7 Influential Young Women in Uganda Under 30 – 2020 Edition
According to a New Vision article, the participation of women in the work industry sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development. Government efforts towards providing a conducive policy and legal environment aimed at promoting women’s participation and empowerment in the changing world of work are highly recognised.
With an increasing number of women empowerment programs and positions in the work industry, a number of young women have stood out of the growing population. With many of these considered to be trendsetters in their different spheres of life, we are here to acknowledge and celebrate the notable ones.
So without further ado, here are the 7 most influential young women in Uganda under the age of 30;
Josephine Nabukenya was born HIV positive and she has spent most of her life educating the youth on how they can avoid getting infected and how to deal with stigmatization in case they already have it.
She has won multiple awards among which is the Queen’s Young Leader Award which recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged between 18 and 29 from across the Commonwealth and are taking the lead in their communities through using their skills to transform lives.
Today Josephine continues to speak out as an Ambassador for EGPAF from her work with Ariel Clubs in Uganda to speaking in front of members of the U.S. Congress, Josephine’s story inspires other people to learn about HIV and fight the stigma and discrimination around the disease.
Quiin Abenakyo is a model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Uganda & Miss World-Africa in 2018.
Quiin is probably the most loved Miss Uganda for the current generation for her charming and likeable character on and off-screen. Through her time as the reigning Miss Uganda, she joined various awareness campaigns on youth empowerment, gender equality and also went ahead to create a foundation to tackle similar issues in society.
Quiin Abenakyo foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on addressing issues on child marriages and teenage pregnancies through providing holistic interventions that strive to meet the needs of the vulnerable adolescent girls especially those from poor rural areas and disadvantaged group settings.
Gloria Mulungi Senyonjo
Gloria Mulungi Senyonjo is a Ugandan artist/entertainer better known as “Baby Gloria” who started her music career aged 2 years old.
She rose to stardom with her smash hit titled “Mummy-Mummy” which made rounds on radio stations, tv and children events mostly. Gloria has since been gracing our ears with more gospel music and currently boats of 4 music albums to her name.
The now-18-year-old part-times as a brand ambassador to multiple firms and runs a charity organization called “Gloria’s Heart.” Her non-profit aims at supporting and empowering less-privileged children from different backgrounds of life.
Namukwaya Hajara Diana
Popularly known as Spice Diana, Namukwaya is a Ugandan breakout who started her music career early. She rose to the scene with her smash hit titled, “Onsanula” that gained her mass appeal from the local industry.
In 2017 and 2018 alone, Diana was a victim of a nationwide cyber-bullying, bad management, police brutality, media scrutiny and possible backlogs from her Bachelor’s degree.
She didn’t let any of these hold her back, at the age of 24, she had the number single for a female artist in Uganda and topped East African Charts for a consecutive period of 8 months last year. She is also a brand ambassador for multiple brands, an award-winning entertainer that owns her own recording studio and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Fine Arts.
Martha Kemigisha Kagimba
Commonly known as Martha Kay, Kagimba is a Ugandan internet comedienne best known for her Instagram and YouTube funny clips.
She rose to stardom earlier in 2016 from her hilarious video about being hit by a range rover and never looked back since then. Martha took advantage of the limelight to further showcase her unique skills as a comedienne and later went on to become a radio host, a professional photographer, an events host, model and actor among other roles.
In June 2019, she was summoned by the pornography panel in regard to a case involving explicit content. The case went on to attack her profession and personality as she faced a lot of media scrutiny and emotional distress. Never the less, Martha beat the case and redeemed her career and win more business opportunities among speaking on empowerment campaigns like “I am Beyond Body” alongside Maggie Kigozi, Crystal Newman.
Today, you can’t start a documentary and photography conversation and not have Zahara’s name in it somewhere. Zahara Abdul is a multi-award winning documentary video and photographer who uses photos to tell every day stories.
In 2015, she made her way up the ladder in a then-male dominated field, consistently delivering outstanding takes on photography. She describes her introduction to the industry as ‘’A happy accident!’’ Zahara started out by borrowing cameras and taking shots on her University campus. It’s from these that she was picked up by various clients and brands.
She went on to win multiple Inter-institutional Media Challenge awards, the inaugural Uganda Press Photo Award in 2017, Confidence in the Future contest by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung among many others.
Today, she is a photography consultant for UNICEF, Send A Cow, Nyege-Nyege Uganda Festival and 27 Guns’ Feature Film among others.
Atim Roz-Merie is an entrepreneur, artistic director, movement coach and one of Uganda’s most popular names in the Dance industry.
If there is a dance music video or theatre play involving dance, best be sure you’ll see Roz-Merie in there somewhere in the front. As early as her form one, she would perform at school club events with a group of friends, spend most of her days practising dance moves or idolizing the ‘Obsessions’ dance group.
In her vacation, she contested for NTV Hotsteps and went on to become the grand winner of the event, where she went on to be mentored by the Obsessions. Later, she then went on to graduate with a Bachelors in Dance and its from here that she went on to join Tabu Flo Dance Company and work on projects with Blu 3, World Health Organization, United Nations, Umoja International Carpet Flying Festival, among others and being a speaker on the London dance conference.
Roz-Merie recently launched her own dance theatre production ‘’I AM FEMALE’’ that aims at addressing the global issues women face in society. Her first production had a star studded cast including well-known acts like Anne Kansiime, Deedan Muyira, Malaika,Nunu Butare among others.
There are more and more influential young women in many industries rising each day and we appreciate, support and celebrate them through our continuous efforts. So while you share this article, feel free to suggest more young people you feel are influential in your lives.