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August 2015

Zahara Bulelwa Mkutukana to headline the 10th Edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala.

As the 10th edition of the popular Blankets and Wine Kampala draws closer, title sponsor Tusker Malt Lager has announced that South African Afro-Soul songstress Zahara Bulelwa Mkutukana will be headline act.

Singing predominantly in her native Zulu and in English, Zahara is one of the most decorated artistes having bagged over eight awards including “Best Female Artist” and “Album of the Year” from South African Music Awards. Her Music classified loosely as “afro-soul” has been described as a mixture between styles that have been popularized by Tracy Chapman and India Arie.

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Announcing the development, Phoebe Nakabazzi, the Brand Manager Tusker Malt Lager said, “Nine events down the road and the ‪‎Blankets and Wine Kampala experience only keeps getting better. We are excited to have Zahara, an authentic Afro-Soul singer headlining this year’s event as we mark 10 events for what has become Uganda’s most anticipated event.”

At just 23 years of age Zahara shot to the lime light with her debut album Loliwe in 2011, selling out the first issue within just 72hours and 19 days later the album reached platinum status in South Africa surpassing the 100,000 days mark later. This made Zahara the second Musician to break that record after the legendary Brenda Fassie.

She will entertain Blankets and Wine attendees alongside Lilian Mbabazi and the Sundowners Band, A Pass and Solome.

The picnic-style event will again be held at its proverbial home, the Uganda Museum grounds on September 27th, 2015 and organizers have promised an even bigger celebration to commemorate the 10th edition.

“Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music. As Tusker Malt Lager, we appreciate our consumers and thus give them a chance to enjoy the rich African talent in LIVE performances by a wide array of artistes,” added Phoebe Nakabazzi.

Entrance fee is UGX80, 000, at the Uganda Museum and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday 27th September 2015.

In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.

Guinness Launches ‘Get Booked’ National Consumer Promotion.

Uganda Breweries Limited under the Guinness brand launched its National Consumer Promotion that will see Guinness consumers win several exciting prizes.

The launch also unveil Guinness’ latest campaign dubbed ‘GET BOOKED’, where six lucky Ugandans will travel to the United Kingdom to watch their favorite teams and players live in action.

Speaking during a media briefing at the Legends Sports Bar in Kampala, Mr. Mark Mugisha, the Head of Beer at Uganda Breweries Limited said that Guinness and football is again coming together this football season to reward customers through a unique engagement experience.

“We are taking it a notch higher this year. ‘Get Booked’ is a fun replica of the ‘Red Card, Yellow Card’ football concept that will be brought to life in-bar by Guinness. Consumers found drinking Guinness from the magnificent ‘tower-serve’ by our mystery referees will ‘Get Booked’ to win instant prizes in bar,” Mugisha explained.

He also stated that the on-pack promotion will reward every consumer who buys a Guinness with either instant UGX 5000 airtime or enter them into a draw to win an all-expense-paid trip to watch a live match in the United Kingdom.

“Up to UGX 800,000,000 worth of airtime will be won under the crown. There will be at least 8000 airtime winners every week for 18 weeks. Six lucky consumers will also get a chance to travel to the UK to watch a live match,” Mugisha further explained.

To participate in the promotion, customers have to buy a bottle of Guinness, check under the crown for a code and then send an SMS with the code to 6050 for a chance to win either instant airtime or enter the grand draw for a chance to win a trip to the UK. The more codes one sends, the higher their chances of winning.

The promotion will run till December 2015; it will only be open to Guinness consumers above the age of 18 country wide.

The GET BOOKED promotion will also bring live football action closer to Ugandans through a partnership between Guinness and NBS Television – the only local English Premier League free to air broadcast station in the country. The monthly draws to pick winners of the trip to the UK will also be broadcast live on NBS television.

The launch of the campaign was attended by several football enthusiasts that included legendary Cranes Captain of the 1978 team, Jimmy Kirunda as well as former Hearts F.C and Cranes playmaker David Obua.

Obua who endorsed the promotion lauded Guinness for enabling football fans to to enjoy football while giving them the chance to win prizes.

“There is something exciting about watching your favorite football team in action with the knowledge that you have a realistic chance of also winning exciting prizes. An all-expense paid trip to the UK does not come every day. Thank you Guinness for making this happen,” Obua said.

