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Kuol Pieng Seizing Talent Nurturing Opportunity At Victoria University

Sometimes all you need for your breakthrough is an environment that understands your ambitions, believes in you and provides you with the necessary platform and facilitation to see you succeed.

And for William Kuol Pieng Deng, a young South Sudan student, Victoria University, where he studies a Bachelors of Computer Sciences and Technology, has been a blessing to his musical ambitions.

The 22-year-old Victoria University student from Abyei (Pajok Abior), in Rumbek, South Sudan, in an interview with Command Post 1 reveals that he started singing early this year in March.

The singer, who goes by the stage name K’Cious Afriqanboy, explains that this music journey started off with deeper research and understanding of the South Sudan music industry from January 2018 to February 2019.

When undertaking this research Kuol Pieng discovered that many artists in South Sudan sung dancehall and Afro-Dancehall. He chose to do RnB music.

"What drew me to music was to change the South Sudan music industry and take it to another level of international," he said in an interview with Command Post 1.

Kuol Pieng loves music because it’s a message that runs through the body mind and soul. And this message can be expressed through singing. He says that music is emotions that consist of love, sadness, happiness and so much more.

When he started out in March 2019, Kuol Pieng released a song titled forever. On this song, he collaborated with a friend called Heavy Treys, a Ugandan. He would later add on songs like Letter, Reason, and Right Tim featuring Shamah.

As a student, this music success has not come without the nurturing and support of Victoria University where he is a student. According to the student, the University funds the recording of audios and shooting of videos for his songs. This is no mean feat.

He supplements this generosity from the University by performing at shows and parties.

He explains that he joined Victoria University because it had all the facilities a good University should have. He first got to know about the Ruparelia group owned University from his family members and through social media.

And now it looks like this was a pathway to his greatness.

The second-year student is also a minister of constitutional affairs at the students’ guild council. This leadership responsibility also means he is a busy student juggling university’s politics and his music career. However, he says he is in a position to handle all.

“Well, balancing my books and music is hard because they say you cannot serve two masters at the same time. But I have a way that I use to balance both. Music is my happiness and with it I can read well and understand quickly.”

Victoria University has also helped him promote his music and offered bigger platforms to perform and sell his music to bigger audiences. Through Victoria University, he has been able to share the same with big Ugandan artists like Ykee Benda and Fefe Busi.

The university is also planning to arrange an international collaboration with an artist from India.

This music adventure was orchestrated by the Victoria University Vice-chancellor Dr Krishna who connected Kuol Pieng to the yet to be named Indian artist. Apparently, this work is already in progress, including the recording of the duet.

Like any ambitious dreamer, Kuol Pieng wants to dominate South Sudan musically and become a big global name in the RnB music genre.

La Cabana Wins top Kampala Restaurant Week accolade

Speke Apartments’ La Cabana Restaurant walked off with the coveted accolade of the Top Signature Restaurant for the second year running at the 5th Kampala Restaurant Week which took place at Skyz Hotel. 

Other winners of the evening were Izumi Restaurant with the ‘Innovation Award’ for their deliciously unmatched Thai Massaman Curry, Cantine Divino with the ‘Outstanding Service Award’ and Olives Restaurant with the ‘Top Casual Dining Restaurant Award.’

The fifth edition of Kampala’s biggest restaurant showcase ran from August 1-10 was dubbed the ‘Three Course Edition’ with restaurants offering starters, main course signature dishes and desserts.

The annual food event offered thousands of the city’s food lovers a variety of mouthwatering meals offered by the 40 participating restaurants at affordable prices.

The climax of the event was the awards ceremony where the best restaurants as selected by foodies who patronized the restaurant week that was organized by Pearl Guide in partnership with Tusker Lite were recognized.

Rajiv Ruparelia Moves To Consolidate Motor Rally Fans

In any sport, relating with fans is big cornerstone for every sportsman; it adds values and empowers the man or woman in charge. Fans are the pillars of the sport you are participating in.

Well aware of this big catch, motor racing beginner, Rajiv Ruparelia of the Rajiv Ruparelia Team, is fast recognizing that to survive in the gruesome sport of motor racing, you need the backing of fans.

He is beginning to understand that success on the racing track is not enough to have a successful career in the sport. He is appreciating the fact that fans matter.

