Northern Region boys are the Kings of Airtel Rising Stars Season Six.

Season Six of the Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) National U-17 football tournament officially came to a close over the weekend at UTC play grounds in Lira district. Open to both boys and girls, the tournament featured sixteen teams from eight regions around the country competing to take the coveted national championships trophy home.


The boys’ finals saw Northern region outclass Buganda region selected players when they scored two goals as soon as the first half kicked off. The own goal from Buganda region’s Musa Jjagwe gave Northern region an early lead. Not even Karim Byaruhanga’s second half goal could save Buganda region who eventually lost 2 – 1 to the Northern select players.

Buganda region’s consolation came in the girls’ category when their selected team defeated Eastern region girls 1 – 0 to defend their title. The only goal of the game was scored by Josephine Ndagire in the first half.

Speaking at the end of the tournament, Airtel Uganda Public Relations Officer Faith Bugonzi said the ARS platform, over the past five seasons, has been a medium of talent discovery for young stars, some of whom have gone on to play for different clubs in Uganda as well as the national team.

“For the last six years, Airtel Uganda, through the Airtel Rising Stars U-17 boys’ and girls’ football programme, has remained focused to the goal of developing grassroots talent and we are committed to carrying on this programme for many more years,” she said.

The FUFA Vice President and Chief Guest, Mr Justus Mugisha lauded Airtel Uganda for this great initiative.

“I would like to thank Airtel Uganda for not being self-centred with their sponsorship. Many sponsors come to us and only want to sponsor the Uganda Cranes but Airtel Uganda has proven to be the number one supporter of football in Uganda by sponsoring the beautiful game from the grass roots all the way to the top,” he stated before advising the youngsters to front discipline above anything else for chances of prosperity in their respective careers.

The winners of the national tournament walked away with trophies, certificates, balls, kits and a cash prize of UGX 5,000,000 each. The first runners-up also took home trophies, certificates, and a cash prize of UGX 3,000,000 each.


Buganda region’s Tom Kakaire and Rashida Nankya were named ARS season six male and female MVPs respectively. They each took home a brand new mobile phone courtesy of Airtel Uganda.


Coca-Cola, Medshare Donate Medical Equipment worth Shs 1.4 Billion to Kamuli Hospital.

Over the weekend, Coca-Cola Beverage Africa (CCBA) in partnership with Medshare International, delivered vital medical supplies worth 1.4 Billion UGX ($ 417,093) to Kamuli Hospital, as part of an agreement with the Ministry of Health and the Office of the Speaker of Parliament to deliver medical equipment to hospitals in Kamuli, Kakuuto and Kalangala.

With a focus on maternal health and infant care, CCBA delivered machines such as fetal scanners, infant warmers, delivery beds, an electrical surgery unit, an anesthetic unit, an oxygen concentrator, lab equipment, wheel chairs and many others. They also renovated the maternity and pediatric wards of the hospital.


Speaking at the handover ceremony in Kamuli, the CCBA Uganda HR Director Martha Munnu Omer (Mrs.) said, “We know that our business can only be as strong as the communities we serve, and we’re honored that we could use our expertise to improve the distribution of medicine and medical supplies.  This project has been a great and growing success so far, and we look forward to working with our partners to improve lives across more communities in Uganda, and Africa at large,” she said, adding that CCBA is privileged to be able to help more people enjoy better access to life-sustaining and life-enhancing medical facilities.

This Public-Private partnership, applies Coca-Cola’s logistic, supply chain, distribution and marketing expertise to help the Ugandan government maximize the ability to get critical medical supplies to remote communities in Uganda.

Hon. Sarah Opendi, the State Minister for Health applauded CCBA for the initiative and called upon the district leaders to ensure that this equipment is put to good use.

“This donation of medical equipment is an excellent example of partners coming together to develop an innovative solution that provides access to critical medicines and medical supplies in remote Ugandan communities,” she said.

Commenting about this initiative, Nell Diallo, the Vice President – Corporate & International Relations at Medshare International said “….as a global community, we have set ambitious goals of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and creating an AIDS-free generation.”

The Guest of Honor – Ms. Rebecca Kadaga, the Rt. Hon Speaker of Parliament, who made the request to Coca-Cola in 2014 commended CCBA for following through with their promise.

“The private sector has a vital role to play in the development of our country. When we come together, we can develop our communities a sector at a time. Today, the health sector in Kamuli has received hi-tech medical equipment, thanks to Medshare who donated this equipment and CCBA who covered the costs and handled all the logistics,” she said.

“By harnessing the power of this coalition to get life-saving medicines to the people that need them most, we can help to bend the curve and accelerate reductions in child and maternal deaths,” she concluded

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.

Rhines Girls and Wakiso Hill Boys Shine at ARS Buganda Regional Finals.

Last weekend, Buganda region U-17 boys’ and girls’ football teams faced off in the second regional games of the 2016 Airtel Rising Stars tournament played at the Technical Institute Grounds in Mubende and attended by residents of Mubende and surrounding districts, Airtel Uganda staff, members of FUFA as well as local leaders led by His Worship Ssekiziyivu Innocent, the Mayor of Mubende Municipality.


The games that took place on Saturday and Sunday saw Rhines S.S girls and Wakiso Hill S.S boys emerge victors and receive trophies, certificates, balls, kits and a cash prize of UGX 1,000,000 each. The first runners up – Mubende Select team boys and Mukono Bishops team girls – took home trophies, certificates, and a cash prize of UGX 500,000 each.

Speaking during the award giving ceremony, Airtel Uganda Brand and Assets Executive, Mr. Musa Mayanja applauded all the participating teams, players and coaches for their perseverance, dedication and hard work throughout the tournament.

“Over the past five seasons, we have seen many former ARS players go on to play for different clubs in Uganda as well as the national team and we believe that those qualities that this youth tournament instilled in them were a major contributor to their growth,” he said.


His Worship Ssekiziyivu Innocent, the Mayor of Mubende Municipality and Guest of Honor congratulated the winning teams and thanked Airtel Uganda and FUFA for their commitment to the development and empowerment of Ugandan youth through this soccer initiative. He also thanked the organizers for choosing Mubende town to host this prestigious youth tournament and encouraged the selected players to focus and train for the national championships.

The soccer talent search program will end in a fashionable football camp for select top talents who will emerge from the respective regions and will be mentored by professional football coaches and players.

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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