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5 Restaurants On Jumia Food To Try Out This September

September is here and we’re only a few months away from saying goodbye to 2016 and embrace a new year. At Jumia food, every day, week and month means new restaurants to choose from. Here’s a list of 5 new restaurants, we highly recommend trying out!

Mama Ashanti – Location:  Nakasero, Kyadondo, Plot 20, Kampala

It is the best West African cuisine restaurant in Kampala, and you can enjoy a wide selection of African food available, that is always cooked to order as the menu is Alar carte. From Mama Ashanti you will be able to taste and eat whatever West Africa has to offer as regards to food and also understand why Western African meals such as Jollof Rice to Fufu are becoming globally popular.

*Meals range between Ugshs 10,000 – 47,000

Kahwa2Go: – Location: Plot 31, Ntinda Mall, Kampala

Kahwa2Go has a great breakfast menu that serves combo dishes such as;-  The 2’s “2 eggs cooked to your taste, 2 sausages, 2 slices of toast served with vegetable salsa”, and the Breakfast egg Sandwich “served with home fries (2 eggs cooked to your choice atop of lettuce, mayonnaise & assorted vegetables)”.

You can also savor their meals especially the one’s listed under ‘Best Sellers’. Like the Chapati rolls [the 2 eggs, baked beans chapati roll. It also offers a variety of Burgers and Sandwiches, with a great deal every Friday and Saturday on Jumia Food *Buy Any Sandwich and Get One FREE! There is something for everyone at [email protected], like the Hunger Teasers that has a variety of items such as samosa, chicken nuggets and chips masala.

*Meals range between Ugshs 3,500 – 21,000

ROOTS   – Location: Nakasero,Akii bua road,Plot 20A, Kampala

Roots offers standard local dishes made up of an array of freshly prepared local delights served with sides like malakwang and Ggobe, all kinds of luwombo (Beef, Chicken, Goat and Beef in groundnut sauce), and Ugandan breakfast delicacies like pancakes or kabalagala as they are locally called, soups and vegetable platters made up of variously colored and deliciously prepared seasonal vegetables. Any lover of local food will not fail to get what they want from Roots.

*Meals and breakfast ranges between Ugshs 3,500 – 40,000

 l'Epicurien Restaurant    – Location:  Plot 34, Windsor Crescent, Kampala

l’Epicurien has a great romantic ambience, the cadre is fantastic and the gazebos bring an African touch to this exquisite French relaxing dinner setting, it is also normally brought to life with live music in the gardens and has a varied and well balanced menu that covers delicacies such as Cote De Porc Sautees Aux Oignons (Pork chop stir fry) and Filet De Tilapia (Tilapia fillet) served with either Sauce gingembere or Sauce curry et lait de coco. For those that have never tried French cuisine and the French cuisine enthusiasts this is a must try restaurant because while culinary trends come and go, appreciation and dedication to quality endure.

*Price ranges from Ugsh 10,000 to 59,000

JAVA HOUSE   – Branch Locations:  Acacia mall Kololo, Village Mall, bugolobi, Lugogo bypass, Grand Imperial, Kampala

At Java house you can enjoy amazing breakfast, fresh fruit juices and salads. You can-not go wrong with breakfast from Java House, they have all breakfast items on their menu, with the Egg & Cheese Breakfast Burrito with Bacon, Ham or Sausage made up of a homemade Tortilla with Egg & Cheese filling and a choice of Bacon, Ham or Sausage, topped with Ranchero Sauce, served with Home fries as their bestseller.

You can also savor the Ugandan signature Luwombo meal. Java house also boosts of the most varied and comprehensive menu meaning everyone can literally pick out a meal or item of their craving.

 *Meals and Breakfast range from Ugsh 3,500- 37,000

If you happen to be in Kampala or Entebbe and want to sample some of these authentic cuisines but don’t know where to start, Jumia food Uganda (www.food.jumia.ug) has you covered with numerous restaurants at the touch of a button and deliveries to your office or home.

COP22 Meeting Must Focus On Building Adaptive Capacity Of Africans

Recently, members from the Morocco Steering Committee for the 22nd session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) met with the some civil society organizations to discuss the possibilities of having enhanced civil society participation in COP22 meeting in Marrakech Morocco.

