Comedy Lounge. Below is his official statement confirming his departure from Laftaz Comedy;
It was a cold and rainy December of 2012 when, after the split of the Crackers, I was tasked with the mantle of heading comedy at a new joint in town named Laftaz Comedy Lounge.
With a cloud of uncertainty, though filled with the courage to go into the unknown, I took charge and by the grace of God, comedy was an instant hit here as I exercised my God-given leadership ability. I had a winning team….with Jonathan Kyeyo running the marketing and set-up as Dolibondo manned finances.
Together we toiled and built Laftaz from the ground up. I look back at this moment everyday with great pride and joy in my heart.
But today I announce my decision to relinquish my role as Director of Comedy as I go and pursue some solo projects in my career. Over the years I have halted my personal ambitions for the greater good but now is the time to go seek some personal glory.
To the young comedians whom I trained, whose careers I helped build…you have often told me that it was an honour passing through my hands but I tell you what…actually it was my honour to work with you; to see you tremble before me as you sought my approval, to see you say your prayers before your first performance, and to see you grow into the stars that you are today. As a trained teacher this filled my heart with joy and I will never forget you in my future endeavours.
To the team I built Comedy with at Laftaz..Wow!! You guys are heroes. Jonathan…you are one of the most brilliant chaps in this country; I learnt a lot from you and am proud to have known you. Your eye for business is nearly unmatched. To Dolibondo my stammering buddy…muyaye gwe you amaze me too. I have seen you make sacrifices and spread your passion along our journey. Laftaz owes you a lot.
To the comedy fans who followed me to all my performances at Laftaz….THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH…you are my greatest motivation. Your messages and advice were simply priceless. I hope you will extend the same warmness in my next path.
I am now a freelance performer and you will see me at a venue next to you whenever hired. Two new projects are coming up shortly and I hope for your support. Join my YouTube channel named ‘Napoleone Ehmah’…something new coming there.
Thank you everyone. It was an honour. I look up to the skies and take a bow. May God bless you all, may God bless our country.
All preparations are in the final stages for the 17th edition of this year’s premier Afro-based musical festival, Blankets and Wine Kampala, powered by Tusker Malt Lager. The event will play host to more than ten artists and deejays from around East Africa.
Introducing a festival kind of experience to this edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala, Tusker Malt Lager will provide everyone with something to look forward to. When the gates open at 12pm, there will be nonstop entertainment till late.
The first event of what is many more to come this year, will be held at Lugogo Cricket Oval on 30th April, and will provide a stage to a number of thrilling artists and deejays that will include; Muthoni the Drummer Queen, Daniel Lemma & Hot This Year, Fena Gitu, Kager Mungai, Pelindah, Byg Ben, Apio Moro, Joash, Mayonde, Essie, DJ Beekay & RPM, DJ Rachel and local stars Cindy and Afrigo Band to close the show.
Many of the artists will be performing at Blankets and Wine Kampala for the first time and all promise to put up performances that will have the fans on their feet all day.
In Cindy, revelers should expect an electrifying performance as she sets to show-off her ever energetic dance moves.
The timeless Afrigo Band will once again be back to share with their fans a more than 40-year musical experience with their new and old music. Many will look to dance to some of their classics such as; Sikulimba, Musa, Nnemeddwa, Sipiidi Kendeeza, Onnemye, among others.
Maureen Rutabingwa, the Brand Manager Tusker Malt Lager said; “The Blankets and Wine Kampala experience only keeps getting bigger and better. We now look to add a twist to the fun-filled experience by providing our consumers with more acts and an extended performance time. The lineup is composed of outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music and new up-coming Ugandan artists that are doing things differently and will most definitely put Uganda on the musical map. We appreciate our consumers and thus give them a chance to enjoy the rich African talent through live performances.” she added.
“So prepare to your mats, picnic baskets complete with some ice cold Tusker Malt Lager and we shall be heading to the Lugogo Cricket Oval to enjoy the sun and good music.” Rutabingwa remarked.
Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Lugogo Cricket Oval and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday April 30, 2017.
In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘OVER 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.
Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance has evening lauded Huawei for the 2017 Seeds for the Future program. Speaking at the launch ceremony of the program at Makerere University College of Computing and Informational Science, he noted that the program is in line with the ‘Digitization Uganda Strategy’ that is to be completed and launched soon.
“I thank Huawei for the great contribution to the ICT sector. Seeds for the Future program helps cultivate and pool together ICT professionals and students that are crucial to industry development, thus boosting ICT industry growth, driving the development of different sectors and contributing to lower unemployment rates over the long term. To the beneficiary students, please don’t take such opportunities lightly but rather maximize them to become better by gathering useful experiences’’, he said.
The program that was flagged off by H.E. Yoweri Museveni began in Uganda in 2016 with 10 ICT talents visiting China in Beijing and Shenzhen. These were trained in the Chinese culture such as language, calligraphy, painting learning, historical tour in Beijing and cutting-edge ICTs lessons, enterprise management experience sharing, lab practices, Huawei exhibition hall visit and solutions demonstration in Shenzhen, where Huawei’s headquarter is located.
“Our focus this year is to have the top 10 students out of the 35 students recommended by government universities of Uganda through competition. The judges will look through their proposals on “How to accelerate the development of Uganda through ICT” and select the best 10 for the program who shall travel to China on 2nd June for two weeks”, says Stanley Chyn Huawei’s Managing Director at the program launch ceremony.
The Assistant Commissioner Information and Communication of the Ministry of Education and Sports Mr. Patrick Muyinda commended Huawei for the program and noted that the Minister of Education approved to partner with Huawei for the activities under the Seeds for the Future 2017.
“The Ministry of Education and Sports is a partner of the Seeds for the future program 2017. This program was introduced to the Minister Hon. Janet Museveni earlier this year, which she welcomed and approved all the said activities and timelines to take place. On this note I thank Huawei for allowing us to be a part and parcel of an initiative that can only add to Uganda’s education sector through knowledge transfer, enhancement of teaching and scientific research capabilities and provision of high quality courses and opportunities for hands-on practice”, he said.
The Deputy Chief of Mission Chinese Embassy to Uganda Mr. Chu Maoming noted that Chinese companies like Huawei are committed to the well being of all Ugandans and affirmed that it is a policy for all Chinese enterprises to give back to the locals.
The Seeds for the Future program was initiated in 2008 by Huawei with over 2700 talents from all over the world for study trips in China.
“I have today afternoon Monday 24/4/2017 launched the #seeds4thefutureprogramme by #HuawaiTechnologies at #Makerere University. The programme is an annual event that Huawei implements in partnerships with the Ministries of ICT and Education. The best 10 qualifying ICT students selected out of a competition are taken to China for mentorship opportunities. In ICT innovations, mentoring innovators is a very important component of their research and development. I am glad our young ICT innovators are getting exposed. More of these opportunities will become apparent and available from other IT multinationals after we launch our Innovation support program in July. We so far have a good number of partners eagerly wanting to come on board and support young talents with potential to innovate and take products to the market,” Frank posted on his wall after the launch.
Emirates Wins Best Airline Worldwide at the 2017 Business Traveller Awards in a Sweep of Four Awards
Emirates’ focus on meeting and exceeding customer expectations both in the air and on the ground were recognised yesterday with four accolades at the Business Traveller Middle East 2017 Awards.
At a ceremony attended by key travel industry executives, Emirates was crowned “Best Airline Worldwide”. It was also named “Airline with the Best First Class”, “Airline with the Best First Class Lounge” and “Best Frequent Flyer Programme”.
Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, said: “Our customers are at the heart of our brand. In every step of the customer’s journey, we thoroughly and regularly examine the product to achieve a high level of customer care. Providing a truly memorable experience is about continually innovating across our product and offering a personal touch and a warm welcome. Moreover, our Skywards accolade solidifies the programme’s standing as an industry-leading loyalty programme that offers Emirates customers value through exceptional privileges and benefits. We are honoured to be recognised for our efforts by Business Traveller Middle East’s readers.
I would like thank our team and attribute this award to our dedicated staff who are the pillars behind every achievement and award we receive.”
