With folk dancers draped in feathers, shackles wrapped around their waists, gyrating to the sound of tradition, one could easily have mistaken their show for a cultural gala. But it was not. It was the end-of-year party for the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA).
The warm and homely environment of Serena hotel gardens created the perfect backdrop for the party. Key guests included, Zac Niringiye, the retired assistant Bishop of Kampala Diocese; Gerald Karuhanga, the western region Youth MP; and politician Beti Kamya, among others.
When the folk music quietened, it opened way for the vibrant dancehall music that got people dancing; thanks to the group of over 20 youths that did break dance. The entertainment also featured live performances from Jackie Chandiru, Quela band and comedy from Afande Kelekele and Alex Muhangi. When fun mixed with food and drinks, the party only got better and went on till late.
The organization promotes public participation in democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights by awarding grants, developing programmes, and bringing together diverse civil society leaders and groups.
OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue about issues of public importance in East Africa. OSIEA supports work in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda as well as regional organizations whose mandate encompasses East Africa.