The Ugandan Diaspora community in Canada has picked Dr Shaka Ssali for the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The choice of Shaka to get recognised this year, is partly informed by the timing of his departure from the silver television screen/international stage (VoA). In the era in which we have lost some of our finest people, I am of the conviction that celebrating their contribution and impact in some of our lives is crucial,” said Ronald Mayanja, a co-convener of Uganda-Canadian Business Expo and Convention.
Dr Shaka will receive the award at the 4th Annual Uganda-Canadian Business Expo and Convention in Toronto due this weekend, scheduled to coincide with Uganda’s 59th independence anniversary.
“The award is also meant to inspire the next generation of leaders to shoot for the stars; that if the Kabale kid could reach Washington, then we too can reach moon. It is a lifetime achievement award but I prefer to call it a Lifetime Recognition for the testimony and legacy ndugu Shaka leaves us in the field of journalism.”
Ssali, a journalist and broadcaster, holds a doctorate degree in cross-cultural communication from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Born in Kabale District, he retired from the US broadcaster, Voice of America, in May after 29 years, 20 of them as the founder, host and later managing editor of the legendary Straight Talk Africa talk show programme.
Dr Ssali is a former Ford Foundation fellow and has received numerous honours, including a United Nations Peacekeeping Special Achievement Award in International Journalism, according to information curated from various websites.
He won VoA’s Best Journalist Award, The Uganda Diaspora Award 2011, and his alma mater, Kigezi College Butobere’s maiden Highest Achievement Award in International Human Communication.