Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi is celebrating his 66th Birthday.
As the norm, he has honoured five subjects for their distinguished contribution towards the kingdom.
Among the recipients of today’s honours include Hotelier, Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige commonly known as BMK and folk musician, composer and dancer Annet Nandujja.
Nandujja has been recognised for her promotion of the Ganda arts and culture. Her recognition doesn’t come as a surprise to many.
Aged 62, Nandujja sings and performs in Luganda and has over the years won several music awards.
Together with her music group, ‘The Planets’, she won the 2005 Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Award) for best cultural group in Uganda.
In 2018, she won the first prize in the 2018 National Cultural Heritage Awards. She was recognised in the Intangible Cultural Heritage category for helping to preserve traditional Kiganda dances such as Bakisimba, Aamaggunju and Nankasa.
She also boasts of five music albums including “Etooke”, “Obufumbo bwaleero”, “Akalagaane Kukuuma Butonde” and “Tuulimukuzunga”. The recognition came with an award and a road named after her.
As for BMK, he was recognised for his exemplary entrepreneurship and philanthropy (especially in the fight against Sickle Cell).
BMK is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Buganda and Uganda as a whole. He is the chairman and managing director of the BMK Group of companies, whose member businesses include: Hotel Africana Kampala, Hotel Africana Moroto and Hotel Africana Lusaka – Zambia.
He also owns BMK Motorcycles (Uganda) Limited, BMK Motorcycles (Kenya) Limited, BMK Motorcycles (Tanzania) Limited, BMK Motorcycles (Rwanda) Limited and
BMK Motorcycles (Zambia) Limited. He also owns Hotel Africana Forex Bureau, BMK Construction Leasing Company, Kigali, Rwanda and BMK Oil Equipment Company, Kampala, Uganda.
His award was received by his wife.
The other subjects awarded at the function are; Owekitiibwa Tefiro Malokweza and Dr. Ken Chapman Kigozi. Born in Texas he has served as a missionary in Uganda for 40 years working as a dentist in Mengo Hospital & teaching many Ugandan dentists. He was inducted into the Ffumbe (African Civet) Clan.