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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

By Our Reporter

The 2017 Young Achievers Awards winners have been announced.

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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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Ykee Benda lights up Maverick Cocktail Fiesta

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Musician Ykee Benda was the star attraction at the Maverick cocktail fiesta which happened on Saturday. Hosted at Sunrise beach in Bunga, revelers enjoyed a thrilling performance from the music star.

Ykee stepped on stage at 9 o’clock amidst ululations and screaming of applause from his fans in the audience. He had the crowd dancing and singing along as he performed several of his hit songs such as Kyenkyebula, Farmer, Byonkala and Singa among others.

The singer also mingled with the fans to take selfies and danced with them mid-performance, much to the delight of the crowd.

Meanwhile, the Floral and funky themed event which kicked off at noon saw revelers served free Uganda Waragi cocktails as DJs LL and Chapati got them grooving to the hottest music.

The party later continued to Illusion bar at acacia mall where the after party had been organized.

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Anitah Da Diva begs out of violent marriage

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Singer Anita Da Diva of Zero distance fame has been off the scene for sometime now but that is not the News. She has suffered torture beyond not having a hit song in years. Anita Da Diva has cried out to however has the powers to save her from her violent marriage.

Anita was recently recorded with a sour body and fresh wounds with claims that they are evidence of some of the beatings and stabbings she has been subjected to by the yet to be identified man. Anita further alleges that her boyfriend has subjected her to drug abuse.

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Alex Muhangi continues support for young comedians, Biteleka is next

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Nanziri Annet is a happy lady and comedian. While appearing on Spark TV comedian Nanziri Annet begged Comedy Store proprietor and fellow comedian Alex Muhangi to give her a platform to expose her talent.

After giving platform and establishing MadRat and Chiko and now Maulana and Reign, Alex Muhangi is further determined to bring more talent to light. While still on a live TV show Alex called in and offered her the opportunity this Thursday at his show. An excited Nanziri knelt in appreciation and cried in joy upon the revelation.

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Alex Muhangi also pledged support for other comedians by giving them a platform at comedy store.

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