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📷 Selfies, smiles and styles at 64th CPC opening

By Joseph Kizza

Added 26th September 2019 04:00 PM

A kaleidoscope of colours in the form of cultural outfits, blended with rich musical performances and an addictive, ubiquitous feel-good aura offer the perfect setting for the opening of the Commonwealth conference.

📷 Selfies, smiles and styles at 64th CPC opening

A kaleidoscope of colours in the form of cultural outfits, blended with rich musical performances and an addictive, ubiquitous feel-good aura offer the perfect setting for the opening of the Commonwealth conference.

64TH COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE

📷 The official opening of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference was offered a perfect setting: a kaleidoscope of colours in the form of cultural outfits, blended with vibrant performances and an addictive, ubiquitous feel-good aura.

By Joseph Kizza

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There is little doubt where most of local attention has been directed this week. No prizes for guessing. In fact, Thursday cast an even broader spotlight on an already hyped up event - the 64th edition of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference - and for good reason. The week-long event, which got under way on Sunday, was officially opened by President Yoweri Museveni on its fifth day at an elaborate function at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Uganda's capital Kampala.

 delegation from igeria


In the last couple of days, hundreds of foreign delegates have been waking up to rays of glorious Ugandan morning sunshine filtering through their hotel room blinds, as a country with the long-held epithet of 'Pearl of Africa' continued to host them.

On the fifth, sixth or seventh day (depending on when they jetted in) of their stay in Uganda, many of the delegates stuck to an orthodox dress code by slapping on agbadas, saris, kurtas and sulus for the official opening of the conference.

The local parliamentarians and guests went for the gomesi, kanzu (tunic), mushanana and nakatukok while others kept their formal wear pretty much, uhm, straight-forward.

 delegation from igeria A delegation from Nigeria 🇳🇬


Thankfully, organisers of the event found themselves in the good books of the weather gods. A splash of early morning warmth willed on by a gentle breeze wafting from the nearby Munyonyo Beach struck a perfect meteorological equilibrium for an event of such magnitude.
 

 ntertainers dressed in inyarwanda dresses These entertainers went for the graceful mushanana look 🇺🇬



The delegates were shuttled from their respective hotels to Munyonyo for the big one. Many of them flew into the country through Entebbe International Airport on Sunday ahead of a week packed with meetings and excursions.

 delegation from alaysia The Malaysian team 🇲🇾

 
Munyonyo was bubbling with an extensive range of cultures, well illustrated by what the delegates wore.

ndia delegationIndian delegation 🇮🇳


A kaleidoscope of every colour imaginable did well to splash a veil of optical vibrancy over the event.

 ganda s dressed in omesi These Ugandan MPs wore the gomesi 🇺🇬

 

 ganda delegation dressed in arimojpong attire This Ugandan delegation opted for the Karimojong attire (nakatukok) 🇺🇬

 

 ganda delegation dressed in anzu She did the gomesi and they went for the kanzu (tunic) 🇺🇬

 

   asule umumba National Resistance Movement (NRM) secretary general Justine Kasule Lumumba took the grey route for her attire colour 🇺🇬


It was fashion taste at its best. Our photojournalist pitched camp at a vantage point where the delegates sauntered past to freeze their sense of style with only a click of his optical gadget 📸

 
On a sweltering morning, what better way to shield your eyes from the great luminary's rays - and at the same time enhancing your style - than by slapping on sunglasses!

A nifty addition, for sure :)


The hues on display ranged from every corner of the colour panel.

You could say the picture immediately below enjoyed a generous array of blue hues!

 outh frica delegation This South African delegate looked graceful and chic in her attire 🇿🇦

 

  melia yambadde Trade, industry and co-operatives minister Amelia Kyambadde looked elegant 🇺🇬


A perfect day to have a perfect reason to put on show your pearly whites. A hearty picture, this one!

Truly united in happiness :)

 
Some marched to the venue in business-like fashion, armed with iPads and smartphones, as well as with the determination of a thoroughbred. Way to go!

 
A hotbed of cultures . . .

. . . including a dollop of Pacifician wardrobe taste.

 amoa


Plus a sprinkle of South Asian culture . . .

 ndia Indian delegates 🇮🇳


The Horn of Africa was very much represented . . .

 omalia A Somali team 🇸🇴


From the look of things, blue was an ubiquitous colour choice for many a delegate.

 ganda delegation

 

 alaysia Team Malaysia 🇲🇾


Uganda is hosting the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference for a second time, having only previously done so in 1967 - five years into life after independence.


Hosting an event of such enormity requires an equally large synchronized team to ensure everything goes on smoothly. From security to logistics and media, it has been so far so good.

At this point of the week-long conference, Rotten Tomatoes would give the hosts a rating of 80% were it a film.


The ushers did well to guide the delegates to the meeting point.

 atongole


Some came in twos, others in threes and others in larger groups.

But most importantly, they were all coming together as one, in one place, united in the Commonwealth spirit.


In their transit to the venue, many pressed their brake pedals as they approached our camera-wielding journalist, affording to briefly strike a pose, before carrying on.


Those who found the rather short walk to the venue to be a traipse relished a ride on a cart.

 

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Meanwhile, the delegates were thrilled by the lively performances upon arrival at the venue.

Some flashed the thumbs-up sign in conspicuous approval of what was on show. They liked what they experienced.

 


You could tell the vibrant performances were tempting for many of the guests.


Some froze the dynamism in the air for later optical consumption . . .


It was about hugs and kisses, smiles and selfies.

 


A warm welcome for the delegates. 



Tempting, right?

By the way, you can join in on the thrill  . . .


Oh yes! Now that's more like it!


This is what the Pearl of Africa is all about - BEAUTY!


Can't miss out on such a selfie moment. You just cannot! 📱



OK THEN, LET ME ALLOW YOU TO ENJOY THE REST OF THE PICTURES UNINTERRUPTED . . .

 

 

 

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