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This online talk show seeks to be the alternative voice for Ugandan youths

TZEquipped with a microphone, a smart phone, a computer and some Internet connection, The Zeitgeist has rolled up its sleeve to create an alternative media platform to those Ugandans that cannot be hosted on traditional media.

The zeitgeist means “the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time “The spirit behind the show and the like is because we feel the spirit of the time is to have more engaging and accountable citizenry.” Samson Tusiime said.

The live show happens every Saturday at noon via http://mixlr.com/thezeitgeist/

With an internet penetration of about 10 million Ugandans and nudged by the fact that traditional media only uses the same old people on their talk shows, Tusiime Samson together with his friends; Mujuni Raymond, Kwezi Tabaro, Colin Asiimwe, Pru Nyamishana and Benjamin Rukwengye have put their boots on to offer that much needed voice.

They believe that if only 10% of Ugandan Internet users can listen to their show, they will have a media coverage that is better than that of most media houses in Uganda.

On the show, a range of topics are covered; politics, policy, governance, entrepreneurship, arts and culture. They are careful not to host the people that have been in the mainstream media many times. Listening in to one of the shows, I was blown away by the depth with which issues were being discussed.

With the 9 talk shows so far, The Zeitgeist is quickly becoming a force to reckon with. It is highly interactive as analytics indicate that 900 listeners in August alone tuned in; with people from as far as Canada listening in. Eria, one listener who listened to the podcast from Denmark commended them on the awesome job they were doing and suggested to them what they could do better.

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The Zeitgeist hopes to have a website that has an immediate transcription of the show, professional equipment that can make the work much easier, increase the frequency of the shows and partner with mainstream media platforms so as to reach to people that are not online.
In light of the fact that the dynamics of information dissemination in Uganda have changed, social media informs conversation that mainstream media pick, this initiative is timely and is an opportunity for the youth to curate meaningful conversation.

“We are leaving in very interesting times,” Samson said “ in an era of great information flow. We must leverage this information and the available tools and platforms to make Uganda a better society.”
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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. kagayi

    September 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Good, good, stuff!!

    • thisis256

      September 8, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Thank you Kagayi. The sky is not the limit, it is the beginning 🙂

  2. Cody

    September 25, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Congs on the project!

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Y+ Beauty Pageant: This Pageant Aims at Fighting Stigma And Discrimination of Young People Living With HIV

On 25th September, the Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA) launched the 7th edition of the Y+ beauty pageant under the theme “Changing The Narrative.” 

The new Mr. and Miss Y+ Central region 2020/21

The Y+ Beauty Pageant is a novel concept that was developed to celebrate beauty with zero stigma and zero discrimination together with having zero new infections and having zero AIDS related deaths. The entertainment calendar has several beauty pageants and, one of which is the Y+ Beauty Pageant that has been on for the last seven years.

The beauty pageant has, over the years, served as a platform to young men and women (16 to 25 years) living with HIV to become voices to the voiceless, pillars of boldness and strength to those still afraid of HIV testing, these young people also share testimonies of assurance that acquiring HIV is not the end of life. Which is not that easy.

Nicholas Niwagaba the team leader at UNYPA speaking at one of the Y+ Beauty Pageant pre-events

“Our mandate is to better the lives of young people living with HIV/AIDS (YPLHIV), and we boldly take it upon ourselves to ensure that we fight stigma through the Y+ Beauty Pageant. Over the years we have managed to position young people in the fight against stigma and in so doing, HIV,” said Nicholas Niwagaba, the team leader at UNYPA.

The COVID- 19 virus has worsened stigma towards people living with HIV/AIDS, the current pandemic threatens to reverse the accomplishments that have been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

As soon as the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Uganda on 19th March 2020, strict lockdown measures were enforced, including a ban on all public and private transport, night curfew, closure of schools, suspension of religious and social gatherings, and closure of non-essential shops and markets.

UNYPA ambassadors were supported with transport as well as bicycles to conduct the door to door home visits for fellow YPLHIV, face to face conversations, SMS for psycho social support to ensure adherence and positive living among YPLHIV.

UNYPA therefore, organizes the 2020 Y+ beauty pageant for YPLHIV in order to re-echo their voices, co- create to build a strong, energetic, creative, and productive generation able to address the multiple dimensions in which stigma and discrimination affect young peoples through raising awareness and empowering Y+ Ambassadors both male & female as champions to challenge HIV related stigma, discrimination & gender based violence within their communities. 

The Y-Plus pageant model in Uganda is now a nationally and international recognized and awarded model for a successful fight against HIV related stigma and discrimination, increasing awareness on HIV prevention but of more critical concern still largely remains unaddressed the problem of stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS and society’s attitude to it is still a big concern.

The contest doesn’t focus on looks or beauty, but on a young positive person being a role model for other young people with HIV, on being able to advocate for the needs of young people, and to increase acceptance and understanding of young people living with HIV in society.