During the fifth round of Pearl of Africa Rally 2019 Rally in Kayunga, Rajiv and his team took off time from the racing track and interacted with fans, many of whom were issued with fans certificate.

This was looked at as a move to formalize a strong and dedicated fan base.

Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team has had a successful motor rallying career after Rajiv came second in his maiden race Enduro Autocross Championship 2019 at Zion Estates in Ssisa but won his second race, the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) 2019 Autocross Championship on Sunday 23rd June in Kayunga.

Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team nicknamed Double Trouble cruises in a VW Polo Proto imported from Poland. Rajiv is navigated by Ronnie Walia and managed by Dipu Ruparelia while Mike Mwangi is the Chief Mechanic.

In actual sense, Rajiv Ruparelia has not let success in his maiden two races get into his head but rather he is choosing to tread carefully as he integrates into the motor rallying fraternity of Uganda.

Nyanja & Lake Terrace Exotic Menu A Kampala Restaurant Week Delight

Speke Resort Munyonyo and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort exude class and this is what Nyanja & Lake Terrace Restaurants are showcasing during the ongoing Kampala Restaurant Week (KRW).

To start with, Nyanja & Lake Terrace Restaurants have diced sweet potatoes, butternut squash with roasted paw paw, tossed in a light vinaigrette – the Fall Medley Squash Salad, for starters. And in the spirit of the KRW, the delicacies are going for a paltry price of Shs20, 000.

The main dish is further catchy with Vegetable Tian, an assortment of baked stuffed brinjal with oven baked roasted aroma vegetables, served with chunky tomato sauce, sweet potato and garden peas hash.

The main dish also has the Confit Chicken Leg, a combination of salted butter poached chicken leg served with Spanish tortilla and thyme jus.

Further, you can enjoy the Lamb Chop Harissa, a marinated char grilled lamb chops served with oriental couscous and pan sauteed sukuma wiki. All the three cuisines come at a simple Shs35, 000.

The dessert is rather simple and precise. It is Chocolate Ginger Cannoli, a classic American pastries. Like the starter, this comes at a price of Shs20, 000.

Victoria University, Basketball Federation Sign MoU To Promote Sport

The basketball sport in Uganda has earned a much-needed boost after the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) and Victoria University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the game in the country.

The MoU will see the University help the Federation to build the sport’s capacity through research, entrepreneurship, social enterprising, training and scholarships to basketball players.

Nasser Sserunjogi, the Federation’s president said the partnership will help them in terms of management and administration of members including basketball clubs. He said many clubs lack these principles.

“We believe this will help in the growth of basketball and Victoria University,” a grateful Sserunjogi said during the signing of the MoU at the University on Friday. “To us, it’s a worthwhile partnership that will see a lot of changes in the way we handle the game,”

"Through this partnership, we shall be able to do capacity building and training for our staff, coaches and managers. They will get knowledge of how to handle their clubs, and also the scholarships to our top players is going to be a plus to us,”

The Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University Associate Professor Krishna N. Sharma said the university was honoured to collaborate with FUBA, a prestigious organization.

“We realized that sports is not just a game these days. We have different faculties and the University feels can address the needs of the federation and the game,” Dr. Sharma stated.

He noted that sports is more diplomatic and that’s the University’s faculties of humanities and social science come in to promote unity.

The Vice-Chancellor revealed that next year they are planning together with FUBA to hold a conference that will equip participants with the right knowledge, skills and attitude to run the sport.

Mrs. M.G Katushabe Ssemwezi, the University Academic Registrar, said the basketball federation will benefit from short term training, scholarships to basketball top players. “We want to go all the way to developing the sport of basketball because we are well-positioned to do all that.

“It’s good to play sport but very good if you are educated as well. So we shall be awarding scholarships to excelling and/or talented and top players in the game” Mrs. Ssemwezi added.

The partnership is themed, “training graduates that will change the World,”

Rajiv Ruparelia To Take Part In His Maiden Pearl Of Africa Rally

The rise of Rajiv Ruparelia as a rally ace is a steady one having made his first appearance on a racing track in April at the Enduro Autocross Championship 2019 that took place in Zion Estates, Ssisa.

In that race, driving an VW Polo car, with his co-driver Ronnie Walia, Rajiv finished second, behind seasoned racer Ronald Ssebuguzi after clocking a record time of 10:44 minutes.

