GAB Awards which showcases Africa’s best and rewards excellence among Africans in the Continent and in the Diaspora; took place on Sunday 16 November 2014 at Showcase Newham, Jenkins Lane, Barking. ESSEX IG11 0AD in the United Kingdom between 5pm and 11.30pm.
Willy Mutenza a Ugandan based in the UK since 1992 was recognized and awarded the prestigious award of the contribution to promoting the positive image of Africa through media.
Willy who recently won the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014 at the 11th BB Awards 2014 was again recognized for his dedication for promotion of the positive image of not only Africa but Diasporas.
The Nigerian Ambassadors, Several African dignitaries, local authorities, religious leaders, community leaders, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, artists, etc, graced the occasion.
Now in its 16th year, the Africa Gathering of Excellency Awards ceremony has become the biggest and most elegant African event of the year.
“We must be proud of our brothers and sisters who are doing great things. We must be proud of ourselves,”
From the very first event in 1999, through to this day, there have been numerous innovations introduced into the GAB Awards based on a God-inspired vision and feedback from guests.
We are excited that the GAB Awards remains highly coveted and prestigious – and is a positive point of reference as far as events within the Diaspora African Community are concerned.
This year’s GAB Awards event witnessed a change in its format which allowed us to concentrate on the core of the event – the Awards Ceremony which sought to reward excellence among Africans and Friends of Africa no matter where they are based in the Diaspora or the Continent of Africa.
In all of this, one thing remains constant: Africans and Friends of Africa are better positioned to tell the positive story of Africa and Africans. Africans are achieving in various fields of human endeavour around the world and must be celebrated.
The balance is tilting in Africa’s favour. It’s Africa’s time. As Africans and Friends of Africa, we need to be in the forefront of celebrating Africa and Africans.
About Willy Mutenza:
Willy Mutenza is an enterprising businessman who has lived and worked in London for the last 22 years.
Having graduated in 2002 with a BA in Digital Arts and Multimedia Computing from Thames Valley University, London, he has put to good use the skills he learnt in Information and Computing Technology.
His host of certificates in courses such as Computer Design, and Printing & Publishing has resulted in a number of successful SME ventures.
Willy founded The Promota Group in 1998 and has expanded its business interests in magazine publication, events management, private equity bridging, printing and design, web and multimedia design and property in Uganda.
Willy Mutenza is also a senior marketing consultant at the Promota marketing agency, specialising in the African ethnic community.
Willy publishes the Promota Africa magazine, one of the most popular high quality gloss and ethnic focused magazines published in the UK, targeting a broad African readership.
Over the past 12 years, Willy has engaged the UK business community as a trade and investment consultant and advisor for the Ugandan Government and Uganda Private Sector.
Willy has been a Marketing Ethnic Consultant for Western Union from 2005 to 2010 and subsequently for Brussels Airlines.
In 2011, Willy initiated and championed the annual Uganda UK Convention, a Trade and Investment event which has been highly successful, and continues to grow from strength to strength every year.
These prestigious conventions have been presided over by several high profile speakers and delegates both from the UK and Uganda, such as Uganda Vice President Hon Edward Ssekandi, Lord Popat, Patrick Bitature, First Lady of Uganda Janet Kataaha Museveni, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, Hon. Irene Muloni, Lord Sheikh, Elly Karuhanga, Amos Nzeyi, Bulaimu Kibirige (BMK), Eng. Dr. Frank Sebbowa-CEO-UIA, Lord Verjee, Kasekende MD Stanbic Bank, Hon. Oryema Okello, Hon. Sam Engola, Hon Wafula Oguttu, various Members of the Ugandan Parliament and several senior executives representing the private sector.
Willy is also a Director at MM2 Capital; MM2 is developed as a pan-African capital investment equity company.
Willy is the founder of an innovative a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi marketing device (ePRO Bluetooth Long Range advertising transmitter).
The “ePro Bluetooth” a mobile marketing device, allows businesses to send adverts to mobile phones by free transfer of content between mobile devices using the Bluetooth signal. The device has now been deployed and bought by top companies like MoneyGram International.
After receiving the award, Mr Willy Mutenza said: “An award means a lot to me. It brings happiness along with a kind of fear. It brings fear because the award represents the responsibility that those who believe in us have put on us. So a leader winning an award should always try to give best of himself to the community”.