Over three hundred and sixty five Ugandans including musicians and comedians were yesterday awarded medals of recognition, during the Heroes Day celebrations in Zirobwe, Luweero district.
Kadongo Kamu musicians Fred Masagazi and Paul Kafeero and, colleagues Elly Wamala and Hadijah Namale, all deceased, were awarded the Golden Jubilee medals for their contribution to the development of Uganda through art.
Other artistes who were awarded medals included Diplock Segawa Katumba, Bakayimbira’s Andrew Benon Kibuuka, Afrigo Band’s Joanitah Kawalya, The Ebonies’ Sam Bagenda aka Dr. Bossa, Hajj Ashraf Ssimwogerere and the late Jimmy Katumba.
These were recognised as distinguished arts and cultural entrepreneurs who used their artistic prowess to impact society through song, music, theatre, film among other things. The golden Jubilee Medals were presented to those living by President Yoweri Museveni.
Earlier, President Museveni had laid a wreath at the Monument Ground in Luweero to honour 470 fallen heroes. He later proceeded to Zirobwe sub county headquarters where the main function took place.