NWSC constructs new sewerage system in Arua

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) is constructing a new sewerage system to serve the people of Arua town. “We are constructing a new sewerage system to serve the central business district of Arua town,” NWSC posted.

The sewerage system will comprise of twenty three kilometers of sewers, two lifting stations and two waste water treatment and handling facilities at Prisons and Dadamu.

Geosteady set to thrill revellers at Global Cultural Event

Singer Geosteady real name George Kigozi William has been confirmed as one of the entertainers set to rock the Global Cultural Event slated for 13th August 2017 at Uganda Museum. The deal has been sealed and confirmed by the event’s host Mary Ingabire who also doubles as the singer’s International Manager. The event comes less than a month when the singer is hosting her concert on 8th September.

Who is Geosteady?

As a performer at the Global Cultural Event on 13th August 2017 at Uganda Museum, we are honoured to bring you the profile of one of Uganda’s fast rising singers.

Geosteady is a Ugandan born singer, song writer and audio producer. As a young boy, he was an active member of his childhood choir. It wasn’t long when he figured he had grown up as a vocalist, and then decided to take on music as a career.

In this musical journey, he has hit the airwaves with some ear-enticing hits like Mbuuza, Viola, Take You Home, Same Way and Owoooma. He has also featured some major local, regional and international artistes including Eddy Kenzo, Lydia Jazmine and Navio, Charly & Nina, to mention but a few.

No good work goes unnoticed. Geosteady Blackman has notched top local accolades like Best Collaboration at Uganda Entertainment Awards 2016, Best Zouk at HiPipo Awards 2016, Best Song HSMA 2017 and Best RnB Contemporary artist Zzina 2017.

He has entertained different crowds in South Africa (Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town), Rwanda, Dubai and will be remembered as the first Ugandan artist to rock Doha, Qatar. He is now lined up for the first ever “Geosteady Live In Concert” on 8th September 2017 at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, alongside shows in Las Vegas, London and Istanbul.

Geosteady is also a Brand Ambassador of a Youth led organization, Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) that does empowerment of young people in Uganda and provide them with up-to-date health information to enable them make informed decisions. He has also recently opened up a children support charity foundation aiming at raising a holistic child.

Get Updates of his music straight from his website www.geosteady.com or his social media pages by searching for him on;

  • Facebook: Geosteady
  • Twitter: @geosteadyoffici
  • Youtube: geosteady
  • Instagram: geosteadyofficial
  • Snapchat: Geosteady

For bookings, please send an email to bookings@geosteady.com

Promoter Ashley talks about her career, love life and her work with celebrities

Dubai based Hadija Mohammed popularly known as Ashley, is a music and events promoter working closely with Rham Events in Dubai. Ashley is a daughter to Mr Babu Ssemakula (Ugandan) and Feiza Khalid of Kenyan origin. She attended Kidimu and Mvita primary schools in Mombasa before joining Sumayya Girls High School in Kampala for six years and later studied journalism at Makerere University.

Ashley

Showbiz Uganda (SB) talked to her about her events and music promotion job and how she handles working away from home.

SB: So tell us who is Ashley?

Ashley: Ashley is an ordinary person, hardworking social dependable independent. A United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s finest promoter and a proud mother of one.

SB: Tell us about you work?

Ashley: I promote Rham Events, the fastest and best events team at the moment in UAE. Rham Events is attached to Deejay Rham, the former DJ at Club Silk in Kampala who is currently plying his trade at Vegas Dubai. I am currently managing musicians working with Medi Vybes. I am a writer who during my free time has written a few books and soon publishing my first book titled ‘Bitter Honey’.

Eddy Kenzo with Ashley in Dubai

SB: How does it feel to be a promoter?

Ashley: It’s kind of very funny having to deal with people in Diaspora. It’s kind of challenging as we all know how people here work so much and putting the fact that we only have to use media to promote the events. It’s at the same time, so much fun and very promising. When we started in 2016 we had very few followers and fans but now we are the best events team in UAE.

Ashley with Barbie Alokiss

SB: How does someone get to work with you?

Ashley: Through my manager Bashir Cetra who also works closely with Rham Events and has really contributed a lot to what I am now.

SB: What challenges have u faced in your work?

