Wakiso, Uganda 21st January 2020. Organizers of the annual Kabaka’s birthday Volleyball Festival ( Wakiso District Volleyball Association) can’t wait for the 2020 edition.

The 3-day Sports-Cultural event is a build up to the 65th Birthday Celebration of the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Edward Frederick Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II which is set for 27th -29th March 2020 at the KCCA Grounds in Lugogo.

This year’s theme as unveiled by the Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga is “Men for Good Health. Ending HIV/AIDS by 2030”. The volleyball festival will amplify the theme amongst its stakeholders and the public to drive action for test and treat as a prevention strategy for men and boys. 

Categories of competition. 

Primary (U-12) Schools Boys & Girls 

Primary (U-14) Schools Boys & Girls 

Secondary Schools Boys and girls (Senior Teams and Juniors S1-S2 category)

Institutions (Not universities) Boys & Girls 

Clubs Men & Women 

Corporate Teams

2019 Winners

Categories of competition. 

Primary (U-12) Schools Boys  & Girls 

Primary (U-14) Schools Boys & Girls 

Secondary Schools Boys and girls (Senior Teams and Juniors S1-S2 category)

Institutions (Not universities) Boys & Girls 

Clubs Men & Women 

Corporate Teams

Nkumba University men and Women are the defending Champions.

ABOUT THE KABAKA BIRTHDAY VOLLEYBALL FESTIVAL

This is an annual volleyball celebration of the birthday of the Kabaka (King) of Buganda (Kingdom in central Uganda). The volleyball concept was conceived in May 2016 and the first festival was held in April 2017 following approval from the ministry of sports in Buganda Kingdom. The idea was birthed at Wakiso District Volleyball Association an affiliated organ of the Uganda Volleyball Association. The name; Kabaka Birthday Volleyball Festival was carefully crafted to espouse the vision of the bearers- building a leading sport-cultural event showcasing great talent in Uganda and in Africa.

In Buganda, the Kabaka is the epitome of the cultural heritage of the Baganda (people found in Buganda region who pay allegiance to the King). The vision bearers therefore built the event to be the leading sport cultural event in Uganda and in the African Continent. The annual event is phased in plan to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Baganda and Uganda’s tourism potential both as internal tourism and external in the case of visiting teams. The currently three day event is planned to be a weeklong event in its full maturation attracting primary schools, secondary schools, clubs and corporates with fully fledged tourism show piece of Kampala and Uganda’s tourism potential. 

In 2017, the inaugural edition was unveiled by the deputy Katikkiro Haji Kawaase and rolled out at Old Kampala Secondary School. Since then, the festival has slowly gained momentum making its way as one of the distinguished events under the auspices of the ministry of sports in Buganda Kingdom that marks the birthday celebrations. The Buganda princess Joan Nasolo represented the kingdom at the crowning of the inaugural edition.

In 2018, the festival continued to attract new volleyball fans as the Buganda prince Khalifan Kakungulu was the chief guest.

2019 showed how volleyball had increased its billing due to its astute organizational skills when the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga launched the 2019 festival at Bulange Mengo. That same year, the chairperson of the birthday celebrations committee and minister for general duties David Mpanga alongside the Executive Director of KCCA Eng. Andrew Kitaka and our sponsors graced the colorful closing ceremony at the KCCA grounds in Lugogo.

In 2020, we expect that the festival will continue to attract new partners and players into the sport of volleyball to push the brand and visibility even higher. Awangaale Ayi Ssabasajja.

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