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February 2015

Emirates rewards Ugandan Arsenal Fans.

Emirates, a global connector of people, leading sports sponsor of FIFA, Arsenal FC, Real Madrid and PSG has rewarded five lucky Ugandans with personalized Arsenal football jerseys. The five ardent football fans were successful participants in a Football Quiz which was carried out on Capital FM’s Sports Show.

The five-week competition had listeners responding to questions relating to Arsenal Football Club. The winners include a student of law at the Uganda Law Development Center; Ogwang Joseph, Katende Marvin a student at Makerere Business School, Haka Ivan a shop keeper in Mutungo, Amos Ngabwiire a businessman in Kampala and Sunamure Anthony a businessman from Isingiro District.

The personalized jerseys were handed over to the four winners by the Emirates Country Manager Mr. Thani Abdulla Al Ansari. Speaking at the handover, he said; “We are committed to the game of football all over the world and this can be seen through Emirates’ sponsorship of multiple football clubs from various leagues. Our decision to reward these loyal fans reflects our commitment to the supporters of these teams.”

“Globally, Emirates values the development of sports as much as we value the fans who are the life of these clubs and teams,” he added.

Emirates has been committed to sports sponsorship in both the UAE and around the world for over twenty years, beginning with the first powerboat race held in Dubai, in 1987. Additionally, Emirates sponsors various sports such as; Football, Rugby, Tennis, Golf, Motorsport, Cricket and Horse Racing.

Airtel Uganda takes you up close with Tiwa Savage.

In a special Women’s Day celebration, Airtel Uganda will on 8th March, 2015 host Nigerian superstar Tiwa Savage at the Kati Kati Grounds, Lugogo. In line with the Women’s Day theme, the concert will feature only women performers, with Flavia Tumusiime emceeing for the event.

A line up of top female artistes including; Rema, Irene Ntale, Cindy, Sheebah, Keko, Lillian Mbabazi as well as Airtel Trace Music Star winner Sandra Suubi are set to perform on the day. In an interview with Tiwa Savage, this is what she had to say.

Question: Tell us about your music journey

Tiwa: When I moved to USA, I got a scholarship to study music. After my music studies were over, Tunji Balogun (TJ), my manager, started explaining to me how Afrobeat music was growing and how there was an absence in the female category. It was something he believed we could work. So, we decided to take the risk.

Question: Your debut album ‘Once Upon A Time’ was a huge success for you. Tell us about it?

Tiwa: ‘Once Upon A Time’ was really a good experience for me. I had a lot of songs on it that bubbled a lot of genres like RnB, Afro pop, Reggae, etc. This album was very rewarding to work on mainly because it was a collection of Good Music.

Question: One of the huge songs off that album was ‘Eminado’ with Don Jazzy. Take us through the process of making it a hit and what it actually means.

Tiwa: I went to a studio and I heard Don Jazzy singing ‘Eminado! Eminado! and I liked the vibe. I enjoyed being part of that song.

According to Don Jazzy’s Dictionary, Eminado means good-luck charm.

Question: What do you listen to when you’re going to record a song?

Tiwa: To be honest, I don’t listen to anything. When I’m recording, I try to stay in a bubble and I just write from my heart. Basically, I write what I feel people need to listen to.

Question: How was your debut acting experience with MTV’s Shuga?

Tiwa: It was great showcasing my acting skills for the first time. It was such a blessing working with a great casting and crew. I had fun and learnt a lot about that industry.

Question: So, what is in the pipeline?

Tiwa: I have a TV show that I host with Banky W. I’m working on more videos and songs. So, I have a lot in stock for you.

Question: How does working with Don Jazzy feel?

Tiwa: Well, to me he is a legend and for me to work with him every day, I feel lucky and humbled. See, Don Jazzy is a guy who is so talented yet humble enough to give someone like me a chance. It means a lot.

In my opinion, he’s not just a producer. He is someone that creates an artiste and brands them.

Question: Are you signed on any label?

Tiwa: Yeah, I’m signed to 323 Entertainment that I co-own with my husband TJ and we have a partnership with Mavin records.

Question: What do you think of Afrobeat as a genre?

Tiwa:  I think it’s great and amazing to see that Afrobeat is gaining recognition globally. It’s fresh and growing.

Tiwa Savage to grace Airtel Uganda Women’s Day Concert.

Airtel Uganda is, once again, set to thrill music fans in Uganda on 8th March, with a Women’s day concert to be headlined by top Nigerian artist Tiwa Savage. The concert which will be at Kati-Kati Grounds, Lugogo will be held on Sunday 8 March, which is also the International Women’s Day.

