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Young Achievers Awards 2017 Nominees Announced

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The nominees for the 2017 Young Achievers Awards have been announced at the official awards nominees unveiling ceremony held Kampala Serena Hotel.

The ceremony attracted officials from the government, private sector, the nominees and the media.

“We are pleased to announce this year’s nominees who have been selected by distinguished Judges who brought their industry knowledge and category specific skill sets to assess the nominees and choose the finalists for the Young Achievers Awards.” Said Humphrey Nabimanya, the Team Leader & Founder of Reach A Hand Uganda.

The finalists were selected by two panels of judges. The first round which composed of category judges who assessed the top ten nominees in their respective categories and later the audit judges who selected a winner out of each of the categories that attracted nominations from the public.

“We congratulate all the nominees in the different categories. These young people are the next generation of leaders in their chosen fields of specialization and Vodafone is proud to be part of their story” said Progress Chisenga, Marketing Director Vodafone Uganda.

The Young Achievers Awards was founded in 2009 by two young entrepreneurs, AwelUwihanganye, and Ivan Kyambadde with the main objective of encouraging entrepreneurship and recognizing innovation and excellence.

In reference to the 2017 Awards, the founders recognized the transition to a new generation of champions by congratulating Humphrey Nabimanya the Lead champion (and a recipient of the 2011 Award), on his leadership and stewardship of the Award going forward.

“Our hope has always been that we keep young people as the face of the YAA, and for the Award to remain youth driven, and youth focused.  We see this clearly in the work being invested in the project, and passion exhibited by the team of young people working on it. The team has our full support, we shall continue to contribute to the growth and success of the Award.”

The winners of each of the 7 categories that attracted nominations from the public, will be announced at the awards gala night ceremony on August 12th at the Kampala Serena Hotel. The President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency YoweriKaguta Museveni, will be the guest of honor.

List of nominees of the 2017 Young Achievers Awards

Nominees for the Young Achievers Award for Business are;

Dr. Richard Kalungi, Home Doctors Uganda

Maxima Nsimenta, Founder of Livara Shea Butter Cosmetics

Kasozi Charles Ras, SEED Uganda

MuhammedSekatawa, Responsinle Suppliers (U) Ltd

Ricky Rapa Thompson, Co-Founder of SafeBoda

Nominees for the Young Achievers Award for Outstanding Sports Personality are;

Farouk Miya, Uganda Cranes Midfielder

Jacob Kiplimo, Athlete

Marvin Odong, Rugby Cranes

Christine Wanyana, Former Uganda Crested Cranes Captain

Cheza Fitness Uganda

Nominees for the Young Achievers Award for  Media and Journalism Excellence are;

Samuel Songa Stone,  STORYTELD

Ronald Wandera, Founder ugextra.com

Raymond Kataha, Journalist with NTV Uganda

AbaasMpindi, The Media Challenge Initiative

Martha Tukahirwa, The Uganda Tourism Directory

Nominees for the Young Achievers Award for Innovations & ICT are;

Gerald Otim, Chief Operation Officer & Co-Founder of Ensibuko

Michael Kazoora, Quick Tap Solutions

Zilla Mary Arach,  Lacel Technologies

Kevin Lubega, EasyTicket Limited

Peace Kuteesa, Zimba Women

Nominees for the Young Achievers Award for Social Entrepreneurship presented by UniTED are;

MuhammedKisirisa aka Slum Ambassador, Executive Director of Action for Fundamental Change and Development

Eddy Balina, Community Empowerment Center

Jamila Mayanja, Annual Father Daughter Dance

Ian Joseph Wabwire, Youth Connect-Uganda

Ampumuza Dixon Kagurusi, Co-Founder of Africa Media Education Literacy Limited and TheUgandan.com

Frank Neil Yiga, Anuel Energy Uganda

Nominees for the Young Achievers Award for Farming and Agro-Processing;

Ronald Katamba, Jaguza App

Zilla Mary Arach,  Lacel Technologies

James Kyewalabye, RASA Ltd

Dennis Kasule, St James Secondary School Bulaga

Fiona Rukwanzi, Mwigo holdings limited

Nominees for the Young Achievers Award for Creative Arts (Music) Category are;

EdrisaMusuuza aka Eddy Kenzo

Milege Afrojazz Band

George William Kigozi aka Geosteady

The Triplets Ghetto Kids

SheebahKarungi

Nominees for the Young Achievers Award for  Creative Arts (Fashion) are;

Brian Ahumuza of Abryanz Collection

Anita Beryl of Beryl Quoture

Nominees for the Young Achievers Award for Creative Arts (Film and Photography) are;

HarunaSsebagala, Access Films

Ssekitto Emmanuel kalule, Faces Up Uganda

Zahara Abdul

Ian Akankwasa aka Sasha Vybz

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