Kiwanuka received the special award alongside Helen Joseph Mabusi, Esther Asimmire Bagombeka, Jacquline Namata, Hannah Nakku, Gillian Lamwaka and Alice Barlow
World Boxing Federation (WBF) Heavy Weight Champion Shafik Kiwanuka is barely a year in school at the International University of East Africa (IUEA), but his recent heroics have won him the Best Sporting Student Award at the university.
Yesterday, during the university’s graduation ceremony at the university’s auditorium, Kiwanuka was recognised alongside the six best performing Bachelor’s students in the different faculties.
Kiwanuka recently outwitted Zimbabwe’s Thamsanq Dube in a ten-round bout at the same venue to claim the WBF Africa Heavyweight championship belt, for which he was recognised yesterday.
IUEA Vice-Chancellor Dr. Emeka Akaezuwa presented the sporting award after parading it to the dignitaries that included the Chancellor Professor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, Professor Patrick Lumumba, the Chairperson board of trustees and deputy chief justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo and members of the board Alwi Hassan and Hassan Alwi alongside the different deans of the different faculties.
Kiwanuka received the special award alongside Helen Joseph Mabusi, Esther Asimmire Bagombeka, Jacquline Namata, Hannah Nakku, Gillian Lamwaka and Alice Barlow who were the best performing Bachelor’s students in the faculty of science and technology, law, engineering, business and management, and the IUEA Community Awards respectively.
“We believe that a perfect education is one that combines academics, practicality and also health. So we encourage our students to be healthy; to engage in sports because we have scholarships for that and we believe a well-round student is the one that is physically and mentally fit,” Akaezuwa stated.
He advised the students to be practical and take their innovations from the university to the world.
Chief guest Professor Patrick Lumumba challenged the students to embrace innovation in order to change the state of underdevelopment and define ourselves as Africans.