MTN Uganda’s 2018 in One Minute and sixteen seconds

2018 shall go down in history as the year when MTN Uganda cemented its legacy and position as the leading telecom operator in Uganda.

With reassuring trend-ripping campaigns, MTN ruled the socials, Mainstream and without a doubt, out-of-home media. In February, Uganda got its first ever 100% Youth-leaning platform in the name of MTN Pulse. Exciting parties, amazing data and voice offers still spell out this platform. Thou shall remember the “#NoFear” tag like no other.

Before the Pulse dust fully settled, MTN rolled out the Fero phones at insanely discounted prices. These devices ran out of stock faster than Michael’s time on Ginuwine’s stage.

Over 1000 smiles were created every day, and many more became proud car owners in the hard-hitting “Momo Nyabo” campaign that set out to popularize the use of Mobile money.
Until 2018, no advert ever made its way to the nightclubs, offices, dance floors and other unprecedented domains.
It has been a year of Bosco and his transition from a village chap to a social sensation. With four days of nonstop partying, Africa witnessed another wave in the name of “MTN Nyege Nyege” that delivered nothing but lasting memories.

It was also this year that Ugandans received #FullAccess to their favorite musicians and their craft. MTN Tidal debuted with a bang giving Ugandans a never seen before music streaming offer.
MTN furthermore made it possible for Pulsers and other e-shopaholics to shop directly from their preferred global retailers with the MTN Momo Card, smashing all financial boundaries to the ground.
To crown it off, MTN opened up the mobile Money platform to developers with the Open API enabling a hustle-free integration with their websites, Apps and other e-commerce enabled platforms.

Spectacular campaign after the other, Millions of memories daily, MTN marked 20 Years of unmatched service to Uganda.

Review Credit: Solomon Businge – Writer at Telesqop

Watch the 2018 highlights here;


Pulse News: Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) predicts improved times during the MTN Marathon

The change in the route of the 21kms half marathon and 42km marathon for the MTN Kampala Marathon is predicted to improve the time put up by elite runners. According to the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), the new routes have reduced hills and also avoided high traffic areas that often play a role in the times put up by the athletes. The 15th edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon takes place this Sunday, 25th November 2018 starting at the Kololo Airstrip.

“We have ensured that the new route has fewer hills and with that, we expect to see some improved times put up during the MTN Kampala Marathon. Several athletes did come to us and explain that the route had many hills. We have listened to them and reduced the hills so now the expectation is improved time,” explains Faustino Kiwa, the Organising Secretary at UAF.

In the previous editions of the MTN Kampala Marathon, athletes have also had to go as far as Bwaise and the Northern Bypass. This has posed several logistical challenges for the organisers. This is in terms of security and ensuring that the traffic flow is managed for athletes to have a good running experience.

“For the 42kms runners, we are going to have a circuit. There is a section of 16.5kilometeres that the athletes will have to run twice. That is what we’ve called the circuit. For spectators, it is also an opportunity to see some of the runners twice since they’ll be going around part of the route twice,” Kiwa adds.

In 2017, the winner in the Men’s category Sammy Kip-Ngetich Kurgat from Kenya of the 42kms marathon completed it in 2hours 19 minutes and 5 seconds whereas Kimaiyo Rael Jepyator from Kenya won the Women’s category in 1 hour 58 minutes and 14 seconds.

Kiwa also noted that there will be a 20 minute split in the start time, with the 42kms runners flagged off first, followed by the 21kms runners.

For the 10kms runners, the route remains the same. According to MTN Uganda, the proceeds for the MTN Kampala Marathon are going to support the improvement of maternal health.

Kit collection and physical registration are also ongoing at MTN Headquarters at the former BAT building, Stanbic Garden City, William Street, MTN Service Centres along Kampala Road, Lugogo Mall, Clock Tower, Forest Mall, and Victoria Mall in Entebbe. Physical registration will cost Shs25,000 per kit and will be ongoing until 23rd November 2018.

New Marathon routes;


Pulse News: MTN Mbarara run attracts 1,500 amidst heavy showers.

On Sunday, 18th of November, thousands of Mbarara residents braved mist, cold and rain showers to take part in the third and last regional run ahead of the much anticipated 15th edition of the MTN Marathon.

In the end Salimo David from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) took the top honours in the men’s 10km run while Ajok Dorcus from Uganda Prisons Athletics Club took top position in the women’s 10km run. It was third time lucky for Salimo David who took part in the MTN Gulu and MTN Mbale runs but finished 5th and 6th respectively.

“I want to take part in either the 10km or 21km run next week at the MTN Kampala Marathon next Sunday” said Salimo David who was buoyed by his win and impressed with his resilience after taking part in three runs in a space of 21 days.

Wardress Ajok Dorcus who was in April this year promoted to Assistant Matron by the Commissioner General of Prisons for having represented Uganda at the Common Wealth Games in Australia 2018 also impressed at the MTN Mbarara run as she warded off stiff competition from Cheptegei Rebecca of UPDF and Achiru Nite of Ndejje.

Ugandan middle distance runner Dorcas Ajok is not new in the country’s athletics history as she notably took part in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Uganda last year. She is well known in the track events and won gold at the 2016 All Africa University Games held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“I came here to look for long distance endurance experience as I prepare for the runs next year” she said. She also confirmed, like Salimo David, that she will take part in the 10km MTN Kampala Marathon that will take place on Sunday 25th November, 2018.

KCCA turned double victors in both the men and women’s 5km run as Chelimo Calvin and Cheko Moi took top honours. Sunday Sarius and Chemutai Vincent from Uganda Police took second and third places in the men’s 5km run while Chelangat Rebecca from Prisons and Chebet Aisha from Arua finished in similar place in the women’s 5km run.

It has been a good outing for the Uganda Police Athletics club who also finished strong in last week’s Gulu Run. Kassim Latigo, a renowned Senior Fitness Instructor from Lakes Gym and Spa took the runners through a warm up session from 6.30am at the MTN Mbarara Run which was attended by a mix of running enthusiasts, family and friends.

On a weekend that saw celebrated sports journalist Andrew Kabuura get introduced to media personality Flavia Tumusiime, many had hoped that a local runner from Mbarara would put icing on the cake by taking a podium position but it was unfortunately not to be as local runners were swept away thanks to stiff competition thanks to visiting runners who came from other regions of Uganda.

Jose Chameleone and King Saha provided the much needed entertainment after a warm down session and prize giving ceremony.  At the run, MTN Marathon partners and sponsors Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Stanbic Bank, Huawei Uganda, Vision Group and SPEDAG were present courtesy of their regional executives and representatives.

Marathon Winners in Mbarara

5KM Run Winners – Men & Women
Position Name – Men Cash Prize Name – Women Cash Prize
1st Chelimo Calvin – KCCA 250k Cheko Moi – KCCA 250k
2nd Sunday Sarius – Police 150k Chelangat Rebecca – Prisons 150k
3rd Chemutai Vincent – Police 100k Chebet Aisha – Arua 100k
10KM Run Winners – Men & Women
Position Name – Men Cash Prize Name – Women Cash Prize
1st Salimo David – UWA UGX 500k Ajok Dorcus – Prisons UGX 500k
2nd Kibet Peter – Arua UGX 250k Cheptegei Rebecca – UPDF UGX 250k
3rd Kwemoi Pitalius – KCCA UGX 200k Achiru Nite – Ndejje UGX 200k