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Jason Derulo to Feature on Coke Studio Africa’s Global Fusion Edition.

Coke Studio Africa has confirmed Mega Platinum star: Jason Derulo as the show’s guest star this year set to feature on a special episode themed the Global Fusion Edition! The American Pop/R&B singer and dancer who is currently riding high with his latest banger ‘Swalla’ arrived in Nairobi, Kenya this week (June 2017) to participate in the recording of Coca-Cola’s flagship African music show.

Ugandas Bebe Cool with other artistes at the studio in Nairobi

During his time at Coke Studio, the new-school, multi talented creative giant who has sold over 50 million singles and impressively achieved 11 platinum singles including ‘Wiggle’, ‘Whatcha’ Say’, ‘Talk Dirty’, ‘It Girl’, ‘In My Head’, ‘Trumpets’ and ‘Marry Me’ will meet and work with 11 talented African Stars including Uganda’s Bebe Cool, Dela (Kenya), Rayvanny (Tanzania), Mr. Bow (Mozambique), Falz (Nigeria), Joey B (Ghana), Betty G (Ethiopia), Jah Prayzah (Central Africa Republic/Zimbabwe), Shekhinah (South Africa), Locko (Cameroon) and Denise (Madagascar).

Jason has sold 94 million-plus single equivalent sales worldwide (5.5 billion streams & 58 million downloads). Both his introductory breakout “Watcha Say” and “Talk Dirty” [feat. 2 Chainz] reached quadruple-platinum status, while “Want To Want Me” and “Ridin’ Solo” went triple-platinum, and “Trumpets,” and “Wiggle” feat. Snoop Dogg, and “In My Head” earned double-platinum certifications. Platinum singles include “Marry Me”,“The Other Side,” and “It Girl,” while “Get Ugly” and “Don’t Wanna Go Home” went gold.

“I am excited to be part of Coke Studio Africa – 2017. I can’t wait to meet and make great music with the African super stars,” Derulo exclaimed, adding that he is also looking forward to lend all his expertise, learn and exchange ideas with the African artistes, producers and the show’s creators.”

Two of Africa’s hottest music producers: Masterkraft (Nigeria) and DJ Maphorisa (South Africa) will be tasked with producing all the African artistes and Jason Derulo, after which all the music will be performed and recorded live alongside Coke Studio’s highly talented house band.

“In 2014 Coke Studio Africa saw the legendary Wyclef Jean take the stage and light up our households with the unforgettable ‘Divine Sorrow’. In 2015 super star NE-YO took Peace One Day to Rwanda and delivered a Coke Studio original song ‘Reason’. In 2016 Coke Studio saw the iconic Trey Songz set the stage on fire with his dynamic presence and now, in 2017 we are proud to have Mega Platinum star: Jason Derulo, a new-school, multi-talented creative giant who has sold over 50 million singles and impressively achieved 11 platinum singles including ‘Wiggle’, ‘Whatcha’ Say’, ‘Talk Dirty’, ‘It Girl’, ‘In My Head’, ‘Trumpets’ and ‘Marry Me’,” commented Rodney Nzioka, the Coca-Cola Uganda Franchise Brand Manager.

This year, Coke Studio has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one—bigger and better, Coke Studio Africa – 2017, which includes artistes from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, DRC and Cameroon. The new season is set to premiere in different regions from September this year and will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa.

Facebook to inject money in Uganda’s telecom infrastructure following Airtel Uganda and BCS partnership.

Telecommunications giant Airtel Uganda has announced an investment partnership with BCS, with support from Facebook to improve the telecom infrastructure in Uganda.

The investment will see a total of nearly 800 KM of optical fiber laid in North West Uganda – covering Gulu, Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Nebbi and Kamdini areas – which will be funded jointly by Airtel, BCS and Facebook.

Airtel Uganda Managing Director, Anwar Soussa, gives a speech during the event to announce the investment partnership with Facebook and BCS to improve the telecom infrastructure in Ugand

Talking about BCS and its involvement in the Project, Mr. Yonas Maru – Managing Director BCS commended Facebook and Airtel for realizing that coming together to build reliable communication infrastructure can only work to make sure that in the long run the customer, the country and the people win. Reliable and dependable communication infrastructure helps to demolish all manner of boundaries and put local people firmly on the path to becoming global citizens. We at BCS are very happy to be part of this partnership and like in the past where we have been at the forefront of making sure that Internet in Uganda is accessible, reliable and affordable, we will forge ahead and keep opening new frontiers”.

