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Republic of Uganda
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Location  Africa
Capital  Kampala
Area  241,038 sq km
Population  40,853,749
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  • Ugandan footballer Denis Onyango won the Confederation of African Football's African Player of the Year – Based in Africa award on 5 January 2017.[1]

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  • Uganda's only radiotherapy machine was officially replaced on 19 January 2018, nearly two years after the previous one broke down, giving hope to cancer patients who had been denied a crucial tool against the disease.

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  • KCCA of Uganda made history on 17 March 2018 as they became the first club from Uganda to reach the group phase of the African Champions Football League.

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  • Ugandan musician Eddy Kenzo won the Best African Entertainer award at the 36th edition of International Reggae and World Music Awards on 18 March 2018.

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  • Uganda's Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won a gold medal in the senior men’s race at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. This was the first time Uganda took either a senior or junior gold medal.[2]

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  • Ugandan long-distance runner Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won gold in Men's 5000m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.[3]

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  • Sherifah Tumusiime of Uganda was named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year for Africa and Europe on 18 April 2018 for her social enterprise that helps underserved women get Internet access.[4]

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  • The first two planes purchased in a bid to relaunch Uganda Airlines were delivered on 23 April 2019, nearly two decades after the country's national carrier collapsed.

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  • Ugandan Physician Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, a strong advocate of reproductive health as a major component of social and economic development, was announced as one of the winners of the 2013 United Nations Population Award.[5]


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  • A 24-year-old Ugandan software engineer Brian Gitta won the 2018 Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood. Brian was the first Ugandan to win the prestigious Africa Prize, and the youngest winner to date.[6]
  • Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi won the 2014 overall Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for her short story Let's Tell This Story Properly, which the judges praised for its risk-taking, grace and breadth.

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  • High-level government representatives from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania on 26 Jun 2014, at the first United Nations Environment Assemble (UNEA), announced their intention to work together, along with INTERPOL and UN agencies, to curb the illegal timber trade that is stripping East Africa of one of its most valuable natural resources.[7]

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  • Uganda earned approximately $1 billion in Tourism Revenues for 2012, up from last year, according to a World Bank study on the tourism sector published on 1 July 2013.[8]

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  • Philippa Ngaju Makobore of Uganda won the Second Prize of US$ 25,000 for her project Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECFG) at the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) in Ghana’s capital Accra.[9]

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  • Ugandan long-distance runner Moses Kipsiro defended his Commonwealth Games 10,000m title with a thrilling finish beating Kenyan Josphat Bett by 0.03 seconds and Canada's Cameron Levins by 0.12 seconds on 1 August 2014 in Glasgow.[10]

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  • Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich won the Olympic men's marathon on the final day of the 2012 London Games and in the process earned his country's second ever Olympic gold medal.[11]

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  • Ugandan politician and diplomat Winifred Byanyima was appointed as the Executive Director of the UNAIDS on 14 August 2019.[12]

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  • The presidents of Uganda and Rwanda signed a pact in Angola on 21 August 2019 aimed at ending a long-running rivalry that led to conflict in the past and closed their busiest border crossing for the past six months.

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  • Uganda qualified for the 2019 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament with a 3-1 win over Ethiopia on 26 August 2018 in the final of the Central East Zone qualifying tournament.
  • Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on 26 August 2017 received the highest honor of Equatorial Guinea, the Great Collar of Independence Award, for his outstanding contribution to the cause of the African continent.

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  • Ugandan football team on 4 September 2016 qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1978 after beating Comoros 1-0.[13]

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  • Ugandan forestry activist Gertrude Kabusimbi Kenyangi was awarded the 2015 Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award in recognition of her efforts to promote the conservation and sustainable use of her country's forest resources.[14]

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  • Christopher Ategeka of Uganda was honored with the 2015 Muhammad Ali International Humanitarian Award for Dedication in the USA for his initiative Rides for Lives to address health inequity in his home country.[15]

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  • Samuel Malinga of Uganda was recognized as one of the 2016 UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals for his determined efforts to increase access to sanitation services in remote and inaccessible communities throughout the country.

