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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.

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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Stunning Queen Starr juggles her modeling career with music, watch her “Direction”

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Diaspora based Ugandan multi talented diva Yvonne aka Queen Starr has had her passion divided across a number of things and music is one we cannot ignore. Queen Starr has passion for singing, song writing, modeling and acting and yet still she excels at all.

While Queen Starr has excelled at modeling, many marked her when she started her singing career forming ‘God’s Generation’ gospel music group which performed in various churches across East Africa along with friends in Tanzania.

Coming back home, In 2016, Yvonne started recording with many young talented producers in Uganda including Witty Witty, Nash Wonder, Diggy Baur, Andre among others. She also achieved curtain raising performances for some big artistes like Jose Chameleone, Eddy Kenzo, Irene Ntale, Sheebah, among others. She has done songs like ‘Never Knew‘, ‘Mpambatila‘, ‘Give Me Time‘, among others.

Her song ‘Direction‘ will make you believe she is yet to break chains in the Ugandan singing market as it remains on point despite her not so very vast experience in the market here. The song was produced by Andre, and the video was shot by Meddie Menz.

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Stunning Queen Starr juggles her modeling career with music, watch her “Direction”

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Diaspora based Ugandan multi talented diva Yvonne Mulugi aka Queen Vee has had her passion divided across a number of things and music is one we cannot ignore. Queen Vee has passion for singing, song writing, modeling and acting and yet still she excels at all.

While Queen Vee has excelled at modeling, many marked her when she started her singing career forming ‘God’s Generation’ gospel music group which performed in various churches across East Africa along with friends in Tanzania.

Coming back home, In 2016, Yvonne started recording with many young talented producers in Uganda including Witty Witty, Nash Wonder, Diggy Baur, Andre among others. She also achieved curtain raising performances for some big artistes like Jose Chameleone, Eddy Kenzo, Irene Ntale, Sheebah, among others. She has done songs like ‘Never Knew‘, ‘Mpambatila‘, ‘Give Me Time‘, among others.

Her song ‘Direction‘ will make you believe she is yet to break chains inbthe Ugandan singing market as it remains on point despite her not so very vast experience in the market here. The song was produced by Andre, and the video was shot by Meddie Menz.

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Former miss Rwanda and Urban Ratibu to run new bar in town

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Always on the look for opportunities, Urban Ratibu has yet again got himself another gig. This time he will be teaming up with former miss Rwanda Sandah Teta.

A new luxurious night spot Luxe club and lounge is set to open and the pair will be running it as marketiers. This adds to their other gig at Bunga based Starbucks.

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