MTN UG Hip-Hop Awards return in superior sixth edition

  • Following 5 years of successfully organising the MTN UG Hip-Hop awards, MTN has today launched the sixth edition of the MTN UG Hip-Hop awards
  • The 2022 MTN UG Hip-Hop awards are scheduled to be held on Saturday, 28th May 2022.
  • Through these awards, MTN Pulse will extend support to the young undiscovered talent through the MTN Pulse Cypher challenge to allow new and undiscovered talent to showcase their abilities in an online Hip-Hop rap battle.

Following 5 years of successfully organising the MTN UG Hip-Hop awards, MTN has today launched the sixth edition of the MTN UG Hip-Hop awards which promise to be superior to those before.

The 2022 Hip-Hop awards which will be held on Saturday, 28th May 2022 with the aim of recognizing accomplished hip-hop artists, will also uplift virgin talent through the MTN Pulse Cypher challenge.

According to Hellen Kirungi, the MTN Uganda youth segment manager, the MTN Pulse Cypher, which allows new and undiscovered talent to showcase their abilities in an online Hip-Hop rap battle has this year been elevated to another level. This year the winner of the MTN Pulse Cypher will take home UGX2million, while the second and third walk away with UGX1.5million and UGX1million respectively.

To take part in the MTN Pulse Cypher and stand a chance to win the prize money, Pulsers are required to download the MTN Pulse Cypher beat from the MTN Pulse microsite, record a one-minute video of themselves rapping to the beat and then upload the video on Instagram or Twitter and tag MTN with the hashtag #MTNPulseCypher

It is based on these submissions that judges will select the top 10 contenders who will face-off in the MTN Pulse studio to later inform the choice of the top 5 finalists whose videos will be shared online for voting by the public.

Organized by UG Hip-Hop Awards with support from MTN and co-sponsors including Mountain Dew and Magic TV, the MTN UG Hip-Hop awards seek to celebrate and amplify the growth of the hip-hop music industry which is predominantly comprised of the youth in Uganda. In the same spirit of supporting Uganda’s Hip-Hop industry, MTN in 2020 sponsored the first televised rap battles that saw several rappers pitched against each other culminating into the discovery of new talent in the country.

Win UGX. 2M with the MTN Pulse Cypher Competition. Download the beat here.

 

MTN Pulse in partnership with Victoria University awards 10 youths with Scholarships

  • MTN Pulse, has today awarded Victoria University scholarships to 10MTN pulsers who are set to commence their studies at Victoria University this month.
  • The scholarships comprise of 5 full and 5 partial scholarships to Pulsers who will commence studies in the university’s March intake. 
  • MTN Pulse and Victoria University launched their partnership early this year with the aim of supporting youths to attain further education for a prosperous future.                          

 MTN Uganda’s youth dedicated platform, MTN Pulse, has today awarded scholarships to 10 teens following a partnership between Victoria University and MTN Uganda, with a vision of supporting teens to attain further education for a prosperous future.

Victoria University (VU) is a premier transformational higher education-oriented institution of learning with the mission of providing a dynamic environment, innovation, research, and community engagement. Victoria University has 2 intakes with one starting in March and another in September.

The 10 winners of the 5 full and 5 partial scholarships are set to commence their studies on 21st March 2022 in the University’s March intake.

Speaking at the scholarship awarding ceremony today, Somdev Sen the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Uganda highlighted that the partnership is anchored on MTN Pulse’s steadfast commitment to create and extend opportunities to the youth in a bid to help them realize their full potential and get ahead in life.

“On behalf of MTN Uganda, I applaud the winners of these scholarships and wish them well in their studies at one of the most prestigious learning institutions in the country,” Somdev said.

Through this partnership, Victoria University is targeting problem solvers that have transformational ideas that change lives and impact the community while MTN Pulse is providing support to the youth to help them reach their full potential.

