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September 2015

Bell Lager set to change the Kampala city festival experience.

Now in its fourth year, the Kampala City Festival returns this Sunday October 4, 2015 and promises to be bigger than any other.

This year Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) under their flagship brand, Bell Lager is once again the platinum sponsor for the fourth year running and is injecting UGX150 million towards the success of the event. The brewer has also promised a premium experience for all clients who will access its VIP hospitality tent.

“Bell Lager is staying true its heritage having been part of Uganda and Kampala’s story for the past 60 years. During the festival, we have a lot of exciting activities lined up and since we have the Pop’n Jam concert with Ne-Yo coming up, the experience at the Bell tent will be like no other,” states Robert Nsibirwa, the Bell Lager Brand Manager.

Over two million revelers are expected to attend the 2015 Kampala City Festival, the biggest street party in East Africa. The annual event brings together all City dwellers, stakeholders and bussiness people and focuses on togetherness, one of the city’s oldest and richest cultural ideas.

On this fine occasion, song, dance, food, entertainment, merry making, shopping, culture and diversity are all enjoyed right in middle of the great metropolis.

Mrs. Jennifer Musisi, the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) lauded Bell Lager’s commitment to the festival having been with it since its inception in 2012.

“We really appreciate our sponsors especially Bell Lager that continues to be part of the Kampala Festival. It is sponsors like you that have made this the biggest street party in East Africa.”

Adding, “Security will be very tight on the day; we also have emergency support teams on standby to ensure that this event is successful.”

The highlights and marvels of the Festival will include floats and costumes and Bell Lager has promised a one of a kind display.

The overriding theme for the 2015 Kampala City Festival is ‘Colour’, to celebrate a part of Uganda’s heritage and long standing traditions of a colorful environment, diversity, lifestyles, materials, food and fabrics.

Additionally, KCCA is spearheading a Green, Sustainability practices drive.  With a sub-theme ‘Eco Fashion’, it is a great addition to this year’s festival. Eco Fashion involves use of eco-friendly materials and techniques that promote recycling and reuse of particular materials.

Ugandans laud Ambition Mission internship placements.

Sheila Aanyu Jessica, a first year student of Bachelors of Science in Marketing at Makerere University Business School (MUBS) considers herself a superstar in the making.

Not only is she determined to excel in her studies. Aanyu who also doubles as a part time chef at weekend functions believes her new-found confidence is down to an internship program she attended at Shoprite Clock Tower in Kampala.

“Prior to applying for that internship program, I was working as a chef. Chefs as you may be aware are always in the backrooms and as such rarely get to interact with customers. I applied for this internship program mainly because I wanted to get out there, talk to many people,” she explains.

The internship program is one of the many activities that Ambition Mission, a community that is engaged in inspiring all young people to achieve their dreams and to stay tobacco free, has put in place.

Members of the Ambition Mission community believe that staying clear of tobacco is important in the journey to achieving your dreams because it shows that you believe in yourself, you respect yourself and you are focused on your goals.

Just like Aanyu, Hassan Mayobyo, a freelance web developer attended the internship program at Shoprite Lugogo and is all praises for the opportunity presented to him by Ambition Mission.

“I have learnt a lot of skills from the internship program like customer care, relationship building and teamwork. These skills have come in handy since my job currently involves speaking to people. I am a very ambitious person and when this opportunity came my way, I did not hesitate,” he says.

Mayobyo says he signed up and took the Ambition Mission pledge because he is ambitious and wishes to see a tobacco-free generation.

“Ambition Mission basically bridges that gap by connecting young people to mentors. The organization is a vehicle for any ambitious person. Now I have learnt that to be successful, I have to be self-confident and always stay focused on my goals. I am tobacco-free and I know that I am going to be a very successful person.”

Steven Boris Shikuru, an Audio and Video Student and also one of the beneficiaries of the Ambition Mission internship program believes that it would benefit even more people if the organization extended the opportunity to places outside Kampala.

“If I went back to Shoprite right now and applied for a job, I would be given one because of my past relationship with them. My hope is that this internship program is extended to other districts in Uganda so that more young people benefit,” he says.

