With a few days left to the 2018 Young Achievers Awards (YAA) ceremonial gala that will be held at the Kampala Serena Conference Center on August 18th, 2018, Deputy President of Kenya; William Ruto has been confirmed to deliver a Keynote address at the gala. The confirmation was made Reach A Hand Uganda, the organizers of the awards.
The YAA is an initiative of Reach A Hand Uganda that rewards excellence, hard work and innovations of youth and entrepreneurs in Uganda. The NGO firm that focuses on youth empowerment programs in May announced open entry submission for the awards, that saw over 400 applications submitted where only 45 entrants were selected – 5 in each of the 9 categories; Innovation and ICT, Social Entrepreneurship, Farming and Agro-Processing, Outstanding Sports Personality, Business, Fashion, Film and Photography, Media & Journalism Excellence, and Performing Arts.
Speaking about the choice of William as keynote speaker, Awel Uwihanganye, Co- Founder of the Young Achievers Award said the Kenyan Deputy President is a key voice and strong proponent of youth empowerment.
“His story of triumph against the odds, and achievements in leadership from a humble background to being a key leader in East Africa’s biggest economy resonates with dreams and aspirations of many young people in East Africa and Africa as a whole,” Awel added.
H.E William Ruto will be rewarded with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. An award that has been accepted by likes of H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (Uganda), H.E. Paul Kagame (Rwanda), the late Dr. James Mulwana, Sister Rachelle Fassera, Prof Senteza Kajubi, Noelina Kareeba, and Ali Mufuruki.
Out of the 45 nominees that were selected, only 9 will emerge as winners, selecting one from each of the 9 categories.