The Second Ugandan Diaspora Social Networking Gala Highlights and Pictures – 30th December 2012

Posted January 3, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Events ~ 44,274 views


In what was a colorful evening on Sunday 30th December 2012 Ugandans in the Diaspora gathered for their second annual social networking gala. This was a follow up to the first and saw several notable Ugandans recognised for their outstanding contributions abroad. The evening started off with a cocktail networking session sponsored by Nile Breweries Redds Vodka Lemon and Pepsi and that was punctuated by performances by Ndere Cultural dancers outside Kampala Serena before the guests were ushered into the Kampala Serena Hotel Victoria ballroom.

Once seated it was time for the national anthem and entertainment. The starting line up included some Live Jazz Band, Ndere Troupe, Hawa, Patricia and Levixon. New kid on the bloc Bedford’s jazzy soulful voice treated the audience to his new ballad as did Hum Kay who contributed vocals to the Golden Jubilee theme song who also brought  it home by performing his love song and inspirational track on Obama’s re-election alongside a well choreographed Band. Others artists included Michael Ross who pulled out all the Michael Jackson moves somersaulting at the end of his performance.

The Batabazi Nation flew in all the way from the US and did their thing representing the hip hop generation by fusing reggae and afrobeats with their Luganda rap making them an instant hit. Another guest performer from the US was Lady Zani – A.K.A Suzan Basemera who performed her ‘Ndoowa’ hit song to the excitement of many of revellers who had watched the video and also downloaded her ring tone but had never come face to face with the song bird.

When it came to fashion — The first fashion act of the evening came from Lois Ampeire who showcased some trendy generation NEXT designs. She kept the younger audience attentive as model after model did their thing to pull out her fusion of African and American styles. The other surprise fashion act Martha Jabo who unleashed some new fashion trends in Uganda. She has been featured in East Africa and did not disappoint as she presented some new and rare fabric adorned by many of her models. The final and main fashion designs of the evening came from veteran designer Stella Atal who fused ancient and contemporary African designs to create colorful designs that wowed many of the revellers.

The evening saw some outstanding Ugandans recognised for their outstanding accomplishments abroad. These included Phad and Xena Mutumba who were recognised for their role in helping start the First Nile Diaspora Film Festival in Uganda, Jackson Kaguri Twesigye was also recognised for his role as a community crusader and a 2012 CNN Hero, John ‘The Beast’ Mugabi the legendary Ugandan boxer and first African to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame was also celebrated.

Others included Ugandan North America Association President Francis Ssenoga whose organisation was recognised as a pioneer institution that has helped unite Ugandans abroad and whose 25th Silver Jubilee will be celebrated in Dallas this year. Stephen Kiprotich was the proud recipient of the first Ugandan Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 for winning Uganda Olympic gold at the London Marathon. Kiprotich was also commissioned as the new Tooke Ambassador through what Dr. Muranga called the KIP -TOOKE Diet.

The other main man of the evening and award recipient was Prof. Mahmood Mamdani who was recognised as a leading Ugandan academic scholar in their Diaspora. He was also the guest speaker presenting his thoughts about the role history and position Ugandan in Diaspora hold today. He was accompanied by his wife Film Director Mira Nair who directed the famous movie Missipppi Masala that featured Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury.

The grand finale came when two leading acts George Timothy Lubega A.K.A Exodus and Daniel Kigozi A.K.A Navio took to the stage. Exodus performed his famous hit IGHWE to the jubilation of many of the revellers many of who were seen dancing along to the Nigerian soulful beats. However East Africa’s biggest hip hop artist Navio also performed his famous hits like “Keep Moving’, ‘One and Only’ and the new hit single ‘Kata’

As people mingled and got ready to head to Guvnor for the Official After Party it was time for Ndere Troupe to close out the evening of what was a night full of glamour, style, entertainment and a sumptuous dinner sponsored by Post Bank. The event Mcees Isaac Rucci and Peace Menya did a great job entertaining the guests. Other speakers included the Ugandan Diaspora Gala Patron Prof. Maggie Kigozi, Ambassador Etuket, Mr. Stephen Mukweli, Mr. Elly Karuhanga, Lady Justice Julia Sebutinde and host of other VIPs. The third Ugandan Diaspora Social Networking Gala will be held on 30th December 2013. Save the date!!! Ugandan Diaspora News Now brings you some of the highlights from the gala. All photos by Kalungi Kabuye.

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    Maggie Kigozi

    Nice event. Well done Ronnie. Hope to see more Ugandans in the Diaspora join us again December 30th 2013 at Serena Hotel!


    Kudos Ronnie!!!

    What an epic performance that was?! Thanks madam Dr. Kigozi for your patron-ship and wise counsel.
    Could not have asked for anything more.To the emcees,you surely deserve shut-outs.The after party @ Guvnor was also a league of its own.

    Good job guys!!!!

    For God and My Country

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    Zani Ladyc

    I Loved this event. Ronnie, u did grt. am looking fwd to the nxt one.


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