Tooro Queen Mother receives award

Thursday October 23 2014

Ms Best Kemigisa (L) displays the award she

Ms Best Kemigisa (L) displays the award she received in South Africa recently. COURTESY PHOTO 

By Stephen Kafeero

Kampala- Tooro Queen Mother Best Kemigisa has received an award for her outstanding contribution to empowerment, especially of rural women, on the African continent.

Ms Kemigisa received the ‘Champion of Women’s Development in Africa’ award at the annual Mkiva Humanitarian Awards ceremony at Walter Sisulu University in South Africa recently.
She was recognised for founding the African Queens and Women Cultural Leaders Network, which was launched in September last year at Karuziika, the seat of Tooro Kingdom. The Queen Mother Best Foundation was also launched at the palace last month.

The judges said the Queen Mother’s efforts play a big role in empowering the girl child and rural women.

Mkiva Humanitarian Foundation started the awards in 1999 to recognise African and international leaders who have made impact on local communities.

The Executive Mayor of Amathole District Municipality in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Nomasikizi Konza, presented the award to Ms Kemigisa.

Other recipients of the award were Palestinian freedom fighter Saeb Erakat, who received the Global Champion Award for the People’s Freedom; Chinese poet and author Jidi Majia (Champion for People’s Culture award). Others were Dr Rebecca Malope, Mzimasi Mnguni and Mthetheleli Ngumbela.