Live shows don’t come better than last Friday’s launch of the iKon awards. That we have all been in a year-long fast from live concerts – it is still ongoing – the surprise live performances were greedily consumed at Kingdon Kampala.
The awards, an initiative by Reach A Hand Uganda, recognize transformational thought leaders and implementers in various fields of social development in Africa.
Musicians including Naava Grey, Geosteady and Navio made sure the exceptional thought leaders were fully entertained even with all the speeches.
Naava Grey stepped on stage and performed her magical hits including Soka Lami and Ninga Omuloge that left revellers on their feet.
Guests danced the evening away and seemed to have completely forgotten about Covid-19. Then Navio put up an overwhelming performance with his incredible songs that took the excitement to another level. The thirst for concerts was palpable.
Geosteady added the necessary spice as the glamorous guests dressed in African fabric partied away. iKon awards will be an annual undertaking, and will include a series of activities ranging from idea and concept generation, mentorship via masterclasses, summits and courses that will culminate in the awarding of deserving ventures.
Speaking during the launch, Humphrey Nabimanya, founder and CEO, Reach A Hand Uganda, said, “We have been working with and for young people since 2011 in ensuring that they have the platforms and opportunities they need to get information to make informed decisions. The iKon Initiative is another of those platforms. With it, we hope to mentor, guide and skill more young people across the African continent.”
Ali Alibhai, CEO, Talent Africa, said, “The iKon Initiative is going to make Africa stand out. There are a lot of great innovations that we have that hardly get noticed or even recognised. But with this initiative, things are about to change. We are thrilled to be part of this journey.”