The Ambition Mission community is supported and sponsored by a group of people and organizations who believe in the potential of young Ugandans and want to help them achieve their dreams of a better life. These include: Limelight, Buzz, Kinaya, Every1Mobile, Good Business and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The organization supports and inspires young people through activities such as weekly radio shows, a regular youth magazine and an inspiring Facebook page. Competitions like Rising Stars gives motivated, ambitious young people the opportunity to be recognized for their ambitions and to meet and be inspired by their celebrity role models.

Airtel Uganda giving MTN a run for it’s money.

Airtel Uganda has introduced a 3 shillings plan which allows its pre-paid customers on the Airtel network to opt for the new tariff.

Prasoon Lal
Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Prasoon Lal.

Commenting on the new tariff, Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Mr. Prasoon Lal said, “With the 3 shillings tariff plan Airtel Customers on this plan will enjoy making calls to Airtel subscribers and all other local networks excluding international networks. Customers can join the plan by dialing *100*11#.”

Commenting further, Mr. Lal said, “Airtel customers on this plan still have a great advantage of making cheaper on net calls by subscribing to any pakalast bundle.”

Airtel Uganda appointed as the ‘Official Telecom Partner’ of the Papal Visit.

Airtel Uganda was announced as the official telecom partner of the Papal Visit by Uganda Episcopal Conference who invited the Pope to celebrate the Golden Jubilee at the commissioning of the Uganda Martyrs Shrine.

Pope Francis, currently the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, is forecasted to visit Uganda between 27thth and 29th November 2015. Pope Francis was invited to Uganda on the occasion when the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda is marking the 50th anniversary of the canonization of its 22 Martyrs- among the 45 Christian converts who were executed in the 19th Century.

In a bid to prepare for the Papal Visit in Uganda, Airtel Uganda, in conjunction with Uganda Episcopal Conference Finance and the Constructions Committee preparing the Papal Visit, will be holding a raffle draw to raise funds for the beautification and reconstruction of the Namugongo Shrines as well as the construction of the Martyrs’ Shrine in Munyonyo. Furthermore, for this period leading up to the Pope’s visit, Airtel Uganda will be sponsoring and facilitating the raffle activities as well as selling sim packs with a rosary. All the proceeds from the sale of the rosary will be given back to the Catholic Church as proceeds towards the reconstruction and renovation of the 2 key major projects. A total of 750 million shillings will be donated by Airtel through these different activities.

Speaking at the press conference to announce the partnership, Airtel Managing Director, Mr. Tom Gutjahr thanked the Uganda Episcopal Conference Finance and Constructions Committee and the Kampala Arch Diocese for the opportunity to partner and contribute to such a noble cause.

“On behalf of the customers and staff of Airtel Uganda, I would like to thank the Uganda Episcopal Conference Finance and Constructions Committee, the Kampala Arch Diocese  as well as the Archbishop for giving us an opportunity to contribute to the preparations that will see Uganda being visited by a sitting Pope for only the third time ever,” he said.

Mr. Gutjahr also added that this is an opportunity for the Airtel customers to come in and contribute by sending any amount of money using Airtel Money to contribute to the same noble cause.

Uganda Cranes outclasses Masindi XI in their first regional tour.

The Uganda Cranes put six goals past Masindi XI in a dazzling performance at the first regional tour that took place over the weekend in Masindi at Masindi stadium.

Airtel Uganda in partnership with FUFA and Nile Special, rolled out the national team’s regional tours aimed at reaching the grassroots fans and appreciating the regional local teams. The regional tours comprise of a selected regional or local team playing against the Uganda Cranes in a friendly match.

The first regional game saw Uganda Cranes score six goals against Masindi XI who were unable to find the net against the Cranes defense. Masindi XI was given a chance to go up against all the available Uganda Cranes team members as they played two separate teams from the national team.

Robert Sentongo, the stand in team captain for the first half, scored a brace as he led his side to a four goal lead in the first half of the game. The second team led by Richard Kassaga sealed the win with two more goals in the second half.

The Tour that was done last year dubbed “Namutiima” will see Uganda Cranes do four regional tours in Masindi, Masaka, Arua and Kampala with two of these tours happening this year and the other two will take place next year.

Ambition Mission is all about Inspiring the Young People.