Ashley: I haven’t faced a lot of challenges for now apart from the fact that competition is a little stiff in the industry which requires me to put an extra effort, invention and hard work.

SB: How do you find entertainment industry in Dubai?

Ashley: So far so good when i joined the industry 2016 which Cetra introduced me to, i was working under Cetra Promotion and the industry was so low with only one club in Dubai. We didn’t give up, but worked hard and slowly it became very active and interesting. Its right now so encouraging knowing that we are the best in UAE.

Ashley with Aganaga in Dubai

SB: How do you find working with musicians and entertainers?

Ashley: Its fun…i actually enjoy working with musicians especially when you handle them well.

SB: Do you take musicians from Uganda to perform in Dubai?

Ashley: Yes we do..

SB: How often and what does it take for a musician to qualify. What do you consider?

Ashley: We often look at one who is doing quite well at  home …as in one who has a hit at the moment but mostly we look at Dubai market and we also try to inquire from our fans here to know which musician they  miss and would love  to see.

SB: Tell us about your love life?

Ashley: This is quite personal, we keep it for another day but i am a mother of one for now.

SB: Anything else you want to tell your fans and followers?

Ashley: Currently we have an upcoming show that is scheduled for 8th July 2017 featuring Sheebah Karungi at Club Vegas Dubai with DJ Rham. We promise Dubai people a VVIP treat and red carpet experience as well as massive performance.

SB: What is your final message?

Ashley: I want to take this opportunity to first thank my team..That’s my best UAE DJ Rham, his manager Barbie Alokiss and my manager Bashir Cetra for the strong team we have always been and for fans like we call them Dubai Kings and Queens.

I want to say thank you for always turning up in big numbers for our concerts and we promise not to give up soon but continue to entertain you at our  best as you deserve. Thank you Showbiz Uganda for always looking out for us even when we are away from home. I love you all my followers and fans….Big up www.showbizuganda.com

“I will take charge of the boys” – Zari Hassan

Who was Ivan Semwanga?

Socialite to be laid to rest today

Fallen showbiz star and tycoon, Ivan Semwanga’s ex wife Zari Hassan has pledged to take care of the couple’s three sons.

Speaking to the fully attended funeral service at Namirembe Cathedral yesterday, Zari said; church is full now but I know three months down the road, I’ll be by myself”.

She revealed that she is strong and ready to raise their boys. “Ivan lived his life to the fullest and he always told me life is short,” Zari said.

Ivan who died of May 25th , 2017 at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria South Africa will be laid to rest today at Nakaliro, Kayunga District.

The splashy socialite leaves behind 3 sons Pinto, Raphael Junior and Quincy whom he bore Zarfi Hassan before they separated and she moved on with Tanzanian star singer Diamond Platnumz

Who was Ivan Semwanga?

Ivan Semwanga changed the face of Ugandan Showbiz and social scene by introducing splashy parties which he hosted in top hangouts in Kampala.

Together with his friends and ex wife Zari Hassan, the group would pop champagne like Hollywood stars and would also throw money to revelers.

Driving around in posh personalized number plates cars, Ivan made sure the showbiz in Uganda is enjoyed. He formed a group Rich Gang which headed at the time of his death.

The splashy Tycoon will be laid to rest today Tuesday 30th May 2017 at his ancestral home in Kayunga.

Early Life

Ivan Semwanga was born on 12th December 1977 to George Semwanga Pinto Lutaaya and Liize Semwanga, both deceased.

He is a grandson to the late Pinto Katula Lutaya Semwanga, who was a prominent businessman in Nakaliro, Kayunga town council.

Semwanga grew up in Kayunga before he moved to his grandfather’s place in Mengo, Kampala.

He went to Bishop Brown Primary School before joining Kanjuki S.S. and later Central Academy for his secondary school education.

Moving to South Africa

After venturing in several businesses in Kampala, Ivan would later move to South Africa in pursuit for greener pastures.

Moving to South Africa turned out well for him as he accumulated wealth and started up several businesses including a chain of schools (Brooklyn Colleges) and real estates.

Family Life

Ivan Semwanga was married Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan Kirigwajjo in a traditional wedding and together they were blessed with 3 sons.

In 2015 Zari broke up with Semwanga and got married to Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz, with whom she has 2 children now.