The special Women’s Day celebration has become associated with the Telecom Company, which hosted and sponsored the “Ugandan Women of Substance” 2014 Awards ceremony that featured Jamaican artist Nyanda as the main act.

In line with the day’s theme, the concert will feature only women performers, with Flavia Tumusiime emceeing for the event.

A line up of top female artistes including; Rema, Irene Ntale, Cindy, Sheebah, Keko, Lillian Mbabazi as well as Airtel Trace Music Star winner Sandra Suubi are set to perform on the day.

Tickets for the show will cost UGX 20,000/- for ordinary seating and UGX 50,000/- for VIP. They will be sold at selected Airtel Uganda and partner outlets.

According to Airtel Uganda Brand Assets and Properties Manager, Noella Byuma; “Airtel Uganda has always been committed to supporting and recognizing women in Uganda who have made a significant contribution to society through sports, music, public service, arts & culture and media.”

“Airtel Uganda realizes the importance of the woman in everyone’s life; this concert will be a celebration of the all women, in and outside Uganda. We want to join the rest of the world to pay respect to the women who have in one way or another, positively influenced our lives,” Byuma added.

Tiwa Savage is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer and actress, currently signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Mavin Records. Born on February 5, 1980 in Nigeria, Tiwa relocated to London where she studied and later to the United States where she began her music career as a background singer for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Sting, George Michael, Kelly Clarkson and Spice Girls.

As a singer, her achievements include one MTV Africa Music Award, two The Headies Awards, one Channel O Music Video Award, one Nigeria Music Video Award, and two City People Entertainment Awards.

Barclays Bank Unveils Africa’s Best Credit Card in Uganda

Barclays Bank of Uganda Limited has unveiled a Uganda shillings denominated credit card. This unveiling comes in the wake of Barclays being named winner of ‘Best Credit Card in Africa’ for the year 2014 at the Asian Bankers’ first annual Middle East and Africa Awards.

Nazim Mahmood, Barclays Uganda’s Retail Director said the unveiling of the Barclays Credit card in Uganda is testimony to the Bank’s commitment to providing customers with world class products and services.

“Our customers and clients are at the centre of everything we do. Through the various feedback channels, we listened to our customers and the inauguration of this Uganda shillings credit is testimony to our commitment,” Mr. Mahmood said.

The new credit card was unveiled at a glamorous and eventful ceremony at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

During the launch of the card, Uganda’s fashion icon, Stella Atal together with her models showcased, the designer’s latest creations.

Her afro-centric work that fuses African and Western materials and styles to create a simple, original look left guests awestruck.

The other acts of the night saw pianist, Steve Keys and the multi-talented Mo Roots rock the crowd with their smooth ballads.

The Barclays credit card has been designed to cater for the Barclays Premier League and Platinum credit card holders. It presents the customer with convenience and flexibility; is secure, internationally accepted and helps them in budgeting. Barclays credit card holders are empowered to buy now and pay later, and to access cash from over 22 million Visa ATM outlets 24 hours a day across 150 countries worldwide.

Barclays’ customers and clients will also receive sms alerts whenever a transaction is made using their credit card, a detailed monthly e-statement, up to 50 days interest-free credit on full payment, minimum monthly repayment of only 5% of the total spend balance and an array of benefits from our alliance partners.

On top of the above benefits, the Barclays Platinum credit card holders will earn and redeem miles on any airline of their choice across the globe on purchases made using their credit cards.

“Affordable and innovative banking solutions not only play a critical role towards sustainable growth of the banking sector but the economy at large. Barclays is committed to innovating solutions that benefit our customers and clients whilst fostering economic growth,” Mr. Rakesh Jha, Barclays Uganda’s Managing Director said.

Emirates registers Brand Value Grow for 4th Consecutive Year to US$6.6 billion.

Now Ranked in Top 200 Global Brands, Retains #1 Airline Position and #1 Brand in Middle East.

Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has reached the top 200 of the world’s biggest brands for the first time, according to the 2015 Brand Finance Global 500 report released this week.

For the fourth consecutive year, Emirates has steadily climbed the table of the Top 500 most valuable brands in the world.  Now sitting at #196, an increase of 38 spots in just 12 months, the airline attributes its success to a strong commitment to product and service excellence, as well as investments in its brand.  Emirates’ estimated brand value has grown more than 21% from US $5.48 billion to US $6.6 billion.  The airline also retains its long standing position as the most valuable brand in the Middle East, and the most valuable airline brand.