The winners of the full scholarships include; Alupo Yvonne, Nanteza Nuriat, Jumba Jonathan, Nambissa Blessing Tracy, and Remo Idris Sebbi while the winners of the partial scholarships include; Mbogga A Swamaduh, Kataike Bridget, Nakayiwa Brenda, Nakayiga Shamim, and Okanya Brian.

 Dr Lawrence Muganga the Vice Chancellor Victoria University assured the Winners that Victoria University is focused on harnessing the potential of all youth with innovative ideas for the betterment of their lives and country.

“Young people look around yourselves and the world, the world is too big and you can reach wherever you want. Of all people who live on earth about 23% are student’s. So you step in a sea of people that are trying to better themselves. As Malcom X noted that education is your passport to your future, You either claim your passport now or you leave it behind and the boarders will close and you will not go anywhere. To those who prepare themselves for that very future, they are going to thrive. You have the opportunity that Victoria University and MTN pulse have given you an opportunity to be part of MTN Pulse Nation, the nation of life, grab it, live with it, benefit from it and Victoria University is there to hand hold you and take you to that future you desire most” Dr Lawrence

The Vice chancellor also explained that “Education has bitter roots, but the fruits are sweet. The way you conduct yourself when you come to Victoria University will determine which fruit you get. For Victoria University we are to give you the best education you will ever find in this country or East Africa. We think if a company like MTN is hiring, they are always looking for experience, so we will ensure that by the time you graduate you will leave with a 2-3 years of work experience.”

Welcome to Victoria University, Welcome to the pulse nation which means to life. At Victoria University you are not only just student but a colleague. You have some value to add to Victoria University fraternity. We want to see your idea come to life through our incubation Centre. Keep your ideas alive and walk into our incubation Centre such that your ideas come to life. Since the world is looking for an expert in solving problem. Be one of them and be assured of job in a world of high employment” Dr Muganga added.

The 10 winners were voted by the public based on their submitted videos, explaining why they needed the MTN Pulse-Victoria University scholarships. Over 12k votes were received on the pulse platform.

This partnership will further cement the MTN Pulse’s ambition towards the empowerment and advancement of teens and youths in Uganda. Last year, MTN Pulse developed a strategic partnership with Fuzu, the leading career guidance, and job opportunities platform to improve the career and job prospects of Pulsers.

These are, but some of the many deals that MTN has secured for its youth segment customers. In addition to offering them discounted MTN products and services, the youth on MTN Pulse automatically qualify for discounts and freebies with various MTN Pulse partners. Simply go to https://pulse.mtn.co.ug/offers to get the best deals from the leading glam, fashion and eating joints around town courtesy of MTN Pulse.

According to Somdev, it is easy for youth to become MTN Pulsers; All they have to do is dail *157# OK.

About Victoria University

Victoria University is the first university in Uganda to offer Experiential Learning. Our work-integrated learning program enables students to complete a program of three years with at least 2-3 years’ work experience. Additionally, Victoria University offers the opportunity to learners from around the world to stay in their homes, stay in their jobs and earn a degree of their choice primarily from our e-Campus.

Founded in 2013, Victoria University is currently the fastest growing university in East Africa. We are located in the heart of Kampala city and on the main public transportation routes. Find us at Victoria Towers, Plot 1-13, Jinja Road.

Victoria University is part of the Ruparelia Group of Companies whose footprint in the education sector runs right from the foundational primary level to the highest level of education in Uganda. Our sister schools include Kampala International School of Uganda, Kampala Parents School and Delhi Public School International.

Victoria University is a cosmopolitan university with students from more than 50 countries across the world. We are accredited by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) to offer degree programs in the Faculties of Business Management, Health Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Technology, the Institute of Education and the School of Law. Having been ranked by the NCHE as the best in delivery of Emergency Open Distance e-Learning (ODeL) with an impressive score of 86.1%, Victoria University has cemented its place as Uganda’s leading technologically – enabled university.

We are happy to be the first University approved to host an EON Reality Center in Uganda, paving the path to introduce Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology in education. Victoria University offers a curriculum that focuses on both today and future’s workforce needs. This is why our graduates have a 96% employer satisfaction rate.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Lawrence Muganga

Vice Chancellor,

vicechancellor@vu.ac.ug

MTN Pulse partners with FUZU to offer Career Support to the Youth.

