Reach a Hand Uganda launches Ikon awards to recognize outstanding ventures and leaders in Africa.
The purpose of the Ikon Awards initiative is to educate, connect and link participants to opportunities and celebrate by recognizing and rewarding formidable implementers of social development ventures.
Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) in partnership with Talent Africa, Incredible Media, Segal Family Foundation, Next Media Services, Victoria University, Avance Media Africa, Outbox, MoTIV, Johnnie Walker has launched the iKon Initiative aimed at recognising awarding transformational thought leaders and implementers in various fields of social development in Africa.
The initiative that was launched on Friday 26th March 2021 at Kingdom Kampala will be an annual undertaking, includes a series of activities ranging from idea and concept generation incubators, mentorship via masterclasses, summits and courses that will culminate in the awarding of well deserving ventures masterfully executed
The Founder and CEO, Reach a Hand Uganda, Humphrey Nabimanya during the launch (pictured up) said that the Ikon awards initiative will ensure that young people have a platform to access opportunities and information to make decisions in Africa.
“We have been working with and for young people since 2011 in ensuring that they have the platforms and opportunities they need to get information to make informed decisions. The iKon Initiative is another of those platforms. With it, we hope to mentor, guide, and skill more young people across the African continent.” he said
The Country Director, RAHU James Tumusiime said that there is need to engage the young people in development processes and that the initiative is one of them.
“As an organisation focused on engaging and grooming young people, it is essential for us to continuously come up with new and creative ways of engaging young people to ensure access to information and full participation in the development process.” he said
L-R. Humphrey, Heard and Abryan during the launch
The iKon Initiative originated from the idea and need to reward outstanding persons and innovations within Ugandan communities. Such persons have been envisioned as icons, the popular and influential figures that the public wishes to emulate. However, not all icons have been known to impact others.
Ali Alibai, CEO Talent Africa said “The iKon initiative is going to make Africa standout. There are a lot of great innovations that we have that hardly get noticed or even recognised. But with this initiative things are about to change. As Talent Africa, we are thrilled to be part of this journey.
Reach A Hand Uganda is a youth serving organization focusing on youth empowerment programs with an emphasis on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
Reach A Hand Uganda efforts are timely to make a contribution to ensuring that every young person in Uganda can access accurate information to aid and direct them in taking that crucial life decision regarding their life skills and development, behavior change communication and sexual reproductive health and rights.