Thrilling performances on a magnificent stage complete with great sound amidst an endless flow of assorted drinks and a hearty dinner to seal the night. This is what the guests experienced at the second edition of Warid Women of Substance awards dinner that took place at the Serena hotel on March 6.
Warid joined the rest of the world to celebrate the women who had positively impacted the community. The event featured women from diverse walks of life, who were hand-picked by Warid to grace the ceremony held in commemoration of the International Women's day.
Nevertheless, a few men were present to spice up the event. Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka was the keynote speaker of the day. The event did not fall short of glamour, fun and spark as the elegantly-dressed guests were treated to bouts of comedy from members of Fun Factory; thrilling traditional dances from Ndere Troupe and live band performance from Code 9.
Julianna Kanyomozi, who scooped the Warid award in the entertainment category, also performed some of her songs like I am Ugandan and Sanyu Lyange. The other winners of the night were Winnie Byanyima who scooped the International award, Dr Margaret Mungherera won the social work and administration award while Flavia Namakula and Julian Adyeeri Omara emerged winners in the sports and entrepreneurship categories, respectively.
This year, a sixth category, the Warid best female employee, was brought on board and Sarah Namuwanga won it.
"We are gathered here today to acknowledge that women drive society forward and hold it in place," said Shailendra Naidu, Warid's Chief Commercial Officer.
To reaffirm Naidu's statement, Kiwanuka said: "Women make up 52% of the world's population and more than 50% of the wealth resource."
The colourful event moderated by actress Irene Kulabako was sealed off with another magnificent performance from Code 9 band.