The next convention will be held on September 1 to September 3 in Las Vegas
Unlike their counterparts, there was no talk, there was no politicking and there was no bickering as Ugandans in North America under their umbrella UNAA Causes gathered for their 28th annual convention dubbed the "Uganda Festival- Summer's ultimate event" at JW Marriott in Los Angeles.
The convention that started on September 2 was officially opened by Tooro Kingdom princess, Ruth Nsemere Komuntale before Tanzanian Bongo Flava artiste, Africa’s super star, Naseeb Abdul Juma popularly known as Diamond Platinumz worked up the crowd filled with party lovers, entrepreneurs and fashionistas.
Other artistes that rocked the crowds included; David Lutalo, Winnie Nwagi, Ali Naira, Zani Brown and Jazz maestro Isaiah Katumwa.
Others were; Roy Kapale, DJs Bamboo Hi Fi, Caroli Mpoza, Deejay Core, DJ HD from Dallas. BBC Kumlor Dumor inaugural award winner, Nancy Kacungira, Super Model Aamito Lagum, Mr. Fred Makubuya, Nancy Mugga, Stalla Atal, Robin Kisitu, Sheillah Gashumba, among others.
A fashion show was also among the events that left revellers needing more, it was headlined by the beauty queens from Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia with a specific touch of African and Ugandan culture.
Ugandans also used this opportunity to launch a campaign dubbed the “clean water campaign” whose aim is to ensure that their fellow citizens back home get access to clean water.
The clean water campaign was launched by the Leader of Opposition in parliament, Ms Winfred Kiiza who commended the efforts of Ugandans in US in providing solutions for the millions of Ugandans back home where the government seems to have failed. Ms Kiiza called upon Ugandans in the diaspora to use this as an example.
"This is an opportunity for Ugandans all over the world to not only identify problems but also find solutions,” she said.
Approximately 23,000 Ugandans die each year due to diarrhea including 19,700 children under the age of 5, who die each year due to the disease. Uganda losses shs 389b an equivalent of about $147 million each year due to poor sanitation and poor water related diseases.
Among other Ugandan politicians in attendance was; Kyandondo County East MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, MP for Bukoto East, Ms Florence Namayanja and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
The next convention will be held on September 1 to September 3 in Las Vegas.