Kampala, Uganda – The National Youth Council (NYC) alumni dinner was held last night at the Pearl of Africa Hotel in Nakasero, Kampala. The event was attended by key government officials, including Hon Judith Nalule Nabakooba, who represented Vice President H.E Jesica Alupo, Government Chief Whip Denis Hamson Obua, and Minister of state for youth and children Affairs, Hon. Sarah Nyirabashitsi, and Hajat Medina Naham, NRM director for Finance and Administration.
Rt. Hon. Namayanja Rose Nsereko, founder and director of the Rose Namayanja Foundation, was also in attendance. Namayanja is a former Youth Chairperson of Luwero District and is well-known for her work in empowering and supporting young people in their personal and professional development.
During her speech at the event, Rt. Hon. Namayanja emphasized the importance of self-improvement and integrity in leadership for young people. She urged the audience to work harder on themselves than they do on their jobs or work because when they work harder on themselves, they become more relevant. She also urged them to be aware of the people they are moving with, as they will be with them for a longer time and to have integrity in leadership which is very key.
Rt. Hon. Namayanja also appealed to the women members of the NYC alumni, to be the anchors to ensure the continuity of the women’s movement in the country. She acknowledged that they were able to scale the heights because they stood on the shoulders of very robust women that stood up for the women’s movement in the country and asked the question, are they paving way for the younger women?
She also spoke about the time she spent in youth leadership, stating that she believes that that which she has been and which she is, and that she will ever be, attributes it to the time she spent in youth leadership. She said that it created a network of people who she is moving with today and will move within many more years to come and urged the audience to harness those networks.
Rt. Hon. Namayanja also noted that the challenge of dealing with young people, helps one build the ability to maneuver through the youth dynamic issues and shapes them into a better and more patient leader. She also stated that she hasn’t seen someone who has gone through youth council leadership that is below average wherever they are.
She also advised the audience not to be tempted to think that all they need is becoming a Member of Parliament or minister but to continue adding to their books and become more valuable.
The Rose Namayanja Foundation, named after its founder and director, aims to empower and support young people in their personal and professional development. The foundation focuses on providing resources and opportunities for young people to improve themselves and become valuable members of society.
Through her work with the foundation, Rt. Hon. Namayanja hopes to inspire and guide the next generation of leaders in Uganda. With a strong emphasis on integrity and self-improvement, the Rose Namayanja Foundation is making a positive impact on the lives of young Ugandans.
Overall, the NYC alumni dinner was a successful event, with key government officials, and leaders in attendance, discussing the important issues facing young people in Uganda, and ways to empower and support them in their personal and professional development.
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