Glamour and inspiration as 2017 Young Achievers Awards winners are crowned

Vodafone Marketing Director, Progress Chisenga (2nd right) holding and representing the overall Young Achiever Award poses for a picture with (left –right) Founder of the Awards Awel Uwihanganye; Social Entrepreneurship Award winner Muhammed Kisirisa aka Slum Ambassador; Fiona Kayitesi, Vodafone Youth Program Manager; Creative Arts-Fashion Award winner Brian Ahumuza; and Humphrey Nabimanya, the Team Leader & Founder of Reach A Hand Uganda at YAA 2017. 

It was a night of glitz and glamour sprinkled with doses of inspiration as the 2017 Young Achievers Awards winners were announced on August 12th, the International Youth Day, at Kampala Serena Hotel.

The Young Achievers Awards, is an award program that was started over five years ago to identify and recognize young people in Uganda that have demonstrated excellence, innovation and leadership in their respective fields.

“The awards overall objective is to showcase the best examples of young entrepreneurs and leaders to serve as examples for their peers, so that they may inspire an entire generation to do just as much or even more.” Said Humphrey Nabimanya, the Team Leader & Founder of Reach A Hand Uganda.

Ever since its inception the Young Achievers Awards has established itself as arguably the most prestigious awards’ event of its kind in the region.

“It is a great privilege and joy for us at Vodafone Uganda through our youth livelihoods project Jump by Vodafone that seeks to use the power of the internet to promote youth empowerment through e-learning, to be part of this year’s edition of the Young Achievers Awards.” Said Progress Chisenga, Vodafone Uganda Marketing Manager.

This year’s edition of the awards which was announced on January 23rd, attracted over 300 applicants from different parts of the country that were vetted by two panels of distinguished judges.

Overall Young Achiever of the Year

  1. ZIlla Mary Arach, Co-Founder of Lacel Technologies

Winner for the Young Achievers Award for Business is;

  1. Ricky Papa Thompson, Co-Founder of SafeBoda

Winner for the Young Achievers Award for Outstanding Sports Personality is;

  1. Jacob Kiplimo, Athlete

Winner  for the Young Achievers Award for  Media and Journalism Excellence is;

  1. Ronald Wandera, Founder of ugextra.com

winner for the Young Achievers Award for Innovations & ICT is;

  1. Gerald Otim, Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer, Ensibuko

Winner s for the Young Achievers Award for Social Entrepreneurship presented by UniTED is;

  1. Muhammed Kisirisa aka Slum Ambassador, Executive Director of AFFCAD

Winner for the Young Achievers Award for Farming and Agro-Processing  is;

  1. Zilla Mary Arach, Co-Founder of Lacel Technologies

Winners for the Young Achievers Award for Creative Arts (Music) Category is;

  1. Milege

Winner  for the Young Achievers Award for  Creative Arts (Fashion) is;

  1. Brian Ahumuza of Abryanz Collection

Winners for the Young Achievers Award for Creative Arts (Film and Photography) is;

  1. Ian Akankwasa aka Sasha Vybz

Lifetime Achievement Award

  1. Ali Mufuruki

Hero Award

  1. Prof. Peter Mugyenyi

Star Hall of Fame Award

  1. Hon. Amelia Kyambadde

 

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