The COP, which will sit from 7-18 November 2016, is expected to bring together over 181 countries under the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC).

It is an opportunity for African to reflect on the challenges it has faced in dealing with climate change impacts and exploit the opportunity to ensure that the outcomes of the Conference address their concerns. It should be noted that Africa has already hosted two COP meetings before that is, COP12 that took place in 2006 at Nairobi Kenya and COP17 that took place in 2011 at Durban South Africa.

Even so, COP22 comes at a time when climate change impacts have intensified in the recent times, with frequent hazards of high magnitude resulting into loss of lives, property, agricultural land and pollution of water bodies among others that is already driving millions of people into abject poverty.

For instance, in the 2010 Bududa district in eastern Uganda suffered one of the worst climate change hazards in recent time where thousands of people were buried by mudslides, lives and property was lost. In addition, in 2011, Teso Sub region was hit by floods that destroyed agricultural land and human settlements; this resulted into an outbreak of famine in the region. Further, in 2014, Karamoja region in northeastern Uganda suffered a prolonged drought that last over six month, lives and livestock was lost that required intervention of government for food aid.

The author of this article Samuel Okulony

As much as these hazards occur both in developing and developed countries, the developed countries has a better means of dealing with the impacts whereas the developing countries lack the technology and human capacity to predict and mitigate the hazard and to contain the hazard as well.  For instance during the mudslides in Bududa,  government of Uganda with the help of the army and community members used hand hoe to dig out the bodies and would be survivors, this intensifies the risk even further.  

It is important that the negotiations in the COP 22 whose theme will be monitoring sustainable development goals and commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change focus on establishing the strategies through which Africa can be best adapted to managing climate change impacts. 

Therefore, the representatives from partner countries who will be participating in negotiations must advocate for establishment and operationalisation of Climate Change Finance for Africa that will be used to build the adaptive capacity of local communities to climate change hazards in rural communities and prone areas of Africa. 

In addition, there must be avenues for technology development and transfer of technology from developed countries to developing countries on best mechanism of dealing with climate change especially on water and agricultural sector, which supports more than half of African population. 

Finally, as a means to embrace sustainable development, respective governments must be urged to embrace mitigation through subsidizing the cost of exploiting renewable energy, planting more trees to absorb carbon emissions and encouraging use of public transport as opposed to personal cars. 

By taking actions jointly on Climate change, we shall be able to pass on a better sustaining environment to the next generation than we actually inherited and avoid blame game.  

 

This article was written by;

Samuel Okulony

Environmentalist

Programs and research coordinator

Africa institute for energy governance

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Vivo Energy Rewards Fuel And Win Reloaded Promotion Winners

Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants, rewarded the first batch of winners in its ongoing Fuel and Win Reloaded promotion that was relaunched last month.

Ten winners were each rewarded fuel worth Shs3m (three million Uganda Shillings) and thirty winners won fuel worth Shs300, 000 (three hundred thousand Uganda Shillings). This prize giving ceremony was held at the Vivo Energy head office in the Kampala industrial area on Wednesday.

The winners were randomly selected from the draw after participating in the promotion by fuelling Shs50, 000 or more of Shell FuelSave at any Shell service station, receiving a voucher, and entering the voucher code into the promotion phone line. The more times a customer participates the more chances he or she is likely to win either Shs3m or Shs300, 000 worth of free fuel.

“We appreciate all our customers who are participating in the promotion and encourage them to continue fuelling and participating. The promotion is here to thank our customers for their loyalty and support and also give them a chance to enjoy and experience our quality fuel that is designed to improve engine efficiency to help them get a little further on each tank.” said Vivo Energy Uganda Managing Director Hans Paulsen at the prize handover.

The Fuel and Win Reloaded promotion runs until 13th October, with winners being notified by the Vivo Energy number 0312 210010. The promotion is country wide and therefore all customers are eligible to participate, as long as they fuel more than Shs50, 000 of Shell FuelSave.

