Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga is scheduled to jet into Uganda to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and also preside over the third annual Edutainment Africa Awards (EAA) event.
David Beecham Okwere, Uganda's ambassador to Japan said on Monday Odinga would arrive on Saturday and also hold a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni. "He is coming. We will give him an award for his contribution; he is one of the leaders who have championed many causes. The Raila Odinga Foundation has supported the education of many students in East Africa. The foundation gives many scholarships. He has supported many causes," Okwere said.
Okwere who is also the chairman of EAA said the award is a regional award. He explained that this year it was focusing on Kenya and Uganda but next year it will award other people in the region.
Innocent Ogwal, chief executive officer EAA told journalists that Odinga has an illustrious career in leadership and contributed to the struggle for pan Africanism. He said on Saturday Odinga will be involved in a tree planting exercise at the Pan African Freedom Square in Kampala. Ogwal said the awards were launched in November 2010 by President Yoweri Museveni who was represented by Sports Minister Charles Bakkabulindi.
He said the function coincides with the World Aids Day and it will be held at the Kampala Serena Hotel. He said EAA is an annual educative and entertaining award ceremony. He explained that the Award was meant to appreciate the noble people who have fashioned and oriented their lives for the development of Africa.
Eddie Ivan Kaweera, vice chairman EAA said the other categories of people to be awarded were persons in the community who have made a difference in the lives of others through causes, art, or music will be rewarded through specific categories. He said these include the best edutainment music category, the best edutainment audio or visual producer category.
Others are best edutainment dance group, best HIV/ AIDS Program, best drug addiction control program, best corruption control program, best poverty control program, best edutainment actor or theatre, best edutainment radio station program, best edutainment newspaper write-up, best edutainment sports program and best edutainment art/fashion/design.
Other categories are best edutainment TV program, best edutainment leadership/leadership program and lastly the lifetime achievement award for outstanding senior citizens who have greatly inspired the young generation to desire positive change and a better life.