  • MTN Uganda’s Youth platform, MTN Pulse and FUZU have launched a partnership to offer career support to the youth
  • The Youth on MTN Pulse will earn FUZU points which will enable them access discounted premium career-related services from FUZU
  • Download the MTN Pulse App from play store or app store to get this and more discounted offers from the MTN Pulse partners

 

MTN Uganda’s Youth platform, MTN Pulse has today entered a partnership with FUZU the leading online Job and career portal in East Africa. This follows MTN Pulse’s vision of empowering the youth to realize their full potential as the vanguards of the future.

In this partnership, MTN Pulse will work with FUZU to support the MTN Pulsers with career guidance, job searching insights and the relevant training as a way of supporting them to identify and nurture successful careers.

Under this partnership, MTN Pulsers will get access to a customized fuzu platform with 400 FUZU points which will enable them to get discounts on the array of premium services offered by FUZU including personalized career coaching sessions with FUZU’s professional career coaches who give a holistic support on preparing for the right career opportunities and a professionally curated online curriculum vitae (CV) that improves the candidate’s chances of securing the job interview.

The MTN Pulsers who apply for jobs through FUZU can also redeem their Fuzu points for Instant Feedback on job applications to see how their profile   compares with the employers’ requirements and top candidates, giving them an opportunity for learning and development using the FUZU points. Furthermore, they will be able to access FUZU Learn which entails professional courses created by FUZU and its learning partners such as Udemy.

While launching the partnership, Hellen Kirungi, MTN Uganda’s Youth Segment Manager said that MTN Pulse had partnered with FUZU to further support the youths in their career journey through empowering them with the right skill sets for their careers to take-off. Youth empowerment is one of the pillars upon which MTN Pulse is hinged.

“MTN Pulse is an aspirational brand for our Ugandan youth. And just like them, the brand is about excitement, fun, attitude, and ambition. Our partnership with FUZU solidifies our commitment to support their ambitions and help them secure a meaningful future that is productive, secure and successful,” Kirungi said.

Alvin Katto, Fuzu’s Country Manager in Uganda said that the partnership with MTN Pulse signifies a huge step forward in achieving Fuzu’s mission of preparing people for Success in Uganda.

“Since our launch in Uganda in 2018, Fuzu has supported thousands of people to get access to career guidance, growth opportunities and support to be able to achieve their career goals and have meaningful careers. The partnership with MTN Pulse provides us with a platform to enable even more people, specifically the youth, to have access to these resources, which we firmly believe will have exponential positive effects on the growth of the country.”

Making job hunting and career growth easier for the youth with the MTN Pulse-FUZU partnership

MTN Pulsers will register for this through the Pulse App under careers and will be redirected to the registration. The link to FUZU https://www.fuzu.com/signup/mtn-pulse will be zero rated to allow pulsers access to the rich and insightful career-related content from FUZU and to enable them keep up with the career dynamics as they find their footing in the world of work. MTN is keen on empowering the youth to take control of their lives through extending to them specially tailored offers such as this offer from FUZU that the youth need in order to get ahead in life.

The partnership between MTN Pulse and FUZU is but one of the many deals that MTN has secured for its youth segment customers. In addition to offering them discounted MTN products and services, the youth on MTN Pulse automatically qualify for discounts and freebies with various MTN Pulse partners. Go to https://pulse.mtn.co.ug/offers to get the best deals from the leading glam, fashion and eating joints around town courtesy of MTN Pulse.

According to Kirungi, it is easy for youth to become MTN Pulsers; All they have to do is download the MTN Pulse App available on both google play and iOS app stores and take over the world. The MTN Pulse app is an interactive platform where everything about the Pulse Nation lives including the funkiest content and offers from MTN Uganda and its Pulse partners. You can also learn more about the Pulse Nation on the MTN Pulse microsite.

