Since the year 2004 the Girl Power ministries has been organising an annual function for all the women in the country to meet and discuss, share experiences and motivate one another upon the various challenges they face. These ‘girls’ as they prefer to call themselves meet every year at the Miracle Centre Cathedral Lubaga. If you have been attending the previous Girl Power conferences then you would agree with me, this year’s was full of surprises and in style.
Apart from treating with a red carpet standard, all the girls were clad in black as the day’s dress code had earlier been prescribed. Black, bold and beautiful. The ladies walked with pride holding their heads matching the day’s theme: Through It All. Inside the blue glass an expert touch of a decorator was applied to reveal the goodness of the lord. “Isn’t to 20th how come it is Christmas here?” asked a one Gordon.
“This girl power we chose this theme on purpose. To say to the devil that no matter what you throw at us were are still here and we are going through it all” said Jessica Kayanja to a fully packed church of enthusiastic believers from all denominations including Muslim young ladies. “This year’s girl power is a celebration of courage, not only as women but as nation’’ She said. Highlighting some of the different catastrophes Uganda has gone through since the beginning of 2009. “We have suffered numerous infernos, landslides, floods, bomb attacks but we are still here. It takes courage not as one person but we have always stood as a nation through it all.”
As it is the tradition every year to award an outstanding achiever ,this time round the girl power award went to one Mohamed Juma Ssewagaba (30) and his wife Fatumah Nasereka both acid attack victims where Mohamed lost his left eye yet Fatumah completely lost her sight. “This award is given to this couple for their exceptional outstanding courage. Even when they were attacked they chose not to be angry but to continue with life only looking on the positive side of things” said Pastor Jessica as she presented the award to a visibly happy couple.
Among the main speakers were Mr. Sam Semaganda and his wife whose daughter Yvonne Namaganda perished in the Buddo inferno, Mrs. Alice Mutabazi wife to late Mutabazi of Bwaise Pentecostal Church who died in the September bomb attack and also Mohamed Ssewagabe whose speech sent many to the world of sorrow and pity while others strolled a tear as he painfully swallowed a lump to narrate a story of life as viewed by an acid attack victim. On the same occasion Jessica Kayanja launched her new book titled ‘through it all: a celebration of courage’
Speaking about her struggles she said “I am no stranger to tragedy, trouble, strife I don’t struggle to hide my tears but I’ve always come through”
The ceremony which started rather late was graced with a number of dignitaries’ notable of whom were: Pastor Kayanja’s elder brother and second in hierarchy in the Anglican Church, the arch bishop of York. His grace John Sentamu, Prof. Fredrick Sempebwa who was also the guest of honour, Ambassador Katatumba, Mrs. Linda Aronda , Dr. Margaret Bukenya wife to the Vice president, Faith Katana private secretary to president and of course Pastor Robert Kayanja . And also local gospel artists like silver Kyagulanyi who kicked off the ceremony with his famous Olunaku luno before Judith Babirye stirred the crowd when she sang her Wanjagala, but the day’s moment came when Pastor Kayanja took to the stage to dance with his wife to the tunes of Julie Mutesasira’s Ekikunyumira before she performed Kwata engabo to an overwhelmingly excited crowd. All was blended well with the wonderful performances by the Mafuta mass choir one of the miracle center.