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Malengo Foundation honours outstanding women with disabilities

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Olive Auma, a recipient for Shero award, speaking to media.

Olive Auma, a recipient for Shero award, speaking to media.

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Malengo Foundation, a local non-profit organisation propagating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, has honoured women with disabilities who have been outstanding in their communities and excelled in different walks of life. This was during the inaugural Girl 50-50 forum held at Mestil Hotel on Saturday.

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The women who were honoured in six categories were selected by a panel of judges following an online nomination process. The recognised individuals are celebrated for having beaten the odds to become successful in different fields including business, fashion, sports and education among others.

Olive Auma, a recipient for Shero award, applauded the initiative noting that “such platforms are good at boosting confidence and self-esteem among persons with disabilities.”

Speaking at the event, Beatrice Guzu, the Executive Secretary National Disability Council and was also the guest of honour, revealed plans to create a disability fund which will promote and empower persons with disabilities to grow their talents and generate their own income.

Meanwhile, the forum was also used to officially launch the Girl 50-50 project. According to Michelle Omamteker, the Executive Director Malengo Foundation, the Girl 50-50 project is an initiative aimed at raising awareness about challenges faced by women with disabilities and also celebrate individuals who have managed to rise up against the odds and succeed in different walks of life.

“The project will involve different activities happening throughout the year that are aimed at empowering women with disabilities,” she noted.

The winners are;

Tigress Honoree
Ms. Elizabeth Mwesigwa – She was a gold medalist at the Para-African Badminton championship in 2018.

Make it Happen Honoree
Mr. Charlie Mujuni – She co-founded the Amputee Support Network Uganda which offers psychological support and empowerment for people dealing with amputations.

Iconic Honoree
Ms. Florence Ndagire – She is the first blind person to qualify and receive licensure as a lawyer in Uganda. She currently works as a legal researcher and Human Rights lawyer at the United Nations.

Stylista Honoree
Ms. Aisha Bahati – She is a blind hairdresser and owns her own salon. She was also crowned Miss Tourism Independent in 2015.

Shero Honoree
Ms. Olive Auma – She is the first ever Miss Albinism in Uganda.

Next Generation Honoree
Ms. Enrika Mijumbi – She was the 2nd Runners Up at the Little Miss Rising Woman and an entrepreneur at just 10 years.

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Former BigEye.ug writer Jonah Kirabo set to represent Uganda in Turkey

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Former BigEye.ug writer and journalist, Jonah Kirabo is set to represent Uganda in a Turkish annual leadership conference, this website has confirmed.

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Named LOCALINTERNational Conference, the programme gathers recent university graduates every year in Turkey’s capital city; Ankara as well as other cities in Turkey such as Istanbul among others to provide graduates with local governance training through instructions, practical governance and field visits including social activities and trips within Turkey and all expenses are covered by Turkey’s Union of Municipalities.

This will be the first time that a Ugandan is selected to attend this conference that happens every year since 2012.

An excited Jonah Kirabo took to his social media to announce the milestone saying that he owes his success to God as over 10 Ugandan’s applied for the opportunity but it was only him that was chosen.

“Proud to be the first ever Ugandan to be selected to attend the LOCALINTERNational Conference that is hosted annually in Turkey since 2012. Over 10 Ugandans applied this year but I was the only one who was selected to join the other 41 recent graduates from Europe, Asia, South American and Africa,” Jonah said in part.

He told this website that he hopes to use the skills from the conference to boast his journalism and leadership skills when he is back.

The conference will take place in Turkey between 18th – 29th August 2019.

*About Jonah Kirabo*

Aged 22, Jonah Kirabo is a recent graduate of Business Administration from Makerere University.

Despite pursing a business degree, Jonah has always had a passion for journalism and leadership. While at Campus, he worked as news reporter for several blogs and local websites including BigEye.ug and Campus Eye before joining the Nile Post where he is currently employed.

He is also a current student of journalism and media at the Kansanga based Media Challenge Initiative.

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Engineer Peterson Mwesigwa Is Once Again Overall Best Student at LDC

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Peterson Mwesigwa could be the most intelligent Ugandan alive today. He holds a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Technology.

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Two years back, he was the first person to get a first class Degree at the Law School after over a decade of only second class degrees.

Now Mwesigwa is also the top student at this year’s graduating platform. He was awarded for topping everyone. He is surely an exceptional achiever.

A man standing at the interesection of the arts and sciences. An Engineer and now a lawyer.

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Andrew Mwenda on Loss of Mother: “I feel Empty and Lost”

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It has been a sad week as one of Uganda’s best journalists, Andrew Mwenda laid his mother to rest.

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While eulogizing his mother at All Saints Church, Mwenda described her as the most beautiful chic that ever lived. But one could not help but see the pain in his statements.

At 12 noon, Adyeeri Constance Muhangazima, was laid to rest in the great village of Kanyandahi.

Andrew Mwenda then took to Twitter to express his current pain and depression. He called it the biggest blow ever. He talked of feeling all lost and alone.

We can only pray for the best of comforting to the old man of the clan. Losing a mother is surely the hardest thing that ever happens to anyone in life. There is no hole deeper. It is a hole that cuts through a soul.

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