By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Pan- African Pyramid has announced the fifth edition of the Pan- African Pyramid Global Awards also commonly known as PAP Global Awards slated for the 26th of August 2022 at Fairway hotel and Spa In Kampala.
The long-awaited ceremony was announced by the Founding PAP speaker and Chairman Andrew Irumba Katusabe noting that this year’s awards have been dedicated to Asians for their social, political and economic contributions in Africa and Uganda in particular.
Further focusing on Asians in Uganda, Chairman Irumba noted that despite the fact that all Asians were sent packing from Uganda 50 years ago by president Idi Amin Dada who defended the expulsion by arguing that he was “giving Uganda back to ethnic Ugandans”, the Asian community upon their return have greatly contributed to Uganda’s economic development and Africa at large and for that reason, their contributions should be recognised.
It’s worth noting that in August 1972, President Idi Amin, ordered the expulsion of Uganda’s Asian minority, giving them an ultimatum of 90 days to leave the country. At the time of the expulsion, there were about 80,000 individuals of Indian descent in Uganda, of whom 23,000 had their applications for citizenship both processed and accepted. The expulsion took place against the backdrop of Anti-Indian sentiment in Uganda, with Amin accusing a minority of the Asians of disloyalty, non-integration, and commercial malpractice claims that Indian leaders disputed.
However according to Chairman Irumba, 50 years later the narrative has since changed and the social, political and economic contributions by the Asian community especially in Uganda cannot go unnoticed thus dedicating this year’s awards to them further noting that the new Pan-Africanism that he is personally fighting to revive is not based on skin colour, race or geographical boundaries but rather ideology.
”The Pan-African Pyramid is propagating a new Pan-Africanism concept. The new Pan-Africanism need not to be based on race, skin and colour but on ideology. It advocates for the unification of Africa by economic development and Trans-African trade, and not by political actors only but by corporate business entities”, Chairman Irumba noted.
He further states, ”this 50th commemoration of the expulsion of Asians from Uganda, the Pan-African Pyramid shall award leading Asian industrialists and entrepreneurs who have contributed to the economic development of Uganda and Africa 50 years later.”
Meanwhile, the event which usually attracts hundreds of Pan-Africanists across the world both physically and online has been sponsored by NBS television, the Spy Uganda and Fairway Hotel.
About The Pan-African Pyramid
Pan-African Pyramid (PAP) is a non-governmental organization which was founded in 2015 with a vision to articulate concerted efforts geared towards promoting the true African Awakening among the BLACK people throughout Africa and in the Diaspora, and galvanize inventions and innovations of African people based on its principles as an intellectual, non-partisan discussion forum, built on the Pillars of PAN AFRICANISM, PATRIOTISM and NATIONALISM.
Pan-Africanism is a worldwide movement that aims to encourage and strengthen bonds of solidarity between all indigenous and diaspora ethnic groups of African ancestry. At its core, Pan-Africanism is a belief that “African people, both on the continent and in the diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny
The PAP Idealogy/pre-occupation is to REVIVE intellectual discourse among youth with a bias on re-constructing our lost Pan-Africanism, patriotism and Nationalism Values and spirit.
The organization was founded in 2015 under the leadership of Chairman and speaker Irumba with its social impact and humanitarian programs including;
1.Organizing PAP debates every Friday
2.Pan African Pyramid Global Awards every August
3.Collecting and delivery of relief aide to refugees every December
4.Agriculture and livestock farming
6.Establishment of Pan African Pyramid School clubs and debates
7.Small Savings and Investments
8.Tree Planting and Natural Resource Maintenance (Environment Conservation),
In 2016, the Pan-African Pyamid also initiated the first ever PAP Global Awards with an intention of recognizing Africans who have showed their concern and contributions geared towards raising the African flag, whereby several people have received awards, among them;
1.Prof, Kajabago Ka-Rusoke (As African Philosopher)
2.General Elly Tumwiine (As African Art Revolutionary
3.Muyunga Muwanga Amon (as African sports inventor)
4.Hon Alex Ruhunda (As social and Dev’t Entrprenuer)
5.Mr Rwangyenzi Steven (As African Heritage And Cultural Enterprenuer)
6.Ms, Evelyn Bright (As African Young Social and Dev’t Enterprenuer).
In 2017 PAP awarded 8 recipients with awards and medals, including;
1.John Komuruyange Kalekezi (General Kale Kayihura’s Father) as a African Revolutionary Life Time Achiever
2.John Garang De Ma Bior- who was awarded as a Revolutionary Leader
3.Partrick Tabaro who was awarded as African Renaissance leader
4.Fagil M. Mande awarded as African Veteran Educationist
5.Arinaitwe Rugyendo who was awarded as African Young Social and Dev’t Entrepreneur
6.Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi awarded as African Musical Activist
7.Grace Andrua Annasio awarded as African Woman Activist and Entrepreneur
8.Dr. Mujisha Geofrrey awarded as African Anti Aids Activist.
PAP went ahead to organize more Global awards in August 2018 and awarded various Africans with awards and medals and they include;
1.Winnie Madickzela Mandela as a revolutionary leader of anti-apartheid
2.His Excellence Major General Retired Lekoa Solly Mollo ambassador of South Africa to Uganda as a freedom fighter anti-apartheid
3.Dr Patience Bibohere Rwamigisa awarded as African renaissance
4.Uganda Wildlife Authority awarded as African Heritage conservationist
5.Ms Prossy Namwanje aKa Sure deal awarded as African Women Entrepreneur
In the 2019 PAP also awarded several Africans with awards and medals including;
1.Former Libyan President Col. Muammar Gaddafi awarded as African Revolutionary Time Achiever
2.King Ndahura 11 Kashagama Imara- Pan-African Renaissance Leader
3.Amirali Karmali (Mukwano)-African Revolutionary Life Time Achiever (Bussiness)
4.Christopher Columbus Sembuya-African Social & Dev’t Entrepreneur.
5.Rapa Thomson Ricky-African Young Social & Dev’t Entrepreneur.
As one of their key objectives, PAP has continued to provide support to fellow Africans especially refugees in camps. Previously they offered support to Nakivale Refugee settlement camps located in the Isingiro district where over 120000 refugees from over 10 nations received donations, which marked the end of 2019 and entry into 2020, thereby making five years of PAP’s successful existence.