Ivan Semwanga was the leader of a group of socialites called the Rich Gang. The other members of the group were Ed Cheune and his cousin, Lawrence Senyonjo popularly known as King Lawrence.

The group was known for throwing flamboyant parties and dishing out money every December when they returned to Uganda for the festive season.

City party goers have described Ivan as “a man that brought life to showbiz in Kampala”. Many people always wanted to hang out at the same nightspot at Ivan.

Despite living a lavish lifestyle, he donated generously to the needy both in Uganda and in South Africa.

According to Ugandans in South Africa, Ivan gave money to poor women and children, also helped his fellow Ugandans in Madiba land whenever they faced challenges.

Semwanga on several occasions gave money to poor children and women in South Africa

Earlier this year, Ivan topped headlines in South African newspapers because of his charity work. The newspapers dubbed him ‘MOREKI’ which means ‘blesser’ and also referred to him as a prophet.

During his recent and last visit to Uganda in April, Semwanga and his group paid a courtesy visit to M-lisada orphanage center in Nsambya, where they donated money and other household items to the less-privileged children.

Semwanga donated money and other household items to the less-privileged children at M-lisada orphanage center in Nsambya in April 2017

Wealth

Although we could not confirm his actual net-worth, Ivan Semwanga was undoubtedly a very rich man.

He was the first person to bring a Lamborghini to Uganda and would later go on to acquire several other posh cars like a Hummer, Audi among others, some of which were in Uganda while others in South Africa at the time of his death.

By the time of his death, he had a chain of schools (Brooklyn Colleges) with 7 campuses allover South Africa, real estates and other businesses all in South Africa.

He left a palatial home in Waterkloof, a suburb in Pretoria, South Africa, where he lived with his children. He also left a big mansion in Muyenga, a Kampala suburb.

Semwanga passed on at the age of 39 and will be laid to rest at their ancestral home in Kayunga district.

May his soul rest in peace.

Rachael Kembabazi talks about her Makeup artist experience

Rae real name Rachael Kembabazi is a mobile Makeup artist who is planning to make it big up there. She operates under her brand name Lit Faces. She talked to Showbiz Uganda (SB) about her experience.

SB: Tell us about yourself?
Rae Kembabazi: I am a makeup artist by profession and my brand name is Lit Faces. I love what I do.

SB: When did you start?
Rae: It’s almost a year now.

SB: Tell us about your experience?
Rae: It’s been challenging in a positive way. Everyday i tell myself ‘keep moving forward’ no matter what.

SB: What made you to join makeup?
Rae: It’s what i love. Am into beauty and love enhancing our natural beauty.

SB: What do you say about makeup industry in Uganda?
Rae: It has evolved over time. People are embracing makeup more than ever and i think it’s just the beginning.

SB: So where is your studio based?
Rae: I work on mobile basis and I can be reached on 0701941308 or 0788922105 for strictly business.

SB: Who are some of your celebrity clients?
Rae: I prefer to be known as me not to be identified by someone.

SB: So where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Rae: As a well established makeup artist.

Some of her products

SB: Tell us about love life?
Rae: At the moment am focused on building my career before I think about love.

SB: How does someone book you for work?
Rae: They call me and i find them where they are. I can be reached for business on 0701941308 OR 0788922105.

Interview: Judith Babirye talks about her life and music ahead of the Airtel sponsored Concert

 

Singer and politician, Judith Babirye, is set to have a concert dubbed Maama on May 12th at Kampala Serena Hotel. She talked to us about the event. Read on..

Tell us a bit about yourself?

Born in the small village of Nyenga in Buikwe District, ‘am the third born in the family of Mr. Mukoza Henry a retired headmaster. ‘Am the founder and Executive Director of Arms of Love Uganda an NGO that supports teenage mothers in Uganda and a member of Parliament representing the people of Buikwe District in the Legislative Assembly of Uganda. ‘Am a performing and recording gospel artist, a mother to one beautiful daughter, a motivational speaker, a book author, a preacher and a song writer. I studied from Ndejje Secondary school and Iganga secondary school for my O’ Level and A’ Level respectively and it’s in these schools that my singing career was nurtured. As a young girl and a student in these schools, I was able to compose school anthems for both schools and these anthems are still being sung to this day. I later joined Makerere University and graduated with a bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and its now 16 years and still counting since I first released my debut music album called ‘Wambatira”. I have recorded hits like Yesu beera nange, omusaayi gwa Yesu gumal, Oliko Favor, Ndi kawonawo / Survivor, Omuliro, Eno Mbaga, Nzijukira, Wanjagala, Maama,now newly released Ye gwe Afuga, Mukama amanyi, Katonda Talimba and many others. ‘am very grateful to God, my fans, friends and family for the support they have given me that has enabled me write over 216 songs, record 16 Albums and be who I am today. TO GOD BE THE GLORY

 

What do you do in your free time?

