Pulse Hustler: Yusuf Mugagga; From Development Studies Student at MUK to Software Developer

To truly understand Yusuf Mugagga’s passion for his new profession, we have to roll back the years to the time he was a campus student who was not sure which career path he would take.

 

“I was always in love with tech, and I even considered doing law, but for some reason I enrolled for a Bachelors in Development Studies at Makerere University. The course was not what I had expected and for the next 3 years I was really sad about the choice I made because I didn’t feel like I belonged there”, the 25 year-old software developer said.

 

Around October 2019, Yusuf rekindled his desire for tech and started teaching himself coding, but he soon found out that it was not as easy as he’d expected. “I was learning from the internet and each source was giving me a different perspective on how best I could learn so it was very confusing. In my efforts to learn so many things, I learned nothing”, he said. “It’s one thing to know how to use Microsoft Office and other aspects of basic computing, but programming is a whole other thing”.

His turning point came later that year when a friend encouraged him to join Refactory, a tech hub located in Muyenga. “I joined Refactory in January 2020 and I was immediately given a new lease on life. Not only did I learn web design and development, but they gave me a chance to reflect on my life, the mistakes I made and gave me the courage to turn my life around for the better”, Yusuf recalls.

 

He has since graduated from Refactory and is currently working on a number of projects, but he says he’s most passionate about a project named CritiCare, a real-time patient monitoring application catering to patients in intensive care. Yusuf also says has a tech startup that he and a few of his friends are slated to start soon called Carrot Code, adding that he intends to provide employment to more developers and develop apps in the long term.

 

However, it’s not all rosy for Yusuf as he’s facing a few challenges. “Since I’m new to the profession, I tend to experience exploitation from clients who offer money that’s way lower than the work I’m expected to do. Also, keeping up with technological advancements is difficult since trends change regularly, and the learning curve is pretty steep.”

 

He encourages the youth who are at a career crossroads to take more risks in life and to resist the fear of failure. “You have to fail to get perfect. Never fear to fail, you’ll eventually get there”, he asserts.

 

Never fear failure. That should be a mantra for every hustler to live by.

Here are the Nominees of the Buzz Teeniez Awards 2020

2020 has come with a lot of cancelled concerts and party plans for young people but with this new normal, various changes have been adapted to still bring you the freshest of plans. With Buzz Teeniez Awards 2020 happening live Online on Sunday 13th December at 2pm, here are the nominees:

Teenz Artist of the Year

  • Crysto Panda
  • Fik Fameica
  • Sheebah
  • Azawi
  • B2C
  • Spice Diana
  • Daddy Andre
  • Karole Kasita

Teenz Male Artist

  • Daddy Andre
  • Crysto Panda
  • B2C
  • Fik Fameica

Teenz Female Artist

  • Sheebah
  • Karole Kasita
  • Spice Diana
  • Azawi

Teenz Hottest Song Writer

  • Azawi
  • Daddy Andre
  • Shena skies
  • Nessim

Teenz Breakout Artist

  • Zex Bilangilangi
  • Victor Ruz
  • Crysto Panda
  • Azawi

Teenz Dancehall Artist/group

  • Karole Kasita
  • Sheebah
  • Zex Bilangilangi
  • Crysto Panda

Teenz Hottest Song of the Year

  • Bino Byebiluma Abayaye Crysto Panda
  • Munda Awo B2C
  • Ratata Zex Bilangilangi
  • Love Panic Vinka
  • Balance Karole Kasita

Teenz Flyest Video

  • Turn Up the vibe Apass and Ykee Benda
  • Repeat it Azawi
  • Nakyuka Sheebah
  • Balance Karole Kasita
  • Binji Fik Fameica and Lydia Jazmine

Teenz Hottest Collabo

  • Tonelabila Daddy Andre and Angella Katatumba
  • Kokonya Spice Diana and Harmonize
  • Kwata Essimu Winnie Nwagi and Free Boy
  • Kyoyina Omanya Remix Crysto Panda and Sheebah

Teenz Hottest Hip Hop Song

  • Bintwala Mun G
  • Dear HipHop GNL Zamba
  • Ndi Byange Fik Fameica
  • Uganda Yaffe Remix ft GNL Zamba All Stars

