Unmatched views of Chicago’s world-famous skyline await you. From the Willis Tower, the John Hancock, to the Shedd Aquarium, Aon Center and much more. Set off from the breathtaking Navy Pier aboard the Odyssey Dinner Cruise and sail off on a 3-hour escape from the city. With 4 floors of entertainment, including a VIP section where you will get to mingle with the artistes, there is entertainment for everyone.
Enjoy dinner at a window and take in Chicago’s skyline, or go out to the deck and feel the beautiful Lake Michigan breeze. Either way, the Odyssey on Lake Michigan is where you will want to be on the evening of Saturday August 31st 2019. Tickets on sale now. Check out the video below.
A new fundraising platform is aiming to offer a similar experience to GoFundMe, but with the advantage of convenient payments and delivery of funds. Meet Giant Causes (www.giantcauses.org), a platform that was founded by a team of Ugandans in the diaspora.
Andrew Muyanja, one of the founders, says the idea arose from a moment of need. “We had a relative who needed to travel abroad for cancer treatment and GoFundMe did not provide a unified-enough experience for friends and family that wanted to chip in both in the diaspora and in Uganda.”
According to their website, Giant Causes is a fundraising platform connecting people with inspirational causes to a global network of ordinary people willing to lend a hand. “No contribution is too small to make a difference. At Giant Causes we imagine a world in which compassion is turned into action and together,
little by little, we move mountains,” says Muyanja.
The platform’s team protects users by “thoroughly vetting all our campaigns to protect donors from fraud.” It accepts donations via mobile money, debit and credit cards and paypal. Its first beneficiary was Baby Rapha, a Ugandan baby born with one artery instead of the normal two. Over 23,000,000 Uganda Shillings was raised via the platform.
On Sunday April 28th 2019, representatives from UNAA’s executive committee, council, board of trustees and the 2019 Chicago Convention Local Organizing Committee completed a 3-day series of meetings to iron out the last details ahead of the 2019 UNAA Convention and assess the local community’s readiness. At the end of the weekend, UNAA leaders declared the Chicago community was ready to host the convention.
What is the Site Visit?
The site visit is the most important face-to-face planning weekend of the Ugandan North American Association’s leaders. The gathering attracts representatives from all bodies of the organization (executive, council and board of trustees). There are a few reasons for this planning weekend.
UNAA leaders listen to the convention local organizing committee and answer questions in a bid to assess the community’s readiness to host the convention.
Each leadership organ uses the opportunity to meet and discuss their operations and new strategies.
Important assessments of the convention venue take place, including food tasting, hotel tour, boat tour, event space mapping and programming, as well as planning convenience for convention delegates.
Special teams such as marketing, entertainment, security, registration, Trade and Investment Forum, Miss Uganda North America, etc get to meet in person for final brainstorming.
There will be a major focus on security and registration/checkin convenience at the 2019 UNAA convention
Plans are full speed ahead to complete the introduction of new programs: a themed business exhibition, a women’s forum, full-day programs for kids and youths, and a more interactive trade and investment forum. Well-performing programs such as Miss Uganda North America, the Venture Podium and Technology Tours will also be getting a boost in support to keep them successful.
Expected speakers for the 2019 convention include Ugandan and international inspirational figures from around the world, with a key focus on having more guest speakers living in North America.
The 700-capacity Odyssey cruises on Lake Michigan will be the official boat cruise for the convention. With 4 levels of entertainment – including a VIP section – this will be as big as a dinner boat cruise gets.
The Local Organizing Committee chairman, Eddie Kyobe, thanked UNAA leaders for visiting Chicago and reassured everyone present that the local community is both excited and committed to delivering a great experience for convention guests.
UNAA Vice President Eng. John Julius Muwulya and Executive Secretary Peter Mukunya, representing the UNAA executive, promised that the executive will provide all the necessary support that the local community needs, and thanked the local community for rising above their differences to work together.
The 2019 UNAA Convention will run August 29th to September 1st 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel in Chicago’s downtown. Thousands of delegates are expected, including Ugandan and non-Ugandan cultural enthusiasts, business professionals, leaders and potential investors.
The Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) is proud to announce a brand new format for the annual Uganda – North America Trade and Investment Forum, which will be a part of the 2019 UNAA Convention in Chicago, Illinois at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The UNAA Convention runs from Thursday August 29th 2019 to Sunday September 1st 2019. The convention and forum theme is “Cultural Diversity and Economic Empowerment: Building a Stronger Diaspora Community.”
The Trade and Investment Forum will be one of the highlights of Friday August 30th 2019, dubbed: “Passport to Uganda: The Ugandan Innovation and Culture Showcase.” This day will also feature the Miss Uganda North America Beauty Pageant.
