Musician Eddy Kenzo has been recognized as a Young Achiever. This was during the annual Young Achievers Awards ceremony held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Saturday. The “Sitya Loss” star saw off competition from fellow musician Rema Namakula, H2C Dance Group, Ivan Mulumba (author) and Felix Byaruhanga (founder The Tribe UG).
Eddy Kenzo could not hide his excitement as he accepted his award, and asked his fans to use the hardships they face and turn them into success stories for generations to talk about.
Tthe award ceremony was graced by Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto who delivered a keynote address in which he lauded the organizers for this initiative that “represents an idea that Africa should celebrate and reward its achievers and validate their dreams without waiting for others to do so”. He also received the Lifetime Achievement award at the ceremony.
Other special awards that were given out include the Young Achievers Star Hall Fame award which was awarded to Betty Bigombe, a former Ugandan minister now working with the World Bank. The Young Achievers Hero award was awarded to Patricia Okwiny Joyce, who is supporting people with disabilities and Phyllis Kyomuhendo was announced as the Overall Young Achiever of the year.
The Young Achievers Awards seek to identify and recognize young people in Uganda that have demonstrated excellence, innovation and leadership in their different fields, including Arts, Entrepreneurship, Media and Journalism, Philanthropy, Innovation and Sports.