He would later better his performance when he won his second race, the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) 2019 Autocross event in Kayunga, at a time of 05:18.5.

And now a bigger challenge presents itself before him – the prestigious Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally. Rajiv will have a taste of the motor racing gruesomeness when the Pearl of Africa Rally kicks off with the Super Special Stage in Busiika Luwero district on Friday.  

From Luwero, the machines will shift to Kayunga for the competitive stages. Over 51 competitors have registered and have undergone car scrutineering, including two foreigners.

Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has been called in to reinforce security to ensure there is total peace and discipline as the cars race.

The Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally is also the fifth round of the Africa Rally Championship.

Kabira Country Club Set For Another Kids Summer Camp

Parents will have a month-long opportunity to bond with their children at the Kabira Country Club Kids Summer Camp 2019 which begins on July 29th and runs until 30th August every Monday to Friday between 8 am to 4:30 pm, at the hotel in Bukoto.

And for a small fee of Shs60, 000 per day, kids will be provided with breakfast, snacks and lunch. The kids will enjoy table games, basketball, volleyball, football, tennis, swimming, music, dance, reading, drawing, arts and crafts and the French club.

Kabira Country Club is a full-service hotel, offering elegance and comfort in a relaxed atmosphere in Kampala. With stunning views of the greater Kampala cityscape, Kabira combines gracious hospitality with contemporary style.

Set amongst a foray of palm trees in an idyllic suburb of Bukoto, less than a 15-minute drive from the hub of Kampala city, Kabira is the premier boutique hotel in the city. Through the gates and up into a swanky courtyard the Club is cut off from the clamour and hustle that surrounds it.

The hotel provides unrivalled luxury and is the perfect setting for a weekend getaway, a holiday location, a memorable wedding setting and a business meeting to see through that deal you want most.

Along with a fully equipped gym, Kabira has world-class sporting and recreational facilities which cater for a wide range of fitness and wellness needs. It has two heated swimming pools, 3 squash courts, a sports field, four clay floodlit tennis court and floodlit basketball court and spa.

Rajiv Ruparelia To Make Pearl Of Africa Rally Debut

Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team has confirmed that Rajiv Ruparelia will for the first time participate in their Pearl of Africa Rally Championship next month.

“It's official. We are participating in our first ever Pearl of Africa Rally Championship. See you in Busiika and Kayunga on 2nd and 3rd August,” the Team said in a brief social media post.

Rajiv said participating in the Pearl of Africa Rally Championship will be an an immersive experience. Rajiv recently won his maiden rally at the Kayunga Autocross.

Meanwhile Rajiv has not let success in his maiden two races get into his head but rather he is choosing to tread carefully as he integrates into the motor rallying fraternity of Uganda.

He launched his motor racing career in May when he launched his rally car, a VW Polo Proto at Speke Hotel’s Rock Bar & Grill.

He would later compete for the first time at Enduro Autocross Championship 2019 at Zion Estates in Ssisa. In that race, he finished second, behind seasoned race Ronal Sebuguzi.

And this Sunday, during his second race ever, Rajiv won the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) Autocross Championship 2019 in Kayunga. This time he beat Ssubuguzi who finished third behind second placed Ponsiano Lwakataka.

CBA Uganda Vintage & Classic Auto Show Gets Rwanda Air, Liquid Telecom Boost

The 8th edition of the most coveted classy auto show has received a boost from RwandaAir and Liquid Telecom in addition to the already established partnerships with Commercial Bank of Africa, the title sponsor, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, the show’s venue sponsor, NBS TV and Nxt Radio, the official media partners, Singleton  the official beverage partner and Events Warehouse, the official event and production partners, all joining hands for the success of the show set to take place on July 27th, 2019 under the theme, “Love of Machines”.

Speaking to the press at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Mr. Ivan Mugisha, the Country Manager Rwanda Air Uganda, said the airline will provide tickets for the winners. “As Rwanda Air, we are excited to be part of the most amazing auto show in the country, region and continent. We will offer 2 business class tickets to the winners to test our new route from Entebbe to Gaungzhou in China.

In addition to Rwanda Air’s new sponsorship package, Liquid Telecom has also joined the sponsorship board to provide free Wi-Fi at the show for revelers to enjoy and share their experience with the rest of the world online.

