It was an African fashion affair with a touch of black during this year’s American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Uganda thanksgiving dinner at Sheraton hotel Kampala; an evening of fantastic speeches, amazing camaraderie and delicious food, not forgetting the turkey.
Inside the festive ambiance of Sheraton’s Rwenzori ballroom adorned with fall-inspired and African culture decorations and live music by The Tribe band and Sewa Sewa playing his Janzi instrument, guests including the ambassadors of USA, France, and Japan, as well as European Union delegates and executives of top companies excitingly engaged in conversations and fostered new connections as they celebrated the spirit of unity and collaboration The American Chamber of Commerce Uganda is an association founded by American investors in Uganda with an interest in fostering and promoting greater commercial and cultural ties, cooperation and dialogue between Ugandan and American firms, and currently hosts over 50 top-performing firms in the country.
Eve Zalwango, the general manager of AmCham Uganda, said the dinner was a way to celebrate resilience, strength, perseverance and express gratitude for the bountiful harvest reaped throughout the year.
“The thanksgiving tradition reminds us to reflect on the blessings we have received throughout the year. It is a time to appreciate the fruits of our labor, the partnerships we have forged and the growth we have achieved. We are looking back on the challenges we have faced individually and collectively and we find inspiration in the resilience that has allowed us to overcome adversities. We are here to celebrate, give blessings and interact,” she said.
Meanwhile, the USA ambassador to Uganda William Popp, who was the chief guest, said this long tradition in the United States is not just about eating well but also focuses on being thankful and grateful for friendships, personal accomplishments, the joy gained from interacting with people throughout the year and blessings got.
“Thanksgiving day is not only in America but it transcends countries, it is even here in Uganda. There are very many things to be thankful for this year. In spite of the challenges of coming out of Covid and navigating what have been difficult several years, we certainly cannot fail to be thankful.”
Popp retaliated the United States support to the Ugandan people for greater prosperity, inclusion and opportunities.
“We invest almost a billion dollars per year in assistance in a wide range of areas. We do all these because we want to support a brighter future for Uganda and closer relationship with United States,” he said.
Hosted by Deedan Muyira, away from the sumptuous dinner, guests bought raffle tickets at Shs 5,000 each and through a raffle draw, lucky guests walked away with prizes such as brunches at Sheraton hotel and Latitude hotel, nights for two at the same hotels, spa and health club treatments, among others.