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Coca-Cola Uganda Brand Manager Rodney Nzioka poses with some of the invited guests during the launch of the Coca-Cola with Zero Sugar at Lakeside Adventure park

Coca-Cola Uganda Brand Manager Rodney Nzioka poses with some of the invited guests during the launch of the Coca-Cola with Zero Sugar at Lakeside Adventure park

  • Treats guests to fun-filled day at Lakeside adventure park
  • Consumers can now choose the Coca-Cola that best suits their taste, lifestyle and diet.

Influencers, guests and members of the media were recently treated to a day full of fun, adventure and team challenges at the Lake Side adventure park during the launch of the new Coca-Cola With Zero Sugar variant.

This comes just after the beverages company announced the launch of new graphics that use one visual identity system featuring Coca-Cola Red as a unifying color across the Trademark in a bid to extend the Company’s “One Brand” global marketing strategy to packaging.

The Red Disc, the signature element of the new “Taste the Feeling” global creative campaign launched in Uganda in April last year, will now appear prominently on packaging. Further underscoring the Company’s commitment to provide choice, the new packaging is designed to enable consumers to choose the Coca-Cola that best suits their taste, lifestyle and diet.

To clearly identify each product, the signature color is featured throughout the packs and the new graphics will also include the unique product name and benefits on front of pack to help consumers make an informed choice:

  • Coca-Cola Original Taste (or Classic in select markets)
  • Coca-Cola Zero: Zero Sugar
Mr. Rodney Nzioka, Coca-Cola Uganda Brand Manager displays the new Coca-Cola with Zero Sugar during the launch at Lakeside Adventure Park in Mukono

Mr. Rodney Nzioka, Coca-Cola Uganda Brand Manager displays the new Coca-Cola with Zero Sugar

“Packaging is our most visible and valuable asset,” said Rodney Nzioka, Brand Manager, Coca-Cola Uganda. “The Coca-Cola Red Disc has become a signature element of the brand, synonymous with great taste, uplift and refreshment. By applying it to our packaging in such a bold way, we are taking the next step towards full adoption of the “One Brand” strategy, uniting the Coca-Cola family under one visual identity and making it even easier for consumers to choose their Coca-Cola with or without calories, with or without caffeine.”

“The unification of the brands through design, marks the first time in our 130-year history that the iconic Coca-Cola visual identity has been shared across products in such a prominent way,” Nzioka added.

Last year, Coca-Cola Uganda launched “Taste the Feeling” – a campaign designed to allow its consumers a continued celebration of their moments with Coca-Cola. “Taste the Feeling” is now live in 195 markets and includes 12 television commercials in addition to more than 100 campaign images, a visual identity system and a music anthem and audio signature.


Emirates named Best Airline in the World in TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2017.

Emirates has been recognised as the Best Airline in the World in the inaugural TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards for Airlines. In addition to clinching the grand prize, the airline was the biggest winner with 4 other awards including Best Major Airline – Middle East & Africa, Best Economy Class, Best First Class and World’s Best Airlines – Top 10.

This is the first year TripAdvisor has introduced a category for airlines in its signature Travelers’ Choice® Awards. The awards highlight the world’s top carriers based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for airlines worldwide gathered over a 12-month period.


Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline said: “We are honoured to be named the Best Airline in the World at the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2017. The fact that the awards are a result of unbiased reviews and feedback speaks to our commitment to deliver a superior travel experience for our customers. We want travellers to continue making Emirates their first choice whenever they think to travel. That is why we continue to invest in products and services across all classes, and why our service teams work hard and put their hearts into providing the very best experience for our customers both on board and on the ground every day.”

“We are proud to announce the inaugural Travelers’ Choice® Awards for airlines, to help travellers make the most well-informed air travel decisions, based on the experiences of the TripAdvisor community,” said Bryan Saltzburg, General Manager for TripAdvisor Flights. “It’s a high honour for Emirates to be recognised as the top airline in the world by the TripAdvisor community and speaks to their continued focus on delivering fantastic customer experiences.”

Emirates is the world’s largest international airline, with an extensive network that has grown to offer its customers a choice of 155 destinations in 83 countries across six continents. It operates one of the world’s youngest modern wide-body fleets, and is the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights.

