My Uganda Memoir: D-Day Arrives as POATE 2017 Opens

POATE 2017

Feb 17, 2017: Finally, the D-Day is here and POATE 2017 kicks off. Later in the evening, the official Welcome ceremony took place.


The 2017 Pearl Of Africa Tourism Expo kicked off this morning at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel, and the highlight of the morning session was the launch of the East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP).

Stephen Asiimwe, then CEO Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) delivers his address…
POATE 2017
Alain St. Ange addressing the audience
POATE 2017
Carmen Nibigira, then with East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP) delivers a speech

Exhibition was on at the grounds of the hotel and as I navigated the stands, I ran into Mr. Jafa’ar Idi Amin, son of the former Ugandan dictator.

POATE 2017
Henna art at the Magical Kenya stand
Angelica! Met her getting a henna at the Magical Kenya stand
Jafa’ar Idi Amin with a friend

Later in the evening, the official Welcome Ceremony took place at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel. It was a an exciting evening to cap off the official opening of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE 2017).

Stephen Asiimwe
Edwin Muzahura, then Marketing Manager UTB
Kiwanda Godfrey Ssuubi, State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities
Richie Selva doing his thing…

Apart from the inevitable speeches, there was a live band while good food and drinks was served. Afterwards, Cephas and I went out to explore the night…

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