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6th Ugandan UK Youth Forum 2016 - Theme: "Inspire to Empower"

Ugandan UK Youth Forum

Saturday, 10 September 2016 from 11:30 to 18:30 (BST)

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Motivating and Empowering Youth to Embrace their Identity


London, United Kingdom. We welcome you to the 6th Ugandan UK youth forum hosted by Ugandan Convention-UK on the 10th Sept 2016 at the Troxy Arena, London.


As the Ugandan immigrant population ages, we need to prepare our youth for the time to pass on the burton to them when the time for most us to retire. Incredibly, Uganda is currently enjoying over $800 million remitted from the Diasporas. The current average age of active money remitters is 45years and within the next 10 years most of them will be retiring leading to less money being remitted back home or even within the diaspora community. It is critical that we prepare the youth not only as future leaders, business people but as respective Ugandans who can increase the prosperity of their motherland and local communities.


The purpose of this annual Youth forum is to promote youth inclusion in shaping the future of Uganda and our Diaspora community by tackling issues that challenge their wellbeing. The Forum brings together a diversity of young voices: young women and men from various walks of life and tribal affiliations in the Diaspora and from Uganda. These include youth activists, youth mentors, motivation speakers, young social entrepreneurs, youth bloggers, members of youth NGOs and other civil society organizations, youth with disability and officials of the various Kingdoms from Uganda.



“Most of the time, youth reaction is triggered by the feeling that they are not heard, consulted or that they cannot contribute to effective responses to persisting challenges. Through their action, youth have proven that they want to be included and considered as active partners in society and that they can be recognized as problem-solvers. In Uganda, youth are now used as political agitators by politicians from both the government and opposition. This shows that their energy can be exploited and used negatively.


The Forum will equally examine the challenges facing youth and which impede upon their capacity to contribute to their societies: unemployment, gender inequalities, lack of access to education, marginalisation, discrimination, limited or no involvement in public affairs.”

Through dialogue, we hope that young people will build an understanding of each other’s points of view, and in the process find common ground. We are optimistic that the forum will be a catalyst for sustained youth dialogue and organizing in the Diaspora.


The delivery structure is tailored to ensure that engagements are free and interactive to include: poem reciting, talks and discussions and above all networking.


This year’s invited speakers will include:

  • Lord Popat, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Uganda Rwanda and Burundi
  • Mr. Taha Coburn-Kutay, Chairman, UK Asian Business Council (UKABC)
  • Ms. Dimple Khagram: Skill-Serve Training
  • Pastor Jessica Kayanja: Founder-Girl Power Ministries
  • Omulangira Crispin Kiweewa Juunju: Prince, Buganda Kingdom.
  • Mrs Rose Izizinga, Headmistress: Kitante Hill School, Kampala, Uganda
  • Ms.Hayley Mulenda, Award Winning Motivational Speaker and Entrepreneur
  • Ms. Patricia Ssewungu: Author -” A Piece of Cake”
  • Mr. Frank Gashumba: Chairman, Mali Group & Founder Sisimuka Uganda


Youth Forum

The youth forum’s main objective:

  • To provide an annual platform that is to be owned by the UK youth community which will empower them to discuss, engage, provide solutions and encourage each other to be the best they can be.


The theme of the forum is “Embracing Your Identity”. The forum will discuss:

  • Challenges that the diaspora youth face to fully contribute to their personal development.
  • Empowering young people to improve the quality of life through the use of ICT and the utilisation of social media (Facebook, twitter, WhatsApp, etc.) as a means of self-empowerment and self-advancement beyond a social platform.


Some other issues to consider in the discussions:


  • Exploring the predominant image of young people today as alienated, apathetic, and uninvolved in mainstream communities. (How young people can get involved in the social and political fabric of UK including the promotion of civil society.
  • Sense of belonging. It is believed that youth in the United Kingdom can lack a sense of belonging and therefore resort to gangs, groups, crime, rebellion etc.
  • Parents – Parents in the United Kingdom are often too busy with work to have time for their children. The children therefore feel rejected and values where learned from home or school may be compromised due to lack of positive reinforcement and role models.  
  • Media and Technology - the media provides temporal and substitute role models as it plays a huge role in the values youth in the United Kingdom adopt.
  • Family and home life - stable family or home life is relevant for the individual to pursue whatever further plans one has, good relationships with parents and siblings helps in shaping and forming good behaviour and identity.



