By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Six individuals and organizations are set to be awarded for their outstanding contribution in the preservation and promotion of Uganda’s cultural heritage.
The champions will be awarded at the 3rd Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU) National Cultural Heritage Awards, due on May 24 at Mayor’s Parlour in Kampala. Ephraim Kamuntu, the Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities is expected to officiate at the function.
The heritage champions will be given Money totaling to Shs12million, social recognition and other forms of publicity.
Aliguma Ahabyona, the Heritage Program Officer in Charge Communication at CCFU says the six champions were determined through a nomination and jury process overseen by various experts; some of them from the Ministry of Gender.
According to Aliguma, the winners were selected basing on exemplary contribution to national heritage preservation that highlights an aspect of Uganda’s tangible or intangible heritage, evidence that contribution has actually been made and the fact that this contribution involves or potentially involves beneficiaries beyond the author or owner among other areas.
“In 2013, CCFU initiated the National Heritage Awards to recognize individuals and Organizations for their excellent contribution to preserving and promoting our heritage – whether build, natural or intangible,” Aliguma said.
He added, “Uganda’s wealth of heritage is under threat. It is not effectively protected, even when listed. There is also virtually no incentive to preserve our heritage, tangible and intangible.
At the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU), we firmly believe that it is our urgent responsibility to help safeguard the remnants of our heritage, working in collaboration with other stakeholders.”