Teenz Dancehall Song

  • Bino Byebiluma Abayaye Crysto Panda
  • Nakyuka Sheebah
  • Ratata Zex Bilangilangi
  • Balance Karole Kasita

Teenz Gospel Song

  • Blessed John Blaq ft Levixone
  • Who cares Pr Bugembe
  • Detergent Eli Bulamu
  • Kabaka Kristo Grace Nakimera

Teenz Hottest Radio Station

  • Crooze FM
  • Galaxy FM
  • NXT Radio
  • XFM
  • CBS FM 89.2

Teenz Hottest Radio Program

  • Top 7 countdown on Galaxy fm
  • Xplosion on XFM
  • Evening Rush on Galaxy FM
  • The X-Zit on XFM

Teenz TV Station

  • Spark TV
  • NBS TV
  • NTV
  • Magic1Tv

 Teenz Hottest TV Personality

  • Etania
  • Crysto Panda
  • Douglas Lwanga
  • Lynda Ddane

Teenz TV Show

  • NBS Katch Up
  • NTV Dance Party
  • NBS After 5
  • Hit List on Magic1Tv

Teenz Fashionista Star

  • Bettinah Tianah
  • Fik Fameica
  • Anita Fabiola
  • Spice Diana
  • Vinka

Teenz Hottest DJ

  • DJ Roja and DJ Slick Stuart
  • DJ Ali Breezy
  • VJ Baby Love
  • DJ Mercy

Teenz Hottest Audio Producer

  • Nessim
  • Daddy Andre
  • Artin Pro
  • Baur

Teenz Social Media Star

  • Martha Kay
  • Barbie Kyagulanyi
  • Sesa Bat
  • Douglas Lwanga

Teenz Funniest Comedian

  • Mc Mariachi
  • Madrat and Chiko
  • Sesa Bat
  • Maulana And Reign
  • Anne Kansime

Teenz Cultural Icon By Reach A Hand Uganda

  • Allan Tonix
  • Geosteady
  • Daxx Kartel
  • Naava Grey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Shop Online With Your MTN MoMocard

The world is going digital and we can now shop online, pay for streaming and many amenities without ever visiting a shop physically. Previously, one had to go to the bank, fill in long forms, attach national IDs and LC letters and then wait for either 2 hours or 7 days for a physical Visa card from the bank.

Well, that wait is no more. All you need to do is get an MTN MoMocard.  By dialing *165*70# and you can have your virtual card – MTN MoMocard in a few seconds.

You select option 1 to create a MoMocard and then enter your pin. You will be charged 1000/- to create a MoMocard that lasts up to 30 days.

To access you MoMocard details, dial *165*70# then select option 2. This will show you your card number, CVV and the expiry date of the MoMocard.

So when you visit a website that accepts debit card / Mastercard payments, search for items you would like to purchase, add them to the cart, and when asked to enter the debit card details here is what you type;

Card Name: Here enter the names in which your mobile money is registered.

Card Number: Enter the long (16 digits) number that begins with 53…..,

CVV: Enter the 3 digit number after the comma

Expiry Date: Enter the month and year of the expiry date usually in this format (mm/yy) eg. (02/20) or select from the drop-down menu.

Click complete payment then when the website finishes you will receive an SMS from MTNMobMoney showing how much has been deducted.

 

The beauty of the MTN MoMocard is the ability to cancel it anytime after making a payment, and also the expiry after 30 days means that you won’t forget and get abruptly billed for another renewal.

 

Shopping with this card also saves you time and cost to an actual bank.

Simply dial *165*70# and select option 1 (Create MTN MoMocard) then you can easily shop and pay anything online.

Full List of Winners of the Buzz Teeniez Awards ‘19

The famous Buzz Teeniez Awards, one of the most youthful events in the country, went down on Saturday 7th December at the MTN Warehouse amidst cheers, dance, performances and lots of fun.

Below is a list of lucky winners who took home the prestigious BTA ‘19 accolades.

