In this day an age, with increasing access to cameras, photography is a huge part of how we experience the world around us (Thank you Instagram). It is how we celebrate the things that are important to us. It is how hold on to the moments we never want to forget.
This June, Kafunda Kreative and KoiKoiUg invites you to celebrate the joy that photography brings in the first ever Kampala Photo Week.
How will it work. Kampala Photo Week will be a whole 7 days of activities, challenges and exciting giveaways to enable and encourage us to experience, document and share the beautiful city of Kampala.
Here is what you can expect.
Kla Photo Week Meet Up | 22nd June
Meet Ups bring people together to do more of what they want to do in life. The Kla Photo Week will bring people together over the love for Kampala, Uganda and Photography.
The evening will be the official launch of Kla Photo Week and will be an evening of short lectures, scintillating conversation, a photo exhibition from the team at #KoiKoiUG and coffee.
Daily Photo Challenges | 25th – 29th June
Photo Week is a chance for photographers young and old, pro or beginner to share their work and perspective with the world. So please don’t hesitate to share passion projects, abstract concepts or that picture that makes you smile. However to make it exciting, we have introduced daily photo challenges to push our creativity a little.
The Night Shift | 28th June
A limited slot evening photo meet up across Kampala. Follow @KoiKoiUG and @KafundaKreative for registration details.
The #KoiKoiUg Kla Photo InstaMeet | 30th June
To wind up the photo week, KafundaKreative will partner with KoiKoiUG to do a #KlaPhotoMeet, a chance to network and photograph our beautiful city Kampala.
How can you participate?
Attend our opening event on the 23rd of June at The SafeBoda Offices. Come lets have some coffee, listen to some photographers share tips, tricks and stories, network, checkout some cool photos taken over 3 years of KoiKoiUg and have fun.
Follow @KafundaKreative and @KoiKoiUg so you can keep up with the daily prompts for the photo challenges. Our partners from Safe Boda will be giving out some exciting gifts for the best participants from every day, and overall through the week.
#KlaPhotoWeek isn’t just about the challenges that happen everyday. Its also about your personal work. Share work you have already taken using the tag #klaphotoweek. We are looking forward to see your passion projects, abstract concepts, and all those pictures and things that make you smile.
Attend our Kla Photo Week instameet on 30th June starting at SafeBoda offices. And no you don’t have to be a photographer. Models are welcome too. Everything looks better with some beautiful/handsome people in it.
If you want to know about a person, the quickest way is to listen to their music, learn their language and eat their food. Food obviously is the most satisfying way to do it in more ways than one. From understanding social structure by looking at the way it’s cooked and served, to being the thing around which we gather to have a conversation. The excitement for such discovery comes around every year in full force when the Tokosa food festival comes around. A cauldron of good food, culture, and conversation. And this year, #Tokosa18 has us more excited than ever.
Here are 5 reasons you should be excited;
This year’s event has a wider range of cuisines from around the globe, Japanese, Mexican, Grills & Barbeque, Continental among others.
As #KoiKoiUg we are passionate about reaching some sort of definition as to what the Ugandan Cuisine is. We are hopeful that somewhere at Tokosa, a chef is going to blow us away with his version of that getting us one step closer to putting it on a menu in a 5 Star restaurant in Paris.
A real family event
You have probably taken your kid out to an event that claimed to be family friendly and spent half the time covering their eyes, because there was more ‘friendly’ than family. If you know what I mean, Tokosa doesn’t give you such pressure. Your kids can enjoy time at the extensive kids play area, while you also enjoy yourself with your people. A win-win situation for a day out with the fam.
Tokosa always has these cook-offs that are rather exciting to watch. Yes, there is the thrill of the competition and the bragging rights for the victor, but for the majority, there is an opportunity to learn something new. A story is told about a girl who grew up in a one tomato household; a house because of financial constraints of the time cooked with only one tomato. She grows up to make enough money to afford more than one tomato and yet still cooks with a single tomato. Humans beings tend to gravitate more towards what they know and what’s familiar and if they don’t see anything else, they go one with a one tomato mentality. Tokosa introduces you to a variety of chefs and techniques allowing you to take cool things back to your kitchen
That ‘Make a difference’ feeling
I don’t know if you have taken the time to look at the ‘Bless a child foundation kitchen’ that was refurbished after last years Tokosa festival. Every time that picture has come across our timeline we can’t help but smile. We were a small part of that. A brick, maybe some kilograms of gas. This year, Tokosa has a new charity for you to contribute to in your own little way – Grace Villa in Kabale. Grace Villa, which in addition to providing disadvantaged girls with support, has recently started the Wateeka initiative to offer free lunch to school-going children that may not afford.
The Wateeka initiative will receive a new Shell Gas Kitchen with a year’s supply of free gas. A safe, clean and affordable cooking solution. And this time next year you can look at Grace Villa and know your little went a really long way
“…in celebration of the Tokosa food festival, we have made Shell Gas more affordable to allow customers get new Shell Gas packs and switch to the better cooking solution for those currently using charcoal and electricity.” – Gilbert Assi, MD Vivo Energy. Need we say more? We all love a deal here and there. New Shell Gas packs have been discounted and refills are cheaper during the promotion. If there ever was a time to fill up on gas, it’s now.
Excited about #Tokosa18 yet. I know we are. So mark the date, June 17th, lest you miss out on all the beauty Tokosa has to offer. UMA showground, starting 10 am, for 10k. Come let’s have some #KoikoiUg type conversation, share some stories over some food.
Finally Uganda got a fast food that was marketed as being authentically Ugandan. The Rolex was credited to a hungry young Ugandan who in an attempt to make a quick hearty meal rolled a chapati with an omelette and the rolex was born. It was designed to cater to the needs of the financially constrained market but the rolex has been embraced by nearly everybody, from the boda rider for lunch to the bank executive leaving the bar at 5am. The rolex is made in nearly every part of the country and new varients of the classic and iconic dish have been created. Who are we not to make it bigger and better?
Uganda has been credited with being the largest consumers of pork in the world which is surely no mean fit.
To celebrate these two items that make Uganda stand out, we have merged them to deliver The Porlex!
Made with pulled pork, the prolex is a dish to savor. Picture the succulent pork strips with notes of ginger and lemon tied in with a perfect fluffy two egg omelette with “Nyanya Mbisi”. Simply something to die for.
Here is the recipe:
200g pork (Fat removed)
2 small onions
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon chopped green pepper
1 large chapati
Into a pressure cooker, add the pork, 1 tomato, 1 onion, garlic, black pepper, ginger, lemon, soy sauce and water. Cover and place over fire and allow to cook until the pan hisses twice, about 25 minutes. Remove from fire and displace pressure valve to allow the steam escape so you can open the pressure cooker
Remove the pork from the cooker and remove the flesh from the bones. The pork is cooked on the bone to increase the flavour and improve the flavour and taste of the pork. Place the pork in a bowl and mix with the mayo. Add a bit of the cooking liquid if necessary to make it easy to mix the contents of the bowl. Set aside.
Finely chop the onion, tomato and green pepper; break the eggs into a bowl and add the chopped onion, green pepper and half the chopped tomato. Beat and fry the omelet on a hot pan ensuring that the egg does not brown. Flip and cook the other side.
Place the chapati on a clean plate or board and place cooked egg over the chapati. Spoon the pork mix over the egg and sprinkle with the remaining raw tomato aka nyanya mbisi. Roll up tightly and slice the porlex diagonally in half and place on a clean white plate.
Lock your door and turn off your phone. Call your ex and tell them the story after you have eaten. Jealousy will bring him or her back into your arms if only for a taste of the porlex.