Pictorial: Guinness Smooth launched in Uganda

Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) introduced their new Guinness variant Guinness Smooth in a luxurious ceremony held at the Kampala Serena Hotel gardens on Saturday night.

During the Launch, t
he Guinness Global Master Brewer Peter Simpson who played a major role in the making of Guinness Smooth took the invited guests through the four Flavour Rooms that speak to the character of the new beer.

The rooms included the Bittersweet Room, the Bold Room, the Rich Room and the Refreshing Room where consumers were let in on the sight, flavour, feel and taste of the new beer.

They were taken through the perfect serve for a Guinness Smooth, tasting and appreciating the perfect balance of sweet (butterscotch and toffee flavours) and bitter, and also smelling the chocolatey-coffee aromas and rich notes from roasted barley.

Speaking to guests, Mr Simpson commended Ugandans’love for the famous black liquid and couldn’t hide his excitement about people finally tasting a product that he has worked on with Ugandan brewers for a very long time.

“I cannot mention how proud I am that you all get to taste Guinness Smooth today. It is every brewer’s dream to see people taste his creation,” he said, before imploring guests to toast to Arthur Guinness who first brewed the world-renowned beer in 1759.

“Brands that don’t innovate don’t survive. 261 years and counting, this is the first innovation extension or variant of brand Guinness in Uganda. This right here is history in the making,” UBL’s Marketing Director Juliana Kaggwa said at the event.

“We are giving young vibrant millennials an opportunity to join the family of Guinness through a variant called Smooth. The brand is smooth and therefore easy on the tongue,” Ms Kaggwa said.

She noted that people have different palates and Guinness Smooth is a variant that maintains the full-bodiedcharacter of Guinness, though with bitter-sweet undertones. It is a beer with a distinctively smooth and refreshing taste,” she said.

The night also featured performances from Uganda’s very own soul star Maurice Kirya and Sheebah Karungi, arguably the hottest female artiste in the land who took guests on  musical rollercoaster of some of her hits songslike Mummy Yo, Enyanda and Sweet Sensation, her banger with Nigerian star Orezi.

With the frothy, but smoother version of Guinness flowing endlessly, it was indeed as smooth life for guests and there were no “janworries” of having to dig into their pockets as it was on the house.

Exclusive: How Entertainment Industry has thrived under 34 years of NRM Government

AS National Resistance Movement (NRM) celebrates 34 years in power this weekend (26th January 2020 in Ibanda), we take a look at how Entertainment Industry has thrived under this regime which is under the leadership of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

In 1986, when NRA took over power there was entertainment but not at the level it is at today.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said have been able to perform and show off their talents because of prevailing peace and stability brought by his NRM government

With stability and peace created by NRM prevailing, the environment for improved entertainment industry was created and this didn’t take long for Ugandans to see change in the industry.

From singers to actors to entertainment venues, all these ones have developed tremendously under the NRM government with the prevailing freedom of speech and resources to use.

H.E M7 with singer Eddy Kenzo at State House Entebbe last year

While it was very difficult to host music concert those days because of security reasons, it is easy these days because the venues are very secure and very available.
The likes of lates; Elly Wamala, Philly Lutaaya, Paul Kafeero were very brilliant musician but the political atmosphere at the time they were shining wasn’t conducive to their work. The late Lutaaya had to shift to Sweden because of political instabilities in Uganda at that time.

H.E M7 attending concert marking 33 years of acting by Sam Bagenda aka Dr. Bbosa at Theatre La Bonita

While promoters in 80s and 90s used to bring musicians from outside Uganda especially Congolese, this has since ceased after the rising of Ugandan singers like Jose Chameleone, Bebe Cool, Bobi Wine, Juliana Kanyomozi, Iryn Namubiru, Afrigo band become more popular under NRM. These and more led the overthrow and influx of foreign musicians in Uganda. They have become household names not only in Uganda but also East Africa and beyond.