“This investment supports our mission to bring internet access to the remaining 50% of the world’s population who are not yet connected. We’re excited to partner with Airtel and BCS in Uganda on this open access fiber backhaul project – bringing expanded data capacity to a region where it’s currently limited. We hope to continue to expand this model to partner with more operators and connect more people around the world,” said Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s African Public Policy manager.

“This investment is in line with our promise to provide the Latest Technology, Fastest Network and Widest Coverage at the most affordable cost. We at Airtel believe that internet is the future and as such have invested heavily to ensure that our customers are part of the future now. This partnership with Facebook & BCS will see faster speeds and better internet experience on the smartphone network,” commented Mr. Anwar Soussa – Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director.

ICT is the fastest-growing economic element in Uganda and with appropriate partnerships like the one we are witnessing this morning, we the regulator are pleased that the underserved rural communities of Uganda are getting access to ICT, noted Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi – Executive Director UCC

Mr. Bagiire Vincent Waiswa – Permanent Secretary of the ICT Ministry, commended Airtel, Facebook & BCS for the strategic partnership that will foster growth in the North West region. “We need more investment in data, because that is where the global community is heading,” he added.

Over the years, Airtel Uganda has signed strategic partnership with the leading technology partners like IBM, Facebook, Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE in order to ensure that subscribers have the best data & telecom service experience across the entire country. With this partnership, Ugandans countrywide, starting with those in the North West, will be able to stand at par with any subscriber in Kampala or any other developed country for their ICT needs whether for business, NGOs, education, medical, social integration  or administration improvement.

Emirates is offering Ugandans a Special Fare and Free Visa to Dubai.

Emirates is offering Ugandan travellers the opportunity to visit Dubai with a special Economy and Business Class return airfare that includes a free Visa, a free third piece of luggage of up to 23 kg and a “My Emirates Pass”.

Under the special offer, an Economy Class ticket from Entebbe to Dubai costs USD406 and Business Class USD1499. The fare offer is for a limited time only and tickets must be booked between 8 and 24 June 2017, while travel must take place between 8 June and 30 September 2017. The cost of the ticket includes airport taxes.

Voted by travellers as the Best Airline in the World in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards, Emirates is also offering a free 30-day visa for the United Arab Emirates (subject to approval by immigration authorities), a 3rd piece of luggage of up to 23kg for Economy Class and up to 32kg for Business Class, as well as a My Emirates Pass, which can be used for exclusive offers and discounts across Dubai.

The My Emirates Pass gives customers special discounts at over 120 world class restaurants and hotel dining outlets in Dubai. Exclusive offers are also available on a range of leisure activities including visits to championship golf courses, thrilling theme parks or luxury spas across the city. To see all My Emirates Pass offers, visit

www.emirates.com/english/offers/4221290/my-emirates-pass.

With year-round sunshine, world-class shopping and restaurants, stunning beaches and iconic buildings, Dubai offers something for the whole family. Visitors to Dubai can use My Emirates Pass to enjoy some of the city’s newest attractions including must-see places like Dubai Parks and Resorts featuring three theme parks: Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and LEGOLAND® Water Park.

The city also offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

On all Emirates’ flights, customers can look forward to hours of entertainment on the airline’s ice system, which offers over 2500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment, from the latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family friendly products and services for children, including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport.

In addition to the on-board comforts and products, customers will experience the world famous hospitality from Emirates’ multinational cabin crew while enjoying chef prepared regional and international cuisine, using the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines and beverages.

Emirates flies once a day from Entebbe International Airport to Dubai. To book, or for more information on fares, terms and conditions, please visit www.emirates.com/ug or visit the local Emirates office or your travel agent.

Airtel Uganda embarks on campaign to encourage blood donation.

Leading telecommunications provider Airtel Uganda has announced a week long blood drive in a bid to reduce on the blood shortage in Ugandan hospitals and health centers. This announcement was made at an early morning press conference at the Airtel Uganda head offices where staff members, members of the media and passers-by were encouraged to come and donate blood.

With a goal of 4,000 pints of blood, this blood donation drive will also see Airtel Uganda highlight recipients’ stories across their various media platforms in order to encourage more Ugandans to get into the habit of donating blood.

The Director, Uganda Blood Transfusion Service, Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, addressing the media during the launch of Blood Donation Drive at Airtel Offices.

According to Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, the Director, Uganda Blood Transfusion Service, 80% of blood donated in Uganda is collected at secondary schools and yet it is those Ugandans outside of these schools who use the Blood Transfusion Services most.

“Now that we are in holidays, we are experiencing a significant drop in blood collected and this in turn means more lives lost. I would like to thank Airtel Uganda for allowing to partner with us on this cause and I encourage Ugandans to come and save lives by donating blood,” Byabazaire commented.

