By Mugerwa John
We joined fellow Ugandan youths (and the rest of the world) to mark the 2017 International Youth Day on Saturday, August 12th. celebrations begun with a 5km youth run themed #Run4peace around Kyambogo Hill where Gloria Nabasaku, Rebecca Wayelo, Sarah kakayi emerged winners amongst the females. While Gabriel Otim, Yahaya Ziiwa and Bashil Matovu all from Kyambogo College school topped the males.
Speaking to the youth who gathered at Kyambogo college sports ground, Mrs Ruth Asiimwe the Executive Director Uganda Youth Network (UYONET) encouraged them to be ambassadors for peace by taking up leadership positions as well as staying in school.
Several youth organizations at the event were offering free services. For example, free HIV counseling and testing services were provided and free family planning items were also being given out in form of condoms by Reproductive Health Uganda.
What is a youth event without entertainment? Rockies Troupe shook the sports
grounds with cultural dances and hymns as Saint Nelly Said, a famous hip hop artiste, thrilled the youth with his rap rhymes alongside several dance performances and poems. The event was also graced by Nakawa Division Mayor Ronald Balimwezo Nsubuga who awarded
the run winners with medals and advised the youth to conserve the environment, have disciplineand also stay in school if they are to have a brighter future.
For a pictorial and more updates on what you missed at the International Youth Day celebrations at Kyambogo Sports Grounds, check out our tweets for that day by following us @ReigniteAfrica and liking Reignite Africa (@Reignite) on Facebook.