Through its yearly cycle, the Y+ Beauty Pageant has so far bred over 844 ambassadors who are part of a generation of YPLHIV youth champions advocating for and working towards an HIV stigma-free Uganda. The campaign shall be staggered in three stages: regional auditions; central- Kampala, eastern- Kamuli, western- Kabale and northern- Kwania followed by the boot camp, and a grand finale event on Friday 20th November 2020. 

About UNYPA

UNYPA is a youth led and youth serving organization coordinating meaningful engagement of young people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in Uganda in the National, Regional and Global HIV/AIDS response.  With a membership of over 50,000 young people; UNYPA works to implement National Evidence-driven Advocacy programs that address HIV/AIDS related stigma and discriminations, Gender inequalities and promote Young People’s empowerment and universal access to integrated SRHR (SRHR) and HIV/AIDS information and services. UNYPA is driven by the needs of young people living with HIV and implements an evidence informed national programme and advocacy for YPLHIV to lead healthy and productive lives. 

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2Gule: This Platform Makes it Easy For Ugandans to Shop And Ship From The US, UK And Canada

It has always been very difficult for people in Uganda to shop and ship items from popular stores in the USA, UK, and Canada, but that gap has been bridged by the 2Gule platform.

This has been the case especially when it comes to shopping from stores like Amazon, Fashionova, eBay, and Walmart among others. These stores don’t ship to Uganda, and that had become a very big problem to perpetual shoppers of authentic goods.

The 2GULE platform is here to help you buy what you want, when you want, at the best price & have it delivered straight to you in Uganda. There is no need to give up & settle for counterfeit products on the market because you can’t get what you want from the USA, UK or Canada so get around shipping restrictions once and for all.

How 2Gule works

Go online & look for the products you want to buy, and then visit the 2Gule website www.2gule.com where you can send them a link to your product or just a simple description of the items you want to buy from stores in the USA, UK & Canada.

Afterwards, they will send you a quotation with the total cost including; Cost of product, shipping costs, and taxes on arrival. After which, you can then pay 60% of the total price for which they buy, ship & pay taxes on arrival, all in under 14-21 days upon receiving the goods at their 2GULE warehouse in the US.

You can then pay the 40% after receiving your product from #2GULE. You receive an email you as soon as your purchased goods have arrived at their offices in the US and you can then either choose to let them know whether you want them delivered to you when they get to Uganda, or to pick them up from their offices at Kirabo Complex, Level 2, room 222.

In the event that you already bought your goods OR have items still stuck in the USA/UK or Canada, they can still help you ship them into Uganda, pay the customs fees and deliver them safely to you. Their fees range from $8 to $9 per pound of weight (includes shipping fees & tax on arrival), the cheapest on market at the moment.

Pricing for goods to be shipped

Assuming you want to purchase an item at $110 from Amazon. On checking out, Amazon will charge you a $15 USA tax making the total price of the good $125. 2Gule uses a dollar rate of 3850-3900 per Ugx. This makes a $125 product cost about Shs487,500.

Airliners often charge about $8 per pound. Assuming your item weighs 12 pounds, it would bring the price to Shs861,900 however, this is before the URA taxes that vary from item to item, music equipment attracts about 30% tax at Customs. Remember, you will have your item in Uganda within 14-21 days from date of purchase.

Although owned by youthful Ugandan citizens that still prefer to remain anonymous, 2Gule has come a long way to support Uganda thrill spenders and high-class shoppers to be able to access the items/goods that they want, when they want, and at an affordable price.

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GLIM! This Website is Celebrating, Motivating, Uplifting, And Empowering Women to be The Best Version of Themselves

Born on February 19, 2018, GLIM has come to be one of the most celebrated websites in regards to empowering women, and giving women a platform to tell their stories, and inspire each other. GLIM is a platform that celebrates women and lets them pride in who they are, as it motivates, inspires and uplifts.

Glim, is meant to collectively build a positive community that celebrates women, their achievements, inspire each other and build confidence in themselves to be the best versions of the people they aspire to be, while enjoying life of course.

Women make up more than half of the world’s population. At Glim, the team believes that it is important to empower the woman, take a front seat in purposefully contributing to the world. 

It’s no secret that Africa is still lagging behind in terms of women empowerment, mainly because Culture has stripped women of their inherent power, leaving them feeling unworthy, uninspired and restricting them to mere marital duties. 

GLIM is also a media platform that wants to inspire and open women to the realization of their full potential and power, and the great role they can play in the development of the continent. 

To this effect, they curate content that celebrates and hypes women’s accomplishments in different fields, and empowers them financially with a goal of making their content informative and fun, as they give value to their readers.

The Mission of GLIM is to empower the African Woman, while their Vision is to be the number one go to digital media platform for purposeful women related content.

Show them some love by following their social media platforms;

Facebook – https://web.facebook.com/glimug/

Instagram – @glim_ug

Twitter – @Glim_ug

Website – https://glimug.com/

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