UNAA Conventions

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The UNAA Convention is an annual weekend gathering of Ugandans in a selected North American city to do business, network, meet family and friends, and enjoy great Ugandan entertainment. The first convention was in 1988 in Atlanta, Georgia. Since that first gathering of about 200 people, UNAA conventions are now attended by thousands.

Venues since 1988

  • 1988 – Atlanta, GA
  • 1989 – Los Angels, CA (Cancelled)
  • 1990 – Dallas, Texas
  • 1991 – Boston, MA
  • 1992 – Woodbridge, NJ
  • 1993 – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1994 – Los Angeles, CA
  • 1995 – Chicago, IL
  • 1996 – Toronto, Canada (First time convention held outside of USA)
  • 1997 – Washington, DC (Keynote Speech by US Congressman Donald Payne
  • 1998 – Houston, Texas (Keynote Speech by US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee)
  • 1999 – Atlanta, GA (Keynote Speech by Uganda Prime Minister Dr. Apolo Nsibambi)
  • 2000 – Kampala, Uganda (Keynote Speech by HE President Museveni) – First time convention held outside of North America
  • 2001 – Detroit, MI
  • 2002 – Las Vegas, NV (Keynote Addresses given by panel of speakers)
  • 2003 – Boston, MA
  • 2004 – Seattle, WA (Keynote Speech given by H.E. President Museveni)
  • 2005 – Minneapolis, MN (Keynote Speech by US Ambassador to Uganda Kimmy Kolker)
  • 2006 – New York, NY (Keynote Speech by Dr. Ali Mazrui)
  • 2007 – San Francisco, CA (Keynote Speech by Uganda Vice President H.E Gilbert Bukenya)
  • 2008 – Orlando, FL (Joint Keynote Speech by former UNAA Presidents)
  • 2009 – Chicago, IL (Keynote Speech reserved for US Senator Roland Burris)
  • 2010 – Washington, DC (Keynote Speech reserved for HRH The Nabagereka of Buganda)
  • 2011 – Denver, CO (Keynote Speech by NASA Flight Director, Mr. Kwatsi Alibaruho)
  • 2012 – Philadelphia, PA (Keynote Speech by former 3M CEO & Chairman, Sir. George Buckley)
  • 2013 – Dallas, Texas (Keynote Speech by Oxfam International Executive Director, Ms. Winnie Byanyima)
  • 2014 – San Diego, CA (Keynote Addresses given by panel of speakers representing Central, Eastern, Northern, and Western Uganda)
  • 2015 – New Orleans, LA
  • 2016 – Boston, MA (Keynote address given by Dr. Lukia Mulumba
  • 2017 – Miami FL  (Keynote Address given by Dr. Josephine Ssenkugo)
  • 2018 – Seattle WA (Keynote Address by Derreck Kayongo)
  • 2019 – Chicago, IL (Keynote Address by Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine)
  • 2020 – San Francisco, CA
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