Wednesday 30th was a night to remember as the Ugandans living and working abroad organised the 4th edition of the annual The Ugandan Diaspora Social Networking Gala at Kampala Serena Hotel Victoria Hall.
The Gala which was preceded by a breakfast meeting on Tuesday 29th pulled together a host of high profile Ugandans living and working abroad as well as those in Uganda looking to network and share ideas and opportunities with potential partners and clients.
This event which has become an annual calendar get together was hosted by Professor Maggie Kigozi who is the patron of the group. The former chairperson of Uganda Investment Authority who presided over the breakfast meeting also welcomed guests at the main gala in her capacity as Patron.
This special moment in which The Uganda Investment Authority, the Diaspora Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ugandans in the Diaspora came to celebrate and share ideas and business opportunities together.
The Gala which kicked off a few minutes after 8PM, was hosted by Arnest Wasake as MC who took over from a live band performance led by Sandy Soul who entertained guests with some smooth soothing Afro-Soul Jazz music.
Professor Maggie Kigozi then welcomed guests and introduced a few guests with success stories from working abroad some of who were awarded for their outstanding contributions to the nation.
Those who received special awards included, Business man Dr. Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige also known as BMK founder of Hotel Africana, Dr Margaret Mungererea head of the World Medical Association who received the Diaspora Medical Award 2014, Elijah Kitaka (Google) co-founder at FEZAH was recipient of Diaspora Technology Award and Musaazi Namitit(Al-Jazeera) recipient of Diaspora Journalism Award.
The spirit of the evening was lifted by Charlie King and Swahili nation with some angelic smooth RnB sounds and Teacher Ampumire (Mendo) who entertained guests together with Dolibondo and Extreme performers. Martha Jabo, Solome Katongole and Rahel Nakimera showcased some exquisite fashion styles.
The guests then retired to an after party at Club Guvnor to dance the night away.