“Emirates is a global company serving a global audience, and as we grow our business we have to also grow our brand.  Our brand strategy does not only involve marketing and sponsorships, but everything we do including product innovation and service delivery.  For us, our customers are the ultimate judges and jury.  Being named the most valuable airline brand in the world is great recognition for each and every one of our staff, as they are the ones who live, breathe and deliver the Emirates brand every day in the work they do.  The strength of the Emirates brand also underscores the positive impact that we are making on our industry, and we will continue to work hard and invest in our brand.  Our aim is to become one of the world’s leading lifestyle brands, and to make the Emirates name synonymous with aspirational travel and experiences,” said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.

Brand Finance CEO David Haigh comments, “Emirates remains the flag carrier brand for the entire Middle East. Its $6.6 billion brand value makes it both the region’s most valuable brand and the world’s most valuable airline.  Its extensive sports sponsorship and global route network make it recognised the world over.  However it is Emirates’ exceptional service and reliability that truly underpin the brand.”

In 2014, Emirates marked a record launch of 10 new A380 routes, bringing the network to over 145 destinations, from Guangzhou to Buenos Aires, and spanning six continents.  In addition, Emirates added frequencies to 20 existing destinations, increasing flight choices for its customers.  In 2015 the airline operates, on average, 3,500 flights per week increasing the number of city-pair combinations that the airline offers to its leisure, business and cargo customers across its global network.  To service all of these flight offerings, the fleet also grew substantially to over 230 aircraft, with receipt of the company’s largest order of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs to date, in 2013 and 2014.

While investment in progressive technology is paramount to the success of any brand in such a competitive global environment, Emirates believes the customer journey plays a significant role.  In line with the “Hello Tomorrow” brand platform, Emirates creates opportunities that connect people and cultures through relevant and meaningful experiences through its portfolio of sponsorship partnerships, which in turn contributes to positive brand association, awareness and affinity.

Coca-Cola Celebrates Valentine’s With Consumers.

On Valentine’s Day, teams of Coca-Cola personnel set up in different highly populated areas in order to celebrate the day of love with their supporters and fans. This was in fulfilment of the promise the company made to their consumers as part of the Share-A-Coke campaign to spread out all over the country and provide them with a unique opportunity to connect and share their personalized Coke with the people who matter most to them.

“Share a Coke gives our consumers that special and personal chance to share a personalized Coke with their loved ones in person, or virtually. This Valentine’s day, we will spread the optimism and happiness that our brand stands for at social events, malls, bars and restaurants as we bring people together,” said Coca-Cola Uganda Brand Manager, Brandon Ssemanda.

“We hope all Coca-Cola lovers will come to our activation points and decide the people in their lives whom they wish to share their favorite drink with, by getting the names of those people printed on the cans on-demand,” Ssemanda added.

The Share a Coke campaign, although targeted mainly at teenagers, has given all Coca-Cola consumers the opportunity to swap the iconic Coca-Cola logo with personal names of their friends, relatives and family. The products with the customized names are available in major retail outlets and in dukas or kiosks, hotels and restaurants all over the country.

The Valentine’s celebration came only a few weeks after Coca-Cola held a Back to School bash for their school- going consumers at Kati Kati grounds.

Happiness Continues with Airtel Uganda’s latest Kyaabise Campaign.

As part of the Airtel Uganda 2015 campaign, ‘Happiness’, Airtel Uganda has re-launched their Kyaabise Bundle. This new Kyaabise bundle offers 40MBs, 40 minutes and 40 SMS at only 1,500 Uganda Shillings.

Commenting on the new campaign, Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Mr. Prasoon Lal said; “The campaign is designed to reward our customers and thank them for their loyalty. Airtel Uganda is committed to giving back to our customers in 2015 and Kyaabise, which is an affordable bundle which allows our subscribers to get voice, data and SMSs in one convenient combo.”

“This is just one of the numerous ways we are going to reward our customers this year,” Lal concluded.

By simply dialing *149#, we are giving all Airtel Uganda subscribers have the chance to enjoy the super-convenient Kyaabise bundle.

Aside the Kyaabise bundle, Airtel Uganda has lined up a number of activities that will see their staff interact with and reward its customers in the trade. The telecom company has also introduced two new affordable Smartphones which are currently in their stores.

Isaiah Katumwa thrills at Kampala Jazz Central.

It is now more profound than ever before that Jazz Music has quickly established itself as one of the leading music genres in Uganda.

The laidback beats of the drums…subtle but articulate enough, neatly blending into the blares of the saxophone, strums of the guitar and fine-tuned vocals create an eternally soothing and unique sound that always attracts jazz lovers.