Statistics from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics indicate that Uganda has a high population of young people under the age of 25 years. The statistics further reveal that 47.3% of the population is below the age 15, 23.3% are adolescents and 33.5% are generally classified as young people. This therefore makes the case for empowering young people more profound because they are not only the future, but also the present.

Ambition Mission, a community of young Ugandans aged 15-25 who are united in their desires to achieve their personal ambitions in life is currently playing a key role in shaping the future of the country.

Yosia Lukwago, the key contact of Ambition Mission says that young people play a critical role in the development of society and that the groundwork for the future is now.

“Teenagers are often held hostage by the assumption that they are troublemakers and can do no good. That is quite a stereotype because they are the next generation. They will be running the world someday; as such, we have to give them the necessary guidance to ensure they meet their life aspirations,” says Yosia.

Adding, “At Ambition Mission we believe that we must help everyone. If we cannot do good to others, then we don’t have any right to do bad to others.”

Across Uganda, thousands of young people have pledged to show the world that they are focused on achieving their dreams by joining Ambition Mission and fundamentally agreeing to say no to tobacco. Which is one of the two key pillars of Ambition Mission.

According to Yosia, the Ambition Mission community has two goals; to inspire young Ugandans to achieve their personal ambitions in life by encouraging them to believe in themselves, respect themselves and stay focused on their goals; secondly to encourage these motivated young people to reject tobacco in all its forms as a way of showing themselves and the world that they are on the right path to achieving their dreams.

The Ambition Mission community is supported and sponsored by a group of people and organisations who believe in the potential of young Ugandans and want to help them in achieving their dreams of a better life. These include; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Good Business, Limelight among others.

Ambition Mission supports and inspires young people to achieve their dreams through activities such as weekly radio shows, a regular youth magazine and an inspiring Facebook page. Competitions like Rising Stars gives motivated, ambitious young people the opportunity to be recognised for their ambitions and to meet and be inspired by their celebrity role models.

Concerning recent chatter on social media and in some tabloids that Ambition Mission is involved in illuminati activities and recruiting youth for homosexuality, Yosia has this to say “Any allegation concerning Ambition Mission being Illuminati is totally false. Any allegation regarding Ambition Mission recruiting children for any purposes at all, homosexual or otherwise is totally not true. It saddens me that one of the few youth initiatives that teaches our kids to be more focused and driven and at the same time encourages them to stay away from vices that will hinder their ability to be the best individuals they can be would receive such terribly false and malicious accusations.” He went on to advise “Because of the popularity of this youth brand, we have noticed several fictitious Facebook accounts that have up to two or three thousand followers whereas the real Ambition Mission page, “Ambition Mission UG’ has close to 120,000 likes.  We would like to appeal to the public, Facebook and the authorities to be vigilant when anybody contacts them regarding Ambition Mission asking them to go to engage in any such activities like we have heard in social media. And they should report these individuals to the authorities”

Emirates to deploy Boeing 777-300 on Algiers route.

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, will be able to connect even more people and cargo with Algiers on 1st October when it switches from its Airbus A340-300 currently operating the route to a larger Boeing 777-300 aircraft.


“In line with the healthy commercial demand, we are pleased to introduce our Boeing 777-300 aircraft onto our Algiers route, offering our customers more seats and an enhanced onboard experience,” said Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Northern and Western Africa. “Emirates constantly strives to provide its passengers with the very best service and we are confident that our Boeing 777-300 service will raise the bar for travel experience in the Algerian market. Our 777-300 will offer Emirates’ renowned cabin comforts and facilities, including our award-winning ice entertainment system in every seat, luxurious seats in Business Class and First Class, and extra legroom in Economy Class.”

Emirates launched services to Algiers on 1st March 2013. In less than three years, the route has carried over 272,000 passengers and 12,500 tonnes of cargo to date. The increase in capacity will offer 97 additional Economy Class seats per flight, representing a 45 per cent increase in economy seating capacity. The number of premium cabin seats remains unchanged, offering customers a choice of twelve First Class flat-bed seats and 42 Business Class seats.

Emirates’ Boeing 777-300 will also offer increased belly hold capacity, and can carry over 20 tonnes of cargo per flight. Some of the key import products being carried on Emirates SkyCargo into Algiers include pharmaceutical products, electronics, automotive, apparel and equipment for oil and gas sector. Exports include fruit products mainly dates.

