World Telecommunication and Information Society Day: MTN dedicates over UGX2.8billion to ICT interventions

MTN Uganda has today joined the world to celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with a commitment of UGX2.8billion dedicated towards the advancement of information and communication technologies (ICT) targeted initiatives in the country.

Celebrated on May 17th, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is commemorated annually to raise awareness of the potential transformation that the use of the Internet and other ICTs can impact on societies and economies, as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

MTN Uganda through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vehicle, MTN Foundation has dedicated 60 per cent of its 2022 annual budget towards information and communication technologies (ICT) targeted initiatives.

According to Enid Edroma, MTN General Manager for Corporate Services, MTN Uganda is taking a deliberate effort towards sustainably educating and skilling Ugandans in ICT.

“Over the years, the focus of our CSR has been mainly in the health sector and I am glad to note that we have registered positive outcomes and touched the lives of so many people through the various initiatives undertaken. This year, we are shifting our focus more towards ICT as we strive to ensure no one is left behind amid the global shift towards ICT and digitization propelled especially by the effects of the coronavirus,” she explained.

She added: “Therefore, of the UGX4.8billion shillings afforded to the MTN Foundation’s 2022 CSR activities, 60% of that will be set aside for ICT related initiatives. This move is testimony to MTN’s commitment to creating a modern connected society and ensuring that communities reap the benefits. These efforts will also be complemented by initiatives supporting non-ICT sectors for instance, health and education.”

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day has this year been held under the theme: Digital technologies for older persons and healthy ageing.

Further explaining the rationale behind the strategic shift, Edroma said that MTN is seeking to support and empower marginalized groups of people such as women and people in rural areas among others through ICT targeted initiatives undertaken by the MTN Foundation.

Key among the initiatives and focus this year; is the MTN Internet Bus which traverses parts of the country equipping people with basic computer skills, the MTN ICT Community hubs and the National ICT Innovation Hub program.

In 2020, MTN also introduced the MTN Youth Skilling Program which among other aspects trained and equipped youth with digital skills to enable them create and sustain businesses digitally. More than 100 youths have been equipped with skills in ICT since inception of the program.

According to Edroma, the vision behind the strategic shift to boost ICT training is to realize a Uganda that is much more technologically savvy to create solutions for challenges in the country and also enable her citizens compete on the global space.

Kyabazinga and MTN Uganda CEO Flag off Busoga Masaza Cup Opener

The long-awaited 5th edition of the Busoga Masaza Cup kicked off on Saturday at St. Gonzaga Playground in Kagoma, with Butembe facing off Buzaaya in a spirited opening match to a two-month football tournament that will see the 14 counties of Busoga Kingdom face-off on the turf.

Watched by a well mobilized mammoth crowd, His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope IV-Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga flagged off the game between Buzaaya County FC and Butembe County FCl, alongside the MTN Chief Executive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte. MTN is the lead sponsor of the 5th edition of the Busoga Masaza Cup following a two-year partnership between the Kingdom and the Telecom.

As early as midday, fans hurriedly took up space to watch their favorite players showcase their talent on the pitch.

Prior to kick-off, there was a match passed where all the 14 participating teams waved to the monarch before he inspected all the teams.

Both teams exhibited talent and the 1st half ended in a goalless draw but a resurgent Butembe came with full guns blazing in the 2nd half and, through Magumba Faruku, scored the only goal of the day in the 73rd minute thereby sending their enthusiastic fans into endless jubilation. The match ended in a 1-0 win in favor of Butembe, against Buzaaya County.

The Kingdom Premier Owek. Dr. Joseph Muvawala asked participating teams to exhibit discipline throughout the tournament with emphasis on promoting unity and togetherness for the good of Busoga.

Kyabazinga and MTN Uganda CEO Wim at the launch event

The Kingdom’s 1st Deputy Premier, Owek. Prof. Dr. Muhamadi Lubega commended the soccer fans for gracing the game in large numbers.

Owek. Osman Noor Ahmed,2nd Deputy Premier flanked by the Kingdom Sports Ministers Owek. Amin Bbosa and Owek. Daniel Musota revealed that as a Kingdom, they are determined to give the best to the people of Busoga with soccer being one of them.

