On December 14, 2023, in a dazzling ceremony in Nairobi we came together with our community, partners, and allies celebrating a decade of resilience and impact. The event, themed #ResistanceRequiresJoy, was not just an awards ceremony; it was a commemoration of NGLHRC’s ten-year journey. We are immensely grateful to our funding partners – American Jewish World Service (AJWS), The Canadian High Commission, The Swedish Embassy, Open Society Foundations, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, and Diakonia – for their invaluable support. A special thanks to OV Media for their exceptional event organization, creating a beautiful and smoothly run event. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to all guests who honored our invite, and congratulations to all the deserving nominees and winners. This year’s event highlighted the spirit of innovation and unwavering commitment within the LGBTIQ+ community, honoring those who embody these qualities.
Upinde Awards 2023 celebrated outstanding contributions to the LGBTIQ+ community. In addition to the five regular categories, NGLHRC introduced Uwiano Award that honours East Africans (either individuals or groups) that have shown extraordinary fortitude and bravery in fighting for and advancing LGBTIQ+ rights at home and across the region.
- Chanzo Award: Awarded to Tanaka Muren for pioneering efforts in the community.
- Nguzo Award: Kamanda Muceke was recognized for providing strong support and foundation.
- Ubunifu Award: Heart Out Kenya received this award for their creative approach in advocacy.
- Utumishi Award: Nature Network was honored for their dedicated service.
- Shujaa Award: Edwin Chiloba was posthumously awarded for his bravery and heroism.
- Uwiano Award: Feminist Republik was celebrated for promoting harmony and equality.
- Honourable Mention : Cleopatra Kambugu was acknowledged for her exceptional contributions to the community and movement.
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