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  • Ugandan investigative reporter and news anchor Solomon Serwanjja won the 2019 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.
  • The African Union mission in Somalia awarded medals to ten Ugandan Police Officers in Mogadishu on 30 September 2011 for their diligent role to the restoration of the Somali Police Force (SPF).[16]


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  • Uganda gained independence from Britain on 9 October 1962.

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  • Quality Chemicals Industries Ltd. (QCIL) in Uganda is a leading life sciences and distribution company that locally manufactures anti-malarial and antiretroviral drugs to combat two of Africa’s greatest challenges, malaria and HIV/AIDS was announced one of the winners at the 2012 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship presented by African Leadership Network.[17]

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  • Agnes Atim Apea of Uganda, the founder of a co-operative of 10,900 women farmers engaged in organic agriculture to earn income and fight injustice, was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017.

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  • Rebecca Ssengonzi of Uganda won two medals in the 15-16 age category, Silver in the 100m Butterfly and Bronze in the 400m Individual Medley, at the 2015 African Junior Swimming Championships in Cairo.

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  • Uganda was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the African region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

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  • Uganda and South Africa on 9 November 2012 signed agreements ranged from cooperation in the fields of water and environmental resources, defence, tourism and higher education.

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  • Google launched its first wi-fi network in Uganda's capital Kampala with a mission to connect more people to high-quality broadband Internet, as announced on 3 December 2015.[18]

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  • Bigwala, the traditional song and dance of Uganda’s Busoga Kingdom, is inscribed on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) List of Intangible Cultural Heritage on 4 December 2012 – part of the world body’s ongoing efforts to preserve endangered practices from fading into extinction.

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  • Miss Uganda, Quiin Abenakyo, was crowned Miss World Africa at the Miss World 2018 finals in Sanya city, China.

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  • Uganda on 12 December 2016 started up its first grid-connected, 10 megawatt solar power plant. The plant, a vast field of some 32,600 photovoltaic panels, is located in Soroti in northeastern Uganda and the electricity generated will help power at least 40,000 homes.

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References


  1. http://www.cafonline.com/en-US/NewsCenter/News/NewsDetails?id=JjXA1yebDNx8I52tgKCOlg%3d%3d
  2. https://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-cross-country-championships/iaaf-world-cross-country-championships-aarhus-6265/news/report/men/senior-race/final
  3. https://results.gc2018.com/en/athletics/event-schedule-men-s-5000m.htm
  4. http://thecommonwealth.org/media/news/exceptional-young-people-recognised-their-contribution-development-work
  5. http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/13694
  6. https://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2018/june/ugandan-innovation-wins-the-africa-prize-for-engin
  7. http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2014/06/26/tanzania-kenya-and-uganda-unite-efforts-to-combat-illegal-timber-trade-in-east-africa-/
  8. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2013/07/18042881/economic-statistical-analysis-tourism-uganda
  9. http://innovationprizeforafrica.org/news19-07-17.html
  10. http://results.glasgow2014.com/event/athletics/atm100101/mens_10000m_final.html
  11. http://www.london2012.com/country/uganda/medals/index.html
  12. https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2019/august/20190814_unaids-exd
  13. http://www.cafonline.com/en-US/NewsCenter/News/NewsDetails?id=bHUAfTihxjRXM5mPsk0SbQ%3d%3d
  14. http://www.cpfweb.org/77034/en/
  15. http://alicenter.org/news/third-annual-muhammad-ali-humanitarian-awardees-announced-harry-belafonte-geena-davis-among-honorees/
  16. http://amisom-au.org/2011/09/the-african-union-mission-in-somalia-awards-medals-to-ugandan-police-contingent-in-mogadishu/
  17. http://africaawards.com/2012-finalists/quality-chemicals-industries-ltd
  18. http://google-africa.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/bringing-better-wi-fi-to-kampala-with.html