Friday, July 29, 2011


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Our Uganda Friday: MishMash

by Darlyne Komukama

MishMash is an arts event that has been happening in Kampala for 5 months now and in that time it has grown tremendously in it's popularity and significance.
"MishMash is a dynamic, energetic fusion of art, culture and the things that make life worth living." Located in Naguru, Kampala, MishMash brings together Uganda's most inspiring artists in a wide range of fields including painting, sculpture, dance, fashion, music, print-making, and photography. The last Sunday of every month, MishMash presents a feast of Ugandan art & culture at its garden gallery."

On Sunday, 31st July, 2011, MishMash is back with an exciting programme. Most notably, 3 of Uganda's leading artists, Edison Mugalu, Henry Mzili Mujunga and Enoch Mukiibi, are going to unveil new works or art.

The programme for the day will be;

Edison Mugalu, Henry Mzili Mujunga and Enoch Mukiibi will be displaying their brand new works for the first time.

Uganda's premier contemporary dance troupe will perform a collection of pulsating performances.

Janzi Band will be playing their unique UgaAfro fusion by mixing Uganda's traditional instruments such as the dungu, akogo, endongo, endigidi with the guitars and keyboard.

A fantastic selection of Uganda's unique artisans

Ro Kerango will once again guiding children in creating wonderful pieces of their own.

Abalimi Catering will delight your culinary senses, using fresh farm produce in a mouth-watering menu. If you don't come hungry, you'll be missing out.

See you there.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Interview with an Intern

Awava recently started hosting an intern, Chrissy Meoni from Virginia, and below is an interview with said intern.

Awava: Hey new Awava intern! Go ahead and introduce yourself.

Chrissy: Hi Everyone!

My first experiences in Africa have been so fresh and fun! I’ve been in Uganda for a little over two weeks and I couldn’t be happier. I visited Cairo before traveling south to Kampala. Awava has helped me see Uganda in a whole new way. So far, I have helped with interviewing artisans, shopping for supplies, and creating an online database of information. Boda bodas (motorcycle taxis) have been my main mode of transportation, which are more efficient and more fun than traveling via car. I’ve even gotten the chance to participate in a Hash Run (a noncompetitive running, social and drinking group) with one of my roommates! Kampala is the city of seven hills and I got to see a view of Kampala and Lake Victoria on a visit to Cassia Lodge.

Now a bit about myself… I’m going to be junior at the University of San Diego, but I grew up in a suburb outside DC in northern VA. Studying biochemistry can be draining, but I love the challenge and my anthropology classes help me keep my sanity. Traveling, hiking, running, football (soccer for those of you in the States), and reading are some of my favorite activities. I love the water and the mountains… Anything in the outdoors!

Awava: How did someone studying biochemistry (wow, by the way) end up interning for a fair trade craft company?

Chrissy: My sister connected me with Kate (the two of them traveled to South Africa a few years ago). I'm interested in working outside the US once I graduate, specifically in Africa... Possibly becoming a professor, but I'm trying to keep my options open for my future. I love fair trade and sustainability and I'm hoping once I graduate I can somehow build a connection between green fair trade and chemical research.

Awava: Sounds awesome! Ok, so I assume you've been out and about a bit on your downtime. Take us through some of the things you've done to relax in Kampala.

Chrissy: I've got the chance to see around my neighborhood by running in the morning. I've also got to try a lot of food, like Rolex (which is similar to a breakfast burrito). The fruit is so fresh and DELICIOUS. I love the food here. And I have discovered a cashew and coconut chocolate bar, it's my weakness. At Cassia, I got to see the city from the top of a hill and I got to swim in the pool. When we have no power at home (which happens almost every other night), we play some board games, or bake cookies! I also got to do the Hash Run around Kabalagala, which was so much fun! Especially because I love running... And beer!

Awava: Well, it sounds like you're having a whale of a time. We will get a chance to talk to you again after we visit Gulu and you can tell us a bit about that and what it was like going fabric shopping. We're super excited to have you here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Awava Monthly Giveaway June Winner!

Drum roll .....

We had 29 entrants from Facebook, Twitter and blogs for our June giveaway and this morning we drew a winner. The winner gets a beautiful Gomesi Sundress.

Here are all the names written out and ready to be thrown into the basket for a winner to be picked.

And here are all the names neatly folded up in Awava's Ekibbo basket seated on Awava's Mmeza Tablemat.

The video below reveals the winner!

Congratulations to our Facebook friend, Maria Angela Alaniz.

Do not miss your chance to enter this month's giveaway and win a pair of Mukwano earrings. Simply mention Awava in your Facebook status or in your twitter feed or even on your blog and you could be the winner. Good luck.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Awava Monthly Giveaway June list of entrants

Below is a list of all the people Awava has that entered the June Giveaway for the Gomesi Sun dress. Check the list for your name, and if you entered but your name is not on the list, please email (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Our Uganda Friday: Auctioning eligible bachelors and bachelorettes and giving free hugs!

by Darlyne Komukama

First I'll tell you about an event coming up this weekend, then I'll tell you about an event that happened last weekend. Cool? Ok.

On Saturday, 2nd July 2011, the Mara Foundation is holding a date with a Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction Dinner at the Open House on Buganda Road.

The Mara Foundation is a non-profit foundation whose aim is to complement the growth and success of the Sub-Saharan African region by finding sustainable and replicable solutions to some of its biggest challenges. The Bachelor/Bachelorette date auction fundraiser is to raise money to buy water tanks for the visually impaired students of Sir Apollo Kaggwa SSS in Mukono who currently have to walk 2km to fetch water from the nearest stream. Some of the money will also be used to buy them new braille machines for their classes.

So call +256755333106 or 0312261700/800 for your ticket now and maybe you'll be the highest bidder for a date with me. (Yes, I am one of the Bachelorettes going to be auctioned)

Now for last weekend's event.

The organisation The Pay It Forward Foundation Uganda held the PIFF Hugathone, an event where they went to a busy mall (Garden City Mall) and gave out free hugs for 5 hours. Below are a few pictures, for more visit their facebook page here.

FREE PRODUCT! Awava's July Giveaway!

Find out how to get entered to win on the photo below (click to enlarge)!

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We wish you success!