Kenyan deputy president William Samoei Ruto is expected to deliver the Keynote address at the 2018 edition of the Young Achievers Awards (YAA), according to the Founders & organizers of the awards.
Ruto will also be the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.
He joins other prominent East Africans who have been recipients of this Award, including Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda, entrepreneur and industrialist Late James Mulwana, educationist Prof Senteza Kajubi, social justice campaigner, Noelina Kareeba, and Tanzanian Businessman and philanthropist Ali Mufuruki.
The award ceremony will be hosted at Kampala, Serena Hotel on Augusr 18 2018, under the theme “Rewarding Innovation And Excellence Recognizing of Young Entrepreneurs and Inspiring the Next Generation of world Leaders”.
The Awards which will take place after celebrations to mark International Youth day have since the inaugural Awards ceremony, recognized and celebrated outstanding Youth achievement in the Ugandan Community that have excelled in various realms such as the Arts, Entrepreneurship, Media and Journalism, Philanthropy, Innovation, Sports among others.
Speaking about the choice of Deputy President Ruto as keynote speaker, Awel Uwihanganye, Co- Founder YAA said, “The Deputy President is a key voice and strong proponent of youth empowerment.
Ruto's story of triumph against the odds, and achievements in leadership from a humble background to being a key leader in East Africa’s biggest economy resonates with dreams and aspirations of many young people in East Africa and Africa as a whole.”
This visit will be his first to Uganda after the Kenya general elections held in 2017.
“H.E. William Ruto represents a generation of new youthful leaders across the continent who have a passion for young people’s well-being.
His rise to the office of Kenya’s Deputy President is a story worth sharing to inspire young people not only in Uganda, but Africa.” said Humphrey Nabimanya, the Team Leader & Founder of Reach A Hand Uganda.
The event is expected to bring together over 1000 young people in celebration of innovation, enterprise, achievement and leadership of young people.