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Abryanz, Milege band win at 2017 Young Achievers Awards: Check out full list of winners here!

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Abryanz receives his award at the 2017 Young Achievers Awards

Abryanz receives his award at the 2017 Young Achievers Awards

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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.

Milege Band members pose with their award during the 2017 Young Achievers Awards

Milege Band members pose with their award during the 2017 Young Achievers Awards

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

Milege

Creative Arts: Fashion category

Brian Ahumuza of Abryanz Collection

Creative Arts: Film and Photography category

Ian Akankwasa aka Sasha Vybz

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ali Mufuruki

Hero Award

Prof. Peter Mugyenyi

Star Hall of Fame Award

Hon. Amelia Kyambadde

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Davido set for ‘30 Billion Concert’ in Kenya

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By Consolate Namyalo
One of Nigeria’s biggest music acts, David Adedeji Adeleke aka Davido might have made more news this year for his new love interest, Chioma than his music career.
The “Fia” singer has now returned to the entertainment scene in East Africa, making headlines as he gets ready to put on a huge concert in Kenya this month.
Dubbed,”30 Billion Concert”, it promises to be one to remember with a massive line up of performing acts including, the Kansoul and P-Unit alongside celebrated top DJ’s :  DJ Joe Mfalme, DJ Protege, DJ Ace King and DJ Seme.

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The concert is slated for 24th Novemeber, kicking off at Uhuru  gardens,with regular tickets going for Ksh3, 000 advance and Ksh3, 500 at the gate, while  the VIP section is Ksh10,000 including 4 vouchers for drinks. The VVIP section will go Kshs25,000 and will include an open bar, where concert goers will get to enjoy limitless drinks.

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Photos: Mr. Eazi thrills fans at album listening party

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It was a fun filled experience for Kampala fans of popular Nigerian artiste Mr. Eazi, as he on Thursday night, treated them to a wonderful listening party for his third studio album tilted ‘Lagos to London’.

The exclusive listening party which was held at Cayenne bar in Bukoto was hosted by Smirnoff Vodka, which is also promoting his album.

The unique music experience gave fans a special opportunity to listen to the new album with Mr. Eazi as well as be treated to a special performance by the artist.

He performed songs like Pour Me Water and Property as well as collaborations with artists such as Simi, Burna Boy, Chronixx and Maleek Berry.

Mr. Eazi also announced the launch of his emPawa Program, meant to empower Africa’s young and undiscovered music talent to global success. The accelerator program will empower 100 African musicians annually drawing from a USD300,000 fund.

Here are some photos from the party.

Mr. Eazi thrills fans at album listening party

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Nigerian star Mr. Eazi launches program to empower emerging Ugandan musicians

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Mr. Eazi addressing journalists during a press briefing held at Skyz Hotel on Thursday.

Mr. Eazi addressing journalists during a press briefing held at Skyz Hotel on Thursday.

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Nigerian star, Mr. Eazi has launched a program aimed at empowering Uganda’s emerging and undiscovered music talent to global success. Dubbed “emPawa”, the accelerator program was launched at Skyz hotel in Kampala on Thursday and will altogether empower 100 musicians on the continent annually drawing from a USD300,000 fund.

Speaking during the press briefing, the “Leg Over” hitmaker revealed that he came up with this initiative following  overwhelming response to his call for songs from emerging artistes for a chance to bankroll their next music project.

“Early this year, I put out a tweet saying I wanted to help emerging artistes and attached an email where they could send their songs,” he explained. “In under 30 minutes, I had already received 4000 emails from various talented individuals across Africa who were sending in their songs. These were just too many and I could not go through all these emails, and that is how this program came up.”

To participate, artists will be required to upload a video showcasing their talent on their Instagram account and tag it — #emPawa100. Each artists’ submission will be reviewed by top industry experts from across Africa. From all entries, 100 artists will be selected to move onto the next stage of the programme and share a $300,000 fund.

Each of the 100 hand-picked artists will receive $3000, with $1000 being invested to create a high quality music video of their submission track. Each of the artists’ videos will be placed on Mr. Eazi’s YouTube channel ‘Detty TV’ along with the emPawa social media platforms, creating further exposure for the artist.

From the 100 artists, 10 will be specially selected to undergo mentorship in an incubator program enlightening them on how to grow their brands, export and monetize their music.

The emPawa program, features an all-star team of acclaimed artists and music producers including Mr. Eazi, Diplo and Raye who will participate in grooming and mentoring the young talent.

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