The airline recently announced a multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade programme including an enhanced Onboard Lounge for its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft which will make its debut in July. Emirates also recently underwent a product overhaul with a host of exclusive products introduced to its First and Business Class cabins. New additions include the world’s first moisturising  lounge wear in First Class, luxury blankets, skincare from organic brand  VOYA and a new range of amenity kits from Bulgari. In the last year, Emirates has also introduced several new products for customers travelling in Economy including the world’s first interactive amenity kits and sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles

Canon unveils the EOS 5D Mark IV, its newest addition to the professional range of cameras.

Canon, a leader in imaging solutions, has reiterated its commitment to the African market by announcing the launch of its hero product EOS 5D Mark IV camera. Canon showcased their input to output professional consumer products covering both cameras and printers which are now available in the African region. Canon also announced the start of an Africa wide photo competition involving consumers under the theme ‘Celebrate Africa’.

The camera range unveiled includes models such as the EOS 80D, EOS760D, EOS 1300D, Powershot G7X MKII, PowerhShot SX720 HS, Ixus 285HS and Pixma printers G4400, TS 5040 & the powerful  and refined TS 9040 – is a fully featured colour photo printer, scanner and copier with an elegant and compact exterior.



The much anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV, is the most recent addition to the legendary EOS 5D family and is now available in African markets. This announcement comes close on the heels of the Pixma series printers that were launched last year in Nairobi.

“Our focus on Africa is very clear, and is evident from how we have carved a new business division known as Canon Central & North Africa (CCNA) to serve the regions needs to launching new and exciting products. We want to offer customers in Africa new innovation that is currently changing the way we capture, store and share images.” said Somesh Adukia, Sales Director – CCNA.

Further elaborating on the theme of ‘Celebrate Africa’ he added, “At Canon, we are passionate about enriching lives by bringing people and imaging technology together. Our ‘Celebrate Africa’ campaign that we kick off today is set to encourage people to capture the essence of Africa. This beautiful continent is rich in history with diverse people and cultures while juxtaposing the old and the new making it unique and awe inspiring. The products that we have launched today will enable all of us to depict Africa’s beauty and capture moments that allow us to make beautiful memories and make us proud to be on this continent.”


The ‘Celebrate Africa’ campaign is targeting consumers from all walks of life. It will be activated through an online competition where Canon is encouraging people from across the continent to submit images captured by them under any of the three categories: People of Africa, Africa’s Citylife or Africa’s Landscape and Wildlife. More details can be found at The competition will run from February 7, 2017 till April 15, 2017 and has a range of prizes to be won by those who send the most compelling images.

“Our brand promise is to help people realise the power of image. The latest range of products establishes Canon’s unparalleled expertise in imaging and reflects the innovation and best technology we strive to give to our customers,” added Somesh.

Emirates Aviation University introduces a new Executive MBA Programme.

Emirates Aviation University has announced today the introduction of a new Executive MBA Programme in Aviation Management in collaboration with Coventry University in the UK. The specialised programme will begin in January 2017 and applications will now be accepted on EAU’s website.

The Executive MBA curriculum was designed for students who plan to pursue a career in aviation management or want to transition from an operational role into a general management role.

Professionals enrolled in the programme will benefit from the dynamic structure as the course is set to be delivered in both Dubai and the UK. As a growing aviation hub and home to one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Dubai will be the ideal place for Aviation Management MBA students to learn about the industry. While in Dubai to study the first three modules, students will have the opportunity to visit and see first-hand the breadth of operations in aviation-relevant organisations such as Emirates, Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and dnata. In the UK, students will also have the opportunity for organised visits to a range of organisations within the aviation sector. All enrolled students will need to attend modules at both locations to complete the course.

Consisting of six modules and set over the course of 12 months, the Executive MBA programme was specifically developed to fit the lifestyle of busy professionals. Teaching will be delivered in an intensive four day block, followed by individual study and submission of coursework.

Emirates Aviation University remains committed to offering new and industry-relevant programmes. Over the years, EAU has grown from a small college to a full-fledged university offering more than 44 programmes in various fields of study. The growth of EAU underscores the demand for quality higher education in the UAE and the rapid development of the aviation industry in the MENA region. EAU continues to expand and strives to cement its position as the centre of aviation education excellence both nationally and internationally. Some of the programmes offered by EAU include postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in aviation management, logistics and supply chain management, aeronautical engineering, aerospace technology, pilot training and a wide range of aviation and aviation related programmes.