Speaking on behalf of Airtel Uganda, Mr. Anwar Soussa, the Managing Director commended Uganda Blood Transfusion Service for the good work they do all year round.

“The only way we are going to be able to solve the blood shortage in Uganda – more than 80,000 units per year – is if we come together as one. Despite your age, occupation, culture or religion, I encourage you to come and donate blood this week,” Soussa said, adding that the target is 4,000 units of blood.

“At Airtel Uganda, we commit to continue providing the most reliable and affordable telecommunications products and services while carrying out initiatives that are geared towards improving the lives of Ugandans,” he concluded.

As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, Airtel Uganda has made it an annual endeavor to do blood donation drives. In 2014, they launched ‘BE RED’ – an acronym for Be Responsible, Empathetic and Do it – with an aim of educating the public about the blood shortage in the country and encouraging people to donate and save lives. Since then, blood donation has been a major activity at the different Airtel Uganda health camps across the country.

This time, the telecommunications company hopes to create a wave of loyal blood donors who donate up to 3 times a year.

The blood donation drive will start on the 12th June and end on 16th of June 2017 at Airtel Towers on Clement Hill Road, City Square Kampala, Mukwano Arcade, Queens Way on Entebbe Road, Kalerwe round about and the Kyebando round about.

Hass Petroleum Group aims to expand after selling 40% of its ownership to Oman Trading International.

Hass Petroleum Group has sold 40% of its shares to Oman Trading International (OTI) in a move that will see the Kenyan oil marketing company embark on its strategic growth and expansion plans across the Eastern, Central and Horn of Africa.

The Group will invest the additional funding from the transaction to enhance its market visibility through new distribution assets specifically Service Stations across its key markets in the region. It will also boost the marketer’s working capital and increase competitiveness in the Open Tender System. In turn, OTI will provide its supply and trading capabilities to strengthen the Hass service offering, enhance services to consumers and contribute to economic growth across the region.

Hass 2

The Hass founder and management team will continue to operate the business and work closely with OTI to grow and continue long-standing relationships with customers, suppliers and regulators.

This acquisition is in line with the respective companies’ long-term strategies.  OTI’s strategic priority of accelerating its growth by entering new emerging markets with high potential will fit well with Hass’s aspiration of being Africa’s leading oil marketing company.  As a regular supplier of refined products to the Southern and East African region, this transaction will enable OTI and its new partner Hass to strengthen their businesses across a substantial African footprint.

The completion of the transaction remains subject to approval by the relevant regulatory authorities in the various countries in which Hass operates in.

Abdinasir Ali Hassan Chairman and founder of Hass, commented, “I am delighted to conclude this transaction with OTI. I am convinced that this partnership is a major step in ensuring Hass’ continued competitiveness across the region and I am confident that with OTI we can achieve our mutual long term growth aspirations.”

Talal Hamid Al-Awfi, CEO of OTI, has expressed his satisfaction at the conclusion of the deal “We are delighted to move onto the next phase of growth for OTI, agreeing our first major investment into Africa with Hass.  Hass is a unique business with substantial scale and growth potential where we have enjoyed a long standing relationship; most importantly we share a common understanding and vision of the African energy market.”

Standard Advisory London Limited, a member of the Standard Bank Group (“Standard Bank”) acted as exclusive financial advisors to OTI and KPMG Advisory Services Ltd Kenya acted as exclusive financial advisors to Hass.

Airtel Uganda gives subscribers unlimited calls during Ramadhan period.

Telecommunications giant, Airtel Uganda recently launched a promotion in an effort to give back to the Muslim community in Uganda. Dubbed Ramadhan Promo, the telecommunications company is giving subscribers unlimited calls from midnight to 6am for as little as UGX 500/-.

In a bid to provide extra value for its customers, Airtel Uganda has also added free 50MB data to enable subscribers have access to the internet from midnight to 6am.

Speaking about the Ramadhan promo, Airtel Uganda Marketing Director Mr. Indrajeet Singh Kumar said,

“We understand the importance of the Holy Month of Ramadhan to our Muslim customers as one of the five pillars of Islam and a month where Allah’s mercy is abundant. During this period, Muslims unite as one in a quest for righteousness. This promotion therefore enables our customers to stay in touch at the times that matter like prayer and meal times with unlimited calls and free data of 50 MB. They therefore need not worry about costs as we are keen on ensuring they go through the season smoothly.”