 

SCHOOL CATEGORY  

1. Male Sports Team

St Marys Kitende Football Team

2. Female Sports Team

St. Noah Girls School Basketball Team

3. Male Sports Personality

Allan Okello Kibuli SS

4. Female Sports Personality

Possible Naluyima St Noa

 

ENTERTAINMENT CATEGORY

1. Teeniez Artist of the Year (New)

John Blaq

2. Teeniez Male Artist

John Blaq

3. Teeniez Female Artist

Sheebah

4. Teeniez Song Writer

Daddy Andre

5. Teeniez Top Hood Rapper

Feffe Bussi

6. Teeniez Breakthrough Artist

John Blaq

7. Teeniez Dancehall Artist/group

Beenie Gunter

8. Teeniez Hottest Song of the Year

Parte After Party Big Tril

9. Teeniez Hottest Video

Wire Bebe Cool

10. Teeniez Hottest Collabo
 Gutujja B2C & Rema
11. Teeniez Hip Hop Song

Parte After Parte Big Trill

12. Teeniez Dancehall Song

Sikikikweeka Daddy Andre

13. Teeniez Gospel Song

Chikibombe Levixone

 

14. Teeniez Hottest Radio Station

Galaxy FM

15. Teeniez Hottest Radio Program

Evening Rush Galaxy FM

16. Teeniez TV Station

Magic 1 HD

17. Teeniez Hottest TV Personality

Douglas Lwanga

8. Teeniez TV Show

NBS After 5

19. Teeniez Celebrity Stylist

Abryanz

20. Teeniez Hottest DJ

Dj Roja & DJ Slick Stuart

21. Teeniez Beat Maker

Daddy Andre

22. Teeniez Social Media Personality

Apass

23. Teeniez Funniest Comedian

Mc Mariachi

 

 

Video: MTN Pulse Rap Battles Launch at The Square

MTN Uganda has launched the Pulse MTN Rap Battle (MPRB), a three months rap competition as a build up to the MTN Hip Hop awards.

The telecom giant has sponsored the MTN Hip Hop Awards for the last 3 years. However the Awards event has been an evening only engagement void of longevity and sustained engagement.

However, starting this year, The MTN Pulse Rap battles will provide a minimum of 6months engagement inclusive of production and airing of the competition that will culminate into the crowning of the overall MPRB champion and finalists.

With sponsorship rights of up to 100 million shillings,  the 12 episode televised show will be set in a battle format in various settings such as cages, streets, etc in the presence of 3 renown Hip Hop judges and super hyped host with a Hip Hop flavor with the participation of the general public especially through digital.

Commenting about the project, Hellen Kirungi, the MTN Uganda Youth segment manager said that;

“Pulse has been mainly positioned as a lifestyle proposition. Therefore, the MTN Pulse Rap Battles will further seek to inspire youth to develop their music talents as a future source of livelihood.”

Worth noting is that Uganda’s Hip Hop has grown from being only popular in High School, Karaoke and wanna-be cliques in school, to become the most loved music genre today led by the advent of Lugaflow, a type of music that accounts for almost 90% of urban music played today.

The epic rap competition will see contestants face off in the following competition categories:

Pass on the Mic: A beat is dropped in a cypher set up and each rapper is supposed to freestyle without losing the beat and passes on the mic after the given time period

Can U Handle the heat: Contestants are subjected to physical activity while rapping out

Speed TEST: Contestants are rewarded for speed and articulation

Spoke word: Contestants are challenged to write and perform spoken word

Street Concert: Challenge is set on a busy street with the objective of attracting the biggest crowds through rap

#NOFEAR challenge: Contestants are expected to rap despite physical artefacts meant to instill fear and disrupt their lyrical flow.

The MTN Hip Hop awards nite will see 16 of the competitors walk away with various prizes. The grand prize for the overall winner will be a mentorship and recording deal in addition to cash, MTN Data and talk time.

Above and beyond, the winner will be an MTN Pulse ambassador for a year and his/her music will be uploaded on to Tidal, a top music streaming app that is available to MTN customers and is owned by renowned American rapper, Jay-Z.

Aspiring rappers can take part in the competition by uploading a I minutevideo of them rapping on: pulse.mtn.co.ug/rapbattles