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Statement: UNAA President Henrietta Wamala

UNAA Members and the Diaspora Community at large,

I bring hearty greetings from my home state of Illinois and immense gratitude for the historic Victory that you delivered! We came to you with our agenda, you listened to the facts, you decided that you needed to change the status quo and your voices were heard. This was a win for all those that saw beyond the politicking and negativity; and wanted UNAA on a more progressive, united and calmer path! Thank you, thank you!

I would like to congratulate the candidates who emerged victorious, and also applaud all contestants, thanks to whom this year UNAA saw record high registrations in memberships and aspirants! That alone was a loud message to everyone that we as members are ready to see change and progression in our organization. Team Henrietta crossed the finish line by scooping 3 of the 4 executive seats and also won 6 council seats. I am very proud of that Win and honored by your trust in our Team! A huge Congratulations to the Miss Uganda North America Winner, Ms. Vanessa Nansamba, Ms. Fauzah Nantambi that won Miss Culture and all the other young ladies in the program, you are all winners!

As you witnessed throughout our campaign, despite all the smearing, and jeering, we focused on issues and facts that we knew pertained to you as Diasporans living in North America. We are tackling these issues from day one, as will be elaborated on in our forthcoming communication. Our vision will always be putting you Diasporans first and solving problems that pertain to us, to make us better; for when we are better, we can, as a united front bring the change that is desired even in our motherland.

To my campaign team, you are the best team any candidate could ever ask for! You were with me from day one to the finish line, you sacrificed your resources and that does not go unnoticed. You made sure that we pushed through all the noise, focused on the bigger picture and on the light at the end of the tunnel. We persevered, we did it, and we shattered that glass ceiling in a million pieces! We will work hard to make you all proud.

To all our supporters, how can we thank you enough? Words alone are not enough, but we are grateful from the bottom of our hearts. As I reiterated in my victory speech, alliances to teams ended on election night. We now step into this next chapter of governance as elected officials that come to serve you all our constituents. To you all our community members, I implore you to help us protect the UNAA brand by refraining from activities e.g negative (social) media slander that tarnish the image of the organization and discourage new members from joining UNAA. You are all UNAA ambassadors, so let us unite and work collectively for its growth and advancement to attain our full potential. Always remember, ultimately this isn’t about my administration or any one individual; we shall succeed or fail together as UNAA. Let the work begin!

Thank you for standing with us and May God bless you all,

Henrietta Nairuba Wamala
President & CEO
Uganda North American Association – UNAA

The 2nd Venture Podium at UNAA Chicago 2019

The Ugandan North American Association invites you to the second VENTURE PODIUM which will be held during the Trade and Investments Forum at its 31st UNAA Convention in Chicago, IL on Friday August 30, 2019.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

At what was then called the “Business and Entrepreneurship Workshop” held during the 2004 UNAA Convention in Seattle, attendees were challenged to form an investment group.  This challenge raised $80,000.00 with which the group bought a building in Kampala from which they very happily derive rental income to this day.

In response to a presentation on IT opportunities at the 2009 UNAA convention in Chicago, a Los Angeles based engineering firm entered into an agreement with a local Ugandan company for the provision of technical support services.  Today this Ugandan company provides about $250,000 worth of technical support services annually to several clients in the US.

In response to a presentation by the Chancellor of Gulu University at the 2011 UNAA Convention, an attendee from Canada built 2 student hostels units near the campus and is enjoying very profitable returns.

These are just some of the more visible outcomes of past workshops at UNAA conventions.

The venture podium is a period of time that has been set aside in the afternoon session of the Trade and Investments Forum where aspiring entrepreneurs in our community will be given an opportunity to stand in front of and pitch their business ideas to the entire gathering.  Presenters may pitch their ideas in search of investors, partners or merely to solicit feedback on a potential project or venture already underway.

But it is important to put this venture podium feature in perspective.  The business outcomes highlighted above were the result of individuals taking the independent initiative to act in response to information presented in the forums.  The Chancellor of Gulu University came to the convention and made a presentation on a specific business opportunity.  An attendee was attracted by the opportunity and acted upon it.

It is important to note that this will not be a contest with a pot of money on the line for the winners.  This will be a time set aside for people to present their ideas or projects to a gathering of people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds including government officials (from both Uganda and North America), existing business owners, other entrepreneurs, academicians, and others.  Any of these could become investors, partners or active advisors in any of the projects presented and presenters will have an opportunity to further network during a reception to be held after the forum and throughout the rest of the convention.

So anyone who would like to make a presentation in this session should send an email with a summary of their project to venturepodium@unaaonline.org.  Projects can be in Uganda or anywhere in North America.  Presenters can also come from Uganda or North America.

