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With the shutting of arcades during the COVID-19 lockdown, many traders who resumed working recently are struggling to clear their outstanding rent arrears. But that is no longer a problem for Janat Katende Namakula who won a whopping Ugx 4,200,000 shillings in the on-going MoMo Nyabo Together promotion.

MTN Uganda through its MoMo Nyabo promotion has come out to stand with its customers as it offers them an opportunity to win money up to 5,000,000 Uganda shillings to help them rebuild their lives and businesses following the Covid19 financial disruptions. To enter the draw, MTN customers simply have to use the MyMTN app or dial *165# and buy airtime or data, including paying for utilities and many other goods and services.

Namakula a shoe business owner at Container Village was overjoyed when called and told she was a lucky winner in the MoMo Nyabo Together promotion.

For the last five months the mother of two, with a third child on the way has not been working and this has made it hard for her to cope.

“We haven’t been working and yet our landlords expect us to pay rent. With this money, I will be able to pay my rent arrears and use the rest as capital for my business seeing as businesses are starting to slowly pick up,” Namakula said.

Since MoMo Nyabo Together is all about sharing, winners were given an opportunity to share the money they won and Namakula without hesitation named her mother as a beneficiary.

“I would love to share this blessing with my mother because she is one of the people I love most in this world,” said Namakula noting that her mother would also use the same money to revamp her business that was equally affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.

Gyagenda Ronald was another winner. He is a compound designer and won himself 4,200,000 Uganda shillings. The young man living in Kanyanya could not hold back his excitement as he sighed with relief knowing that he was a lucky winner of the MoMo Nyabo Together promotion.

“I intend to buy a machine that will ease my work as well as acquire certain building materials,” Gyagenda said when asked on what he intended to use this money for. He went on to say that it’s unbelievable how overnight one’s life can change. “I woke up a broke man with many troubles now look at me a millionaire,” he said.

Gyagenda named his wife, Nampijja Lillian Sharon, as a beneficiary. Nampijja was given 1,600,000 Uganda shillings while Gyagenda remained with 2,600,000 Uganda shillings.

Gyagenda said the lockdown left him and his household stranded as the work coming in was not as much as it was before. He further added that they struggled with feeding their children as well as paying for rent. Nampijja excitedly revealed how she could finally begin construction of the plot of land she had previously acquired.

What started as a dream to Wilson Kwanya ended up becoming a reality. Whenever Kwanya would see the adverts on MoMoNyabo Together, he would wish and hope that he as well gets to win just like the several other winners that have benefited from the promotion since it was introduced, three years ago.

Kwanya and his wife jubilate after receiving their money on their phones.

Kwanya, a matooke business dealer with a family of nine is the only lucky winner from week one who managed to win the full UGX 5,000,000 shillings jackpot by answering all the eight questions correct.

Asked how he was able to bag the full 5 million Uganda shillings up for grabs, he said that the fact that he frequently uses his mobile money when transacting his business, he became conversant with the his way around the service.

He also added that during the lockdown period since we were all avoiding contact with cash in fear of the spread of the virus, all his money related transactions were done using MoMo.

His wife was a MoMo Nyabo Together beneficiary, Aunu Kwanya was overjoyed and she thanked MTN for this initiative. As a farmer, she said she had gone through such hard times during COVID-19 with the lockdown. She said it was hard to move and transport her matooke and this resulted into some of her produce rotting away.

Although they are not sure when schools will reopen, the Kwanyas confess that they will not struggle with tuition for their children.

While handing over the winners’ prizes, MTN Uganda’s trade Manager, Emma Thoryek thanked them for using the service and encouraged every other user of MTN’s mobile money service to continue using it to pay their bills, buy airtime, data, or even when shopping.

“You never know just like Gyagenda and the rest, you too can win up to 5,000,000 shillings,” he said.

The ten winners of last week include: Wilson Kwanya of Mutunde (5,000,000) Henry Otafiire of Najjera (4,200,000), Ronald Gyagenda of Kanyanya (4,200,000), Janet Namakula Katende of Kisasi, (4,200,000), Bridget Kitimbo of Mulago (3,400,000), Ivan Kusasira of Kajjansi (3,400,000),
Joseph Obara of Bombo Barracks (2,600,000), Rogers Lubega of Kirinya Bweyogerere (2,600,000), Elivada Wagwa of Iganga (1,000,000) and a yet to be identified winner from Katakwi (1,000,000).

