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Prolific Netballer Nalwanja on the road to recovery after MTN, Kityo intervene.

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Prolific She Cranes Netball team player, Shaffie Nalwanja has undergone a
successful knee operation at CorSU hospital Entebbe, thanks to a donation from
telecom giants MTN after years of playing through a pain barrier at the highest
levels of the sport for club and country.
The operation was done on Friday evening and was successful and according to
the doctors. Her recovery will not take so long as long as she follows all the
instructions given to her, sources privy to the matter say.
Although Nalwanja got a knee injury while on national duty few years back, she
had not received proper attention until now. Close examination of her knee
revealed that she either required surgery for a quick fix or to have lengthy
rehabilitation process; she has opted for the first route.
Described by some as being to the Uganda Netball She Cranes team what Saliva
is to the tongue, Shaffie Nalwanja is one of the most swift and intelligent
defenders to have played for the national team.
The eldest child in a family of four, Nalwanja is a born leader and protector on and
off the netball court even though she only started playing netball in 2015 during
her A-levels at Exodus College Wakiso.
Born November 16, 1998, she played for the national Under-21 team in 2016 and in
2018, she was on Uganda’s combined university team that won the World
University Championships, defeating the favorites South Africa in the final.
She is a household name in Ugandan netball and in the corridors of the global
sport as she was among the best Wing Defenders at the recent Netball World
Cup.

Nalwanja, who featured in all eight games Uganda competed in at the World Cu
2023, put in great shift for the She Cranes as Uganda beat Wales 73-56 to enable
Uganda register its best ever fifth place finish at the highest event in world
netball.
Speaking after the match, Nalwanja said: “I think playing the first time in defence,
I haven’t been so bad. I have been consistent since the first game and I have been
waiting for this chance to be Player of the Match. Being the Player of the Match
against a very good team like Wales feels really great. So far it has not been so
bad.””
Sources say that she featured in the Commonwealth Games 2022 and Netball
world cup 2023 playing though pain with that knee injury.
While Hon. Babirye Kityo Sarah was still at the helm of Uganda Netball
Federation, sources say she lobbied financers to fund Nalwanja’s much needed
surgery and this effort yielded fruit when MTN Uganda settled the medical bills
totaling Ugx 10.8 million.
Her recovery is likely to take between six months and a year according to doctors
and Nalwanja will return as an even physically better netball player.

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Presidential system to be adopted by Osun.

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The Chairman of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSSIEC, Hashim Abioye has once again reiterated that the presidential system of government will be adopted for the local government election in the state.

The Osun State House of Assembly in 2022 passed the OSSIEC Law, 2022 which readopted the presidential system.

The OSSIEC chairman also stated that the basis for the adoption of the system was premised on the Electoral Act, 2022 which was passed by the National Assembly.

In his words, “OSSIEC Law, 2022 stipulated the presidential system for the local government poll in Osun State.

“That is what we will adopt for the local government election in Osun in 2025. The Electoral Act, 2022 will be complied with in totality. OSSIEC will not go against it.”

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Benon and Vamposs share rehearsal teaser videos

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The much-awaited fifth episode of Tusker Malt Conversessions is about to drop, and oh boy, it’s going to be a musical rollercoaster like no other!

The teaser videos that have been circulated on social media have left fans tapping their feet in anticipation as the dynamic duo, Benon and Vamposs, gear up to deliver a heart-warming episode.

The teaser gives us a sneak peek into the rehearsals where Benon, with his signature smile, promises fans, “just be ready for surprises, and I think people should expect a premium Benon & Vamposs.”

These two maestros have been instrumental in shaping the Ugandan music scene, and now they’re back to spill the beans on their journey, success, and maybe a bit of their infamous banter.

“The creative process has been hectic; we still have the chemistry, and I think it’s something that comes from performing together for a long time and the many years we have crafted our art…,” reveals Benon in the teaser.

But it’s not all serious. Vamposs can be heard poking fun at Benon’s love life, adding a dash of humour to the mix. “I don’t see where you even got this love that you are writing about except lying to this crowd,” he jokes.

On a more sombre note, Vamposs shares, “We have a lot of different stories. We are working with the band to see how mellow we can get. It’s not going to be all that rough,” hinting at a different stage presence which will be more intimate in comparison to their usual vibrant performances.

Music lovers should save the date; Sunday, March 3. The fifth episode of Tusker Malt Conversessions featuring Benon & Vamposs will be live on the Tusker Malt and Swangz Avenue YouTube channel at 6 pm. Don’t miss out on the chance to witness the magic, the music, and the memories.

You can also catch up on previous episodes featuring the likes of Kenneth Mugabi, Lilian Mbabazi, The Mith, and Juliana both YouTube pages.

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Ronald Mayinja reveals the inspiration behind his classic song “Necklace”

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Renowned Ugandan singer Ronald Mayinja has shared the story behind his popular song “Necklace.” Born in 1976 in Benja-Gomba, Ronald Mayinja has produced numerous hit songs throughout his career.

Necklace, in particular, has remained one of the favourites among fans, especially those in love. At a press conference for his upcoming concert Old is Gold Mayinja at 49, the singer disclosed that the inspiration for the song came from his girlfriend Julie.

Julie, who attended boarding school while Mayinja was in day school, sparked his fears of losing her to someone else. He penned down “Necklace” as a request for her to entrust her necklace to him to cherish in her absence.

However, after receiving advice from Mariam Ndagire, Mayinja decided to make the song more relatable by expanding its meaning beyond his personal experience.

He hence created a song that resonated with anyone who has ever been in a long-distance relationship or felt the ache of missing someone they love.

He crafted lyrics that painted a vivid picture of two souls yearning for each other’s presence, using the metaphor of a necklace to symbolize the connection they shared.

Over the years, “Necklace” has remained a timeless classic in Ugandan music. Its universal theme and emotional resonance have allowed it to transcend time and continue to touch the hearts of listeners, regardless of age or background.

Mayinja’s decision to expand the song’s scope and make it relatable to a wider audience proved to be a stroke of genius, cementing his status as a celebrated veteran musician in Uganda.

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