I take my daughter out, watch a documentary or movie, listen to music and read my Bible

Give us a brief background of your musical career?

My Music career began in my secondary school days at Ndejje secondary school and Iganga secondary school respectively was an active member of the school choir, chapel choir and scripture union. We had our small group of singer and I used to compose Christian songs which we would perform during chapel and scripture union meetings. It was in these days that songs like He Rose, Little manger and many others were composed and released many years later on my first album.

You recently joined the Parliament of Uganda. How do you manage to balance your musical life and politics?

By giving my best to each purpose, responsibility and task I put my hand to

What Accomplishments o you have to your name?

My greatest accomplishment is that to this day ‘am still a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ irrespective of the many threatening challenges that have come my way. It may look easy on the outside but if you believe in God, then you surely know it is not an easy walk. Secondly; ‘Am a mother to one adorable daughter, I have won several music awards/ accolades, I have written over 216 songs, recorded 16 albums, shot several videos and still going on.

 You have managed to stay relevant in an evolving industry. What is the secret to your success?

 Staying in Touch with God Almighty for with God nothing is impossible and staying in touch with my fans.

 Collaborations have become very common in Uganda. Which Ugandan artists are you interested in working with?

 Many of them and my list is endless

What would you say about your fashion sense/style?

I particularly love long dresses because they are simple, gracious and make me feel comfortable no matter where I may be. They rarely go wrong.

 You have held a number of shows over the years. Which have been your most memorable shows?

Maama Concert of 2011 where Serena Hotel’s Victoria Hall was filled to capacity and had no more space inside yet the lines were still very long on the outside. Many people came with their mothers, It was a full house, very joyous, very emotional and I sang my lungs out to a very beautiful Sound system. it was exceptional.

So let’s talk about your upcoming Charity Concert. Why have you organized this Concert?

Mothers Day is around the corner and we want to celebrate the gift of mothers in a special way. A mother is the first teacher, first provider, first engineer (makes our home toys), first friend, best friend and a friend of all seasons. She will sleep hungry but feed her children, she will put on one Gomesi / dress but educate her children, she will defend her children irrespective of the circumstances, her love is unconditional, unlimited and lasts a life time. She is an unbreakable bond, a place of rest. Even in the labor ward her priority is to save the life of her baby first. Even though many have passed on due to cancer, birth complications, HIV/AIDs etc., mothers have never shunned their divine responsibility of producing more human beings despite the risks involved. You awe it to you mother, alive or dead, she will always be mother. All proceeds will go to support vulnerable teenage mothers in Uganda.

What should your fans expect?

They should expect the best in terms of quality and excellence! We have rehearsed over 25 songs, we have guest artists like Tonzi  from Kigali – Rwanda, Hanson Baliruno from Stockholm – Sweden and a variety of performances from local music icons like Pr. Wilson Bugembe, Dangelo Busuulwa, Joy Tendo, Julie Mutesasira, Levixone, Sheilla Mutesi, Nsuube primary school Children’s choir in Buikwe District, George Bukedde and many others. Gates will be open by 1:00 pm and performances will begin by 5:0 Pm.

We have also prepared a special moment to sing “Happy Birthday” for all mothers present in the concert. Please buy your mother a ticket and register her name with us on our face book page “Judith Babirye Music” or call us on the numbers below.

When is the Concert and where can someone buy tickets for the Concert

The Concert will take place at Serena Hotel – Kampala Hotel; Victoria Hall on Friday 12th May 2017. Ordinary Tickets: 100,000k, VIP: 300,000, Family Table for 10: 3M. Tickets can be bought from Serena Hotel, Classic Ladies (Garden City), Airtel Shops / outlets, Shell Namirembe, Shell Ntinda, Shell Capital, Shell Bugolobi, Shell Forest Mall, Shell Kabalagala, Shell Jinja Road, Shell Kiira Road . We can also deliver to your office by calling us on 0774535351 / 0704902926/ 0776172070

Who are you working with in a bid to promote this concert and attract music lovers?