While meeting singer Eddy Kenzo real name Idrissa Musuza in October last year at State House Entebbe, President Yoweri Museveni congratulated Eddy Kenzo, one of Uganda’s high sounding and outgoing personality in the music industry, for making very good achievements in the music and entertainment sector.
“I want to congratulate Kenzo for making very good contribution in music. He was a street boy and an orphan but he had a talent of singing,” said President Museveni.
President Museveni used the occasion of his meeting with musician Eddy Kenzo to appeal to the youths in Uganda to emulate the example of Mr. Kenzo to get out of poverty by exploiting their talents fully.
“I appeal to the youths to use his example to get out of poverty by using their talents. If you are not singing, you can do it by farming, innovations and painting, among others, he said.

He noted that the musicians have prospered because of performing good entertainments in Uganda adding that this is possible because of the prevailing peace provided by the NRM government. He observed that Uganda is an easy destination for investment in comparison to other destinations mainly because of the prevailing peace.
Not only musicians have developed but also other entertainers like comedians, actors, fashionista.

There was barely any comedian in Uganda before but look at how comedy has sprung up and led its own revolution in entertainment.

With the environment favouring one to what they want, there was birthday of comedy in Uganda which has seen several young Ugandans earn big from the industry and are now international recognized. The Amarula Family was one of the groups that led to comedy revolution. The comedy has since given birth to stars like Amooti, Alex Muhangi, Patrick Idringi Salvado, Prince Emma, Mendo Herbert Ssegujja who himself has a household name imitating His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Anne Kansiime who has gone to shine on the world stage as a comedienne, the Fun Factory group has a lot full of talent making it big on comedy.

The film industry has also been on the rise with many Ugandans joining and creating movies and films that have seen many theatres come up to show these films. Forget about Hollywood movies and Nigeria, Uganda we now also have Kina-Uganda and our theaters have been proudly showing such films. Look at The Ebonies and Bakayimbira Dramactors, Deception, Hostel and several others have come up to act Series that being show on our televisions and cinemas.

While attending a concert to mark 33 years of acting for Mr Sam Bagenda aka Dr. Bbosa in December last year at Theatre La Bonita, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni lauded the dramatists for taking advantage of the peace brought by his government to develop their talent.

“With peace ushered in by the NRM, people are bound to exhibit talents in all aspects; Preachers will preach, actors will act, artistes will compose and sing, farmers will flourish in fields, herders will tend, everyone will get chance to showcase their God-given talent,” M7 said.

You can’t talk about entertainment without mentioning Radios and Televisions, before NRM came to power there was only one Television and Radio (both UBC). At the moment they are close to 15 TV Stations and over 300 Radio stations. With these stations, entertainers have had the chances to showcase their talents and this has led the industry to develop at a faster rate.

During this regime, we have had many earn big being Master of ceremonies and Deejays at different entertainment centres and social events. This wasn’t the case before.

Fashion industry which is also under entertainment has come up and we have had a number of Ugandan become creative in field. We have seen people like Anita Beryl, Stellah Atal, Sylvia Owori, Fatumah Asha, Judith Heard, Ahumuza Brian aka Abryanz, Jenny Linda do wonders in style and fashion. They have created different labels which have won them accolades not only in Uganda but also abroad. Televisoion fashion shows have also been allowed to air and this improved on how stars can style themselves especially when hitting stages.

Music promoters like Balaam Barugahara and others have not struggled to get gigs because they have musicians to use.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of recent while attending concerts of Bebe Cool, Catherine Kusasira and Sam Bagenda aka Dr. Bbosa pledged support to entertainers so as boost their careers.
The NRM has recently created a platform to help entertainers and these days, the president meets different groups of entertainers to see who to support them in their field. This surely shows that Entertainment industry is headed for even better working environment.
Congratulations to NRM upon this milestone


UBL Running out of trees relay set for Feb 7th 2020

Preparations are in high gear for the 2 days “Running out of Trees” relay from Kampala to Gulu.

