By Ivan Mwine
Today, Owek. Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga has received his Janzi Award trophy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Writer from Owek. Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi, Vice Chairman of the National Arts and Cultural Crafts Association of Uganda (NACCAU) and Board Member of the National Cultural Forum (NCF) representing Visual Artists.
The Katikiro was announced winner over the weekend at the colorful Janzi Awards ceremony for his book WORK AND PROSPER, a worthy literary piece of work focusing on personal development and prosperity through hard work.
He was selected for the award by the Janzi Awards Academy (JAA) after he emerged the best from a list of three nominees in the same category that included; Mrs. Joyce Mpanga (It’s a Pity She is Not a Boy) and Mr. Jimmy Spire Ssentongo (What I Saw When I Died).
Unable to attend the Kololo Independence Grounds ceremony in person due to prior commitments, Owek. Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi accepted the award on his behalf and promised the audience he would deliver it personally to the Katikiro.
Shortly after learning of his nomination and the awards ceremony, Katikiro Mayiga said, “I have received news that I am on the list of nominees for the Janzi Awards in the Outstanding Non-Fiction Writers category. I have also learnt that the awards ceremony is being held today, 11 December, 2021. However, I cannot make it to the ceremony because of an earlier scheduled event. I therefore request Owek Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi to represent me. Wishing you a successful function.”
Owek. Nuwa Nnyanzi has thus today handed the award over to the delighted Katikiro saying, “Although the awards were organized and held within a short time the event was a success because almost all talented Ugandans in the performing arts sector received an award.”
Katikiro Mayiga thanked the Janzi Awards Academy and all Ugandans who voted for him for his literary work. He said “I am honored to receive this award from the Janzi Awards team and I appreciate Ugandans for liking my new book and voting for me.”