Across Africa, Guinness has built a strong legacy around football through strategic sponsorships that have given football fans the opportunity to enjoy the world’s best loved game even more.

Guinness the World’s leading stout is the brainchild behind past consumer engagement activities such as the popular television show Guinness Football Challenge which was replicated in other East and West African countries, Guinness Football Manager, Guinness VIP, Guinness Make it happen campaign and the Ticket to Greatness campaign.

Emirates launches second daily A380 service to Frankfurt.

Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has announced a second daily A380 service to Frankfurt, adding 1,155 seats a week on the route, with 280 in First Class and Business Class.

Commencing 1st January 2016, Emirates flights EK47/48, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will be up-gauged to an A380. The first scheduled A380 service between Frankfurt and Dubai was in September 2014; since then, over 280,000 passengers have travelled with Emirates on this route.

“Our daily A380 service to Frankfurt proved to be extremely popular and we’re happy that demand has been so strong that we needed to increase capacity on the route. In fact, our four gateways in Germany are doing extremely well with 3 of them boasting a daily or double-daily A380 service. Should the opportunity arise, Emirates would be keen to fly to additional cities that are currently underserved, offering more choices to travellers,” commented Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West. “Our customers love the A380 and adding a second one to Frankfurt will further enhance the travel experience on that route and provide more A380 to A380 connectivity to popular destinations around the world via our ultra-modern hub in Dubai,” added Frach.

“We are pleased that Emirates decided to operate a second daily A380 to Frankfurt. It shows a clear commitment of Emirates and underlines the attractiveness of Frankfurt Airport”, said Dr. Stefan Schulte, Chairman of the Executive Board of Fraport AG.

Emirates’ flight EK47 departs Dubai International Airport at 14:35hrs and arrives in Frankfurt at 18:40hrs. The outbound flight EK48 departs from Frankfurt at 20:30hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0610hrs the following day.

The new aircraft will feature 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class, and 429 comfortable seats in Economy Class. Passengers in all classes will enjoy access to over 2000 channels of films, TV shows, music and games through ice Digital Widesreen, the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system, as well as free Wi-Fi and gourmet cuisine. It will also offer access to the world’s only onboard Shower Spa for First Class passengers and to the Onboard Lounge, where First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise at 40,000 feet.

As with all Emirates flights, passengers will be able to accumulate Skywards miles and benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50 kg in First Class. Passengers travelling in premium cabins will also enjoy Emirates’ dedicated lounge at Frankfurt Airport, as well as Emirates Chauffeur-drive service.

Emirates also operates nine weekly freighter flights out of Frankfurt, offering a total cargo capacity of up to 1,000 tonnes per week. Main products transported include machinery, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and electronic equipment bound for markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia as well as USA and Mexico.

The Emirates A380 is partly manufactured at Airbus’ facilities in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, with various parts coming from small and medium sized suppliers based in Germany like galleys, aircraft upholstery, paint and ground handling equipment which represent hundreds of millions of Euros in direct investments. The Emirates’ A380 programme creates and supports manufacturing jobs across the global aircraft supply chain. With a total of 140 aircraft ordered, Emirates is the largest purchaser of Airbus’ A380, accounting for more than 40 percent of the total A380 order book. Airbus estimates that Emirates’ A380 orders support the employment of 14,500 direct, indirect and induced jobs in Germany.

Photos: Day 2 of Ne-Yo and Maurice Kirya in Coke Studio Season 3 recording session.

Ne-Yo alongside other artists are turning up the heat in the Coke Studio. In this year’s edition, Ne-Yo is recording a song with selected artists. Among the artists, is; Uganda’s Maurice Kirya, Wangechi (Kenya), Alikiba (Tanzania), Dama Do Bling (Mozambique) and Ice Prince (Nigeria).

Although the musicians are recording a song with Ne-Yo, they also present new tracks each week produced by both local and international producers. Some of the producers include Jaaz Odongo, Eric Musyoka and Kevin Provoke from Kenya, Cobhams Asuquo, Masterkraft and Chopstix from Nigeria, Owour Arunga from USA, Nahreel from Tanzania and Silvastone from the UK.

