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