EAU participates annually in several national and international higher education exhibitions where prospective students have the opportunity to learn about the course offerings and speak directly to the faculty. The university is currently present at Najah 2016 Abu Dhabi’s leading higher education exhibition which concludes today. EAU will also take part in China Education Expo in Shanghai between 29 October until 30th October.

Mafikizolo dazzles at the 14th Blankets and Wine Edition.


The 14th edition of the Tusker Malt Lager sponsored Blankets and Wine Kampala social event was all that had been promised to be. The blend of Giovani Kiyingi, Levixone, Qwela Band, DJ Saint Evo and the main act Mafikizolo, showed why Blankets and Wine is still the social event of the year.

With a big turn up at Lugogo Cricket Oval, the new home of Blankets and Wine Kampala, revelers were at the grounds as early as midday.

The show kicked off at 2pm with House of DJs entertaining revelers with various DJs taking to the turntables.

Giovanni Kiyingi well known for his multi-instrumentalist skills, opened up the day’s performances. It is his songs like, Joy of an African, Ekibbobo, Kanyimbe, Onukisa omulala, Ssegamwenge, Enukuba, which made the revelers dance along to his music despite the rain.


Fast rising Urban Reggae and R n’ B Ugandan Gospel artiste Levixone,  brought a change of mood as he sang Nonya Omu, Shuga, Niwewe , Victory, Kangende Noono, Samanya (ft. Akello). He preached the word of God to the fans as he had promised earlier and the revelers sang alongside him.

Qwela which means ‘pure’ in Rukiga- one of Uganda’s ethnic languages added more energetic mood to the revelers as they performed many of theirs songs. The band made the revelers dance the traditional way of Kikiga with their songs like Mama Tokaaba, Okello, Take it all back. Qwela band put up a good performance and it left the revelers yarning for more.

DJ Saint Evo stepped on stage and played for the crowd some of his afro fusion club bangers.

The Tusker VIP tent and bars were busy entertaining the guests with beer and eatables as they were enjoying the music.

When Mafikizolo later on took the stage, the party was only getting started, the duo was clearly astonished by the atmosphere of the crowd that had been waiting anxiously. They perfomerd songs like Happiness, Tchelete Goodlife but when they played the “Khona” song, the revelers went into a sing-along that was only similar to an anthem.

“The 14th edition of Blankets and Wine was remarkably different from the others. This edition was at a new venue Lugogo Cricket Oval. Having Mafikizolo the finest acts on the continent has shown how we have grown. Our consumers got a new experience and indeed enjoyed, Ugandan musicians like Giovani Kiyingi, Qwela Band and Levixone who performed alongside them created that much loved afro-based music fusion.” said Alex Tusingwire, the Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager.


“In the past 13 editions, several artistes like Oliver Mtukudzi, Freshly Ground, Liquideep, Just a Band, Afrigo Band, MI Casa among others have performed in Kampala. Now we can add Mafikizolo to the list.” he added.

Blankets & Wine provides a platform for appreciation to consumers by show casing the rich African talent and in LIVE performances by a wide array of artists.

Emirates Skywards marks 16 years with over 16 million members.

Emirates Skywards, the award-winning frequent flyer programme of Emirates airline, marks its 16th year milestone with over 16 million members and the successful launch of new initiatives to enhance reward options for members.

Since the programme’s inception in 2000, Emirates Skywards members have redeemed a whopping 220 billion Miles on reward flights, hotels stays and exclusive access to the biggest events worldwide. The diversity of the programme’s partners and rewards are reflected in the airline’s global customer base and network spanning six continents and over 150 destinations.


With a focus on customer satisfaction, Emirates Skywards continuously forms exclusive partnerships and introduces new initiatives to offer greater value, choice and flexibility to its members. Most recently, Emirates Skywards has introduced Cash+Miles – allowing flight redemption using a combination of cash and Skywards Miles. Members in all four tiers – Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum – can start redeeming flights with as little as 2,000 Miles. This popular new initiative instantly reduces the cost of the tickets and can be used on any Emirates flight across all classes, making any seat available to Emirates Skywards members.