This year’s Coke Studio Season 3 is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya and the new season has so far seen the likes of Chameleone, Olamide, Jua Cali, Elani, Vanessa Mdee, 2 Face Idibia, Fid Q, Juliana Kanyamozi and Neyma, among others record in an exciting new mash-up.

Last year in Coke Studio Africa season 2, Wyclef Jean performed his hit song “Divine Sorrow” alongside other artists including Rabbit, Chidinma and Shaa.

Coke Studio Africa purposes to celebrate and showcase the diversity of African musical talent by giving upcoming artists the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent.

Cipla, Quality Chemicals deal to enhance productivity.

Cipla Limited’s wholly owned subsidiary in the UK, Cipla (EU) Limited’s recent purchase of a 51% stake in Quality Chemicals Limited, a pharmaceutical importer and distributor of human health, animal health and public health products in Uganda is a forward looking strategy, officials have noted.


Nevin Bradford, the Chief Executive Officer of Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited (CQCIL) says that the deal will provide a liquidity solution to longstanding Ugandan partners as well as enhance the productivity of the company.

“Quality Chemicals Limited is one of the leading distribution companies for pharmaceutical and consumer products and this deal provides Cipla with a platform to expand its non-tender private market reach in Uganda, thereby extending the delivery of its therapies to a much broader set of patients.”

It will further help in widening the investment opportunities and growing the business. This acquisition is positive and for the long term,” he explained.

The purchase valued at approx. $26m will boost Quality Chemicals Limited’s operations, a 22.05% shareholder in the company’s subsidiary in Uganda. CQCIL. With the agreement, Cipla Limited’s effective stake in CQCIL has increased to 62.3% from 51%. CQCIL manufactures therapies for HIV, Malaria and Hepatitis.

According to Bradford, the deal has also enabled Cipla gain access to an attractive business platform and further consolidate its position in CQCIL while providing a springboard for further investment.

CQCIL recently unveiled the ‘One Pill a Day’ HIV/AIDS therapy, as well as the first Hepatitis B Drug to be manufactured in Africa. These developments will go a long way in providing much needed affordable healthcare across the continent.


Our attention has been drawn to a claim by Ugandan artist Eddie Kenzo (appearing in sections of Uganda print media) alleging that there has been infringement of his Intellectual Property rights by the use of his copyrighted video in a TV Commercial (advert) currently running in Ugandan media under the ‘A Billion Reasons to Believe’ campaign.

With due cognizance to the legal process being canvassed in parallel, we take this opportunity to set the record straight in order to protect our reputation for the sake of our consumers and stakeholders:

  • While the legal demand by the artist’s representatives has been addressed to Century Bottling Company, The Coca-Cola Company’s authorized bottler in Uganda, Century Bottling is in no way involved with the campaign.
  • Coca-Cola Central, East & West Africa Limited, contracted Ogilvy Africa Limited (“the Agency”), to oversee the production of the ‘A Billion Reasons To Believe’ TV Commercial in Uganda.
  • The Agency identified footage on YouTube that could be used as part of the TV commercial and as required, conducted its due diligence to confirm the ownership thereof. The Agency confirmed that the footage, which features five children dancing on a street, was owned by Mr. Dauda Kavuma, a Ugandan national, and founder of Triplets Foundation, who had in fact posted the video on YouTube.
  • Kavuma entered into an agreement with the Agency for usage of the footage for both TV and digital media. In addition, the agency obtained the consent of each parent through written agreement.
  • The Video which Mr. Kenzo alleges infringement of was not used in any way by the Agency in producing the “A Billion Reasons to Believe” commercial.
  • On the basis of the foregoing, we contend that no infringement of the Artist’s Intellectual Property Rights to the ‘Sitya Loss’ music video has occurred as alleged .
  • Coca-Cola Central East and West Africa Limited and its affiliates uphold the utmost professional integrity, respect and fairness with respect to the materials used and artists engaged in the production of marketing materials, and holds its agencies to the same standards.

Ne-Yo to perform in Uganda on October 30th.

Bell Lager, Uganda’s no.1 premium lager has today announced that it will be flying in Shaffer Chimere Smith widely known by his stage name Ne-Yo, to headline a concert in Kampala.

The concert slated for October 30, 2015 at Lugogo Cricket Oval will be the culmination of an under the crown promotion that was also launched today.