MTN Uganda’s Chief Excutive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte revealed that as a corporate company, they cherish and treasure culture as a key identity for their customers.

“As MTN Uganda it is an honor for us to associate with a pro-people initiative like the Busoga Masaza Cup. We look forward to the spirited and engaging interactions with the people of Busoga, just like we did with the recently-concluded MTN Masaza Cup in Tooro Kingdom.” Said Vanhelleputte.

Present at the opening ceremony were Kingdom officials led by Isabalangira of Busoga, Sam Menha Kakaire Nkuutu, Owek. George William Mutyabule, Kingdom Ministers, MPs led by Hon. Brandon Kintu, Hon. Mariam Naigaga, Hon. Manjeri Kyebanakutika, Hon. Muzaale Martin, Hon. Loy Katali, Hon. Moses Grace Balyeku and Hon. Monica Namukose Kamagu Nnalongo among others.

Apart from MTN Uganda, the other sponsor of the Busoga Masaza Cup is Busoga’s own Mayuge Sugar Industries Limited.

This year’s edition is running under the theme “Talent Identification, Development and Promotion”

On the sidelines of the match was a MoMo Nyabo exhibition that served as a platform for MTN MoMo Uganda to sensitize the masses in Busoga about its on-going MoMo Nyabo Waaka promotion.

MTN MoMo Uganda to give away 24 cars, and over 2 billion in the MoMoNyabo Waaka Promotion

  • MTN MoMo has launched the fourth edition of the popular MoMoNyabo promotion under the theme MoMoNyabo Waaka
  • MTN Uganda will be giving away 24 Toyota Succeed cars, and Mobile Money worth 1,600,000,000 to 16,000 lucky winners over the 8 weeks of the promotion
  • MTN customers simply need to deposit at least Ush. 20,000/- on their MTN MoMo account to stand a chance of winning during the promo. The more deposits a customer makes, the higher their chances of winning.
  • The best performing MTN MoMo Agents in all districts of Uganda will also win mobile money and other prizes during the promotion.
  • Customers are advised to beware of conmen and stay on alert. All the Winners shall be contacted only by 0312120000.

                       

MTN Mobile Money Uganda has today launched the 4th edition of the highly rewarding MoMoNyabo promotion under the theme MoMoNyabo Waaka, with prizes worth over 2.5 billion shillings to be won by over 16,000 MTN MoMo customers and agents across the country.

Customers will only need to deposit Ush. 20,000/- or more on their MTN Mobile Money accounts to stand a chance to win prizes including 24 brand new Toyota Succeed cars, and mobile money worth Ush 1,600,000,000/-.

Three lucky customers will win Toyota’s every week while 2,000 will each win Ush. 100,000/- mobile money every week for 8 weeks. Over 5,000 MTN Mobile Money agents countrywide, who excel in their business performance will get mobile money over the period of the promotion.

Over and above rewarding the lucky customers who will be drawn in the promotion, this MoMo promotion celebrates the resilience of our customers, who despite the two difficult years of lockdown continue to hustle to make it.

Speaking at the launch of the MoMoNyabo Waaka promotion, Richard Yego, the MTN Mobile Money Managing Director said that “We are happy to engage and excite our MTN MoMo customers again now that the economy is fully reopened. Through this campaign, MTN MoMo will be giving away cars and cash (through MTN MoMo) to active MoMo customers who will deposit Money on their MoMo accounts,” Yego said.

Mr. Yego explained that all a customers should do to participate in the promotion and stand a chance of winning, is deposit at least Ush. 20,000/- on their MTN MoMo accounts. They will then enter the draws and stand a chance to win the cars and cash prizes on offer.

Yego further added that the more deposits customers make, the higher their chances of winning. He also clarified that after depositing cash to enter the draw, customers can choose how to use their money. “You can use it for shopping with MTN MoMoPay, paying bills like Yaka or water, buy airtime, voice and data bundles, sending money at zero fees using the MTN MoMo app or simply keep it safe on your phone,” Yego said.

Depositing money on MTN MoMo is free and MTN MoMo customers can use MTN MoMo to send and receive money, top MTN airtime, pay utility bills, MTN postpaid services, school fees, buy & pay for insurance, pay for airline tickets and other goods and services.