This will be the 11th edition of the Trade and Investment Forum, but there will be major changes to the format of the forum. The event will kick off on the evening of Thursday August 29th with a Sponsor Appreciation Networking Mixer, which will be open to sponsors, business owners and professionals with the Convention Business Guest Pass.
Vendor Exhibition is now Discover Uganda / Invest in Uganda Expo
The vendor exhibition is getting a new look as the ‘Discover Uganda / Invest in Uganda Expo,’ featuring themed vendor booths with categories such as technology, banking, taste of Uganda, tourism, non profits and wealth/investment products.
Trade and Investment Forum: Panels and Presentations
Another major improvement to this year’s forum will be the more exciting, interactive panels and presentations, featuring a diverse list of panelists and presenters that are innovators or experts on international business, banking and wealth management. If you are interested in presenting or being a panelist, send us an email.
The Venture Podium is Back
2018 marked the first edition of the The Venture Podium. This investment pitch is modeled against the Shark Tank, and the best presenter will win an investment cash award and marketing support from UNAA. If you are interested in presenting at the venture podium, send us an email.
Access to the Invest in Uganda Expo is free. Access to the Trade and Investment Forum, where all the panels, presentations and venture podium will happen, is free to registered convention guests, and $60 for non-registered convention guests.
Chicago, Ugandan and Diaspora African Media Houses to Provide Coverage
UNAA is positioning this as a day to share the beauty of Uganda and its business and trade opportunities with the international community. The day will feature local Chicago media and Ugandan media houses.
Don’t Miss the After-Party: Miss Uganda North America
This Passport to Uganda day will end with Miss Uganda North America: Night of Fashion and Culture for Women Empowerment, a show that is riding on three years of massive success with its international leadership program.
Sponsorships and Exhibition Spots Available
For sponsorships, to advertise or to be a part of the exhibition at the Invest in Uganda Expo, contact us.
The hit beauty pageant is back for round 3! Last year saw Shalom Aburu from the host city of Seattle winning the prestigious crown. Will Chicago repeat this feat? This year’s theme is ‘Empowered by Diversity’ and the prize includes a trip to Uganda for the winner, and UNAA’s ‘Emerging Leaders’ Scholarships for the top 3.
About Miss Uganda North America
The Miss Uganda North America Leadership Program was started in 2017 as a partnership between Inzozi Fashion House and the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA). Today it has grown into an independent leadership program and continues to successfully execute various initiatives around the globe to implement its objectives.
The program supports young Ugandan women living or studying in North America to achieve their educational and leadership goals by promoting awareness of global issues and their cultural heritage. It also creates opportunities for them to connect with Ugandan and international communities globally to discover ways to collaborate on business, women’s issues, education, charity and other initiatives. Recently, the founders of Miss Uganda North America spun off a new program – African Women Lead – that will extend its initiatives to all African women around the globe.
This year’s Miss Uganda North America theme is ‘Empowered By Diversity.’ Women bring so much uniqueness to society. Uniqueness can be in the form of ancestry, socio-economic status, religious beliefs, political beliefs, race, preferences, lifestyle, past experiences and much more. The aim of this theme is to work with our Class of 2019 to explore how this diversity can be used to better the world, and to spread a message of tolerance by celebrating the richness of culture and the strength of society that are created by diversity.
Comedian Patrick Idringi – aka Salvado – will host at the 2019 UNAA Convention at the Hyatt Regency Chicago from August 29th to September 1st 2019. The celebrated comedian has received international acclaim as one of Uganda’s funniest comedians – performing and competing in West Africa, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is also one of the most sought-after event MCs on the African continent.
Artist Line-up These are the artists that have been confirmed so far, with more to come. Stay tuned for more updates on the artist lineup.
Warm greetings from Chi-town, the city of big shoulders Chicago.
We are undoubtedly excited to be hosting UNAA 2019 in our city. The 3rd largest city in the US has a lot to offer that the convention goer will surely enjoy.
Our theme this year is ‘Cultural Diversity and Economic Empowerment: Building Stronger Diaspora Community’ As Ugandans living in the diaspora, we should be proud of who we are through celebrating, recognizing and advancing our cultures, norms and way of life.
Chicago 2019 is one of the places we want to showcase this. Don’t leave your traditional attires home. Chicago being the birthplace of the UNAA trade and investment forum back in 2009, we are working on an extensive version to build on what was started in 2018 Seattle. The local organizing committee is striving to bring on board businesses and individuals that will add value to our already resourceful forum. Entrepreneurships and business collaborations have started at
these UNAA business forums, empowering our communities and members. This should be on everyone’s to-do list for Chicago 2019.
This year we plan on having a convention that will cater for everyone from the kids, youth, adults and our elderly. We will have in place programs suitable for each group. The big number of youth we have shouldn’t miss out on the programs designed specifically to meet their backgrounds. Our youth team is working to have them engaged all throughout the convention right from Thursday through Sunday.