The relay that will have 33 high profile and diverse runners run 10 kilometers each, is set to take place on Feb 7th and 8th February 2020. Flag off will be at Parliament.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water and Environment Alfred Okot Okidi and Uganda Breweries Legal and Corporate relations director Charity Ekudu Kiyemba during the launch of the “Running out of trees” campaign in October

The “Running out of Trees Campaign” spearheaded by Uganda Breweries Limited in partnership with Ministry of Water and Environment, was launched in October 2019.

The campaign seeks to rally Corporate Companies to come together and respond to the growing concern of deforestation in the country.

So far, a number of companies have come on board to support the campaign including Liberty Assurance which recently handed over a cheque of UGX 5,000,000 to UBL towards the run. Other companies include TOTAL Uganda and StanbicUganda among others.

The Managing Director Liberty Life Assurance Joseph Almeida and Country Head of Health, Frank Tindyebwa hand over a dummy cheque worth UGX 5, 000,000 to David Onyango, Uganda Breweries Corporate Relations Manager

The objective of this run is to rally every Ugandan to embrace April 25, 2020, the national day of tree planting on which 40million people in Uganda will be expected to plant and grow at least one tree.

Why you should book yourself at the new Eric Wilkins Apartments

Eric Wilkins apartments are a new home away from home and are now open to anyone who is interested. 
The apartments are located in different parts in and around Kampala. Eric Wilkins apartments first have been made affordable considering it will be a place everyone would love to spend, a day, week, month or even make home. They have been confirmed for tranquility and conducive ambiance around the city.

The 2 bedroom lavish apartments are fully furnished and are available for short and long stay. The website has learnt the apartments have availed packages for clients who can stay a day, week, month and even a year. They are located in Nyanama-Bunamwaya, Najjera and Entebbe.
Eric Wilkins apartments have 2 bedrooms, a modern fully equipped kitchen, Luxurious furniture, Spacious living and dining space, Gazebo with outdoor comfy furniture and family lounging shelter, Ample parking space, 24 CCTV surveillance and guaranteed security, Solar powered lights, Well equipped laundry area.
The new apartments are suitable for Couple getaways, Honeymooners, Retreat away from home, Business travelers, Expatriates and much more.
To book, go to www.ericwilkinsapartments.com or ericwilkinsapartments.co.uk or Contact Dauda Ashiraf on +256 785 61 52 65 / +256 702 61 52 65

Bebe Cool takes TB fight to down town Kampala

Big size singer Bebe Cool and his Amber Heart Foundation in collaboration with Defeat TB have carried out Tuberculosis Screening and Awareness Campaign in New Taxi Park.
The TB ambassador said the outreach is aimed at creating awareness and treat those already infected and affected by the deadly disease.

The singer recently intensified campaign aimed at ending Tuberculosis in Uganda. Him and his team carried TB sensetisation in Jinja. Keep up the fight man!!!

‘The Only Rose’ returns with new single ‘Popping’

Nairobi: Fast-rising Kenyan female sensation TheOnlyRosa has dropped her new single “Popping”. The audio was produced by Kaki, while the video was shot in London courtesy of Ballantines and directed by Jordan Gomez.

Popping: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_qVALGXkKI

“Popping” is a tribute to the discovery of her true passion in being a creative and the struggles experienced throughout her journey to becoming the artist she is now.

Since coming to the limelight few years ago, Rosa’s musical career has been on an upward trajectory that has seen her collaborate with local stars – Naiboi, Kidis and Steph Kapela. She has also shared the stage with International acts– Nasty C, Konshens, Burna Boy and a studio session with the award winning Mr. Eazi.

Inside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctrYkrnDMNY

The Ballantine’s’ True Music winner 2019, took a one year break off music to focus on her studies in the UK, and is back with a bang and promises her fans more music this 2020.

“This year, I am focusing on creating musical experiences for both myself and my fans.” TheOnlyRosa, noted.

The new single is available on ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS including Boomplay, Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon.