Launched in Uganda 13 years ago, MTN MoMo is a fast, simple, convenient, secure, and affordable way of transferring money, making payments, and performing other transactions using a mobile phone.

This is the 4th edition of the MoMoNyabo promotions that date back to 2018. Thousands of lives have been transformed by the prizes they have won over the years. The promotion did not happen last year as the country, like the rest of the world was in the thick of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, with the reopening of the economy, this year’s MoMoNyabo Waaka promises to be yet another exciting edition with over 20,000 customers and agents set to win cars and cash prizes.

The draws will be conducted live on NBS and Bukedde TV every Thursday at 8.30 pm on NBS TV and Bukedde TV, with daily updates at the same time. The exciting shows will be presented by renowned entertainer, Richard Tuwangye alongside the vivacious Zahara Toto who is no stranger on the MoMoNyabo set.

MTN MoMo customers are urged to stay vigilant and to keep their PINs safe to avoid falling prey to fraudsters. MTN MoMo Nyabo Waaka promotion-related information will be dispatched through mainstream media, the MTN website and social media handles including

www.youtube.com/mtnug and www.twitter.com/mtnug . Customers are advised to beware of conmen and stay on alert. All the Winners shall be contacted only by 0312120000.

 

MTN Uganda to Support Makerere University Centenary Celebrations

  • MTN Uganda has today announced its commitment to support Makerere University’s centenary celebrations through a sponsorship worth UGX180million.
  • The sponsorship by MTN will be dedicated towards supporting the events organized by Makerere University in celebration of 100 years of its existence which include an exhibition showcasing the journey of Makerere at 100.
  • MTN’s support to Makerere University is an embodiment of the telecom’s core values of achieving shared growth and value as highlighted in MTN’s ambition 2025 strategy.

 MTN Uganda has today pledged its commitment to support Makerere University’s centenary celebrations through a sponsorship worth UGX180million.

The sponsorship by MTN will be dedicated towards supporting the events organized by Makerere University in celebration of 100 years of its existence which include an exhibition showcasing the journey of Makerere at 100.

The exhibition which is scheduled to take place from 27th September to 10th October, 2022 at the Freedom Square, Makerere University will be held under the theme: “A Century of Service to Humanity.

Speaking during the announcement ceremony held at MTN Headquarters, Somdev Sen, the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer said as one of the leading employers in the country, MTN has taken the opportunity to appreciate the esteemed institution for its contribution to educating a sizeable population in the job market.

“This support to Makerere University is also very important to MTN as it is synonymous with our core values anchored on empowering and skilling youth to achieve sustainable societies, which is a key pillar of our organization strategy,” he said.

The commitment by MTN follows a stakeholder mobilization event organized by Makerere University in November 2021 during which a strategy for rallying key stakeholders to support and participate in the year-long anniversary celebration was launched.

Opening its doors to 14-day students in 1922, Makerere University has grown to become one of the most prestigious learning institutions in Africa.

In his remarks, Prof. Henry Alinaitwe the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Makerere University, who was representing the Vice-Chancellor, Makerere University, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe lauded MTN for its support, noting that the company’s dedication to supporting youth in Uganda was of mutual interest to the institution.

“Makerere University welcomes MTN Uganda’s support through this partnership that will benefit both the students at Makerere University and the youth in Uganda as a whole. This gesture acknowledges that you cannot talk about Uganda’s development and socio-economic transformation without involving the youth. Makerere and MTN are both in the business of giving the youth a platform to achieve their full potential. This partnership will therefore inspire our students and the youth in general to innovate and contribute significantly to the transformation of Uganda,” he said.

Professor Alinaitwe highlighted that the sponsorship from MTN Uganda is aligned to the Makerere University’s strategic plan (2020-2030), focused on making the institution research-intensive.  “MTN Uganda’s support to the Makerere@100 exhibition will in addition to enhancing the visibility of our research and innovations attract more partners from the private sector and business community to bolster our efforts to commercialize these research outputs.”

MTN Uganda for years has championed progress of the youth through various initiatives aimed at galvanizing their creative and entrepreneurial spirit with the most recent being the Nsindika Njake youth entrepreneurship show currently airing on NBS TV. The exhilarating show mentors young people by equipping them with practical business and technical skills with the goal of enabling job creators to curb youth unemployment.