Drichiru “Key” Kifuko Set To Empower Girls Through “She Is Hiphop” Platform

“She Is Hiphop” is a brainchild of Drichiru “Key” Kifuko, an educator, dance performer and teacher, choreographer, events organiser and graphic designer. “She Is Hiphop” will officially launch with a festival on 30th March 2019 at Big Kafunda,Kansanga, Ggaba road.

The purpose of the platform is to build girls and women through HipHop. For the first time, this March “She Is Hiphop“ is hosting an annual event called “She Is Hiphop Festival”. The festival will offer performances (music, dance, poetry, beatboxing), workshops (dance, visual arts, women’s health, music, entrepreneurship, writing, crafts making etc.), exhibitions, discussions and games. Everyone supporting girls and women is welcome to be part of the festival.

The initiative is not limited to Hiphop but is using Hiphop as an avenue. With its annual festival as well as with events and activities running in various communities throughout the year, “She Is Hiphop“ aims to achieve the following goals:
• Bringing people together to teach, learn and support each other
• Changing the narrative of how mainstream Hiphop portrays women
• Building a strong and supportive network
• Providing access to skills training
• Building confidence and self esteem
• Highlighting and building female role models
• Creating and providing access to employment opportunities

Congolese superstar Awilo Longomba to perform in Onduparaka

Scheduled to bring Kampala to a standstill come April 5, 2019 with his Kampala Serena performance. Now the legendary Central African superstar, Awilo Longomba is said to have another performance in Arua.

According to the Cents Events team who are the brains behind the performance,  Awilo Longomba will be performing at Greenlight Stadium, in Onduparaka, on the 7th of April 2019.

The #AwiloLiveInKampala star will arrive in Kampala on 3rd April, 2019 and will have his first performance at the Kampala Serena Hotel. The show is proudly sponsored by Cents Events, Kampala Serena Hotel, NTV Uganda, Spark TV, Capital FM, Fenon events, and Club Illusion.

MTN Open API APP Challenge winners Announced

Nine applications last week were confirmed as the winners of the MTN OpenAPI App Challenge. The nine were part of 23 other finalists that made to the final pitches at the Innovation Village on Friday last week. The MTN Open API challenge 2018 was fully managed online. Participants registered to create applications in any of the following categories: Transport, Hotel/Restaurant/Café and distribution in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods value chain.

The developers pitched to a panel of judges that eventually decided on the top 9. The top 3 in each category will win a cash prize and also be eligible to compete for seed capital from the Shs1bn MTN Innovation Fund.

Transport:

Winner

Easy Matatu – An mobile app that enables carpooling using matatu’s.

1st Runner Up

Endobo – A cashless payment system for public transport.

2nd Runner up

Yo! Waste – A mobile based application that links garbage generators to garbage collectors.

Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)

Winner

Minute 5 – An online shopping platform developed to make grocery shopping easy for those who cannot move to the market.

1st Runner Up.

Poweli Pay – Users have the ability to pay for goods by either tapping or scanning a code.

2nd Runner Up

Engineering Connections – A mobile app that connects contractors in construction to order for construction materials

HORECA

Winner

App About – An app that enables Hotel/Restaurant/Café owners to make pre-sales for events and theme nights

1st Runner Up

Epay – An app the enables Hotel/Restaurant/Café owners accepts mobile money payments with ease through the generation of payment codes.

2nd Runner Up

Sowani – An app that works for both Hotel/Restaurant/Café owners and customers by enabling reservations and online booking using mobile money.

The MTN Open API Challenge was done in partnership with the Innovation village. It came as a result of MTN opening its Mobile Money APIs in November 2018. In the challenge, local developers are exposed API end points to digitize payments in their applications.

Monzer Ali, the MTN Uganda acting General Manager, Mobile Financial Services said that MTN would continue supporting the growth of the innovation ecosystem in Ugandan.

“Today we have made an important milestone as the developers start turning their ideas into reality. We are looking to stimulate traffic to your payment platforms. For those that did not win, we encourage you not to give up on your dream,” Monzer said while addressing the developers at the Innovation Village.

MTN has supported local innovation through platforms like the MTN App challenge and the MTN Innovation Awards. MTN want its infrastructure to be leveraged by local start-ups. Opening the Mobile Money API was further testimony to this intent.

MTN will be awarding the cash prizes to the nine application by April 2019.

 

Pulse Birthdays: Debate Maestro Jordan Tumwesigye Celebrates his birthday today

Been keenly following the NBS Schools Debate championship? Then you already have noticed Jordan Tumwesigye on the panel of Judges.

A national debate champion and best orator while still at Mbarara High School in western Uganda, Tumwesigye proceeded to pursue a bachelor’s degree in law at Makerere University from where he graduated in January earlier this year.

Currently, he is stationed at Kagugube based Law Development Centre (LDC) where he is pursuing a post graduate diploma in legal practice to enable him practice his profession in courts of law.

A self professed MTN Pulser, Tumwesigye has on several occasions used his Twitter handle (@JTumwesigye) to tell his awesome experience with MTN Pulse and the entire network in general. We wish him a lovely birthday today!

Jordan posing for a photo on his graduation day.

Nigerian Singer Burna Boy Wows Party Goers In Kampala

If you’re a life eater, then you surely have noticed how busy the roads connecting to Sheraton Hotel were on Friday evening for the highly anticipated show codenamed #BurnaBoyXperienceKla headlined by Nigerian singer and song writer Damini Ogulu known to his fans as Burna Boy.

The Gbona crooner’s experience in Kampala is without a doubt now termed as one of the, if not the best show due to its massive turn up by thousands of party goers who showed up as early as 4PM to party along with their favorite artiste Burna Boy.

Ugandan Artistes like Fik Fameica, the Bubadi singer John Blaq, Irene Ntale and Queen Sheebah featured to set the mood high moments before the main act “Burna Boy” stepped on stage to wow up the crowd that had been craving for his electrifying performance.

We have Pictures;

Urban Tv’s Timothy CODE and NTV’s Crysto Panda were the Hype Men of the night

 

Fik Fameica entertaining revelers

See more pictures and Burna Boy’s Performance Here: Photos By Kab Derrick