TheOnlyRosa continues to push creative boundaries, expanding her influence and impact beyond music.

Shell customers win big in 10 weeks of Cheer promotion

Kampala: Over 2,000 customers have so far been rewarded with fuel worth over UGX80 million in the ongoing 10 weeks of Cheer promotion by Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda.

The national promotion which is targeted at all motorists including boda riders, taxi drivers, private motorists and truck drivers was announced in December to reward customers for their loyalty during the festive season.

“For the past 3 weeks, we have been running daily draws at participating Shell stations generating over 2,000 winners who have received various prizes which include fuel worth UGX50,000 for general motorists, UGX15,000 for riders and household groceries. Weekly jackpot winners have received UGX500,000 worth of fuel for general motorists and UGX50,000 for riders,” said Mark Mutungi, the Fuels Brand Manager at Vivo Energy Uganda.

For every UGX 50,000 spent on Shell fuels, lubricants or shop services, customers receive a draw entry coupon at any of the participating Shell service stations. Thereafter, customers are required to scratch their draw entry coupon to reveal a unique code and SMS both the code and their vehicle registration plate number to 8008 for a chance to win.

Through weekly draws, 10 lucky jackpot winners walk away with UGX 500,000 worth of fuel each.

Marvin Genza, a customer who purchased fuel worth UGX50,000 could not believe his luck upon receiving the UGX500,000 fuel jackpot prize. “This is a great start to the year and I thank Shell for this prize that will sustain me through the rough January blues. I encourage all customers to participate and win.”

“The promotion is ongoing and will run until 16 February with activations spread countrywide at 105 Shell stations. I encourage our customers to participate to stand a chance to win over UGX500 million worth of prizes left,” Mutungi added.

Photos: Fashionista Deyby sizzles in bikini

Fashionista and actress Deyby Wadsen has unleashed her hot body in bikini.

The stunning model was spotted having a blast at some island abroad as she wore the sizzling multicolored bikini.

Deyby who is set to host a Makeup show soon dubbed ‘Dee Makeover’ is truly a force to reckon with when it comes to flaunting in bikini.

The aim of her show is to transform ladies lives through beauty, Self esteem and lost confidence. Watch the space!!

Uganda deploys geospatial information system to expand electrification to rural communities

The Government of Uganda launched an electronic database and information management system which upgrades the data processing system, storage and analysis capacities for rural electrification in Uganda.

 The system is funded by a grant from the World Bank’s Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) under the Energy for Rural Transformation Phase III (ERT-3) Project.

“The introduction of the electronic database and information system is a great step forward for our efforts to boost electricity access in Uganda’s rural areas,” saidGodfrey Turyahikayo, Executive Director at the Rural Electrification Agency. “Using this new technology will help to quantify and realize the additional income stream made possible by the results-based carbon finance that is part of this program”.

Electricity access in Uganda is now at 51 percent nationally while rural coverage is at 38.5% percent rural house hold access. The new system includes web and mobile data platforms, and a centralized database which will ensure optimal and reliable flow of information related to electrification process in Uganda. Designed with interactive map and graphical visualization tools, the web-based dashboard can show the current state of electrification in real time. The mobile application is designed for the collection of consumer and connection data in the field which can be synchronized with the data in the centralized servers. The centralized database is the hub of the spatial and non-spatial information of the system.

This technology also supports the validation of emissions reductions generated by connecting households to the grid and the replacement of mostly fossil-based lighting. The World Bank’s Carbon Initiative for Development will purchase emissions reductions generated from 2017 to 2024.

“The geospatial information system and database are a great contribution to Uganda’s power sector,” said Tony Thompson, World Bank Country Manager for Uganda. “This technology provides valuable inputs to the next phase of planning for Uganda’s national electrification strategy.”

Overall, building the system and strengthening the capacity of the Rural Electrification Agency is part of a comprehensive approach aligned with the Government’s vision to achieve universal electricity access by the year 2030.