TAKING A PHOTO WORTH 1000 WORDS.

A photo can convey the equivalent of 1000 words, or it can say nothing at all. The difference is entirely how the photo is taken.  Here is how to get the most out of your photography on this trip.

1.The Subject:

What are you taking a picture of? Instead of shooting a “landscape,” think of it as shooting a hut or hill. If shooting “wildlife,” pick a specific plant or animal to highlight. Not just a “crowd,” but make sure someone within that crowd stands out. There should always be one main thing for the viewer to focus on. more “TAKING A PHOTO WORTH 1000 WORDS.”

THE ART OF WRITING A KOIKOIUG STORY

First, there is no KoiKoiUg story but should you choose to write one, it will be you. It will be the beauty of your words, their rhyme and intonation, the dignity of piecing together that will make the Koi Koi story.

Koi Koi is about telling stories – by photos or words or both. You will, most times, find yourself on the road and nature demands that you tell its story. A photo will do but so will words and that’s where this comes in. more “THE ART OF WRITING A KOIKOIUG STORY”

CNN’s Inside Africa talks to #KoiKoiUG

It was exciting to receive the call.

23 months ago, we had started #KoikoiUg to change mindsets and break stereotypes about Uganda. Our inspiration was drawn from a fading practice of telling riddles. Someone older, who was also considered wiser by a virtue of how long they had lived, would start a riddle by saying ‘Koyi Koyi.’ What would follow was an intellectual experience intended to make you wiser or pass on an important lesson. more “CNN’s Inside Africa talks to #KoiKoiUG”

WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE NOT TO SEE UGANDA?

Contrary to popular belief the people at #koikoiug do not get paid to travel. We are accountants, doctors, lawyers, mothers and daughters who, out of a passion for Uganda, find nooks of time in our demanding schedule to travel the country and tell the Ugandan story. This reality highlights a couple of things.

That “I am too busy” excuse you have been holding on to not to come along for a #KoikoiUg experience, or to contribute to the Ugandan story will not cut it. We make time for the things we care about. So if you care about breaking stereotypes and changing mindsets about Uganda, maybe the first step should be signing up to the #KoiKoiUg Newsletter so we can let you know how you can get involved.

Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. There are lots of budget accommodation options you can use. And if you travel as a group of friends, the bargains you can get increase significantly. Okay, so maybe you say you don’t have the money for national packs and paid attractions ( which would be a surprise since entry to most national parks is 15,000 UGX for Ugandans) there are a lot of things you could do that would cost you nothing. Quick idea, a walk around a new town. As mundane as this might sound, its actually really fun and exciting. Most times, we treat towns as gateways, just passing through to our next destination. You will be surprised what happens when you decide to stop to take in the sights, sounds and culture.

Most time, because your leave is for grandparents and weddings,  travel time is relegated to the weekends. It would be nice if we planned otherwise, but what if all you had is a weekend, 48 hours tops, to travel to and from, and squeeze exciting activities in there. How much can one really do in 48 hours? The answer is A LOT. First thing to do is manage your time. Cut out all the things that will cost you time. Make fewer stops. So its always easier to stop at places where you can achieve more than one thing. We do our potty breaks at Shell stations. That way we can refuel, shop, fix any service hickups that might have arisen, use Airtel money and so much more. That way, you have much more time for the actual travel. Also, its important to note that it is called Travel, not arrival. Purposing to enjoy every moment, including the time on the road is important too, a part of the experience.

So whats your excuse again to not go see this beautiful country. Nothing. So we are looking forward to hearing about your adventures. Share them with us via the hash tag #KoikoiUG on all social media. Or if you have another excuse, leave it in the comments below, and we shall find a creative solution to that too.

 

AIRTEL’S 800KM FIBER AND THE KOIKOIUG STORY.

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.

13 PICTURES THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO GO TO BUNYONYI NOW.

Bunyonyi is one of the most picturesque places in this Uganda. Located in the South Western part of the country between Kisoro and Kibale about 458 Kilometers from the capital Kampala, approximately 9 hours of travel time and many Shell convenience stations in between to stretch your legs, shop, re fuel and more importantly on long journeys like this, use a clean loo.

The lake appears of the 5000 note of Uganda. Yes, you can take a moment and check. And when you are done, check out these 13 pictures that will make you want to collect a couple of the five thousands, fill up your tank with some Shell Fuel Save and travel to this paradise.








 










Don’t forget to share your pictures with us via #KoikoiUg, we always look forward to seeing these places through your eyes. And with Airtel #XtraMassape, you don’t have to worry about running out of data. That 100% bonus will have you comfortably sharing everything you see, because there is a lot. This is just the tip of the ‘iceberg’.

5 NON FOOD REASONS TO ATTEND #TOKOSA17

When we travel, we are always looking out for 3 things; Sights & Sounds, People & Culture and Food. These 3 things will tell you almost everything you need to know about a place, and undoubtedly food is the most enjoyable of all 3.

