MTN launches the 2017 MTN Women in Business Awards

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• Now in their 5th Year, the awards will be hosted under the theme: Survival of the fittest: Partnering for success
• The key note speech to be delivered by Dr. Judy Dlamini, a successful female entrepreneur of the Mbekani Group of businesses in South Africa
• The awards season to feature a free Master Class covering a range of topics like SME Financing, Corporate Governance, Marketing and others
• In this 5th edition, a special Survivor of the Year Award will be presented to a female owned business that has shown resilience in the face of tough economic times.

In honor of women and specifically those engaged in small to medium business, MTN will be joining the rest of the world to celebrate International Women’s day. As has been done for the last four years, MTN will again host the MTN Women in Business Awards (WiB) 2017. These awards celebrate the achievements of Ugandan women entrepreneurs who against all odds continue to excel in the predominantly male dominated field of business. Under the theme; Survival of the fittest: Partnering for success, MTN will host the awards night on Friday 17th March 2017 at the Kampala Serena Hotel. The night will also feature a panel discussion and a key note speech delivered by Dr. Judy Dlamini, a successful South African female entrepreneur who is behind the Mbekani Group of businesses. Details at www.mbekani.co.za

Preceding the dinner night, MTN together with partners like CNBC & Forbes Africa, Stanbic Bank, Serena Hotels, Huawei, UAP Insurance and others, will host a Master Class on Friday 3rd March 2017 at the Protea Hotel. Speaking about this new feature in the awards season, the MTN Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Mrs. Mapula Bodibe commented that, “This day of education and networking seeks to further empower women with various skills in areas like Financing, Corporate Governance, Planning and Marketing among others”. The day long class will be facilitated by leading professionals and organizations with expertise in their respective areas of trade like Mr. Charles Ocici – CEO, Enterprise Uganda, Mrs. Ruth Sebatindira – Founding Partner, Ligomarc Advocates, Mr. Cedric Mpobusingye – Country Partner PwC Uganda and digital marketing experts – Zimba Women among others. Participating individuals and organizations will each be recognized with a Certificate of Participation. Those individual and companies interested in participating can register online at www.tiny.cc/wib17 on a first come; first service basis. Then on Saturday 11th March 2017, at the Shoprite Lugogo parking yard, MTN Business will facilitate a trade expo that will feature women owned businesses making their mark in Uganda. “We believe that the expo is a great opportunity for participating businesses to market themselves and reach out to new and wider audiences”, said Mr. Reginald Kafeero, General Manager – MTN Business.

The MTN Women in Business Awards have over the years become the most recognizable platform celebrating upcoming and successful women entrepreneurs in Uganda; and “MTN through its MTN Business division is proud to be championing what we believe is an area that holds great potential in realizing the fortunes of a huge segment of our population”, noted Mrs. Bodibe.

The award categories on the night are:
 MTN Women In Business Excellence in ICT Award
 MTN Women In Business Excellence in Financial Services Award
 MTN Women In Business: People’s Choice (Survivor of the Year)
 MTN Women In Business CEO Of The Year

In all award categories, a 2nd runner, 1st runner up and the eventual category winners will be recognized with an award and prizes to be announced on the night.
A special People’s choice Survivor of the Year Award will be presented to a female owned business that has shown resilience in the face of tough economic times that the country and the business community, in particular, have endured in recent times.

The winners will be selected by a panel of distinguished judges who are industry captains in their respective fields of business. This year’s judges include;
• Dr. Merian Sebunya – Board Member; Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and The East African Business Council (EABC)
• Mrs. Jennifer Mwijukye – Managing Director – Unifreight Group
• Dr. Maggie Kigozi – President, Business Professional Women
• Mrs, Rita Balaka – Head of Compliance, Stanbic Bank Uganda
• Mrs. Sophia Mukasa – Senior Manager Enterprise, MTN Business
To deliberate on what it takes to survive in business as a Ugandan female entrepreneur, the panel will comprise among others, ladies with experience like
• Mrs. Jackie Namara Rukare – a seasoned lady marketer
• Dr. Barbara Ofwono – founder and proprietor, Victorious Education
• Mrs. Elizabeth Ntege – Director, NFT Consult
• Ms. Caroline Mboijana – Founder & Managing Director, The Leadership Team plus;
• Mrs. Mapula Bodibe – Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Uganda.

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