Based on a theme ‘Motivate To Inspire’, the long awaited ‘MAK Vartsity Awards’ were yesterday finally and successfully held at the Makerere University main hall. By 5:25pm, invited guests and students were arriving amidst tight security in and out of the hall. Before the master of ceremonies officially kicked off the event, there was entertainment from a live band to warm up the guests. Shortly after the band, Spirit FM’s King Wisely who was the MC of the day officially opened the ceremony at exactly 5:55pm with singing of the National, East African and Makerere University anthems.
The Makerere University guild president HE. Bala David was the first speaker and in his address to the guests, he said how this 81st guild he heads, wants to rebrand the image of the university but however, they can’t be able to do that without the public and media. The Dean of students took the podium next, he thanked all the guests for coming through and also commended the guild council for coming to the success of holding the awards ceremony plus thanking the sponsoring companies which had their representatives in attendance.
Next was the vice chancellor Makerere University Mr Okello Earnest Ogwang who congratulated all the nominees and said that Makerere University tops in the East and Central African region. Immediately after his speech, a group of models took the stage and showcased their modelling skills which brought some excitement in the guests especially the men.
At 6:55pm, the awarding ceremony which everyone was eagerly waiting for was next and all the nominees in their different categories were displayed on the projector for everyone to see. Below is the list of winners in their respective categories.
Business Impact Personality – Patrick Bitature.
Inspirational Leadership – Allen Kagina.
Interactive Entertainment Personality- Bebe Cool.
Leadership Award- Aseru Sarah.
Male Sports Personality- Lubwama Joshua
Female Sports Personality – Chemtai Joy
Broadcast Personality – Ssenyonga Derick
Students Inspirational Award – Ayeru Jacob
Young achiever – Ruyondo Ann
Out Standing Sport – Swimming
Project of the year – (Hopi Track) by Mugaga Julius
Appreciation Award – Mr Tumusiime Mutebile (Governor Bank of Uganda)
Outstanding Sports Team – Rugby Team
Social event award – Lumbox Carnival
Interactive online site – Campus Vibe
Community Impact Project – (Mac Pads) by Isaac Muhofa.
Entrepreneurship Award – (Agric on line) by Nyabongo Edgar Timothy
Media print/publication – Kiiza Venenscias (Red Paper)
After the awarding ceremony, Captain Mike Mukula who was the guest of honour was the last speaker to conclude the event, he thanked the Governor of Bank of Uganda for managing government funds well and also promised to support Makerere University in all ways.