“… her [the Nnabagereka] story provides insight into her unique perspective: holding on to and cherishing the beautiful history, traditions, and culture of the Buganda people, while working across the country and across kingdoms and today, the Queen has a Foundation that honors traditional values and culture in parallel with contemporary efforts to support children, youth, and women, and to foster an environment of equity and inclusivity. These are efforts that align very closely with those of the United States”.
– Her Excellency Natalie E. Brown. US Ambassador to Uganda –
After weeks of keenness, hype and reviews, Her Royal Highness the Queen of the Kingdom of Buganda launched her autobiography, The Nnaabagereka on March 23, 2023 at Sheraton Hotel Kampala.
Her Royal Highness was dressed impeccably; in refined royal purple velvet dress inspired by the traditional Buganda busuuti that drew gasps of admiration from the audience.
The event was a good example of glamour and pageantry as the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu, Tooro Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya, U.S Ambassador Natalie E. Brown, Omutaka Namwama Augustine Mutumba, Godfrey Musanje the Ssaabalangira, His Majesty’s uncle Ssaabaganzi Emmanuel Ssekitoleko, MTN Uganda CEO Sylvia Mulinge, veteran politician and educationalist Joyce Mpanga, legendary Rhoda Kalema, advocate of women’s rights in Uganda Hon. Dr. Miria Matembe, Transport Minister General Katumba Wamala, Former President of the United Nations General Assembly Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Minister of State for Information, Communications and Technology, Owek. Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwaawo, senior Presidential Advisor on AGOA & Trade in Uganda Susan Muhwezi, Mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago, Executive Director KCCA Dorothy Kisaka, Managing director Sheraton Kampala Jean-Philippe Bittencourt, CEO CivSource Africa Jacqueline Asiimwe were among the notable faces at the book launch.
HRH the Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda delivering her speech at the Launch of her Autobiography. Among the many illustrious guests who graced the function was the US ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown (L) who could not emphasize enough that Nnabagereka’s efforts “… align very closely with those of the United States.”
Other distinguished guests included the clergy, former ministers from the Buganda government, the Nnabagereka Development Foundation Board of trustees, governance board, staff, civil society or NGO leaders, legal fraternity, heads of learning institutions, wealthy business entrepreneurs in Kampala, The Kwagalana Group, family members, friends, old girls and boys and media-personalities.
In her remarks the Ambassador Natalie E. Brown said: ‘her story provides insight into her unique perspective: holding on to and cherishing the beautiful history, traditions, and culture of the Buganda people, while working across the country and across kingdoms’ and today, the Queen has a Foundation that honors traditional values and culture in parallel with contemporary efforts to support children, youth, and women, and to foster an environment of equity and inclusivity. These are efforts that align very closely with those of the United States’.
In her speech Her Royal Highness, expressed her deep appreciation to His Majesty, Ssaabasajja Kabaka of Buganda for allowing her to lend a hand to the progress and development of the people of Buganda for 23 years. She acknowledged the people of Buganda and Uganda for loving and caring for her family during her time as the Nnaabagereka.
MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Sylvia Mulinge addressing the crowd during the book launch at Sheraton Hotel Kampala.
She stresses that, “my intention was to share information, to educate, to engage, to inspire and encourage and make a positive difference in each and everyone’s life”.
Her Royal Highness later launched the autobiography and took turns taking photos with her guests. She autographed each book bought at the function as dinner was being served.
Books are uniquely portable magic, in the words of Stephen king.
Grab your copy online from Jumia, Amazon; the book is also available at Aristoc Booklex and the Nnabagereka Development Foundation office at Bulange in Mengo