Algiers is home to a rich variety of architecture and a vibrant cultural scene with a diverse heritage of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and French influences. The country also boasts some of the world’s most spectacular coastlines as well as vast mountainous and desert landscapes.

On-board, passengers can discover ice, Emirates’ award winning entertainment system offering up to 2,000 channels of on-demand entertainment at every seat, dedicated children’s menus and activities, and gourmet regionally inspired dishes with complimentary beverages, while being served by Emirates’ multi-lingual Cabin Crew, including Algerian nationals. Emirates customers also have the added bonus of a generous baggage allowance with 30 kilograms for those travelling in Economy Class, 40 kilograms for Business Class, and 50 kilograms for First Class.

EK757 leaves Dubai every Sunday, Wednesday Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 0845hrs and arrives at Houari Boumediene Airport at 1310hrs. The return flight, EK 758, departs Algiers at 1545hrs and lands in Dubai at 0125 hrs the next day.

Airtel Rising Stars regional games come to an end as qualifiers prepare to head to Mbarara for the National Finals.

The Airtel Rising Stars North and West Nile regional qualifier games were held in Gulu town over the weekend. The games were played at different venues in Gulu with the finals being held at Pece Stadium.

The regional games took place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of September with Destiny Sports Academy (boys from Northern region), King James (girls from Northern region) and Adjumani boys (boys from West Nile region), Adjumani Girls (girls from West Nile region) emerging as the winning teams from the two regions.

The Winning teams for both boys and girls from the East and North Eastern regions, won trophies, certificates, balls, kits and cash prize of UGX 1,000,000 each. While the boys’ and girls’ first runners up, took home trophies, certificates, and a cash of UGX 500,000 each.

The boys and girls that exhibited remarkable talent were selected from the different regional teams to represent their regions in the national championships to take place in Mbarara in October.

Speaking at the games in Gulu, Airtel Uganda Brands Assets and Properties Executive, Musa Mayanja, 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,” Mayanja added.

The Airtel Rising Stars football initiative is the the biggest Under-17 grassroots tournament on the African continent and 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 West Nile and Northern regional games mark the end of the countrywide regional qualifiers that have witnessed action through every part of the country. Airtel, currently the largest supporter of youth football on the continent, has partnered with FUFA to ensure that football regulations are followed in Uganda.

Ambition Mission responds to Illuminati and homosexuality claims.

In response to articles appearing in mainstream media and rumours being spread on social media regarding Ambition Mission’s activities, we would like to state that none of this information is accurate in any way.

In fact, Ambition Mission is a community of young people from across Uganda who are united in their desire to achieve their personal ambitions in life. Ambition Mission supports and inspires them to achieve their dreams through activities such as our weekly radio show, a regular youth magazine and an inspiring Facebook page.

Ambition Mission is focused on supporting young people to stay on the right path so as to achieve their goals. Competitions like Rising Stars gives motivated, ambitious young people the opportunity to be recognised for their ambitions and to meet and be inspired by their celebrity role models.

For Ambition Mission’s community, our way of showing that we are on the right path is that we all reject tobacco. Saying NO to tobacco shows that we are focused on our goals, we believe in ourselves and we respect ourselves. That is why we say ‘We Are Ambition, We Are Not Tobacco’.

For young people committed to achieving their dreams, Ambition Mission is the first step towards making them a reality – it inspires them to be who they want to be.

This is the message that we are sharing with the young people who pledge to achieve their dreams because we know that these are the leaders of tomorrow and change starts with them.

Therefore, any accusation of association between Ambition Mission and illuminati or a hub for nurturing homosexuals is baseless and malicious. The authors of these rumours appear to be bent on derailing the objectives of Ambition Mission’s activities.

We strongly insist that the authors of these damaging and false rumours stop this malicious disinformation campaign and realize that they are affecting the dreams and ambitions of the youth of Uganda.

Ambition Mission are committed to making a difference in Uganda by empowering the younger generation to take their destiny into their own hands and we will not allow the current wholly untrue accusations stop us from providing the youth of Uganda a vehicle to achieving their dreams of a better life.

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