Tokosa 2017 is happening, and unlike our travels where we can only experience one region at a time, we get the opportunity to experience a world of tastes in 1 place, and boy is this exciting. The thought of choice fresh ingredients and expert chefs guarantee one thing and one thing only, good times. But good food isn’t the only reason we are looking forward to Tokosa17. Here are 5 more;

1. THE FRIENDS

 

Food has a way of bringing all of us together, creating memories, strengthening bonds and maybe even giving us a chance to burry that beef from last weekend. So we are definitely looking forward to fitting a month’s worth of catch-ups into one beautiful weekend, over some mouth-watering meals.

2. THE PROPS

 

Now this is not about ‘I was there’ Instagram posts.  I mean, it’s a given that all the food pictures with #iamafoodie will bring serious magic to your IG at a fraction of the cost, but those are not the props we are talking about. This is for the people brave enough to take part in the competitions of the day, and the national praise and props thereafter . Of course if you are a guy, there are the chics; “OMG he can cook, he is not trash.”

3. THE LESSONS.

There is always a lot to learn at the Tokosa Festival. From cooking techniques, kitchen hacks, DIY manoeuvres, to new and more convenient products. You definitely leave a lot better than you came.

 

4. THE ‘FAMILY FRIENDLY’ PROMISE.

Now let’s be honest, a lot of the events that claim to be family friendly, normally leave you with your hands permanently wrapped around your children’s eyes, and serious judgement from your grandmother. Not Tokosa. It is truly family friendly, for everyone, even when it comes to bite sizes.

5. THE CAUSE:

Bless a Child Foundation is the beneficiary of #Tokosa17.  Each and every one of us can be a part of helping refurbish their kitchen to make their cooking space more user friendly. This is a cause we definitely can get behind.

 

 

4 THINGS TO KNOW WHEN TRAVELLING TO BUNYONYI

IT’S A TRAP:

The beauty of Lake Bunyonyi is enchanting, in the true sense of the word. The lush green islands and the tranquil water will make you forget that by virtue of it being in the valley, everything is a climb up. I think this is what everyone means when they say it’s devastatingly beautiful. Every time you get off a boat, yo u are doing some sort of climbing. So please pack a pair of sturdy shoes just next to your RnR flip flops.


LEAVE YOUR COMFORTS

When you arrive at your lodging, it is tempting to dig in, kick your feet up and slouch in a comfy chair with the view of lake. Don’t. Bunyonyi has a lot to offer. From the rich history of the Batwa people, to the interesting tales of the medicine man, to adrenaline sports. Something for the scholar and the junkie. Of course it goes without mentioning that the most breath-taking views are along unbeaten paths.

TAKE A DRIVE.

This is the stuff of romance. You and bae on the open road, wind in your hair, Shell FuelSave in your tank, driving around the winding roads of Kisoro. The Escarpment rising above you, tarmac unfolding ahead of you, its breath-taking. Intoxicating even.

DO NOT DISCONNECT

Normally, travel advisories will encourage you to disconnect when visiting nooks like Bunyonyi. Think of your social media as a valve. If you do the full Bunyonyi experience, its quite much, and sharing with your family, friends and us here at #koikoiug is a good way not to get overwhelmed. The Airtel network is crisp even on the lake, so you don’t have to wait for that spot under that specific tree to share that selfie.

#KOIKOISW – JANA’S STORY

3 years ago, Jana Jachmanova, a life coach and mentor decided to embark on a journey. She left behind my job, my friends, my family and all what people could call stability in search for something deeper.

That journey brought her to Uganda where she says she is living the life she has always wanted. She coaches women on breaking their limiting beliefs and helping them to create a life they want.

Jana travelled to Bunyonyi and Kisoro with #KoikoiUg, an initiative by Kafunda Kreative in partnership with Airtel and Shell Fuels and Lubricants that seeks to tell more authentic Ugandan stories through documentation of affordable, more off-the-path possible local adventures. By documenting and highlighting Ugandan sights and sounds, people and culture, the campaign shows Uganda in a different, more positive light which ultimately works to challenge stereotypes and uplift local and international tourism.

Lake Bunyonyi loosely translated to mean “Place of many little birds” is in south-western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale and it is close to the border with Rwanda. The lake is believed to be the 2nd deepest lake in Africa going up to 900m at its deepest point. The lake appears on the 5,000 Ugandan shilling note under the title “Lake Bunyonyi and terraces” but It is more famous for its 29 islands; From the one shaped like a musical note, to the punishment Island where girls who got pregnant out of wedlock would be left to die. Its rich in both myth and history. From the Leprosy Colony of 1921 started by Dr Leonard Sharp on Bwama Island, that currently houses a school, to an island that supposedly was flipped upside down because selfish men refused to share local brew with an enchantress. It is a place of a thousand tales. Maybe a thousand and one, if you add Jana’s story.

See Jana’s breath-taking story here.