The UNAA Denver Convention Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients!

Posted September 21, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 3,864 views


The UNAA Denver convention will perhaps be most remembered for its Key Note Speaker and UNAA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Mr Kwatsi Alibaruho, the first African American with Ugandan DNA to lead a mission into space as Flight Director. Kwatsi was well received by his audience and was later given a standing ovation for his outstanding speech.

Described by many as the most inspirational and motivational speech in the history of UNAA Conventions, his speech touched on all facets of our lives. He mentioned the importance of networking, relationship building, progressive thinking, working with integrity, presenting ourselves professionally while treating our jobs as if everyday were a job interview.

Left to Right ~ Mr. Senoga, the Current UNAA President, hands Mr. Kwatsi the UNAA Life Time Achievement Award

Mr. Alibaruho the son of a retired Ugandan economist and an American doctor has now taken up a new top executive position at United Technologies Corporation and will soon be relocating to Hartford, Connecticut. As the Ugandan diaspora we celebrate his achievements.

The other recipient of the UNAA Lifetime Achievement Award was Captain Lukiya Mulumba, an active duty nurse in the US Air force whose postings have included Afghanistan and Iraq.  Her philanthropic work in combating the Sickle Cell disease has now earned her world recognition and support in the White house, US military and Uganda, where she started and donated land for the Uganda Sickle Cell Foundation. In her acceptance speech Captain Lukiya encouraged all those privileged Ugandans living in the diaspora to support the sickle cell cause or any other cause they felt passionate about for the less advantaged within our society. [Lukiya’s work has also been featured in this year’s September Issue of Essence Magazine an upscale African American Magazine]

From Left to Right ~ Hon. Edward Ssekandi, the Ugandan Vice President, Captain Lukiya and Former UNAA President, Moses Wilson

This December Captain Lukiya will be among the Ugandans recognised at the Ugandan Diaspora Social Networking Summit at Serena Hotel on December 29th 2011 for her outstanding contributions. For Details visit:

Here are some photo highlights of the UNAA Lifetime Award Recipients.

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