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Kabako shows his house under construction in Butambala




Team No Sleep singer Yusuf Ssenabulya alias Roden Y Kabako has flaunted his house in Gombe, Butambala which is still under construction.

The newlywed singer showed off his house which is almost being completed to his followers and fans through his social media page as he revealed how he is revamping his home area and giving it a facelift.

He went ahead to caption the post encouraging the youths to work hard asserting how they will also reap the same from their hard work.

Kabako shared the photos of his home area just two weeks after his introduction and after enjoying his honeymoon with his wife Jazirah Namuddu.

Hard Work Always Pays, No Matter The Challenges… My Home House


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NTV Dance party set to celebrate first anniversary




Crysto Panda on the Dance Party show

By Our Reporter 

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic that saw the entertainment industry crippled, the world’s most awarded premium vodka, Smirnoff partnered with NTV to give viewers an ultimate dance party experience dubbed the NTV Dance Party.

The show was formed to encourage people to keep up the weekend outgoing spirit, however, this time partying while staying safely at home during the lockdown.

From Lynda Ddane’s dazzling fashion sense to the electrifying music played by Guvnor deejays, Baby Love and Mark Rebel to the energy of presenters Crysto Panda and Esco Mc and the signature Smirnoff cocktail recipes, viewers were taken on an entertainment journey at a time when everything had shut down and the world was a sad and gloomy place, every single Saturday.

Crysto Panda and Lynda Ddane on the Dance Party show

NTV Dance party also held a series of fun games like the, ‘dress up to go nowhere,’ where viewers were given an opportunity to dress up in their favorite outfits and chill with friends and family whilst enjoying a Smirnoff. The best dressed viewers won prizes like the Smirnoff starter packs that included a crate of Smirnoff, two bottles of vodka, a bar set up, a mixologist and a DJ delivered at the winner’s doorstep for enjoyment.

As the show celebrates a year of bringing the party to its viewer’s homes this Saturday April 24, the Brand Manager of Smirnoff, Annet Nakigaya, the official sponsor of the ultimate party says that the most Ugandan thing we can all do is keep safe and hang out from home.

“Smirnoff is a brand that recognizes the importance of adapting as things change in society and is committed to doing the right thing and the NTV Dance Party is the perfect choice to stay connected with family, friends while hanging out from home,” said Nakiyaga.

Several artistes are lined up to perform during the show and there are lots of Smirnoff goodies to be won by viewers.

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Chipper Cash brings Faridah Nakazibwe on board




Chipper Cash Country Manager Dan Tumuramye and Faridah Nakazibwe

Nearly three years ago, a US-based Ugandan Ham Serunjogi and a Ghanaian colleague Maijid Moujaled launched a cross-border money transfer platform called Chipper Cash.

To the creators of the platform, the purpose was to ease money transfers by enabling sending and receiving money locally at zero cost, while offering instant settlement and the lowest cross-boarder rates.

The duo wanted to create a feasible solution to the blocks associated with exchanging money especially in Africa and the app has since been launched in Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa as well as Uganda.

And on Wednesday, April 21, the largest mobile cross-border money transfer platform on the continent unveiled NTV News Anchor Faridah Nakazibwe as a brand influencer.

Faridah Nakazibwe signing the contract

“I’m honoured to be working with Chipper Cash. I have worked with a number of brands and one thing known about me is that I’m a natural influencer and I’m happy to bring on board what I know to Chipper Cash,” Nakazibwe said.

Last week, Chipper Cash was launched in the United Kingdom and now people in the UK can send money back to Uganda and get 15% instant cashback for the sender and 5% for the receiver. Each Ugandan who downloads the app and shares their referral link to a person in the UK (friend or family) gets UGX50,000 as a referral bonus when the UK person downloads the app, verifies their account, and sends £20 to any Chipper Cash user in Uganda.

Dan Tumuramye, Chipper Cash Country Manager

Dan Tumuramye, the Country Manager of Chipper Cash, says Nakazibwe fits the credentials of a brand influencer they needed.

“We wanted to bring on a TV/Media personality on board. We feel Faridah is a right fit for our target market,” said Tumuramye.

Last year, the company also signed Spice Diana as a Brand Ambassador.

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