“Internet today is a right and no longer just a privilege. It enables us connect beyond borders and has now become a big player in tourism promotion which fits right into the purpose of the CBA Vintage and Classic Auto Show. Many people fly in to see and be part of the event and the best we can do is supplement the efforts of the organizers in raising such an amazing and unique show by creating the free connector of worlds which is the internet. We urge all the event participants to use the free services availed to them to spread the word so that come next year, we see more tourists and inevitably contribute to the economic growth of the country,” Dennis Keko Kahindi, CEO of Liquid Telecom Uganda said.

Dr. John Baptist Niwagaba, the Uganda Vintage and Classic Auto Show chairman welcomed the sponsors on board and reassured them and the show revelers of an unforgettable experience larger than those created in the previous shows.

“We are very excited about our new sponsors, Rwanda Air and Liquid Telecom in addition to our already existing long time partners. With all this support, we are left with no room for mistakes or doubt that this will be the biggest and best CBA Uganda Vintage and Classic Auto Show yet and we can promise all our participants and revelers that they will have a great time!”

 A snail trail of the competing cars will be held on the eve of the event, July 26th, 2019 between 12:00am to 2:00pm from Shell Bugolobi to the Sheraton Kampala Hotel Gardens.  This will be organized in partnership with Uganda Police to ensure security and non-interruption of traffic on the chosen route.

The competition is expected to be tighter this year. Notable entries include a 1953 Mercedes Benz “Ponton”,1965 Mercedes Benz “Fintail” and a 1970 Mercedes Benz “Tight”. These will tussle it out with entries from showman Hajji Kakooza Wazzir who in addition to entering 4 cars including last year’s runner up will also be dressed for the occasion and competing for “Best Dressed Male”. On the hand Mr. Bill Farmer`s 1951 Citroen Avant, the 2015 overall winner will compete again after a 2-year sojourn while Kalvin Kagwa, the youngest winner will shine with his 1938 Wolseley. In the bike category, Mr. Lule will be presenting his 1939 Matchless as he also tussles it out in the Collectibles Category with notable Collectors Tonny Owana and Emmanuel Ssemwanga who own tons of vintage musical and broadcasting equipment.

Our international judges Chris Eden and Anita Rose Eden from Nairobi will join our own legend Sam Ssali to scrutinize each of the entries, while the indefatigable Bob Dewar will provide historic commentary at the show.


The show is endorsed by the Automobile Association of Uganda (AAU), Nairobi`s Concours d`Elegance and Uganda Tourism Board.

PHOTOS: When Phaneroo Held Defining Women's Conference

Phaneroo Ministries International has been known to hold the biggest Christian gatherings in the history of Uganda. Its annual Women's Conference held on Saturday, 6th July 2019 was no exception.

With an impressive turn up of around 20,000 women in attendance, the conference formed yet another building block in defining the destiny of our nation and shaping the character of our society.

It was the platform for advancing Phaneroo's message of equal opportunities for women in society and the need to raise them as pioneers and thought leaders in their various industries.

Santa Anzo, the proprietor of Arapapa Models graced the occasion and shared distinctive wisdom on how one ought to dress for their calling.


Pastor Modesta Sweneey of Phaneroo Ministries International underscored the uniqueness of the woman's spirit, saying, "There is a war that only a woman can fight." Inspirational world renowned author and motivational speaker, Dr. Cindy Trimm, CEO of Trimm International had this to say, "The hand that rocks the cradle still rules the world."


Emphasising the unique role of the woman across the globe, she said, "The day you were born dear woman, you were fully loaded. You carry something for your community and every child you birth and raise is a gift to society."


The conference was crowned by Apostle Grace Lubega, the Vision Bearer of Phaneroo Ministries International who stated "Although Africa has carried a patriarchal grace on men, God is raising female generals in our country for He is no respecter of persons."


The Women's conference is only one of a series of events that are a precursor  to Phaneroo's upcoming 5th anniversary. On 10th August 2019, the ministry will celebrate 5 years of a phenomenal existence.


With its influential reach into various educational institutions across Uganda, prisons allover the country and to countless Christians in and outside Uganda, Phaneroo continues to be a catalyst of generational transformation.

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