MTN UG Hip Hop awards return for the 2021 edition.

  • Hip Hop continues to be the preferred music genre in Uganda among the youth.
  • MTN, through the Pulse platform supports the growth of the music genre because it allows youths to express themselves without fear or limits. This is what MTN Pulse is all about.
  • The awards feature the Pulse Nation Cypher challenge that allows undiscovered talent to showcase their abilities in an online rap battle that will see the winner recognized on the night.

 The MTN UG Hip Hop awards, the annual event that recognises and celebrates growth in the music genre in the country are back with the 5th edition 2021 scheduled to take place on 16th May 2021.

MTN Pulse has kicked off this year’s edition with the release of nominees for the various categories that will then be awarded at the award ceremony. Voting for the hip hop stars is now officially open exclusively on the MTN Pulse microsite www.pulse.mtn.co.ug/vote.

Hellen Kirungi, the MTN Youth Segment Manager noted that Hip Hop remains a popular genre of music in Uganda among the youth, which informs MTN’s continued support towards its growth.

“Hip Hop is a music genre that continues to take centre stage in Uganda among the youth. Many young people have taken it up and are doing very well for themselves. Hip hop allows them to express themselves and be who they want to be without limits. This is what we are about at MTN Pulse. We are about creating a community of likeminded people who want to live life without fear or limits and that’s why we are happy to be part of these awards every year,” Kirungi said.

This year marks the fifth year that MTN Uganda has backed the Hip Hop industry organise these awards. In 2020, MTN sponsored the first televised rap battles that saw several rappers pitched against each other in battle categories that included battles on the street, free style and in the forest, among others.

Kirungi noted that the 2021 awards will feature the Pulse Nation Cypher competition that will allow new and undiscovered talent to showcase their abilities in an online rap battle.

In the Pulse Nation Cypher challenge, participants will be required to download the MTN Pulse Cypher beat from the microsite under the Pulse tube, record a one-minute video of them rapping to the beat for one minute with the mention of MTN pulse Nation at least once, and then upload the video on the MTN Pulse microsite.  Participants will be required to rally their fans and friends to go to www.pulse.mtn.co.ug to vote for them by liking their video. The video with the highest engagement gets to win 1,000,000 UGX on the Awards night. The 1st Runner up will walk away with 800,000, 2nd runner up with 600,000 and 400,000 to the pulser in the 4th position.

Hellen continued to say that from previous years, there has been immense talent realisation among the youth that was kick stated by these Pulse Cypher competition a case in point is Racheal Rey, Ghetto Upgrade, and many more to come.

UG Hip hop awards organizer, Afsa Umutesi said that with MTN’s support, the industry has continued to record steady progress with Hip Hop artists getting favourable airplay on local radio and television stations.

“Hip Hop artists continue to shine out there. If you listen to the top ten most requested songs on radio today, six of them will be Hip Hop artists. We are happy with this progress and would like to thank MTN for standing with us for five years in a row now,” he said.

It’s easy for youth to become MTN Pulsers by simply downloading the Pulse App, available on both google play and iOS play stores. The MTN Pulse app is an interactive platform where everything about the Pulse Nation lives including the funkiest content and offers from MTN Uganda. Simply download the MTN Pulse app and take over the world. You can also learn more about the Pulse Nation on the MTN Pulse microsite.

The wards categories this year are:

  • Album of the year
  • Male artist of the year
  • Female artist of the year
  • Rookie of the year
  • Inspirational song of the year
  • The collaboration of the Year
  • Rap Fusion of the Year
  • Video of the year
  • Best Producer
  • Diaspora Artist of the year
  • Eastern Uganda artist of the year
  • Northern Uganda artist of the year
  • Western Uganda artist of the year
  • Central Uganda artist of the year
  • Lyricist of the year
  • Hip-Hop Deejay of the year
  • Mixtape of the year
  • Hip-Hop media personality of the year
  • Sweet Sixteen
  • Lifetime Achiever
  • Hustler of the year
  • SPECIAL AWARDS