Emirates invests continually in product developments and service enhancements. In the past year, the airline’s on-board enhancements include: newly designed Business Class seats, re-designed amenity kits for First and Business Class passengers, environmentally sustainable blankets and interactive augmented reality amenity kits for Economy Class passengers, and regular updates of its range of onboard toys for young flyers. The airline also continues to lead on the in-flight entertainment front with a broad choice of over 2,600 channels on its ice system.
On the ground, Emirates completed a US$ 11 million makeover of its Business Class Lounge at Concourse B in Dubai International Airport, and expanded its global network of dedicated lounges with the opening of its newest Emirates Lounge in Cape Town International Airport.
Emirates Skywards, the airline’s loyalty programme, last year launched Cash+Miles, enabling members to redeem flights using a combination of cash and Skywards Miles, regardless of their membership tier. This popular initiative instantly reduces the cost of tickets and can be used on any Emirates flight across all classes, making any seat available to Emirates Skywards members. Emirates also introduced “pay-per-visit” lounge access, enabling Emirates Skywards members and their guests travelling on Emirates to enjoy the airline’s First and Business Class lounges at Dubai International Airport and abroad.
For corporate customers, Emirates launched a revamped Emirates Business Rewards programme to provide greater value, including easier Miles redemptions and upgrades even on last minute bookings.
Today, Emirates Skywards has 14 airline partners including strategic partnerships with Easyjet and Qantas, offering member access to one of the world’s largest networks of global travel destinations. The programme also has 24 hotel partner brands covering nearly 20,000 properties worldwide.
Earlier this month, Emirates was recognised as the ‘Best Airline in the World’ at the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for airlines. The award was based on thousands of reviews Emirates received from the TripAdvisor community over the past twelve months. Emirates was the most positively reviewed airline in the industry over that period of time.
Meet Amina Hersi Morge: The lady who has built Business Empire in Kampala changing its urban lifestyle
Amina Hersi has inspired many young women in Uganda to work because she has made it clear that working hard puts you up there and helps you to achieve great things.
Amina is one of the most influential women in Uganda who has inspired many to work tooth and nail to achieve success. Having started from a humble beginning, Amina is now enjoying fruits of her hard work.
Amina was last week on a delegation with President Yoweri which visited Qatar to establish trade links between Uganda and the Arab state. She met Qatar business gurus alongside President Yoweri Museveni, First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa among others but who is Amina Hersi, the woman many look up to…Read on
Growing up as a young Muslim Somali immigrant girl in the small town of Bungoma, Kenya, we were not allowed to be seen or heard. We were not supposed to go out and play,” recalls Amina Hersi Moghe.
“Growing up as a young Muslim Somali immigrant girl in the small town of Bungoma, Kenya, we were not allowed to be seen or heard. We were not supposed to go out and play,” recalls Amina Hersi Moghe.
She has a rising real estate empire – having built Oasis Mall which houses Nakumatt Supermarket, Kingstone Hardware and the posh Laburnam Courts Apartments in Nakasero. And she has built alliances with the biggest politicians, business people and banks in Uganda and beyond.
This cannot be bad for a daughter of a migrant Somali cattle keeper. Her father’s search for better fortunes took him from Somaliland to western Kenya in the second half of the 20th century.
Hersi thus grew up in the border town of Bungoma in western Kenya, from where she moved to Nairobi, before following in her father’s migrant footsteps when she relocated to Kampala in 1998.
She is a woman of average height and weight, not exactly as light as your usual Somali. Hersi adheres to the Muslim dress code, complete with a head scarf and speaks English – not perfect English – with a heavy Somali accent.
A chance encounter with her may therefore not immediately suggest that she is a very successful businesswoman in Kampala, playing in the biggest league.
But she must fondly look back to the day she set off for Kampala, although it was forced by a heavy dose of sadness.
She had suffered a most gruesome incident, she says, when her two little daughters were killed in a motor accident. She took advice that she needed a change of address to start a new life.
In Kampala, Hersi set up a cement dealership, first as an agent of Bamburi Cement in Kenya and later established relations with the nascent cement factories in Uganda.
“In fact most people know me as Hersi Omusementi,” she says.