This was evident during the Tusker Malt Lager sponsored Jazz Central, Volume 3 at a packed Rwenzori Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel in Kampala on Friday as guests nodded along to the music.

The Jazz Central is Kampala’s Premium Jazz Night and this time featured a lineup of exceptional artists who included saxophone maestro, Isaiah Katumwa, the soulful Lilian Mbabazi, Charmat Mushaga, Pragmo, Michael Kitanda on alto saxophone, Sauti Ya Africa and Emmanuel Dragu.

The event couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time as it happened on the heels of Valentine’s Day, giving couples the chance to wind down the weekend.

Sauti Ya Africa, a quartet of experienced singers were the first to kick start the show. They showed mastery and control of their vocals leaving the audience looking forward to an exciting evening.

To keep up the tempo, Michael Kitanda with Pragmo on the piano, were next on stage. With his famous saxophone, Kitanda showed why he has quickly become a force to reckon with in Uganda’s music industry. It was as jazzy it could get as a few couples got onto their feet, dancing to the sweet rhythms bellowing from Kitanda’s sax.

As Kitanda left the stage, Congolese-born Charmat came onto the stage, picking up from where Kitanda had left. He strummed his guitar nonchalantly. When he and his band played Sinamakosa, guests couldn’t hold it anymore as they literally jumped onto their feet.

A dinner break was next before Lilian Mbabazi joined up with Charmat to keep the audience entertained. She took the revelers on her musical journey, right from her days as a member of Blu*3 before concluding her energetic performance with her most recent songs.

The highlight of the night was Saxophone Maestro, Isaiah Katumwa’s session. He literally blew off the roof with beautiful melodies.  His songs, Sunrise and My joy crowned up the night as guests, satisfied from the performances exited the Rwenzori Ballroom.

The Jazz event, hosted by the entertaining Yvonne Tindimwebwa kicked off at 7pm, keeping the revelers entertained with non-stop blues, funk, smooth jazz, soul, afro-jazz till past 11.30pm.

Great music, delicious food, and a fresh clean Tusker Malt Lager were served to guests as they enjoyed the spirit of New Orleans.

Phoebe Nakabazzi, the Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager explained that Jazz has become more of lifestyle and cherishes the same ideals as Tusker Malt Lager in the comfort of good music.

“Jazz is laidback, soothing and above all entertaining. As Tusker Malt, we share the same sentiments; we are premium but affordable as well as deeply satisfying. Music has the power to impact lives and shape the public’s opinion by informing and that is what Jazz is all about. We are proud to have partnered with a genre that has a rich knowledge base,” she explained.

She added that Tusker Malt Lager will continue supporting music in Uganda and that the brand hopes to make the jazz events bigger with quarterly performances aimed at promoting upcoming artists.

Tusker Malt Lager, has been at the forefront of promoting great African talent by showcasing new talent and undiscovered old gems to its consumers through various platforms.

Sandra Suubi beats the odds to win the Airtel Trace Star Music Competition.

The Airtel Trace Music Star competition finally came to an end when Sandra Suubi, one of the five final contestants was announced the competition winner and recipient of the 100 million shillings prize money. This was during a colorful ceremony that was held at the Serena Hotel in Kampala.

Last year, Airtel Uganda partnered with Trace, an international music video channel, to launch a music competition tagged ‘Airtel Trace Music Star’, an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) based music competition designed to create a robust platform for Airtel subscribers to achieve their dreams of becoming the next big music star in Uganda, and possibly across Africa and the world. This competition attracted millions of Airtel subscribers who looked at it as an opportunity to showcase their hidden singing talent without having to go through the usual procedure of doing live auditions.

Speaking at the event, Airtel Uganda C.O.O, Mr. Diego Javier congratulated Sandra upon her victory and encouraged Ugandans to always take advantage of opportunities such as this one to express themselves.

“Many times, people want to participate in singing competitions but lack the confidence to stand in front of a crowd and sing. With Airtel Trace Music Star, this worry was eliminated and I am sure our winner as well as very many of our subscribers were encouraged by the fact they could try out their singing talent through their mobile phones from the comfort of their homes,” he commented.

“I congratulate Sandra upon this achievement and truly believe that today is just the start of a very long and fruitful career,” Diego added.

As a pan-African initiative, the Airtel Trace music competition has also been held simultaneously in other African countries, where Airtel operates.

The winners from each participating country are now going to compete in a televised pan-African grand finale, where the African champion will win a trip to the USA to be mentored by megastar, Akon, for a period of two weeks, in addition to a professional music video and a record deal with Universal Music.

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