So join us in Chicago this coming Labor Day weekend for the 2nd Venture Podium that will be held during the 11th Annual Trade and Investments Forum at the 2019 UNAA Convention.

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine to speak at 2019 UNAA Convention

Highly rated actor, photographer and filmmaker Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 UNAA Convention’s Annual UNAA Gala and Fundraising Dinner. Ntare is Uganda’s Cultural Tourism Goodwill Ambassador and currently stars on acclaimed TV Series The Chi.

A first generation Ugandan – American, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine has been documenting the lives of Ugandans for the past eighteen years through the mediums of photography, theatre and film. His work has featured on HBO’s television series Six Feet Under and also exhibited worldwide.  He is the Director of award winning documentary Beware of Time NAACP Image Award nominee for Best Actor. He is currently featured on acclaimed television series Chi.

His most extensive documentation on Uganda has been in the field of photography. His work has featured on HBO’s television series Six Feet Under and also exhibited at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, The Latino Art Museum, The United Nations, Rush Arts Gallery and Museum Africa in Johannesburg to name a few. For further details on his photographic work please visit http://www.GumaDesign.com.

Ntare received his Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Acting from New York University and completed studies at The Moscow Arts Theatre in Russia, The Royal National Theatre in London and The University of Virginia. His first effort as a playwright is Biro, a multi-media solo performance piece, which held its World Premiere at Uganda’s National Theater in January 2003. The play subsequently premiered in London, then in New York at The Public Theater where it made The New York Times critics pick list. On May 2, 2004, a 30 minute version of the play was broadcast throughout Africa by the BBC African Services. At the invitation of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute, Biro was performed at the 2004 African Union summit meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to an audience that included UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as well thirty African Heads of State. The play premiered at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2004 and then toured through Durban and Mafikeng. Ntare’s other acting credits include leading roles at The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Center, ACT, The Long Wharf Theatre and the National Tour of Six Degrees of Separation for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actor. TV credits include ER, CSI and Law & Order.

Ntare’s first effort as filmmaker is a documentary entitled Beware Of Time, which exposes the lives of HIV positive Ugandans, and the crimes of a brutal war ravaging northern Uganda. The film received its first broadcast in Uganda and subsequently screened at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Black International Cinema in Berlin where it was selected as Best film on matters relating to Marginalized People.

Book Your Convention Program Book Ad Space

The UNAA Convention Program Book is the ultimate way to reach every convention delegate. It features welcome letters, convention highlights, the full program, a host city guide and much more information, and it is free for all delegates. Book your ad spot today before they are sold out.

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Business Opportunities at UNAA Chicago 2019

Hello. I’d like to share with you the exciting business opportunities that UNAA Chicago 2019 has to offer – especially to SMEs.

1. Stand out at the Discover Uganda Exhibition

This year’s vendor exhibition has been given a new name because it is getting a major marketing push. UNAA has invited non-Ugandan residents of Chicago and nearby cities to come to this exhibition via Eventbrite and local media. This is a great opportunity for tours and travel companies, startups that are looking for funding, businesses that aid trade with Africa such as banks and money transfer services, and others that are looking for partnerships. With a major focus on presentation and branding, we plan to make sure that your businesses stand out.

Some of the confirmed participating companies in this year’s event include PostBank Uganda, Housing Finance Uganda, Kafeero Foundation, Equity Bank Uganda, DOXA Connections, Uganda Tourism Board, Fakhruddin Properties, as well as numerous diaspora-based businesses that will be highlighted in a separate post.

Take advantage of this great opportunity by registering your business as a vendor on this page: https://www.unaaonline.org/event/2019-unaa-convention-chicago/. Look for “Vendor Registration”

2. Advertise in the 2019 Convention Program Book

Advertising in the convention program book is a great opportunity to put your business in the palms of every convention delegate. Also, for the first time ever, this year’s convention program book will be made available in digital format. Here are the rates for advertising in the 2019 UNAA Convention Program Book.

Full Page: $1,000 USD
1/2 Page: $600 USD
1/4 Page: $350 USD
1/8 Page: $200 USD

To learn more about getting your ad in the 2019 program book, contact us here: https://www.unaaonline.org/contact-us/

3. Participate and Network at the 2019 Uganda-North America Trade and Investment Forum

The Trade and Investment Forum is a great opportunity to meet fellow professionals and business people, meet business leaders that can help you take your business game to the next level, learn about new trade and investment opportunities and meet potential investors and business partners. This full-day event features panels on trade and investment, speeches from motivational speakers and business leaders, and a networking lunch.

It is free to attend for registered convention delegates, and costs $50 to attend if you are not registered. You can visit this link to register: https://www.unaaonline.org/event/2019-unaa-convention-chicago/.

