When we started #KoikoiUg almost 2 years ago,the idea was simple. Use the world’s biggest fire place, the internet, to tell stories that change mindsets and break stereotypes. Being multimedia based, their was always the problem of connectivity especially for people up country. So you can imagine our excitement when we heard the news that Airtel was partnering with BCS and Facebook to lay 800KM of fiber in North West Uganda, specifically in Gulu, Adjumani, Koboko, Nebbi and Kamdini. KoikoiUg is multimedia based. working with top class photographers and videographers to tell stories about Uganda. Sharing and accessing these stories requires a steady, more affordable internet connection, and that’s exactly what we see this opportunity creating.
Now we are empowered to bridge the gap, sharing stories from the South West corner of the country with children in Koboko. Children who ordinarily would have never had the chance to experience the Islands of Bunyonyi or the mysticism of the Kalangala islands. Yonas Maru, managing director BCS put it beautifully, “Imagine a world where the learning in rural areas is not limited by their teachers but by our collective knowledge.” That world we love. Its the kind of world we want to live in. The world where someone in Kamdini is connected to someone in Mbarara, one big fireplace.
Airtel also announced ongoing work with Facebook to introduce facebook cache technology. Simply put, your phone or PC wont have to get information all the way from the states or wherever facebook stores its data because that will be stored locally. An overall improvement in the experience using Facebook.
The future looks very bright. The quality of stories we will be able share, the mindsets we will break if the internet services continue expanding and improving like this. A thumbs up to Airtel. Thank you for being a supporter of the Ugandan story.