KAFUNDA KREATIVE RESUMES KOIKOIUG TRIPS

Kafunda Kreative in the company of 30 photographers, writers, social media influencers and travel enthusiasts competed their second #KoiKoiEast tour in their first excursion of 2017.

The #KoiKoiUg initiative is a road trip experience 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.

The Kafunda Kreative #KoikoiEast trip in partnership with Airtel Uganda and Shell Fuels & Lubricants traveled to Kapchorwa to explore the legends around the Sipi Falls where participants experienced everything from the high adrenaline abseiling, breathtaking vistas of the Kaphcorwa escarpment and Rift Valley, Sipi Falls, the Sebei culture and the therapeutic experience of traditional root beer tasting

Mr Emmannual Ssebunya, Brand Manager Shell Fuel brands at Vivo Energy Uganda flagging off the #KoiKoiEast trip participants
Airtel Manager for Devices Simon Akuguzibwe flagging off the #KoiKoiEast trip participants as they headed East to Kapchorwa

“Returning to be able to continue telling Ugandan stories 18 months after we started this in 2015 is so thrilling for us. That has only been possible due to partners like Airtel Uganda and Vivo Energy Uganda. Our first 2017 excursion into Kapchorwa and the source of the Nile will seek to highlight what we believe is one of the richest tourism regions and culturally rich areas of this country. “ – David Ogutu. Team leader, Kafunda Kreative.

Speaking at the flag off, Airtel Uganda’s Head of Products, Simon Akuguzibwe commended Kafunda Kreatives for their Koikoi concept.

“At Airtel Uganda, we pride in promoting the magnificent pearl of Africa. Our partnership with Kafunda Kreative goes beyond Kampala to the countryside to bring this beauty closer to our fans through our social media platforms. This is in line with our commitment to reaching out to every Ugandan with quality service and an enduring experience with the smartphone network,” he added.

Shell Marketing Manager, Jean Mugisha who was also on the trip commented “These trips have the potential to really change how people see Uganda. I cant believe some of the things I have heard and seen. The serenity and landscape are breathtaking but the people are warm welcoming and come from a very rich heritage. I am sure that partnership bringing young people to such places expands their experience of this country and opens new opportunities. That way they find new ways of doing more.”

About #KoiKoiUg

It is an initiative by Kafunda Kreative started in 2015 which aims to harness the power of social media utilising a variety of mediums like photography, film, written word and music to bring to the world stage stories about Uganda told from the perspective of Ugandan artists while creating fresh exciting content about Uganda.

About Kafunda Kreative:

A fellowship of creative professionals learning from one another, growing their skills and collaborating, working with existing and emerging brands to help build effective and relevant brands, products and services that kick ass in Uganda and then the world.

POSTCARD FROM KAPCHORWA

When I joined the KoiKoi Uganda team on the tour of the East, I decided to be open minded. I did not have big expectations.

I have always loved to travel. Unfortunately there was not much of an opportunity to do so because I settled down early and tucked away some of that while I found different dreams and hobbies that fit within my schedule. But, life doesn’t wait for free time in a schedule. You have to make it.

And I did.

It was hard to relax amidst the focus of the numerous camera lenses, those with flashes and the ones that might have gone unnoticed. I was anxious but I had set out to adventure. And all of it faded away when I became at home with the true spirit of KoiKoi Uganda.

I was able to truly see my country. I used to think that the highlight of Kapchorwa was the three waterfalls and the ruthless FGM of the Sabiny girls. But there is much more: the humility and strength of the Sebei children who helped me climb the steep slopes, the rare jewel stones from the cliffs, the rich history of the Kalenjin people, the cultivation and livelihood practices of the area, the tasty local honey tonic and corn beer.

And the waterfalls! They are serene and unique. From a domineering high water cliff, to the cool meditation spot with a shallow pool and the exciting screaming water spray. All three falls presented breathtaking views and experiences.

I wouldn’t just recommend this as your next destination. I insist- this is a must visit location. [Note to self: How could you have thought Sipi falls was in Mbale? Obviously did not pay attention in Geography class.]

The experience wouldn’t be complete without the group mealtimes, the thrill of abseiling with its subsequent unspoken mountain crawling and rib cracking conversations at the camp fire.

Even as I file away this adventure into my box of favorite things, I am happy because I will keep the memory like a postcard that one day my great-grandchildren will read at a campfire.

About the Author;

Alive and glowing from the inside Juliet Mpiima brought mirth and her infectious smile to#KoiKoiEast making the trip a delectable sojourn. A trait we have found to be common amongst people who eat life with a big spoon. We certainly hope she can bring her vivacious life view to more trips and explore more of Uganda