It was the first edition of the Afri-Diamond Thanksgiving Ceremony yesterday December 28, 2023 and the aroma of creativity filled the air as artists, musicians, and performers gathered for a special dinner at Hotel Africana.
Prince Daudi Kintu Wasajja was the Guest of Honour and in his speech, he announced that the Kabaka of Buganda had gifted the group with a piece of land where a theatre museum will be constructed.
The Thanksgiving idea started with Ruth Wanyana who organised the directors and big figures in the Art Industry.
“After the demise of Kato Lubwama, I felt an excruciating pain and regret, I wished I had shown him my gratitude earlier,” she said in her heart warming video addressing the attendees.
Ruth further told the guests about the wholesome moments she has had with her mentors and her highlight was how Maama Mariam Ndagire used to share her clothes and makeup with her — something that has stuck in her memory until date.
How did the Thanksgiving idea come about? The idea started with Ruth Wanyana who after the passing of Kato Lubwama opened up a WhatsApp group and added a few people who felt the same way about his passing; to plan on how to show gratitude to their mentors in the Art industry.
Artists went ahead and shared stories of their inspirations, passions, and the transformative power of the Art industry.
Laughter and applause filled the room, creating a symphony of gratitude and creativity which were acompanied by performances from Irene Namatovu, Rebbecca Jjingo and Bobi Wine.
To commemorate an eventful evening, Prince Wasajja handed over awards and portraits to some of the big contributors of the Art industry including Ashiraf Ssemwogerere, Mariam Ndagire, Late Kato Lubwama’s Family, Abby Mukiibi and John Ssegawa.
Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of their favorite roles, memorable performances, and the transformative power of the stage.
Laughter and applause filled the air as they toasted to their shared love.
It was a Thanksgiving dinner that celebrated the artistry that brings joy to our lives.