Hersi’s stamp of authority on the real estate sector in Kampala grew stronger when on October 3 her Laburnam Courts Apartments was launched with President Museveni as chief guest.
Also in attendance were prominent business people – representatives of banks, cement factories and others. There were also politicians from Uganda and Kenya, including DP president Norbert Mao.
The High Commissioner of Kenya, Maj Gen Geoffrey Okanga, presented Amina with an award – The Moran of the Burning Spear – from the government of Kenya, in recognition of her contribution to the Kenyan economy.
Hersi is the managing director of the Oasis Group of Companies, which owns Oasis Mall and Laburnam Courts in Uganda and is said to have interests in real estate in Kenya.
Hersi’s mother, Sarah Hersi Ali, and her siblings stayed back in Kenya to take care of the business that side when she moved to Kampala. Her mother, she says, laid the foundation for the family’s real estate empire from a modest restaurant and food store. Hersi built on that foundation to ally with powerful people in Uganda, and it didn’t take her long to get to the core of Ugandan business.
Shortly after arriving in Kampala, she teamed up with Sudhir Ruparelia, who had embarked on building a business empire of his own.
She pitched camp in Ruparelia’s office at the then Crane Forex Bureau on Kampala Road, in the process benefitting from her association with quality business company. She had arrived driving a Mercedes Benz with Kenya registration plates, which she says led many of the people she dealt with believe she had a lot of money and this gave them ideas to rip her off. Sudhir solved her immediate problem by giving her a less sophisticated BMW car.
Her business relationship with Sudhir, perhaps now the richest person in Uganda, would only grow and when Hersi later embarked on bigger projects, Sudhir’s Crane Bank became one of her financiers.
It is not clear how Hersi got in contact with Museveni and other powerful people in the government. But the President makes clear his admiration of her qualities, which he says is a far-cry from what most Ugandans exhibit.
“I have a problem with Africans,” the President started out at the launch of the apartments, “Africa is so rich but many of the Africans are not serious. That’s why I am always very happy when I see some Africans who wake up.”
Museveni said Hersi approached him asking for a then vacant piece of land just below All-Saints Cathedral in Nakasero to build apartments.
“If you saw this land, it was just a valley where those who go to church would park their cars and also come to relax; but see what she has done here.” Museveni said.
The Laburnam Courts Apartments comprise a triangle of lime green flats – 154 two-bedroom and three-bedroom serviced apartment units in all – with a swimming pool in the middle. The place also has health facilities, a children’s playing area, business centre and gym.
The proprietor says the apartments have attracted clients from oil and telecom companies. At the time of the launch, it was said that 95 per cent of the apartments were already occupied.
Museveni said Hersi was able to build these apartments, in addition to the Oasis Mall, because she is different from most Ugandans.
“If you go to Kabalagala now,” Museveni said, “they (Ugandans) are all in bars, every time drinking. How much money are you squandering? Lack of discipline, lack of initiative and lack of imagination, that’s the problem Africans must fight.”
Apart from offering the land on which Hersi built the Laburnam Courts and the Oasis Mall, Museveni also ensured that she benefitted from other incentives, like importing building materials without paying taxes. Museveni said at the launch that he protected Hersi from officials of the Uganda Revenue Authority who were demanding taxes from her.
He said that Hersi had planned her project expecting tax exemptions on imported construction materials and that even if her project was a bit late, removing the exemptions would derail her project.
The President aimed a swipe at bureaucrats, who he said just sit in offices and “frustrate” investments.
“There is another project of hers they are trying to fight; we may now have to fight that war,” Museveni said to Hersi’s delight.
Hersi had earlier said that she is looking to embark on another project; one “in which so many women will be involved,” but she did not say exactly what she intends to do.
Museveni looks at women as a key constituency and the mention of a project that could further the women’s cause is likely to warm him up. Hersi was in 2008 named Best Woman Entrepreneur by the Uganda Investment Authority.
At the launch was a Somali choir which sang Museveni’s praises. A translation from one of the songs went: “You are the most educated among the people in the world. You are the wise of the times. You are the father of Africa. The Somali people are grateful to you. Museveni, you should know.”
