Princess Bagaya celebrates birthday in style

Princess Bagaya celebrates birthday in style
Princess Bagaya(L) with her niece, Princess Evelyn Bright during the birthday celebration.

There was pomp and style over the weekend as relatives and friends joined Princess Elizabeth Bagaya of Tooro Kingdom to celebrate her 88th birthday.

Bagaya was born on February, 9, 1936 in Kabarole district and has since grown to become a top lawyer, model, diplomat and actress among others.

Over the weekend, friends and relatives joined to celebrate her life and  legacy during a thanksgiving prayer and later a dinner in Kampala.

Bagaaya, the first woman from East Africa to be admitted to the English Bar was joined by dignitaries who included the Nnaabagereka of Buganda, Sylivia Nagginda Luswata, ICT Minister Joyce Ssebuggwawo and other officials from the central and Mengo governments.

At the function, President Museveni was represented by the State Minister for Gender and Culture, Peace Mutuuzo who also read his message.

“Through determination and discipline, she managed to challenge the traditional injustices and prejudices against women. She is an icon of women empowerment and emancipation. We also celebrate her historical contributions towards Uganda's liberation struggle against bad leadership. She became an active member of UPM and challenged old practices performed by the previous governments UPC and DP which were mainly sectarian," President Museveni said .

The cover of a children’s book about Princess Bagaya that is yet to be launched.

"After capturing power in 1986 I appointed her as Uganda's ambassador to the United States of America. She used her position as an ambassador to clarify the NRM stand on National and Global issues. I thank the Mighty God for blessing princess Bagaya with a long and impactful life.”

Princess Evelyn Bright, a niece to Princess Bagaya said more celebrations are still to come but urged well-wishers to fundraise for her museum to be built in Fort Portal City.

“We want to construct a museum where Princess Bagaya’s life achievements can be captured and displayed for tourism and historical purposes,” she said.

She added that  a children’s book about a true African princess, a Christmas story about her is yet to be launched too.

The animated children’s Christmas story book  talks about Princess Bagaya’ real life story in the eyes of the children she raised.

She noted that Princess Bagaya has made a contribution of shs30 million towards the renovation of Kabarole Hospital.


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