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The Ugandan Diaspora Gala | A Celebration of Uganda’s Very Best Abroad and The Success That Makes This an Annual Event – Monday, 30th December 2013

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Posted November 28, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Diaspora Notice ~ 4,451 views

     

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Diaspora Press Release – What started as a simple networking event in 2011 to help bring together the Ugandan Diaspora when they return home for their holidays has slowly emerged as a major gathering and must-attend for many of Kampala’s socialites and business owners targeting the Diaspora. —

Founded by Ronnie Mayanja, a former radio and TV personality in Uganda who now resides in the US and previously served on the board of  the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) for two terms before stepping down, the gala is meant to celebrate Uganda’s success stories abroad and also provide a forum that engages government leaders in a more relaxed social atmosphere. At the same time, it aims at providing a space for those in search of synergies, areas for investment and an opportunity for those seeking real estate developments or buy retirement homes.

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Ugandans previously honored at the gala have included Kwatsi Alibaruho, the first flight African American Flight Director at NASA; Lady Justice Julia Ssebutinde from the International Court of Justice at the Hague; Dr. Shaka Ssali, Managing Editor, Voice of America (VOA) News, English to Africa Service; Captain Lukiah Mulumba, who has championed treatment of sickle cell disease and is an active serving US Air-force Medivac Nurse; Prof. Mahmood Mamdani,a leading thinker and political scholar in Africa; Derreck Kayongo, CNN Hero and Founder of the Global Soap Project; John ‘The Beast’ Mugabi, a Boxing Hall of Fame legend; and Lifetime Diaspora Achievement Award recipient Stephen Kiprotich, who last year won Uganda’s second Olympic Gold Medal at the London Marathon.

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This year’s recipients include Patrick Masambu, Winnie Byanyima, Ntare Guma Mbaho and Ambassador Rhoda Tumusiime. Other accomplished Diaspora members who have also set up successful business ventures in Uganda over the past 10 years will be recognized. Posthumously we shall also celebrate the life of Maama Irene Gleeson and her Irene Gleeson Foundation for the work she started in feeding over 10,000 children of Northern Uganda at the height of the Kony insurgency. We therefore invite all the Diaspora returning home for Christmas holidays to join us on Monday 30th December 2013 starting from 6pm for our 3rd annual social networking gala!

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Annual Ugandan community conventions held in North America and Europe also attract Ugandan government representatives and the private sector who attend as a way to encourage trade and investment back home. These events are rarely sufficient to allow those interested to develop their business ideas or interface directly with would-be trading partners and government stake holders. However the setting in Kampala and Serena in particular, on the other hand, allows for some great first-hand meetings with local participants, including banking executives working on such programs like diaspora accounts, diaspora bonds diaspora tourism and diaspora insurance.

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One area ripe for greater government involvement is diaspora tourism, and attendees will learn what the Ugandan government is doing to engage the diaspora in this lucrative sector. URA will also be invited to speak on the issue of taxation of those in the diaspora returning or investing back home and seeking any tax regimes available.

Another topic of discussion will be the PETITION involving the Dual Citizenship law that many feel is grossly unfair to the diaspora community. The Ugandan Investment Authority (UIA) has confirmed attendance and their delegation will be led by the Executive Director Eng. Frank Ssebowa. Lastly, we also expect an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Diaspora Services Division to share the Diaspora Compendium and ways in which the diaspora can benefit from this newly established department.

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Another theme we want to develop at these annual networking galas is an opportunity to provide a meeting point for those looking for like-minded partners for social and business connections based overseas. For example, one might reside in the US and start looking back home for a spouse or business partner, yet in the diaspora host country or continent there might already be a suitable Ugandan professional willing to relocate and or settle down.

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This year we will be compiling a database linked to our website and accessible through social media, to help Ugandans abroad stay in touch and follow our progress online.

A special guest speaker from South Africa, Angel Jones — President and founder of the Homecoming Revolution Africa– will be joining us for a special presentation of the Homecoming Revolution Uganda. She will share her own story and how she returned home to South Africa after 20 years in London. The concept is meant to help create a soft landing for diasporans looking to resettle back home by teaming up with the appropriate government organs.

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If you are a Ugandan living in the diaspora we invite you to join us for a fun-filled evening of entertainment, glamour and networking. We shall kick off the evening with a networking cocktail sponsored by Nile Breweries and Pepsi Cola followed by a dinner in Kampala Serena’s Victoria Hall. Vendors will also be present to showcasing products of special interest to the diaspora.

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For entertainment we have lined up East Africa’s jazz maestro Isaiah Katumwa, Exodus, a special guest comedian Salvador Idringi and the AROMA Band. The evening will include an exciting fashion show with Ras Kasozi of Kas Wear, whose designs have been featured at Vancouver International Fashion Week, along with other designers, including Martha Jabo and US-based Solome Katongole. Past appearances have included Xenson a leading designer in Uganda with an international appeal!

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The Ugandan Diaspora Network enjoys strong support from Ugandan Investment Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by the Permanent Secretary Ambassador James Mugume. We call upon the donor community to support this initiative as an effective, non-political way to help the diaspora achieve its fullest potential. The growing influence of the Ugandan Diaspora Network has also led to Diaspora communities in Canada – Vancouver, Europe, South Africa, Dubai – Middle East, Australia, China and Japan to contact us for help in organizing their local chapters into formal Diaspora entities recognized by government.

Working together with our Patron – Prof. Dr. Maggie Kigozi, Fenon Entertainment and other partners, like Kampala Serena Hotel, which has provided discounted room rates for those attending the gala, we are confident this year’s gala will be among the best gathering of Ugandans living abroad!

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For details on vendor tables, Magazine advertising and sponsorship, contact the event planner – Ronnie Mayanja at US +1-978-235-2459 or in UG +256-773-212-007 or +256-794-999-898. Tickets will be available online for $50 or at the Kampala Serena Hotel gift shop for UGX 100,000. Tickets at the door will cost UGX 150,000 so book now to avoid disappointment. Please call or email for corporate and ordinary group table reservations. RSVP. Ronnie.Mayanja@gmail.com – Event website www.ugandandiaspora.com 

Disclaimer – Archived images from Previous Galas were used in this report!


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