Learn By Sharing

Hello reader, have you ever wondered how the internet works? Instead of waiting for content to show up on your online news feed, resolve to contribute to other news feeds. The same way we like receiving, we should also learn to give. I challenge you to share everything you learn you will notice a boost in your knowledge retention, number of followers online, self-esteem and your brain power.

You read a lot online daily and when you learn something and share it, it sticks better in your brain as you explain it to your friends, followers and the entire online community. We all know that sharing is caring but this is not just sharing material stuff but knowledge too.

I recently started sharing most of my reading and analysis experiences with people around me and in turn, I noticed the good this has done. Whenever I gave anyone a lecture about what I have experienced or learnt, in most cases, they also gave me one. This has helped me improve myself and also improve others.

How you can start this. With MTN Pulse, you can now access cheaper and faster internet to read more, learn more and share more. Personally, I can’t say I have shared knowledge with millions of people yet but rather, I have started with my followers, connections, friends, workmates, acquaintances, business partners both online and offline. At the start, I feared to share my thoughts, knowledge, content and opinions online. I always felt like my content wasn’t good enough and would receive heavy criticism. I overcame that fear eventually by starting with just a few sentences accompanied by pictures on my social media platforms and to date and worked my way upwards. Just as I have shared this with you, anything you may take away from my many words, kindly care enough to share with at least 1 person either verbally or in your online networks.

Knowledge, when shared with others, travels wide and far as it creates a ripple effect with immeasurable reach. With Pulse, Lets Share With #NoFear.

Pulse Music Review: Teri Mubi Album by Afrigo Band

By far the oldest band still in business in Uganda, Afrigo Band should be the benchmark of longevity, consistency and quality in the music industry. From the times of Crane Band, and the coining of the name “Afrigo” from Moses Matovu’s thought process of “Africa Go”, the talented countrymen have been giving us “Endongo Semadongo” from when we attained independence in the early 60’s.

With a barrage of albums to their name, “Abaana Ba Afrigo” released “Teri Mubi” an album with a touch of modern styles of music, but still true to their style that made a name for them as Legends. On a listen, you will find Teri Mubi a very intriguing album:

“Gira oyige” is a brilliant love song, that doesn’t base on cliches, but still sends the message loud and clear. The lyric “anaakukwata ko agenda kaganga”, is reminiscent of Mr. Matovu’s lines on “Jim Wange” which threaten suitors to avoid his lover. “Tojjanga” is an appreciation song. Has someone ever done something great for you, and you felt like they don’t even need to come to your funeral since they’ve literally given you the world? Well, that’s the feeling Afrigo seeks to talk about.

“Emiziro”, is a song about clans and totems in Buganda and “Olulimi Lwange” exalts the Luganda language. Afrigo has always been a pro-Buganda band, and praises the Kabaka and sings about the Pride of the Kingdom at every chance. The Bakisimba drums on this piece scream “Sewannyana”. The song gives you memories of his classic hit “Mulamu Wange”, from his days with Percussion Discussion Africa. Clever juxtaposition with mainstream band instruments makes it one of my best on the album.

“Omuze” scorns vile people, and how it’s hard for them to abandon their bad habits. Reminiscent of “Sekitulege”, an all time Afrigo Classic, this particular piece has a taste of South American salsa music, and must have a big contribution of the maestro Charmant Mushaga; due to the various tasty guitar licks.

Featuring the evergreen Jose Chameleone is “Teri Mubi”, which is the only collabo on the album. Afrigo aren’t a fan of collabos, but doing this particular one was a wise decision. The only other Afrigo collabo I can think of is “Nkwagala”, featuring Kahiri of Qwela Band, in which Moses Matovu did more of a sax contribution. Anyway the zouk-influenced Teri Mubi, which gives the album its name, praises diversity in the beauty of women, and that there’s no ugly woman, it’s just a matter of the beholder’s choice. Joseph and Moses, the two legends in their right, praise God’s generosity towards women, as he gave them unique features from each other: different complexions, shapes, sizes et al.

“Kitokota” tells of the happy city that Jinja is; the nightlife and love for music and sports. It is clearly the only song on which another Afrigo member’s voice is heard on the album. Racheal Magoola delivers her sharp Obangaina-esque Lusoga lyrics and Rudeboy Devo mentions other band member names, like Sewannyana and Joanitta Kawalya.

“Hamjambo” is pristine jazz. The main act is Mzee Matovu’s sax, speaking to you in only a language the soul understands. Only word in the song is the question “Hamjambo?”, a Swahili equivalent of the greeting “How are you?” It is repeated a couple of times as the song fades. The response is clearly obvious after such beautiful melodies.

That said, “Teri Mubi” will live on relevantly like all those old Afrigo Albums that we still dance exuberantly to till today, but I wasn’t so happy that we didn’t get to hear Joanitta Kawalya and other band members sing on the album. You can check it out on Tidal via the link below, but you need to first dial *157# and get affordable deals.

Pulse Hustler: Meet Ampaire Sydney, 26 Year Old CEO of Blutbad Capital

For the longest time, we have liked to invest in fields that lie within our comfort zones but I guess that is changing for many young people as they are taking leaps of faith to venture out in risky and complex markets. Sydney also commonly known as Russian, took a firm stride into financial and capital markets, a field that is slowly becoming familiar to young people as we have seen these in the movies we watch.