The most important factor is for one to be able to understand and have their own identity. In that, they cannot succumb to negative influences and that by this strong values can be strongly upheld to the next generation.


Youth entrepreneurship

A presentation and discussion on youth entrepreneurship: The importance of job creation through entrepreneurial pursuits and the impact of bringing professional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) to create a positive effect within industries and communities. Influence policy that can improve Uganda and local communities as a whole. The session will also touch on the importance of maintaining one’s culture while adapting to the norms of the British culture and cultural differences amongst Ugandan UK Youth.



This is a call to all Ugandan parents with youth to encourage them to attend the
forum not only to experience how Ugandans network and debate business but also to learn about future prospects in Uganda and the Diaspora. The Convention has reserved a special room for the forum (White Room - 2nd Floor).


Youth Forum








11:00 - 12:00

Registration and Welcoming: Claudia Namukasa & Latifah Kabenge

12:00 - 12:20

Welcome remarks:

Norah Kerwegi, Mark Kawooya



12:20 - 12:35

Being An Ethnic Minority in the United Kingdom?

Ms. Hayley Mulenda, Award Winning Motivational Speaker And Entrepreneur



12:40- 13:00

Guest of Honour Address:

  • Inculcate a sense of cultural identity, belonging, and commitment to the course of the socio-economic development of Uganda.
  • Maintaining your culture while adapting to the norms of the British culture and cultural differences amongst Ugandan-UK Youth


Omulangira Crispin Junju, Prince, Buganda Kingdom



13:00 – 13:30

Guest Speaker:

The pride of a young African:

Family and Home life - Stable family and home life is relevant for the individual to pursue one’s dreams and goals; good relationships with parents and siblings helps in shaping and forming good behaviours and identity.


Talking Points

  • What makes an individual “tick”?
  • What makes a reputable woman?
  • What makes a reputable man?
  • How can you contribute positively to your family legacy?


Pastor Jessica Kayanja, founder “Girl Power Ministries”



13:30 – 13:50

Successful Life Secrets

Building confidence among young people to improve their life through education, employment creation and financial independence.


Mrs. Rose Izizinga, Headmistress -Kitante Hill School, Kampala, Uganda.



13:50 – 14:20

Network Break And Entertainment



14:20 – 14:40

Keynote Address

What barriers have prevented Ugandans (individuals/communities) from sustaining unified financial freedom and career prosperity in the UK?


Lord Popat, Prime Minister Trade Envoy to Uganda



14:40 – 15:00

Family and Business

How to Promote, network and share of knowledge & best practices amongst peers for a successful Family Business.


Mr. Taha Coburn-Kutay, Chairman, UK Asian Business Council (UKABC)



15:00 – 15:30

Take charge of your destiny

You have control over your life!


Mr. Frank Gashumba, Chairman Mali Group and Founder Sisimuka Uganda.



15:30 – 15:45


Overcoming Life Challenges


Ms. Patricia Ssewungu, Author – Best Selling Book ”A Piece of Cake”



15:45 – 16:00

Skill-Serve Training

A European Social Fund (ESF) funded scheme to train and empower young people for employment and entrepreneurship.

Ms. Dimple Khagram



16:00 - 16:30

Network Break And Entertainment

16:30 - 17:30

Question and Answers Session:

Moderator: Norah Kerwegi



  • Pastor Jessica Kayanja
  • Mr. Frank Gashumba
  • Ms. Patricia Ssewungu
  • Mrs Rose Izizinga
  • Ms. Hayley Mulenda
  • Mr. Taha Coburn-Kutay

17:30 - 18:00

The Way forward and Closing Remarks: Richard Ntege

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Troxy Arena
490 Commercial Rd
E1 0HX (White Room)
United Kingdom

Saturday, 10 September 2016 from 11:30 to 18:30 (BST)

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