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Day Two – Uganda Canada Convention Highlights Sunset Cruise, Independence Prayer Service & Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Posted November 5, 2021 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Canada Convention Entertainmet ~ 807 views

     


The Uganda Canada Business Expo – Independence Sunset Cruise. The Saturday October 9th evening independence sunset cruise on lake Ontario set off at around 5:30p aboard the Empress of Canada a popular floating venue for all corporate events in Toronto.

In what was an overcast skyline the all white affair cruise attracted many Ugandans looking to escape the post pandemic stress. Revelers enjoyed deejay mixes from DC’s very own Caroli Mpoza who took his back in time with both oldies, zouk and Ugandan music. Other attendees included Uganda’s High Commissioner to Ottawa and other friends of Uganda in Canada.

Day – Two. Sunday October 10th was set aside aside as a day for national prayer and healing for Uganda’s troubled past. The service was led by Pastor Eddy Jumba of Dominion Church International, his worship team and many believers attended the morning service at the Courtyard Marriott. In his sermon Pastor Jumba prayed for healing, forgiveness and unity among Ugandans.

Eddie is the Senior Pastor of Dominion Church International-Toronto, an affiliate of Pentecostal Assembly of Canada. A community Church dedicated to cultivating active Christians who will continue making a positive difference in lives of all God’s people from all walks of life. Dominion Church is committed to attending to people’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs (Body Mind and Soul).

Evening Grand finale — The evening grand finale started off around 7pm with a loads of entertainment. Being a thanksgiving weekend, an annual Canadian holiday, held on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. The World’s largest Courtyard provided a 3 course meal that included Salmon and other delicacies.

First on stage was Bryan Nkoyoyo and Luganda love balads that took some back in time. He was particularly applauded for his acoustic guitar performance along with his fellow band mates.

Next was the dynamic duo of Ezekiel and Esther, East Africa has got talent winners of the 2019 season who recently relocated to Toronto, Canada performed three old time classic-duets and a gospel song. The two are the daughter and son of Ugandan gospel singer Julie Muteesasira and Pastor Steven Mutesasira

However it was Solome Katongole’s fashion show that wowed the audience as parents saw some of their kids model ready to wear outfits from Solome’s design house and collection. Both traditional and western cultures are reflected in her designs, using bold and colorful fabrics.

Avatjie – is Solome’s children’s line named after our daughter Ava. Avatjie means little Ava. It stemmed from a desire to make beautiful clothing for her daughter. Solome offers ready to wear garments in toddler and youth sizes for girls.

Highlights of the evening included a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Shaka Ssali in recognition for his contribution to Journalism in Africa. Dr. Shaka’s cousin Norman based out of Toronto, Canada accepted the award on behalf of ndugu Shaka who was not able to attend in person. After 29 years at the Voice of America and 20 years at the helm of Straight Talk Africa, Shaka Ssali retired from VOA in May 2021.

Another major highlight of the day was motivational speaker Fahad Amir Nsubuga – a Toronto based storyteller and upcoming Pan Africanist.

In 2014, Fahad started a social media page to specifically inspire and identify with people who needed a voice. To date the page has grown to attract active followers through regular engagements about issues that matter most to Ugandans and the African Diaspora at-large.

Fahad’s speech focused on a change in our mindset as the key to unlock our potential and succeed in the diaspora and Africa. He cautioned media houses for continually promoting ignorance in the name of ratings. Quoting legends like Mandela who once said.. “Fools multiply when intelligent people remain silent…” he called on those in leadership to inspire and live positive legacies when its there time to go.

The keynote speech of evening was delivered virtually by Prof. PLO – Patrick Lumumba a renown Pan Africanist who spoke about the meaning of Uganda’s Independence 59 years later.

Professor PLO Lumumba is the Founder of the PLO Lumumba Foundation and a consultant with Lumumba and Lumumba Advocates, a member of the Africa Justice Group (AJG). He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a certified mediator. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya FCPS (K), a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management (FKIM) and Honorary Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS).

He is the Chairman of Farafina Investment Group in Monrovia, Liberia and Economic Strategic Growth and Development Initiative for Africa based in Nigeria. He has authored several books on diverse subjects. With several speeches on diverse subjects delivered in and outside Africa, Lumumba is recognized as one of the leading public speakers in Africa and the African in Diaspora.

He is the founder of several organizations including the PLO Lumumba Foundation, a charitable organization that has been in operation since 1990. He has also been twice recognized as one of the 100 most influential Africans.

A special thank-you to the the organizing committee led by Chairman Jeff Kizito and Justus Mirembe, event Coodinator Ronnie Mayanja for organizing an event a month after Canada opened its borders to the International Community after almost two years in lockdown.

An extra thank-you to our event emcee Ambros for ably managing the logistics of the event and to the entire Toronto community for their show of support throughout the 3 day weekend.

The next Uganda Canada Convention and Business Expo will be held at the downtown Westin Ottawa hotel on Canada Day long weekend! For more information visit – www.ugandacanadaconvention.com or RSVP +1978.235.2459 or UG +256.700.769.683. Registration details will follow Online or visit Summit Banking, Post Bank Head Office. Nkrumah Road for those in Uganda.


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