 

“The concept behind Blutbad Capital began in my Freshman year at University. That was in 2015, my Engineering Maths professor, Gromov Nikolay Alexandervich, had mentored several of his students who went on to become great Investment bankers. One day he decided to Lecture us about his proprietary which he had designed based on certain data statistical analysis to help him trade capital and Financial markets. That’s the day I fell in love with the Markets.” Sydney explained when asked how he started out.

He went on to say that what really inspired him to start was the way his Professor made something so complex, look so simple and do-able by an average human being. One of his favorite quotes that says  “A journey of 1000 miles begins with only 1 step” is what keeps him going each time he starts to second guess his hustle. However, Sydney is determined to push on until he gets to his destination.

 

One of the major challenges he has faced in this industry is “Marketeers playground”

“Our kind of business is filled with over 95% marketeers who honestly have no idea what they are saying but take advantage of the public’s unawareness about these markets and prey on them with dubious promises which are backed up by Ponzi schemes. BLUTBAD CAPITAL wants to bridge that gap and sensitize each and every one about the financial and Capital markets. That’s why we started our TRADER’S ACADEMY.” He explained

One of his biggest sacrifices has been setting sleep free.  “It has a big effect on my health ofcourse, but if I want to compete on a global basis, then I ought to be at pace with other traders.”

Aside stock trading, Sydney’s relentless hobby is to get fat; as he calls it. He also has a very unique talent called pareidolia. It’s a form of apophenia, which is a more general term for the human tendency to seek patterns in random data. Byebyo!!

In this era, one needs to be on their toes for what’s coming next. Buy pulse data bundles by dialing *157*20# and check out Sydney’s work at  www.blutbadcapital.com

 

Pulse Plot! Ntare League Comes of Age, Season 11 Final Tomorrow at King’s Park Arena

Jumia Uganda sponsored Ntare Lions League will hold their Season 11 finale on Saturday 22nd February, 2020 at Bweyogerere based King’s Park Arena, the home of Black Pirates Rugby Club.

After seeing off the regular season with 17 exciting fixtures, the 40 points garnered by Abashweki (Class of 2013) are not enough to have them declared champions because league rules call for play offs. As such, they will battle second placed Ebicuncu (Class of 1993) who gathered 37 points to determine the actual champions.

Abashweki are two time champions having won the league in Season 6 and Season 9 whereas their opponents for tomorrow are eyeing their first league honors having lost the trophy last season to eventual Season 10 champions Nshera (Class of 2010) in penalties.

Ntare League, the pioneer old students’ league was started in 2014 and is organised based on years of study during their days at Mbarara based, Ntare School. Old boys organise themselves and form teams that they name according to whatever they deem appropriate for their year. Be it favorite slang or teachers’ nicknames.

 

They have 17 teams so far, all lying between 1993 and 2016. The youngest team, Jabulani left Ntare School in 2016. Last season, as a means of realizing their mission of inclusiveness and proper networking, they introduced a girls’ team consisting of old students of Bweranyangi Girls’ SS, a sister school in Bushenyi district.

Action begins as early as 10 am when the lower placement games will be played, with the final expected at 3pm later in the day. It is a mini family day out for old boys as the league has organised other activities besides football. According to League President Davis Arinaitwe Karashani, there will be a bouncing castle and face painting for the kids with more fun and entertainment expected at the after party that will be at Panamera Bar and Restaurant.

The League is sponsored by Jumia Uganda, Guinness, NXT Radio and Peakshots Photography.

How To Monetise Your Social Media

By Mugabi Patsy

What if I told you that you make a living off your social media away from scrolling and keeping up with our faves on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook? .You may need to sit down for this read before this tea gets cold.

Creating Engaging Content

People like content that helps them solve their problems or educate them. Creating specific content for a defined audience can help you build a reputable brand. Regardless of your field whether its fitness, skincare, fashion or even technology. The next step is having branded merchandise, organizing masterclasses or events based on your content.

Social Media Consulting

Every reputable brand needs to have its social media game on point to stay at the top. This is an opportune moment for you to spill your creative juices. Aesthetics matter! Less is always more. You can even tap into small and medium scale businesses for whatever product . It could be matchboxes, mattresses or even travel companies.

Become an ambassador for a brand earning commission

This avenue of monetization is not foreign to many Pulsers. It’s a win-win by offering your audience discounts while making you money. Start with homegrown brands that be solely based online such as Facebook or Instagram.

Strategic Collaborations

The collaboration over competition mantra is giving us a new wave of influencers. Collaborations help diversify your audience and make your customer base grow. It’s an exciting venture and one that seems to be popular with many social media influencers.

Join an affiliate program.

Majority of the affiliate services are free. They simply require you to share links to your respective social media. You are paid per sale on your social media. The trick is to be authentic. Authenticity builds trust and in turn customer loyalty.

Dial *157*20# to get MTN Pulse Data Bundles for 24 hours with an additional 200MB as you start to monetize your social media.