Banyakigezi Set Date For 10th Annual Convention
Ugandans from the South Western sub-region of Kigezi will next month gather for their 10th Annual ICOB Convention at the Embassy Suites Hotel Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Centre in Greenville, South Carolina (USA).
Convened under the umbrella organization, International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB), the get-together will draw participants from Europe, USA, Australia, Canada and Uganda.
ICOB president Johnson Mujungu told Chimpreports.com news desk that the three-day function, which kicks off on July 26, will draw participants from Europe, USA, Australia, Canada and Uganda.
They will also be joined by friends of Banyakigezi from all over the world.
Kigezi region covers present day districts of Kabale, Rukungiri, Kisoro and Kanungu.
According to Mujungu, the theme of this year’s congregation is “Changing Uganda One Life at A Time; Thriving from Broken Pieces through Economic Empowerment, Education and Enlightenment.”
“Our annual conventions have become an addiction for many of us who treasure the opportunity to enjoy a great time with family and friends, learn new ideas from some of the world’s finest brains and think together about the betterment of our community. Let us join hands,” said Mujungu.
He also announced that there have been several positive responses from many people across the globe registering to attend.
They include Professor Perezi K. Kamunanwire (Uganda’s ambassador to the United States) and Dr Pius Ruhemurana (Mayor of Kabale).
The convention will also feature presentations by Dr Frank Byamugisha, Mr Demond Coleman, Dr Muniini Mulera, Dr Eustacius Betubiza, Humphrey Nabimanya, Brian Bwesigye and convention preacher Reverend Canon B. Ben Twinamaani.
“The Program is set, the Panelists are confirmed and a goat is ready for the picnic. We will have entertainment, a DJ, still photographer and great food. We intend to have fun with a cause,” said Elvis Muhaabwa, Chair ICOB 2012 South Carolina Organizing Committee.
“We have four major topics which are poverty eradication, health and women issues, education, tourism and jobs under the general theme Changing Uganda One Life at A Time; Thriving from Broken Pieces through Economic Empowerment, Education and Enlightenment,” added Muhaabwa.
“We want people to have as much fun as serious discussions. At the end of the day, we hope to be able to galvanise our efforts and raise awareness and support for educational projects in Kigezi,” he added.
ICOB was founded in 2003 out of the arising need to promote the cultural, social and economic development of Banyakigezi in Uganda and in the Diaspora, and to pass on the importance of customs, language and wisdom handed down from our forefathers to our children.
The first convention took place in Toronto, Canada in 2003, with the last being held in London, United Kingdom.
Notable as well was the historical homecoming convention that took place in Kabale, Uganda in 2009.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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