By Our Reporter
The 2017 Young Achievers Awards winners have been announced.
They were unveiled at an invite-only event held at Kampala Serena Hotel on Saturday evening to coincide with the International Youth Day celebrations.
Among this year’s winners was celebrity stylist Ahumuza Brian aka Abryanz and Afrojazz band, Milege.
While accepting his award, Abryanz applauded the award organisers for creating a platform that spurs the youth to work hard and achieve their dreams.
“It is platforms like this that inspire young people to work hard and not wait to grow old to achieve their dreams.” He said, further noting that, “this is a win for the fashion industry because it has come a long way to finally earn such recognition,” as he dedicated the award to all young people working hard to perfect their craft.
On the other hand, Milege band revealed that they are trying to preserve the authentic Ugandan sound which is being eaten up by music commercialisation through different initiatives including the annual Milege Music Festival as they accepted their award.
The Young Achievers Awards, is an award program that was started over five years ago to identify and recognize young people in Uganda that have demonstrated excellence, innovation and leadership in their respective fields.
“The awards overall objective is to showcase the best examples of young entrepreneurs and leaders to serve as examples for their peers, so that they may inspire an entire generation to do just as much or even more.” Said Humphrey Nabimanya, the Team Leader & Founder of Reach A Hand Uganda.
Meanwhile, the recipients of this year’s special awards included Prof. Peter Mugyenyi for the Heroes Award for demonstrating excellence in fighting HIV/AIDS in Uganda and beyond. Ali Mufuruki, a renown Tanzanian businessperson and founder of the Infotech Investment Group LTD received the Lifetime Achievement Award for building being an advocate for youth empowerment across the East African Region.
Other special award categories included The Young Achievers Star Hall of Fame that was awarded to Hon. Amelia Kyambadde who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and sacrifice in supporting the Young Achievers Awards Program.
Here’s the full list of winners of the 2017 Young Achievers Awards:
Overall Young Achiever of the Year
ZIlla Mary Arach, Co-Founder of Lacel Technologies
Young Achievers Award for Business category
Ricky Papa Thompson, Co-Founder of SafeBoda
Outstanding Sports Personality
Jacob Kiplimo (Athlete)
Media and Journalism Excellence award
Ronald Wandera, Founder of ugextra.com
Innovations & ICT award
Gerald Otim, Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer, Ensibuko
Social Entrepreneurship Award presented by UniTED
Muhammed Kisirisa aka Slum Ambassador, Executive Director of AFFCAD
Farming and Agro-Processing award
Zilla Mary Arach, Co-Founder of Lacel Technologies
Creative Arts: Music Category
Creative Arts: Fashion category
Brian Ahumuza of Abryanz Collection
Creative Arts: Film and Photography category
Ian Akankwasa aka Sasha Vybz
Lifetime Achievement Award
Prof. Peter Mugyenyi
Star Hall of Fame Award
Hon. Amelia Kyambadde
Photo: Forget Diamond Platnumz, Zari has a new man
I build my men, I’m not the type that takes, I’m the type that looks at what we have and consider how we can double or triple the blessings. – Zari
By Staff Writer
Continental socialite, Zari Hassan, has been quiet for sometime about her love life but she has decided to let it known who keeps her awake at night following her bitter breakup with Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz.
According to the 38-year-old mother of 5, she has found a new man who accepts her the way she is and appreciates every bit of her.
Zari revealed to her fans on Instagram that she has found the one despite what people say about her. She said the man’s name is Mr M(not revealing so much at the moment) and that the two are happy.
Zari posted; I’ve been there before and it still doesn’t make any sense to me.
Yea I am weak, I need to accept, Wana know why? I give my all. I build my men, I’m not the type that takes, I’m the type that looks at what we have and consider how we can double or triple the blessings. With you I’ve learned so much, I appreciate life itself because of your humbleness. I always imagined my forever but didn’t have an idea what my forever looked like. 5 kids, other guys etc but you still found me the sexiest woman alive. Wooooo ain’t I so blessed🙏. I love you so much Mr M, it’s not the material things you shower me with, I’ve seen those and even bigger and better. But, its you, your heart, your whole being and how you make me and my kids feel. It takes alot of courage from YOU Mr M.. 5kids, 38, wow….. you Heaven sent babe, That said, I end here! I l you M😘”
Photos: What you missed as Selector Jay celebrated 15 years of deejaying
By Our Reporter
Selector Jay, who started out as a mobile DJ 15 years ago, has finally come of age. He stamped this with a mega show on Thursday evening at the Club Guvnor parking lot.
The cheerful DJ who has played at some of the top clubs and hangouts in the country saw his fans he has amassed over the years come out to celebrate with him his 15 year journey.
Despite the low turn up, revelers had a fun time as they danced away the evening as different deejays took to the turntables. From Slick Stuart & Roger, to DJ Aludah, to DJ Nash, to DJ Brian, it was a rich line up that kept the crowd on their feet as they waited for the main man of the evening.
Selector Jay finally took over the turn tables minutes after midnight and was welcomed with wild screams and cheers from the already excited crowd. He kept up the tempo as he sampled several Ugandan hit songs during his set, much to the delight of the crowd who danced and mimed their favorite songs.
Jay was overwhelmed with the love shown by his fans and could not hide his gratitude as he continuously thanked the crowd for coming to celebrate with him this milestone.
Meanwhile, the event was spiced up with artiste performances who included Micheal Ouma, Feffe Busi, Eddy Kenzo, Bebe Cool, King Saha, Exodus, and Fik Femica among others.
The event was organized by Muchachos Events and sponsored by Johnnie Walker.
Here are some photos from the event.
TRIBUTE: Alex Muhangi carrying the Comedy Industry over years
Well, lets talk about a Ugandan comedian, sound engineer who worked with Fenon for more than 5 years before moving on as, director and host Comedy Store Uganda. As one of the pioneers of standup comedy in the English language in Uganda with Crackers, Muhangi always dreamed big even when others opted to quit being funny. 4 years back, Comedy Store premiered at Diner’s Lounge (Now Lit LOUNGE) in Bukoto before moving to The 400 Bar in October 2017, and in January 2018 to date, the show is always at UMA Main Exhibition Hall in Lugogo Every Thursday.The Comedy industryAs a result of Comedy Store, many other comedy shows have emerged though they dont tend to last long, the one important factor is, Muhangi still and is always celebrated by fellow comedians for having created a platform that has earned them massive wealth and respect from the society. At his weekly show, with entrance as low as 20k, the Comedy store gives you a massive thrilling 7hours entertainment experience that’s worth 50k. The show features a live band, comedy performances, talent showcases and ends with a performance from a guest artiste performance.New Comedy talentsThe show features a live band, comedy performances, talent showcases and celebrity musicians’ performances. The show opens with the red carpet and Alex Muhangi interviews the day’s performers and celebrity guests. Over the years, new talents have emerged and now house hold names in the comedy indsutry, thanks to the Comedy Store Uganda;MC MariachiTeacher MpamireKalela Alex OmusogaMadrat & ChicoRein and MaulanaJaja BruceCrazy UniversityGodi GodiSeveral top Comedians and acts from Africa have performed at Comedy Store including Eric Omondi, Nameless, Jaguar from Kenya, Arthur Nkusi, DJ pius, Charly n’ Nina from Rwanda, and many others. Year in, year out every Thursday, ALEX MUHANGI swiftly continues Walking in his own ‘COMEDY’ Lane, being able to set up a show that brings together over 3000 people is not an easy job.
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