As The Young Achievers Awards gala night , the crown of #YAAwardsUg17 approaches us with unprecedented speed, all that is being done is towards enabling the rewarding of youthful innovation and excellence in an unforgettable experience. That is something that requires a lot of effort, and everything is quickly being put into place, but first, let us introduce to you the hosts. Say hello to Karen Kemiyondo Coutinho and Ronnie McVex Musiimenta!
Kemiyondo and The Young Achievers Awards have a certain kemi-stry going on. She is one of the awards past winners, claiming herself an accolade at the 2013 edition in the creative arts category. In an interview with us earlier this year, Kemiyondo mentioned that she was grateful for winning the award as it added a lot of credibility to her and she used it as reference for her work whenever an occasion that needed it rose.
From the age 17, Kemiyondo has been in the realm of the arts. At this age, she was writing for Full Woman, a reputed pull out in New Vision, one of Uganda’s most read newspapers. She has been an actress and script writer for many plays and short films, which has seen her traverse the globe to various countries including the United States of America, Greece and South Africa. To crown it all up, she is the brain behind AkaDope, a much fancied art-celebrating event in town where musicians, poets and instrumentalists merge to provide revelers with a memorable blend of artistry. Clearly, keeping people entertained and engaged is something she has done over time, and the creativity she has yielded placed her miles ahead of many possible contenders. Perfect Choice!
Alongside Kemiyondo is the all too familiar Ronnie McVex. Ronnie is a young man, but is also a qualified big stage veteran. He has been the host, moderator and master of ceremonies for a couple of events organized by Reach A Hand Uganda, and is already trusted in this field. If you have seen a Young Achievers Awards communication on any television, then you sure have seen and heard him before.
Ronnie broke onto the scene as a stand-up comedian, at a time where stand-up comedy was poorly defined. The acts at the time were accused of being too shabby and too vulgar. Ronnie’s reputation soared because he managed to cut a difference. He was smartly clad in a suit every time he went onto stage. He was, and always is, a well kempt gentleman who proves that he knows and respects what he is doing. He stood out for the genuineness of his jokes, which were classy and free from the vulgarity that tainted the industry at the time. He is always down for a good time with young people, is well spoken and when out to have fun, he goes all out.
The two are not new to orchestrating an event with the magnitude of the awards gala, and it is something they do with ease. So in case you were wondering about what to expect at the awards, these two are something you could start with.