But whereas there can be no denying that Hersi has benefited immensely from her association with politicians and big businesspeople, there must be something special about her.
Admassu Tadesse, the president of the PTA Bank, said at the launch of the apartments that Hersi “has a rare tenacity” which the bank looked to tap into by investing $16m (about Shs40b) in the $50m (about Shs125b) apartments project.
One of the synonyms of the word “tenacity” that pops up on my computer screen is “persistence”. And Tadesse is right if this is what he meant. Hersi refuses to give up when she is convinced that she is doing the right thing.
For example, she said at the launch of the apartments, she hopped from bank to bank seeking financing for two grand projects – the mall and the apartments – at the same time without substantial collateral.
Most banks advised her to pursue one project at a time, she said, but she rejected the advice. “I knew the two projects were different and they were both viable,” she said. She would move on to another bank until she got a positive response.
She was in bullish mood as she thanked the banks which “stood with me when I didn’t have anything,” all in the knowledge that she will find it easier to get financing for future projects now that she has seen grand projects through.
And she has guidelines in her dealings with banks: “Banks which have a lot of excuses; I don’t deal with them.” And, going by Hersi’s new profile, it is very likely that the banks won’t give her many excuses when she approaches them for future financing. If this prediction is true, then the story of the Somali woman who is taking Uganda’s real estate landscape by storm is just beginning to unfold.
Who is Amina Moghe Hersi?
Amina Hersi Moghe (Somali: Aamina Xirsi Mooge (b. 1964) is a Kenyan entrepreneur. She has launched several multimillion-dollar projects in Kampala, Uganda. Her investments include Oasis Shopping Mall in Kampala’s central business district and the Laburnam Courts Apartments, on Nakasero Hill adjacent to State House Kampala.
She has the first sugar factory in Northern Uganda. Atiak sugar factory which has not only brought revenue and development for the region but was championed as the first large scale industrial project for Northern Uganda.
She is also one of the city’s largest distributors of cement and other hardware materials. With a myriad of successful business throughout Uganda she is a beacon of hope and a motivating role model for the African girl child.
Amina was born in Bungoma in the east of Kenya, where her mother, Sarah Hersi Ali, is a prominent businesswoman. Adam Hersi Ali, her uncle, who was another inspirational pillar in Amina’s life, served as a Financial Secretary of Treasury in the Kenya’s Ministry of Finance in the late 1980s. As a young girl, Moghe and her sister regularly joined their family in the cross border trade between Kenya and Uganda. The two girls were sent to accounting school by their mother, where they built on their entrepreneurial skills. Having a strong entrepreneurial mother led her to be business savvy not afraid of make big business risk.
Her biggest risk was closing her successful hardware store in Bungoma Kenya and venturing in a start up business in Uganda after the stabilisation of the country in 1996. With no foundation set for her she used the skills she was taught to set up a hardware store in the bustling city of Kampala Uganda. This stride into the unknown was the first step of the enterprising woman she is today. 
“It was a pleasant surprise and I’m grateful for the recognition. The award has really inspired me to do more in the coming years,” – Amina Moghe Hersi.
Moghe quickly adapted to her new environment and acted as a convenient link on the ground for her family’s commercial trade. She began expanding the family business and entered the real estate sector. Moghe would eventually become one of the wealthiest people in Uganda and come to own the Oasis Centre, a multimillion-dollar shopping mall complex and grand scale luxurious apartment Laburnam Courts that are both situated in the center of the capital. She also runs one of the largest distributors of cement and other hardware materials in the country. In 2008, Amina received the Woman Investor of the year Award for her large-scale projects that are changing Kampala’s skyline.
In 2016, Amina Hersi Moghe via her investment company, Horyal Investment Holding Company Limited began construction of Atiak Sugar Factory, in Atiak, Amuru District, Northern Uganda. The US$120 million project is expected to be ready in 2016, with commercial production expected in 2017.
This factory will be the first large scale industrial project in Northern Uganda. With the biggest benefactors being women who are working in conjunction with Amina in the factories development. Primarily as sugar cane out growers and main distributors of the final product once production begins. Over 6000 women are already directly and indirectly profiting from the factory even before its commencement.