To enjoy the Ramadhan promotion, subscribers simply have to load airtime as little as UGX 500/- and get an offer of 30 free minutes and 50MBs. For UGX 1,000/- and above, a customer gets unlimited Airtel calls and 50MBs from midnight to 6am.

This offer is not the first time Airtel Uganda is reaching out to their Muslim subscribers in their Holy month. Every year, the telecommunications company contributes foodstuffs and money to different mosques, charity homes and individuals to enable them have proper meals during this month.

Uganda’s Ykee Benda, Sheebah and Bebe Cool to make debut in the revamped Coke Studio Africa.

Coke Studio, has merged its two flagship shows Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one, bigger, better Coke Studio Africa 2017.

The merger increases the number of participating countries to 16, up from 11 in previous edition. This season will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa. The production now includes artists from Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia, Cameroon. The last edition featured Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire, & Togo whilst South Africa had its own production.

Eddy Kenzo (net photo)

“Coke Studio Africa showcases Africa’s incredible music by combining different artists and genres to inspire a new generation of African music fans. With the expanded show, we aim to bring the continent alive through a fusion of music and culture that celebrates our diversity,” said Monali Shah, the Senior Content Excellence Manager.

“Music is the heartbeat and the soul of many diverse communities throughout Africa. From Bongo, to Kwaito, to Lingala and other genres across Africa, Coke Studio Africa is helping introduce these different musical styles to new communities for the first time, while maintaining a long tradition of Coca-Cola’s use of music to build its brands,” she continued.

Like the previous editions, Coke Studio aims to inspire and introduce Africa’s music talents to a new and wider audience through interaction, collaboration and cooperation amongst musical artists while also building a strong brand connection with Africa’s young and growing population.  Africa is full of great music talent in communities, cities and countries, and Coke Studio Africa can give these artists wider exposure, while enabling greater interaction, collaboration and cooperation to create inspirational new sounds

Some of the renowned names this season include Bebe Cool, Eddy Kenzo, Sheebah and Ykee Benda representing Uganda, Khaligraph Jones & Band Becca from Kenya, Rayvanny, Izzo Bizness and Nandy from Tanzania, Sami Dan from Ethiopia, Nasty C, Busiswa, Mashayabhuqe from South Africa, Youssoupha from Democratic Republic of Congo along with Runtown and Yemi Alade from Nigeria.

Adding to the list are Dji Tafinha from Angola, Laura Beg from Mauritius, Jah Prayzah and Slapdee from Central Africa Republic, Bisa Kdei and Worlasi from Ghana, Betty G from Ethiopia, Bruce Melodie, Shellsy Baronet & Mr. Bow from Mozambique, Denise from Madagascar and Ozane from Togo, Freeda from Namibia.

Key names in this year’s production are reputable producers such as Yuvir Pillay Nivedan a.k.a Sketchy Bongo from South Africa, Kiff No beat from Ivory Coast, Nahreel from Tanzania amongst others.

“Music has always been the heartbeat and soul of Africa, but the Internet, social media and creativity is taking artists from their communities and cities and allowing them to reach an audience across the continent which is being supported through initiatives such as Coke Studio Africa,” commented Mr. Rodney Nzioka, the Coca-Cola Uganda Franchise Brand Manager.

Coke Studio Africa 2017 is expected to air from August in South and Central Africa markets and from September onwards in East and West Africa.

Emirates showcases environment friendly aircraft cleaning technique.

On the occasion of World Environment Day, Emirates is showcasing an environmentally friendly aircraft cleaning technique that has enabled the airline to save millions of litres of water every year. Emirates uses the ‘aircraft drywash’ technique to clean its aircraft. As indicated by the name, little or no water is involved in cleaning the aircraft, which is in contrast to conventional methods of aircraft cleaning which typically use thousands of litres of water per wash.

During the course of every flight, an aircraft accumulates dust and grime on its external surface. In addition to making the aircraft look dirty and less appealing, the dirt that accumulates on the aircraft surface also increases the fuel it consumes by making the aircraft heavier and less aerodynamic. Traditionally aircraft are cleaned by using highly pressurised water between four to five times every year. However, on an average this technique uses more than 11,300 litres of water to clean one Airbus A380 aircraft and more than 9,500 litres of water to clean a Boeing 777 aircraft every time.

With drywash Emirates aircraft only need to be cleaned three times a year.

Since early 2016 Emirates has been using an aircraft drywash technique to clean its fleet of over 250 aircraft. In this technique, a liquid cleaning product is first applied manually to the entire external surface of the aircraft. Clean microfibre fabric is then used to remove the cleaning product which has dried to a film, removing the dirt along with it and leaving the aircraft clean and polished. The aircraft is left with a fine protective film allowing the painted surface to retain a longer gloss and shine. It takes a crew of 15 staff about 12 hours to clean an A380 and about 9 hours to clean a Boeing 777 aircraft.