‘Am working with Airtel, Arms of Love Uganda, Uganda Communications Commission, Housing Finance Bank, Classic ladies, Wilberforce Kalema House of Fashions, Movit, Classic Ladies, Wina Classic, Seroma Ltd, VIVA General Merchandise Ltd, Middle East Consultants, Chuck Salvator, Peter Russel, Sure Deal and SMS ONE.

What inspired you to release the very popular “maama” song?

It’s a combination of many factors. As a mother, I reflected on what a mother goes through during pregnancy. The pain she endures in the labor ward, the sacrifice she pays to give her baby a life and a future, her unconditional love, her commitment to her baby are virtues only found in maama/ mama/ mother. When the world has tossed you left, right and Centre, the best place we run to for comfort, counsel and rest is called maama / mama / mother. This was my inspiration and the song Lyrics tell the full of the story.

What message do you have for your sponsors and partners?

Thank you a billion ways because without you I wouldn’t have been able to organize this concert on my own. May God richly bless you.

Do you have any advice to aspiring musicians?

My advice to aspiring musician is there is enough space for all of us in the hearts of our fans. Have faith in God Almighty, know what you want and know what your fans want, Stay focused and celebrate those who celebrate you. You may not be the best for everyone but you sure are the best for somebody. Always remember your humble beginnings and believe in yourself. There will always be critics but know what you want because the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong but time and chance happens to them all (Ecclesiastes: 9:11). God bless you.

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.

President Yoweri Museveni with Amina

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.

Building alliances

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.

Laburnam Courts Apartments in Nakasero

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.

Enter Museveni

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.”

Tenacious Hersi

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.

Biography

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. [2]

Career

“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.

Recent developments

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.

CCCC excels in Entebbe-Kampala Expressway Construction

China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has defied all odds by doing excellent road works on Kampala-Entebbe Expressway. The road works on the expressway is at above 75% complete and expected to be fully completed by the end of this year. CCCC’s core works have is the uniqueness which it has put on the road. Then there is beautification of the road side and Kajjansi Interchange.

The anti Glare therefore removes the effect of light to ensure no conflict of light thereby safeguarding safety of road users along the Expressway! You don’t find this on the ordinary highway.

When complete, the expressway will be one of the best roads in Uganda if not the best. CCCC’s works on the road shows its prowess to perform the best as road constructor.

CCCC acting Country manager, Zheng Biao said CCCC has the capacity to construct and build any road in Uganda. They do services in Road, Railway, Dredging and Reclamation and Port infrastructure.

CCCC is also in charge of tarmacing Mubende – Kagadi Road.

What is CCCC?

China Communications Construction Co., Ltd. (CCCC) is a Chinese publicly traded construction company. China National Real Estate Development Group is a sister company of China Communications Construction Co., Ltd., which was both owned by China Communications Construction Group Corp., a state-owned enterprise that was supervised by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.

History

The company was established in mainland china in 2005 from the merger of China Harbour Engineering Company Group and China Road and Bridge Group. The company is engaged in the construction and design of transportation infrastructure dredging and port machinery manufacturing business. It is the largest port construction and Design Company in China, the largest dredging company in China and the third largest in the world.

It now holds an additional subsidiary, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC) (Chinese:

In April 2015, the Australia Government approved the sale of Leighton Holding’s John Holland Group, one the country’s biggest construction firms, to China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) for A$1.15bn (¥5.46bn; $879m).

As of June 2015, China Communications Construction Company ranks 4th amongst Chinese companies for intangible assets.

IPO Investors

CCCC is the largest Mainland China’s infrastructure government-owned enterprise company listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange Market. Some of its stock were bought by billionaires, including Li Ka Shing, Lee Shau Kee, Joseph Lau, Robert Kuok and Alwaleed bin Talal, during its initial public offering (IPO) on December 2006. China Life Insurance Group, Chow Tai Fook Group and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation were its strategic stockholders.


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