To date, Emirates Skywards has 14 airline partners including strategic partnerships with Easyjet and Qantas, offering members access to one of the world’s largest networks of global travel destinations. The programme also has 24 hotel partner brands covering nearly 20,000 properties worldwide. This includes a collaboration with the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) programme which gives members double rewards through the ability to earn both Skywards Miles and Starpoints when they fly with Emirates or stay with Starwood.

As part of Emirates airline’s numerous sponsorships in sports, arts and cultural events, members have also enjoyed front row access to some of the biggest world events including the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival.


Since January this year, over 12,000 tickets across 40 sporting events have been made available to members. The tickets offer access to world-class sports including events in rugby, tennis, baseball, horseracing and Formula 1®. However, football is the biggest draw for Emirates Skywards members. Emirates sponsors six top European clubs: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Hamburger SV, SL Benfica, Arsenal, AC Milan, and in the last nine months, over 5,000 tickets were made available for Emirates Skywards members to watch their favourite teams play in the Spanish La Liga, Bundesliga, Portuguese Primeira Lina, FA Premier League, Lega Serie A, and Ligue 1.

Besides sports fans, Emirates Skywards also engages with artists worldwide. In 2010, it launched the annual design competition known today as Art of Travel. Each year, aspiring artists are invited to design the programme’s four membership cards, giving them a platform to showcase their talent on a global scale.

Emirates 777-300ER Air to Air

Emirates 777-300ER Air to Air

Emirates Skywards members also enjoy access to a global network of 39 Emirates lounges in major airports including six lounges at Dubai International Airport. Members are also given excess baggage allowance of up to 20kg. Please visit for more information or to sign up as a member.

Levixone set for debut at Blankets and Wine 14th Edition.

Fast rising Urban Reggae and R n’ B Ugandan Gospel artiste who came to the scene in 2013 with a hit banger called ‘’Nonya Omu’’, is set to have his debut performance at the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala on September 25th, 2016 at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.


Levixone a.k.a Sam Lukas Lugolobyo’s rise to fame is a story of hard work and persistence. His Child background is dated way back in Kosovo, a Kampala Suburb where he grew up as a street child. He was introduced to the Music fraternity by two Gospel Artistes, Krystal Fabulous & Tic Tah (Currently manager to Ugandan Musician Moses Ssali A.k.a Bebe Cool) who had gone for a performance and met the little boy who performed alongside them early 2000s.

Voted as the Best Gospel Musician at the 2016 Uganda Entertainment Awards, the rising star is a heartthrob for many audiences in Uganda.

Some of Levixone’s songs that have received massive airplay include hits such as; Nonya Omu, Shuga (ft. Daisy Ejang), Niwewe , Victory (ft. Flex D’ Paper, Ruyonga & Andy Music, Kangende Noono( ft. Jay I) ,Passport, Samanya (ft. Akello) , Save A Life (ft. Baby Gloria), Help (ft. Kenya’s Dafari), Jungle among several others.

He has performed at events that are both in the secular and gospel worlds. He has performed at the annual Bayimba International Festival of the Arts, the Reggae Worship Concert among many others. This Year he will be performing at the 14th Edition of the Tusker Malt Blankets & Wine Festival slated to take place come 25th September 2016 at Lugogo Cricket Oval.

“Performing at the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine is one of the difficult stages on the Ugandan music scene and for me to be a part of it, is an honor. I am going to preach the word of God to my fans. This is a great opportunity for me. The revelers I will be performing for love and understand my music.” Said Levixone

Commenting about the opportunity of having Uganda’s best gospel artiste and fast rising star performing at the Blankets and Wine 14th edition, Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager, Alex Tusingwire said; “Having Levixone a gospel artiste at the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine is great news to gospel lovers. We all know about his potential and his ability to get crowds on their feet. This is the time to show the people that Blankets and wine is not only for secular people but also gospel musicians. We shall be expecting nothing less. He defines what Blankets and Wine is all about.”

Levixone will join Uganda’s sensational band Quela Band, multi-instrumentalist Giovani Kiyingi, one of East Africa’s best deejays DJs Saint Evo, alongside South Africa’s multi-award winning duo Mafikizolo.

A quarterly, picnic style music festival, Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music.

Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Lugogo Cricket Oval and gates open at 12:00pm on Sunday 25th September, 2016.

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

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