In brief: Gen. Kyanda endorses Kwera Bits; Mwirigi out of TBWA; DHL, Jumia war; Key NIRA stats and more

Kwera Bits

Good afternoon, In Brief readers!

This is your Wednesday afternoon briefing through which you will learn about the latest developments in the tech world in and out of Uganda. The information presented below is gathered from different media outlets. We present it briefly so that you can get the full story from the original publisher by clicking on the blue links (this is so that the original publisher can also benefit from our audience).

Maj. Gen. Kyanda supports Kwera Bits

Maj. Gen. Leopold Eric Kyanda, the chief of staff of the Land Forces in the UPDF, tweeted to his thousands of followers, declaring how he had “been enjoying KWERA Bits products for a few months now”. He described the products as “amazing” and “full of protein and natural fibers.”

Founded by Purity Wako, the 5-year-old nutrition startup helps people manage weight and pick the right foods and drinks for their diet.

(Watch the video below to learn more about Kwera Bits.)


Paul Mwirigi leaves TBWA Uganda

Seasoned Marketer Paul Mwirigi has left TBWA Uganda, an advertising agency he had served for two years, managing MTN Uganda’s marketing and communication.

Mwirigi joined the advertising firm when, on July 1, 2017, it took over the management of MTN Uganda’s marketing and communication function. It had been previously managed by Metropolitan Republic.

TBWA Uganda is one of the largest advertising agencies in Uganda and an affiliate member of TBWA\Worldwide. They are part of Omnicom Group, global leaders in marketing, with capabilities and affiliates in the areas of creative advertising, public relations, media, and digital services.

In a follow-up interview, Mwirigi declined to talk about his next move, saying he “will share more details later.”

DHL, Jumia compete for Africa

After unveiling its online shop in April, DHL is aggressively expanding its eCommerce platform and it can now be accessed by 20 African countries. Jumia is only present in 14 countries.

DHL’s app takes advantage of the shipping giant’s existing delivery structure on the continent, able to get goods to doorsteps through its DHL Express courier service, reports TechCrunch.

Read the full report here

Key NIRA statistics

NIRA has released statistics about the ongoing national registration exercise, showing that over 27 million people have already registered for the national ID.

The stats also show that over 23 million applications have been allocated NINs and over 17 million cards have been printed.

(Get the exact figures from the tweet below.)

MUBS students win US$1000 for their innovation

Makerere University Business School (MUBS) has rewarded its students with a cash prize of $1000 for their innovation dubbed TrackIt, a security system that will help students protect their belongings.

Read the full story here

Nairobi experiences 5G

Nariobi, the capital of Kenya, has become among the few nations in Sub-Saharan Africa that have tested the experience of 5G.

Nokia was behind the showcase that saw lucky people try out the emerging cellular technology in connected conservation, retail, industries, entertainment, and education.

Read the full story here

Prospective New Castle buyer to attend Kampala Blockchain Conference

The list of prominent people that will feature at the African Blockchain Conference slated for July 3 and 4 in Kampala continues to grow, with the latest guest being His Highness Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed al Nahyan, a member of the Al Nahyan, a  ruling family of Abu Dhabi and the Chairman and co-founder of the Bin Zayed Group.

Sheikh Khaled is a prospective owner of England based football club Newcastle United. He is also a relative of Manchester City owner, Sheikh Mansour.

Read the full story here

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