UNAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
registered in the state of Massachusetts.
UNAA is the largest non-political formal association of Ugandans in the Diaspora. Our organization aims to promote the social, cultural and economic development of the Ugandan Community in North America and beyond. The Ugandan Community in North America numbers over 120,000 individuals.
To bring together Ugandans living in North America and provide a platform on which they can network, share and experience Ugandan culture and the abundant opportunities of our new home.
To enable, stimulate and promote acquaintance, friendship and unity among Ugandans in North America by promoting social and cultural activities and interaction within and between our local communities and across the continent.
To address the needs and challenges peculiar to our members by promoting co-operative efforts and developing strategic partnerships with philanthropic, cultural, educational, economic empowerment and other social service organizations.
To increase awareness and facilitate access to the gainful exploitation of educational, entrepreneurial and employment opportunities in North America through better networking, training and other innovative programs.
To build partnerships with key stakeholders that will facilitate the growth of cultural, philanthropic, economic and educational interests between the peoples of Uganda and North America.
To promote and protect our unique Ugandan cultural identity through regular social and cultural activities.
To counsel and advise relevant governments on policies and regulations affecting UNAA membership.
Meet Our Executives
Henrietta Nairuba Wamala
Director of Communications
Meet the UNAA Council
Josephine Mugaga Matovu
Albert Bakasara Kazoora
Mid Atlantic Region 2
Rocky Mountain Region
Maureen Asiimwe Kalemba
New England Region
Canada Pacific Region
Canada Central Region
Mid Atlantic Region 1
Southwest Region 1
Southwest Region 2
James William Mugeni
US Central Plains
Mary Tracy Nalwadda
Female Youth Rep.
Male Youth Rep.
Norah Aliyah Namuyanja
Female Youth Rep.
Collins Stuart Katende
Female Youth Rep.
UNAA Board of Trustees
Mr. John Agaba
John is the President/CEO of Kitara Enterprises Inc. He holds an associate degree in Respiratory Therapy from Seattle Central Community Center, a diploma in Law from Makerere Law Development Center and a diploma in Project Planning and Management from Makerere Business School. On June 1, 2018, completed a study about effective board governance for nonprofit organizations and for having demonstrated leadership skills and knowledge to lead boards of trustees to higher ground in their service to others in mission-based community pursuits from The Board Chairs Academy. He is a member of Board of Directors with Uganda Fistula Fund (UFFT) and Treasury of Washington State African Leaders Coalition Association (WSALCA). He is also a former President of the Pacific Northwestern Ugandan American Association (PNUAA) based in Seattle-Washington. John is currently self-employed in the transportation industry.
Mrs. Aisha Musoke Ogwang
Aisha received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently a registered nurse at John Peter Smith Hospital in the Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit, a position she has held for the past ten years. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Mrs. Ogwang served as the Executive Secretary of UNAA from 2013-2015. She also doubled as the Vice-Chairperson and Committee Lead for the Forum and Programs Committee of the Convention Organizing Committee for the UNAA Dallas Convention in 2013. Mrs. Ogwang has also served as the Secretary for the Uganda American Association for the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth (UAA-DFW). In this role Mrs. Ogwang is duly credited for reinstating the organization’s good standing with the Secretary of State of Texas. Mrs. Ogwang also served as a member of the Board for UAA-DFW.
Dr. Benjamin Omara Abe
Dr. Abe is Professor Emeritus, Anthropology Department, North Seattle Community College and founding member and Chairman of the Board of the African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle. He is also Uganda’s Deputy Honorary Vice Consul for Washington State. Dr. Abe is an active member of the University District Rotary Club of Seattle and has led teams providing humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia and Uganda.
Ms. Caroline Olok
Ms. Olok received a BA in Child Development and a minor in Psychology from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky in 1987. She has worked extensively in the Social Services arena in areas including Youth Development and Employment, Workforce Development and Homelessness. She currently works for a non-profit organization in Atlanta, Georgia. Her vast experience in the business of non-profits spans multiple states in the United States. She has served as a Board Member for the County of San Diego, a member of ASIKE (African Sisters Information and Knowledge Empowerment), secretary of the UNAA Atlanta Chapter and a member of the UNAA Electoral Commission.
Dr. Peter Simbi
Dr. Peter T. Simbi (Ph.D., MSW, M.A. Ed Ad, University of Minnesota and BA SWSA Makerere University) is professor of Social Work. Currently, he teaches at Stephen F Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas mainly in the areas of social welfare policy and social work practice. He has been a social work educator and administrator at both BSW and MSW levels and served as site visitor for U. S. Council on Social Work Education. He taught at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, Grambling State University, Louisiana, and Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia and Valdosta State University, Georgia. In addition, he served as coordinator of the BSW Program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, assistant Dean of the School of Social Work, Baton Rouge Louisiana and director of the MSW Program at Stephen F. Austin State University. In other countries, he taught at Nsamizi Training Institute, Entebbe, Uganda and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. In fall 2009, he was visiting professor the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom. His publications are in the area of administrative justice, international social work, child welfare and collaborative service delivery. He is one of the founders of UNAA in 1988, and for four years, he served on the UNAA Electoral Commission as secretary. He is also one of the founders of North America Bamasaba Cultural Association (NAMCA) and has recently completed serving a four-year term as its president.