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CEO AWARDS: Wangusa is E.Africa’s most influential woman in art, culture

Ayeta Wangusa with her two awards she got Sept 19. COURTESY PHOTO

CDEA’s Executive Director wins Tanzanaia and East Africa CEO awards

Nairobi, Kenya | THE INDEPENDENT |  Culture and Development East Africa CDEA’s Executive Director Ayeta Anne Wangusa is East Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government in the Arts and Culture category of the CEO Global Africa awards 2017.

Ugandan-born Wangusa was last week awarded the country (Tanzania) and regional (East Africa) award as Most Influential Women in Business and Government in the Arts and Culture category. Wangusa was also nominated for the continental CEO Global’s Africa awards 2017.

CEO Global’s Africa awards 2017 for East Africa that has Kenya and Tanzania, and that of the Great Lakes region that includes Uganda and Rwanda, were both held last week in Nairobi and Kampala. (see full list of regional winners PAGE 2)

The continental award ceremony will be held in South Africa in November 2017, where all regional winners will be the nominees for the Africa award.

The East African ceremony took place on September 19, 2017 at the Southern Sun MayFair Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya while the Great Lakes awards took place at the Sheraton Kampala, two days later September 21.

Getting the regional award automatically enters one into the continental award competition. The regional winners will have an opportunity to meet potential investors at the continental awards.

“I am humbled by the person who nominated me for the CEO Global’s Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award in the arts and culture category…. Team CDEA, I dedicate these awards to you. Your passion and commitment towards CDEA’s vision keeps me motivated to keep my eyes on horizon,” she said.

Wangusa hailed development partners Hivos, Mimeta, Danida and GiZ who have enabled CDEA make its mark in the area of artists rights, research and advocacy, business and technical skills development for the Creative Economy in Tanzania and East Africa.

CDEA will on October 13, 2017 launch an  online information and marketplace portal focused on trade in goods and services in the East African Common Market in the following  creative industries: fashion and accessories design, film, interior and spatial design, literary arts and books, music and visual arts.

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