There are multiple advantages to using the drywash technique. The first is that there is little use of water to clean the aircraft. When consolidated over its fleet of 260 aircraft, Emirates saves over 11 million litres of water every year. Additionally the waterless aircraft wash technique ensures that the aircraft remains cleaner for a longer period of time thereby reducing the number of times the aircraft has to be washed to about three times a year, and also reducing the aircraft’s fuel consumption because of less accumulation of dirt.

Operationally, it is possible for other maintenance work to be carried out on the aircraft in parallel during a dry wash which is not possible when the aircraft is being washed with water due to the sensitivity of instruments to water.

Emirates is committed to being an environmentally responsible airline and operates one of the world’s youngest and most fuel efficient fleet of aircraft. In addition to the adopting drywashing for its aircraft, the airline has adopted a number of other energy efficiency initiatives across its operations.

Emirates uses an innovative foam wash technique for cleaning aircraft engines that allows the airline to save about 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year across its fleet. Other initiatives include the installation of a one megawatt array of solar photo voltaic panels at the state of the art Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre in Dubai. The panels generate over 1,800 megawatt-hours of electricity every year, helping save around 800 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions. Emirates Engineering has also installed energy saving LED lights triggered by motion sensors substantially reducing electricity consumption.
Emirates has introduced sustainable blankets produced from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Using patented ecoTHREAD™ technology, each blanket is made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. It is estimated that by the end of 2019, Emirates ecoTHREAD™ blankets would have rescued 88 million plastic bottles from landfills.

Through its ‘A Greener Tomorrow’ programme, Emirates has provided funding to non-profit organizations across the world who work to conserve and safeguard their local environments. Funds for the initiative are raised entirely through the Emirates Group’s internal recycling programmes.

One-on-One with Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Indrajeet Singh Kumar.

Airtel Uganda, the Smartphone network recently introduced affordable international calling bundles to help its subscribers to keep in-touch with families staying abroad, traders, and businessmen to communicate on cheap rates.

We did have a one on one with Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Indrajeet Singh Kumar and this is what he had to say about the International Calling Bundles.

Hello Indrajeet, so what good news does Airtel Uganda bring for us today?

Today, I am here with some good news, especially for people with family staying abroad, traders and businessmen. No more disconnected calls because Airtel Uganda International calls just got cheaper thanks to our international calling bundles.

That’s good news. So what does Airtel hope to achieve from this?

International calling in Uganda has always been perceived as expensive in the minds of the customer. We at Airtel Uganda have developed bundles that are cheaper than the standard call rates with an intention of fulfilling our promise to Ugandans; which is providing affordable and reliable telecommunications solutions.

So, who is eligible for this?

This is not a promotion. Therefore, all our subscribers can enjoy the best international calling rates.

Tell us about some of these bundles.

We have 5 different calling bundles.

Our very first bundle is for those who want to make calls in East Africa; that is Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan. For as low as 2,800/= you can get to talk for ten minutes valid for one day and for 15,000/=, you get 60 minutes valid for 7 days.

For our second bundle, subscribers receive 60 minutes to call USA and China for as low as 7,500/= valid for 7 days. Additionally, for 11,500/= subscribers receive 60 minutes and 30 minutes to call India and Nigeria respectively – all valid for 7 days.

Our third bundle is for customers who want to call USA and Asia. The countries in this bundle are USA, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and Hongkong. For 5,000/= subscribers receive 25 minutes valid for 7 days to call those countries. For 10,000/= subscribers will receive 55 minutes and for 20,000/= subscribers will receive 133 minutes valid for 30 days for both bundles.

In our fourth bundle, subscribers will receive 20 minutes valid for 7 days to call United Kingdom (UK), Germany, Pakistan, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Greece, Australia, Finland, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Finally, for our fifth bundle, subscribers will receive 15 minutes of talk time valid for 7 days to call Nigeria, Mauritius and Namibia.

I think that is clear. So what is the charge for registering onto this service?

As I said, this service is for all Airtel Uganda subscribers. There is no charge. All you have to do is dial *146# or *100# and subscribe to an international bundle of your choice.

Do you have any other information you wish to share with our listeners?

Yes. I would like to encourage all Airtel subscribers and those who want to join the smartphone network to take advantage of these bundles to call their families, business partners and friends living anywhere across the globe.

Thank you

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