By Steven Odeke
At the Airtel “Together We Can” concert last Saturday evening that was held at Garden City Rooftop and headlined by Jamaican singer Nyanda, six women whose efforts have influenced the society were awarded on the night.
Chief amongst the winners was the Nabagereka (queen) of Buganda Sylvia Nagginda awarded for Mentor of the year while Kampala City Council Authority Jennifer Musisi was awarded the Public Service gong for her efforts in keeping the city orderly.
Musisi had big competition from Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadagga whose name received a deafening applause when it was announced amongst the nominees in the category.
Local chess player Phiona Mutesi got the Sports woman of the year for her exploits in chess competitions last year while Juliana Kanyomozi had to overcome competition from singers like Cindy in the best musician’s category to win it.
Amongst all the winners, only Juliana was present to pick her accolade and thanked her fans for standing by her through the hardest times. “I thank all my fans for standing by me. Without them, I would not have this award today.
She continued: “I would like to assure you all to follow your dreams. No one should ever tell you to give up on your dreams,” the crowds screamed in acknowledgement of her rich message and also implored her to sing some of her songs.
But since she was not on the line-up of singers, she only sampled one of her new songs before she exited the stage.
The night’s host Flavia Tumusiime also a radio presenter, seemed not happy at losing the media gong to XFM’s Siima Sabiiti when she read out the winner’s name, but she played it down and continued her splendid hosting of the night.
After the award moment, performances resumed with Nyanda singing most of her songs until 12:30am when the show ended.
Women Of Substance winners
Best Musician Of The Year - Juliana Kanyomozi
Best Sports Woman - Phiona Mutesi
Public Service Award - Jennifer Musisi
Arts And Culture - Anne Kansiime
Best Media personality - Siima Sabitti
Mentor Of The Year - Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda
Nyanda arrives for Women's Day fete Publish Date: Mar 04, 2014