MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte (3rd Right) and MTN CMO Mapula Bodibe (extreme left) poses for a group photo with some of the winners of 2016 MTN Women in Business awards who are travelling to south Africa for a week-long trip to learn, share experience and tour similar SME Businesses in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This was after they were flagged off at MTN Nyonyi gardens offices this morning.
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During a breakfast event hosted by MTN at the home of MTN Business at Nyonyi Gardens in Kololo, Kampala, MTN Uganda announced four winners of the 2016 MTN Women in Business Awards who will, this weekend, be heading to South Africa for a week-long learning trip to learn, share experiences and tour similar SME businesses in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The all-expenses paid trip is part of the prizes promised by MTN prior to the announcement of the winners earlier this year.

MTN Business is fulfilling this obligation as the company continues to celebrate the spirit of excellence and perseverance that continues to empower women to be the drivers of positive change in our community.

MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer Mapula Bodibe during the breakfast event; said “Through the MTN Women in Business Platform, we celebrate the spirit of excellence that is demonstrated by those outstanding women that have harnessed technology and talent to grow their businesses and we’re delighted to further empower this year’s winners as they travel to engage with entrepreneurs driving change in a different environment.”

MTN Business General Manager Reginald Kafeero commended the winners for their hard work and perseverance that made them winners in the first place, and challenged them to utilize the linkages from the trip to the benefit of their businesses and society.

“The fact that you won these awards means you are outstanding business leaders. It is our hope that linkage and exposure will further empower you and enable you to grow your businesses further to the benefit of your communities,” Kafeero said at the event.

MTN Uganda has been at the forefront of supporting Business communities in Uganda particularly through its MTN Business training programs for SMEs aimed at providing them with the right expertise to not only start up new business ventures but to also grow and sustain their current business to ensure optimum output and profitability. This program has over the years extended to Women in Business (WiB) as well.

“In addition to providing all the necessary solutions and tools to support businesses, MTN delights itself in the power to further impact society by helping business leaders grow to reach new heights. We are excited to be facilitating the winners as they go to this trip and hope it will be a productive one,” said MTN’s Chief Executive Officer Wim Vanhelleputte, speaking at the flagging off event.

In honour of Women and specifically Women in Business, MTN joins the rest of the world in celebrations in the month of March. For the last 4 years MTN Uganda has hosted 400 women to a dinner and combined it with a themed special Women’s Day Panel Discussion, the themes have varied each year depending on the hot topics and recommendations from previous events. WiB event is the most sought after in the calendar of both professional and Women entrepreneurs and its audiences.

The award winning Women in Business 2016 that will be travelling to South Africa this weekend;

  1. Susan Ajok – Managing Director at Straight Talk Foundation and winner of the MTN Women In Business 2016: Excellence in ICT award.
  2. Jacqueline Birigwa Nuwamanya – Managing Director at Rural Communications Limited and holds the MTN Women in Business 2016: Excellence in Financial Services award
  3. Alice Karugaba – MD & Founder at Nina Interiors Limited and holder of the SME CEO of the year 2016 award.
  4. Barbara Ofwono Buyondo – Principal and Victorious Education Services and holder of the SME CEO of the year 2015 award