Baz Waiswa

Baz Waiswa

Studying Entrepreneurship At VU Has Changed My Life – Student

Many times people realize the value of university education when they have come out of campus and have joined the employment world. However the case is different with Mbikamboli Idu Mikellides, a student at Victoria University Kampala.

In an exclusive interview Mikellides known to his peers as Mike reveals how studying a business course has shaped and changed his life. The second year student of business administration tells of how an entrepreneurship course unit taught him how to start a business.

Mike, a refugee from Bunia in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), would go on to implement what he had learnt in the lecture room to reality. He joined the business world when he opened up a supermarket at the border of Uganda and DRC.

“When I joined Victoria University, I didn’t have any business. I was not a businessman. In my life, I wanted to be a businessman, travel the world and be recognized all over the world, to be rich,” Mike narrates.

“So when I joined Victoria University, there is one course unit, entrepreneurship, which changed my life. It taught me how to start a business, how to take a risk, that is how I started my business.

I had an idea, in Uganda things are cheap and in DRC things are expensive. I said why can’t I buy things here and take them to DRC. Right now, I have twelve employees working for me, in my own company,” he explains how Victoria University shaped his business acumen.

Mike has since opened up a supermarket selling all sorts of things. “It is at the Uganda – DRC border. First thing in business, you need to locate a good place with demand to set your business. In Kampala we have so many supermarkets so I decided to go where there is none. The border area gave me an opportunity to start and grow easily,”

The student, who has secured land in DRC on which he wants to set up a cocoa plantation that will employ hundreds of people, says Victoria University ‘always tries to link you up with big people, to inspire you’, something which exposes students to opportunities.

But juggling business and studies is turning out to be a challenge. “Sometimes I have orders for the supermarket which I need to deliver. That means I have to leave school and go to kikuubo to do shopping, then send to the supermarket.

It can take me about two or three days. In the process, I am missing studies here at the university. But I try to balance my time. When I have an order or invoice to deliver, I call my suppliers, I only go to verify and send to the shop,”

He asked why he chose Victoria University among all universities in Uganda, Mike said: “I went to so many different universities. I tried to know deeply about them. I saw a big difference between Victoria University and other universities.

All are universities but there are specific things that drove me here. It is not only the building but their systems, their standards; Victoria University is different from other universities.”

Speke Resort Boosts Accommodation With 45 New Superior Rooms

Speke Resort Munyonyo has added another category of 45 Superior Rooms to its huge inventory, Ajit Singh, the Rooms Division Manager at the five star hotel revealed to this website. Speke Resort, according to Singh’s revelation, now has 472 rooms in total.

The fancy and artistic Superior Rooms are now open to the public. Singh says the rooms have poster bed, LED TV, digital safe, spacious balcony, air conditioning, cubical shower on top of other regular facilities.

“Our Superior Rooms are open for our guests to book and enjoy a new accommodation along with several other categories of rooms we offer. It is an added advantage to the Resort as well as to our valuable guests as we have given extra space and facilities in these rooms at reasonable prices,” Singh said.

“We have enough for guests to choose from, Speke Resort offers seven different categories of rooms such as Presidential Suittes, Executive Suites, Presidential Cottages, One Bedroom Suites, Executive Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and newly constructed Superior Rooms,” he added.

Speke Resort Munyonyo which built in 2001 offers the best conferencing facilities for national and international clientele, providing a professional but friendly ambiance. It was recently named by customers as their favorite hotel at the Jumia Travel Awards.

Speke Resort & Conference Centre Munyonyo offers 10 state-of-the-art conference rooms including a 1,000-seat ballroom and 9 multi-functional meeting rooms that accommodate groups of 10-300 people.

Speke Resort Munyonyo has some of the best facilities a modern hotel should have. The addition of the Superior Rooms makes it a more ideal hotel to visit.

Kampala Summit To Unlock Investment In Energy, Infrastructure

The East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit (EAEIS) will bring together regional governments, leading utility and regulatory companies, financiers, donor organisations and power developers in an effort to unlock investment in energy and infrastructure for regional growth and development.

The Summit taking place on 6-8 February in Kampala, Uganda, will discuss the most significant energy and infrastructure projects being developed across the region and to explore practical solutions geared at increasing investor appetite in East Africa.

The East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit is largely expected to unite regional governments from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia. EnergyNet's Anna Gorzkowska commented that energy landscape in East Africa is evolving and diversifying.

“From the development of the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline and Refinery Project, to the large renewable energy projects such as the Bujagali Hydropower Project and Lake Turkana Wind Power Project – there has never been a more exciting time for the East African region, and we're delighted to have got the timing of this meeting right.

There is so much interest not only in the larger infrastructure and energy projects, but also in the ever-developing off grid space."

The East Africa summit will be co-located with the second annual Africa Energy Forum: Off The Grid (AEF:OTG). AEF:OTG will focus on the topical issues concerning rolling out off-grid projects across Africa, presenting current project opportunities and building on the outcomes of the first successful off grid Summit, held in Dar es Salaam in December 2016.

Participating at both meetings are the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development for Uganda, UMEME, the Energy Regulatory Authority and the Rural Electrification Agency. Power Africa, ENGIE, Fieldstone Africa, METKA, Nedbank, Shell New Energies, Wartsila, Nocart, Windlab and the African Trade Insurance Agency have all confirmed their full support and sponsorship of the forums, demonstrating their central role in shaping the East African region's power and infrastructure sector. 

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Rajiv Ruparelia Tips Employees On Team Work

For a big conglomerate like Ruparelia Group of Companies, it is essential that employers not only share the vision of the founders and investors but work towards achieving and sustaining it.

This requires that employees and management work in unison to achieve this sustainability. The point of unity is what Rajiv Ruparelia, a Ruparelia Group director, emphasized when he addressed hundred of Ruparelia Group employers during this year’s sports gala.

According to Rajiv Ruparelia working as a team yields more positive results that what you can achieve individually. “It’s worthwhile when you work as a team. What you can take from today is team work,” he said referring to the unity employees exhibited by the company teams.

He added: “You can work as an individual and succeed but when you work as a team you out-succeed every company. Work together with your management, share ideas and build on that.”

Rajiv particpates in the days activities

The Ruparelia Group under their chairman Sudhir Ruparelia has invested heavily in some of the leading sectors in the country. Ruparelia Group has invested in sectors like banking, insurance, hospitality, conventions and leisure centres, education, real estate and agriculture.

In the hospitality sector, the group established Kabira Country Club, Speke Hotel, Speke Apartments, Speke Resort and Conference Centre, Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Dolphin Suites, Tourist Hotel, Forest Cottages and Speke Resort Bujagali Falls.

In the education sector, the group invested in KISU, Kampala Parent’s School, Delhi Public International School and Victoria University Kampala. The group owns Sanyu Fm, a pioneer local radio station, own two of the leading flower farmers and exporters in the country, Rosebud and Premier Roses.

Under Meera Investments and Crane Management, the group has established some of the country’s iconic arcades, hotels, apartments and real estate establishments. In the financial sector, the group owns Goldstar insurance, forex bureaus and a commercial bank.

 

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