The Young Achievers Awards has since its inaugural Awards ceremony, recognized and celebrated outstanding youth in the Ugandan Community that have excelled in various realms such as the Arts, Entrepreneurship, Media and Journalism, Philanthropy, Innovation, Sports among others.

The Young Achievers Awards was founded by two entrepreneurs Awel Uwihanganye, and Ivan Serwano Kyambadde who had experienced their own entrepreneurial challenges at a youthful stage. In recognition of challenges entrepreneurs encounter and why many give up, they established the Award as a way of celebrating achievement of young people, and giving encouragement and support to those who have chosen the path to entrepreneurship and leadership in society.

Humphrey Nabimanya: Founder and Team Leader, Reach A Hand, Uganda

A recipient of the 2011 Young Achievers Award for Film and Photography, Humphrey is a seasoned youth Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) advocate, leader, change agent and a former  presenter of a youth empowerment show on NBS Television, one of the leading local television stations in Uganda.

By founding Reach A Hand, Uganda (RAHU), Humphrey has created a movement of young advocates through a youth led and youth serving platform of 14 core team members and 160 volunteers (growing per year) under the Peer Educators Academy who by the end of 2015, had helped to directly reach over 600,256 males and 346,125 females within schools, carried out over 5000 Focused Group Discussions in over 70 schools, reached over 800,881 youth out of school through dialogues and outreaches, and over 400,000 young people on social and online media  on SRHR, youth empowerment and related issues.

Humphrey’s mission is to support  his peers  take control of their lives and present themselves in ways that inspires, impresses and spurs confidence in themselves and their peers under a platform where they have full opportunities to take part in the process of breaking barriers hindering  them from making informed choices in life regarding their SRHR.

Awel Uwihanganye: Co-founder of the Young Achievers Awards

Co-founded the Young Achievers Awards with his partner and friend Ivan Serwano Kyambadde in the spirit of encouraging young entrepreneurs to innovate and lead. He currently serves as Senior Director at the LéO Africa Institute which he also founded in 2012.

He has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, member on the board of directors for the Capital Markets Authority, the National Planning Authority in Uganda, and as Programme Coordinator for the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Uganda and South Sudan.

He is a passionate Social entrepreneur who has championed and founded other initiatives such as Concordia Volunteers Abroad Programme (now CEED Uganda/Concordia) whose main focus is to put young people at the center of education promotion, community engagement and empowerment of vulnerable groups.

He is a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.

He spends part of his time reading on entrepreneurship, leadership and contemporary global politics. 

Ivan Serwano: Co-founder of the Young Achievers Awards

Ivan has dedicated a large part of the last decade to trying to create positive social change in Uganda and the wider East Africa through social entrepreneurship and advocacy. Motivated by the realization that the key to improving the fortunes of Africa lay in improving the economic and social outlook of her citizens, Ivan has worked through interventions like the Young Achiever’s Awards to recognize, mentor and work with young entrepreneurs and leaders to promote youth economic inclusion; and through interventions like The East African Movement (TEAM) to safeguard the rights of the laity in the East African integration process. Ivan is an insatiable Philomath and a perpetual pathfinder, attributes that have served to coalesce varied experiences in his life. Along with his work in social advocacy, Ivan is a researcher and an entrepreneur.   


After four (4) successful Award editions, the Founders have now passed on the baton to a 2011 Award recipient Humphrey Nabimanya, the team leader and founder of Reach A Hand, a recipient in the Film and Television category. The mantel has been passed on to an individual that was positively impacted by this initiative, and it goes without saying that he was the best placed to champion this initiative.

We at Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU), a youth led and youth serving organisation are very passionate about young people and the issues affecting them, mitigating these issues and empowering our peers is something we pride ourselves in in an effort to plug into the positive development agenda of Uganda as a nation, it’s with this background we take on the activities of this initiative as our flagship youth livelihood programme, designing it from a one off event to a fully fledged all year round programme with supportive systems to elevate the work of the winners and nominees.

In 2017, we are growing this initiative through partnerships with various organisations to an initiative providing Award recipients, nominees and other young people around Uganda with opportunities, connecting them with like minded peers and interested funders, as well as empowering them with skills and knowledge needed for starting and running sustainable enterprises.

The Young Achievers Awards vision is to create inspiration and nurture aspirations among young people with the aim of harnessing this energy to create a ripple effect among this generation of young leaders and entrepreneurs. As a nation, we have the capacity, resources and knowledge to make Uganda and its youth torch bearers for a much better and prosperous future.