4. Pitch your startup at the T & I Forum’s Venture Podium

The last part of the Trade and Investment Forum features a venture podium – the UNAA Convention’s own Shark Tank. Introduced by former president Moses Wilson, the venture podium allows startups and SMEs to pitch their ideas or businesses to potential investors in order to generate funding for growth. This is a great time to seek investment from Ugandans living in the diaspora – the US economy is on the rise and Uganda is shaping up to be a major entrepreneurship hub given its young and innovative population.

Learn more about presenting at the Venture Podium by clicking this link: https://www.unaaonline.org/submit-proposals-for-2019-venture-podium/

5. Sign up for Professionals Connect

Our professionals and entrepreneurs network (UNAA Professionals Connect) has been steadily growing. We plan to have our first social event at the 2019 UNAA Convention. Meet like-minded people and make great connections over cocktails. This is a networking opportunity that will keep on giving as it grows. Sign up for Professionals Connect by clicking this link: https://www.unaaonline.org/about-unaa/unaa-programs/unaa-professionals-connect/

6. Various Event Sponsorship Opportunities

The UNAA Convention has various sponsorship opportunities and our team is glad to point you to the right opportunity for your business. Sponsorship opportunities help you stand out by giving you a unique platform from the various events that happen at the convention.

Here are some sponsorship opportunities:

Blanket UNAA Convention Sponsorship
Miss Uganda North America
Trade and Investment Forum
Discover Uganda Exhibition
Dinner Boat Cruise

Here are some sponsorship benefits:

Adverts in the UNAA Convention Program Book and the Miss Uganda North America Contestants Magazine
Outstanding presence on UNAA Convention marketing signage
On-screen adverts during events (including lunches, dinners, Trade and Investment Forum,  Miss Uganda North America)
Event Red Carets
Speaking opportunities during events
Ongoing marketing on UNAA and Miss Uganda North America websites

On top of Chicago being an attractive city and the UNAA brand being on the rise, the Chicago Convention will also be an election convention. That means maximum attendance. Take advantage of the above business opportunities and let us build together! Contact us if you have any questions.

Presented by
Julius Kabugu

Julius Kabugu is the current Communications Director for the Ugandan North American Association. He’s a software engineer and semi-professional photographer. He is also a co-founder and the marketing and communications director of the Miss Uganda North America Leadership Program. He is also a proud husband and father of 3, living in Austin, Texas.

Submit Proposals for 2019 Venture Podium

UNAA is pleased to announce that the Venture Podium will be back at the 2019 Trade and Investment Forum.

The VENTURE PODIUM is a period of time that has been set aside in the afternoon session of the UNAA Trade and Investments Forum where aspiring entrepreneurs in our community will be given an opportunity to stand in front of and pitch their business ideas to the entire gathering.  Presenters may pitch their ideas in search of investors or merely to solicit feedback on a potential project or venture already underway.

It is our pleasure to announce that several projects have already been proposed for this session.

  1. A partnership to buy and rent property in Uganda.
  2. A partnership to buy and rent property in the US.
  3. A partnership to buy land and develop affordable housing in Uganda
  4. A partnership to engage in food grain purchase, processing, storage and resale in Uganda.

Anyone who would like to make a presentation in this session should send an email with a summary of their project to venturepodium@unaaonline.org.  Projects can be in Uganda or anywhere in North America.  Presenters can also come from Uganda or North America and must be registered convention delegates.

Terrewode Fistula Hospital to Launch in August

On behalf of the leadership and membership of UNAA, we would like to congratulate our friends at The Association for Rehabilitation and Re-Orientation of Women for Development (TERREWODE) upon achieving a major milestone in their fight to save women suffering from Fistula. Founder and Executive Director Mrs Alice Emasu Seruyange has announced that the hospital project (Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital) will officially open on August 16th, 2019.

The Terrewode Fistula Hospital will be the first in East Africa and only the third in Africa.

The hospital, whose Phase 1 cost was 4.2 Billion Uganda Shillings, will replicate the model of care provided by the world-famous Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. It will be the first in East Africa and the third in Africa.

According to Terrewode’s website, “The community is excited to have a medical facility that focuses on women’s health – repairing fistulas, and with holistic health care, assuring that the woman is supported pre- and post- surgery, so that she can have a successful reintegration into her community. The medical director is hired, and staff positions are being filled.”

As long term partners, well wishers and friends of Terrewode, UNAA is delighted about this achievement and pledges to continue supporting the project and the hospital even after its launch to ensure its continued success.

For more updates on this project and to continue supporting Terrewode, visit their website at https://www.ugandafistulafund.org.

2019 UNAA Convention: Meet the 700 seater Odyssey Dinner Cruise

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.

Giant Causes: A new way for Ugandans to raise funds for charities

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.

UNAA Leaders and LOC: Chicago is Ready for 2019 Convention

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.

Key Outcomes

  • 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.

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