Speaking to an excited winner, Godson Ssali, one of the ten winners of fuel worth Shs3m, he said he has been using Shell fuel for a very long time and he doesn’t regret it at all. He added that Shell fuel is the best on the market and recommends all drivers who want quality fuel to use Shell fuel because it’s not only friendly on the pocket, but also friendly on the engine.He is very grateful to Vivo Energy for the free fuel and encourages everyone to participate in the promotion to stand a chance of winning.

“We are dedicated to upholding the upmost fuel standards in the market and will continue to work with Shell to bring high quality - yet affordable - fuels, lubricants and services to the people of Uganda.” concluded Hans Paulsen.

Uganda’s Top Birds That Will Wow You With Their Beauty

From the savannahs of the Kidepo to the deep forests of the Mabira, right through the impenetrable Bwindi and to the top of Wagagai, the variety of bird species in Uganda is undeniable.

Being located within the tropics, Uganda has one of the most conducive weather for bird habitation; making it easy for several species to flourish throughout the country’s green including the city.

There are over 1,000 bird species including those that have not be documented for tourism, but among those are some that are most sought after by birdwatchers and well known to the local population.

Grey Crowned Crane

Commonly known as the Crested Crane, this bird is a national treasure and can be spotted on the Ugandan flag and coat of arms. The Crested Crane is a subspecies of the Crane family; there is elegance in their movements and can be found around swampy areas, lake shores or other wetlands in the country.

Due to constant poaching and ritualistic purposes, the population of Crested Cranes in Uganda has dwindled over the years. They are a sight to behold when ascending to flight, their wide spread feathers shimmer with color.

Shoe Billed Stork

This bird might confuse several scientists on which family it should belong to; Ciconiiformes or Pelecaniformes. The shoebill is one of the top sought after birds in Uganda. The bird’s unique feature is its large shoe shaped bill that it uses to forage food at the same time helps it stand out uniquely from its other stork relatives, shoebills are only found on the African continent.

Shoebills in Uganda can be found around the marshy- swampy areas of the country; they mainly feed on tilapia and lungfish even if shoebills are considered to be piscivorous.

Karamoja Apalis

Though not much is known about these birds, they are part of the Cisticolidae family/Warbler family and were first spotted in Karamoja in 1919 which explains their English name.

You have probably heard them sing the first and last song of the day out in the shrubs when you visit the village. They tend to nest in low thorny thick shrubs and can be easily spotted around the savannah in the national parks of Uganda, although they are more common in the North Eastern part of the country. The Uganda Karamoja Apalis is usually grey in color and almost the size of a small fist.

African Green Broadbill

This bright- green with a blue throat bird has a small bill, quite unlike those of the other broadbills. The African green broadbill is also known as Grauer's Broadbill and can be identified by their leafy green color with a light blue breast/ rump and short but protruding tail. They can be found in the Albertine region of Uganda, especially in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. They are classified as vulnerable due to constant degrading of most of its habitats.

Great Blue Turaco

The Great blue turaco is one of the largest species of the Turaco bird group that is found in Uganda; they are common in dense tropical forests such the Mabira. Their physical characteristics make them look like a cross between the great eagle and the peacock. They have very beautiful bright colored feathers; blue body with a yellow breast and red- yellow beaks. The Great blue turacos are reducing in number, since they are hunted down for meat and for their feathers.

Doherty’s Bush Shrike

The Bush Shrike is a bird from the Malaconotidae family and is found in the shrublands of Uganda and forests on and around the slopes of Mountains. They have bright colors; black, yellow, red and a little grey that almost make them look like they are wearing the Ugandan flag on their feathers. They are among the most common birds one can find in the country when birding and their population is mostly stable.

Black Breasted Barbet

Lybius Rolleti is a bird indigenous to Africa but are usually rarely to find, they nest in thick vegetation areas and known to be very solitary birds. They are plump-looking, with large heads and their heavy bill is fringed with bristles. Black Breasted Barbets feed off of fruits such as guavas and mangoes plus small insects and vertebrates. Fruit is eaten whole and indigestible material such as seed pits regurgitated later. African barbets are quite similar to the American barbets which also belong to Piciformes.

Credit: Travel.jumia.com

 

 

 

 

 

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