Speaking at a press conference in Kampala, Mrs. Grace Nshemeire-Gwaku, the Marketing Director Uganda Breweries Limited said,” This concert is our way of continuously engaging our consumers at their passion points.” Adding, “And because music is a strong touch point for us as Ugandans, we had to choose a contemporary artiste that fits the bill.”

She also added that the concert will be unique in that there will be no tickets sold and no entry fees required.

“To attend the concert, all one has to do is simply buy a BELL LAGER, pop the crown and send the code that you find under your crown to 8464. Send 10 codes to guarantee yourself a ticket to the Bell Ne-yo concert,” Mrs. Gwaku explained.

The promotion and the concert will however only be open to people over the age of 18 years.

Ne-yo, a celebrated American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor will be gracing the pearl of Africa with his ingenious musical talent to debut his latest Album “Non-Fiction 2015”. Non-Fiction 2015, comes as his sixth Album after R.E.D in 2012. It reached number five on the US Billboard 200, and sold over 59,000 copies in just days of its release.

“As BELL LAGER, we are making a bold statement to thank not only our loyal consumers but also those that are yet to come on board for choosing a brand that pours life in every moment; no matter what. Ne-Yo is arguably the biggest star to have ever performed in the country and it was befitting that only a brand of this stature brings him to you.”

She further stated that Bell Lager® has been a part of the Ugandan community for over 60 years as the quality brand with international repute. We are part of the Ugandan heritage and have consistently delivered a beer to our consumers that brought to them the best of entertainment, sports and lifestyle over the years.

Nshemeire-Gwaku further assured Ugandans that the brand has put in place very stringent and transparent measures to ensure that the promo is free and fair by bringing on board Price Water House Coopers (PWC) a reputable audit firm to provide promotional assurance for the activity.

With three Grammy awards to his name, Ne-Yo has been nominated over 50 times in different international awards like MTV Video Musial Awards Japan, MOBO Awards, Soul Train Musical Awards, and BET awards. He first shot to the lime light with his Album “in my own words” with songs like so sick, when you are mad, sexy love which became favorites to all music lovers across the globe and since then he has never looked back.

In Photos: Airtel Rising Stars (Masindi Regional Games).

Masindi was treated to a rare touch of talent when teams competed in the Airtel Rising Stars regional tournament in the Kitara and Western regions. The games were played at different stadiums in Masindi with the finals being held at St. George Stadium, Masindi.

The competitions took place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th of August with Masindi Young (boys from Kitara region), Mpanga SS (girls from Kitara region) and Kisoro Young Simba (boys from western region), Sentah College (girls from western region) emerging as the regions’ champions.

From the Kitara region, Masindi Young defeated Kiryandongo Young to take home the boys’ trophy and cash prize of UGX 1,000,000 while Mpanga SS defeated Create Peace and Leadership Soccer Academy in Penalty shootouts and also took home the girls’ trophy and cash prize of UGX 1,000,000.

From the western region, Kisoro Young Simba defeated Welden SS to take home the boys’ trophy and cash prize of UGX 1,000,000 while Sentah College defeated Fucam Academy also in Penalty shootouts and took home the girls’ trophy and cash prize of UGX 1,000,000.

The boys and girls that exhibited remarkable talent were selected from the different regional teams to represent their regions in the national championships in October. Airtel Rising Stars national finals will take place in Mbarara where the different regional winners will battle it out for the bragging rights of being the champions of the country.

The Airtel Rising Stars initiative, the biggest Under-17 grassroots tournament on the African continent, aims at identifying talent and nurturing upcoming footballers. This is one of the few football equal opportunity initiatives that targets boys and girls. Over the years, the Airtel Rising Stars initiative has yielded many success stories and has enabled several upcoming soccer talents to join Africa Premier League clubs and their countries’ national teams.

The selected players get an opportunity to get the best-in-class sports training, during residential clinics that have over the years, been held by some of Arsenal FC’s legends. Airtel has played a major role in the nurturing of remarkable talents and in Uganda there is an abundance of talent that is waiting to be nurtured.

Speaking at the games, Airtel Uganda Brands Assets and Properties manager, Noela Byuma, said; “Airtel is dedicated to nurturing young talent through the Under 17 grassroots football initiative that enables us to reach out to the youth. It is our desire to see young people live their dream and soccer is one of our major platforms in doing so .This soccer tournament provides this opportunity to the youngsters and creates a great opportunity for the players to engage more in the game.”