A lot of parents have expressed lack of enough children programs at UNAA conventions. Chicago 2019 has this at the forefront. To free up the parents so they can attend forums, network, have fun and not have to worry about the kids, we will have busy, fun packed activities throughout the convention to keep our kids entertained and engaged. Bring your kids with you so you can all share the Chicago memories together.
Entertainment will be at its best in Chicago. The lineup of artists is splendid. This year we plan on catering for both the youth and older generations. We have carefully reviewed our past glitches and are trying our best to close all those loopholes.
For those who love cruising on the water, The Chicago Odyssey dinner cruise is going to be the first of its kind in UNAA history. We are to be treated to a live fireworks show as we cruise Lake Michigan waters. This spectacular view of the Chicago night skyline and fireworks at the same time isn’t something anyone would want to miss.
In addition to the exciting busy convention program, Chicago as a city is a place to visit. With its state of the art architectural skyline, art galleries, museums, parks, beaches, restaurants, there’s a lot to do and see. And all these will be in walking distance from our convention hotel the magnificent Hyatt Regency on Wacker drive.
There is all the reason to be in Chicago Labor Day weekend 2019. We are looking forward to hosting you and your families and trust me you will create numerous everlasting memories. There’s in place a very vibrant, resourceful, hardworking local team striving to make this a memorable event for everyone.
Visit www.unaaonline.org/chicago2019 to complete your registration and also reserve your hotel room before they run out. While there also renew or pay your membership to be able to vote for your new leaders. It’s election year Chicago 2019.
See you on August 29th 2019!
Eddie Kyobe Chairman Local Organizing Committee – UNAA Chicago 2019 Deputy Speaker – UNAA Council Council Representative – Great Lakes Region
On February 2nd 2019 at 3.00am at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts, Annette Nakalema Kiyimba Kironde, resident of Berillica, Massachusetts, breathed her last – losing a second battle to Breast Cancer. The 56 year old long term UNAA member was a mother, a pillar, a friend and a leader to many in our diaspora community.
Annette is survived by her children Gulemye Kironde, Ssenteza Kironde, Mpagi Kironde, Jo Zizinga and her siblings Joan Betty Nakimbugwe, Catherine Nassolo,and Cissy Nakiyimba.
As our community continues to mourn the passing of our dear friend Annette, here are the ways that you can support her family in this trying time.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to donate towards family support, arrangements to transport her body back to Uganda and a fitting send-off for a community icon. Click here to contribute.
Viewing will be this Friday, February 8th, 2019 from 6pm-8pm at Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapels, 773 Moody St. Waltham MA, 02453
Memorial service will be this Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at 6pm, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 129 Lexington St, Belmont MA 02478
In London: Memorial service will be held August 2nd 2019 at St Jude with St Aidan Church, Thornton Heath, CR7 6BA. At 7pm. Contact Sophia on 07900 804 268 or Katasi on 07946 409993.
Her body will be flown out on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 and then on to her final resting place of Kimaanya, Masaka in Uganda.
For more information please call Gulemye 1-857-249-5939, Or Senteza 1-781-552-9137.
Furthermore, On December 4th, 2018, in a letter to BOT Chairman John Agaba, the UNAA Speaker Alex Semwanga confirmed on behalf of the UNAA Council the appointment of the following individuals to the UNAA Electoral Commission.
1 Herbert Twase
2 Betty Wakou
3 Hydeen Reich
4 Florence Bazanye
5 Ivan Mwanja
6 Florence W Studstill
7 Fiona Babumba
8 Fred Byabagye
9 Alex Lubega
10 Tina Kasujja
11 Mohamed Kaggwa
12 Kriss Namakola
13 Barbara Munube
14 Richard Kyabihende
15 Wasswa Ddamulira
16 Elizabeth Alinda
17 Samantha Muhunde
18 Philip Mbabazi
19 Sophia Nabadda
20 Micheal Mugwanya
Please join us in wishing our incoming officials success in their efforts to move UNAA forward.
Introducing Hassle-Free Check-In at the UNAA Convention
Tickets delivered to your inbox. Skip the registration lines at the UNAA Convention. Now when you buy your tickets online, you will receive your tickets in your inbox. That includes pdf files so you can download and print them.
The new barcoded ticket system comes just in time for what is expected to be a full-house UNAA convention, given that it is an election year. The barcodes will provide an added layer of security while significantly reducing the lines at the registration booths.
UNAA is always striving to make your check-in process smoother at the convention. The office of communications is rolling out this feature starting with tickets purchased online. Our aim is to be able to provide this service to all our delegates.
More information on the check-in process to follow soon.