Airtel, currently the largest supporter of youth football on the continent, has partnered with FUFA to ensure that football regulations are followed.

Emirates becomes Official Partner and Airline for UAE’s professional football league for next three years.

Emirates, a connector of people and their football passions, and the Arabian Gulf League have today announced a three-year, AED 25 million agreement which will see Emirates as the Official Partner and Airline of the league. The deal underscores the airline’s on-going commitment in supporting football as well as connecting with the fan base of the 14 clubs which make up the UAE’s only professional league.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman  & Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group remarked on the new partnership: “Sponsorship has always been a vital component of our marketing strategy. Through our sponsorship and support of an incredible line-up of global football clubs and popular football events we have been able to bring major clubs to the UAE to compete in unique tournaments, connecting them to their fans. With our new partnership with the Arabian Gulf League, we will be in an even stronger position to add value to the UAE’s professional league by capitalising on opportunities that will link local clubs with international football teams through focused collaboration.”

The announcement was revealed today at a press conference led by Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Centre and Suhail Al Areefi, CEO of the UAE Pro League Committee.

Sheikh Majid said: “We see our partnership with the Arabian Gulf League as an opportunity to connect with football fans in our home, the UAE. This new association will allow us to play an even bigger role here locally by bringing fans of football closer to what they love and to build unique opportunities and experiences with a rich mix of local clubs. We also want to align our brand with the league to strengthen its position as one of the fastest growing leagues in Asia, and to support its vision to provide UAE football a platform to thrive at the international level. This will further support the UAE’s status as a world-class sports hub and a centre for professional sporting events.”

Suhail Al Areefi, CEO of the UAE Pro League Committee, said: “The Pro League Committee is proud of its partnership with Emirates Airline, the Official Partner and Airline of the Arabian Gulf League, Arabian Gulf Cup, Arabian Gulf Super Cup and U21 League. Emirates is one of the world’s leading airlines, and is an Emirati company with an international pedigree of supporting high profile global sporting associations, teams and events – particularly related to football. We hope that through associating with Emirates as our Official Partner, this will assist the development of the Arabian Gulf League both locally and globally.”

The sponsorship deal, which spans three years, gives Emirates brand visibility and on-site advertising at the Arabian Gulf Super Cup, which starts on 15 August. Emirates will also capitalize on advertising opportunities at all 182 Arabian Gulf League matches, 45 Arabian Gulf Cup matches as well as 26 televised U21 League matches. The airline will also receive in-game promotional opportunities and interactive hospitality rights. Additionally, Emirates will benefit from digital and social media activation rights on the Arabian Gulf League’s media platforms, and will also lead the trophy presentation during final matches.

The Arabian Gulf League is part of The Pro League Committee, which was established in 2007. The organization’s objective was to establish a professional league aligned with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) regulations. The Arabian Gulf League is the UAE’s only professional league, with the Arabian Gulf Super Cup, the Arabian Gulf Cup and Under 21 (U21) League competitions running in conjunction every season. The U21 league encourages the development of home-grown young Emirati talent.

Emirates’ sponsorship portfolio made of top sporting clubs, tournaments and high profile cultural events worldwide continues to grow. In the UAE alone, Emirates supports and is involved in over 40 sports sponsorships and events each year.

Football remains one of the most celebrated sports within Emirates’ sponsorship portfolio. This is demonstrated through on-going partnerships with some of the biggest names in club football, and some of the most significant tournaments including shirt sponsors of leading European and international clubs like AC Milan, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Hamburger SV, Benfica SL, New York Cosmos and Arsenal in a deal which includes naming rights to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. Emirates is also the Official Airline of Greek club, Olympiacos. Locally, Emirates supports Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai, a joint venture between Emirates and Arsenal Football Club, teaching boys and girls how to ‘play the Arsenal way’ through mentoring from UEFA licensed coaches.

The airline was also recently named as Title Sponsor of The Emirates FA Cup.

Emirates is also the Official Airline and Partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the governing body of Asian football, and has sponsorship rights to all its tournaments, including the AFC Champions League, AFC Cup and the AFC Challenge Cup, as well as a number of women’s and youth events.

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