As Uganda commemorated its 61st independence anniversary, Jinja city came alive with the vibrant celebrations of a Color Run festival at Narambai field. This lively event drew both local and international revelers, offering a plethora of engaging activities.
Participants, including children, took part in a lively 5km fun run where they were doused with colorful powders at every kilometer mark. Accompanied by melodic tunes, the field echoed with dance, jogging, and traditional sports like cricket and soccer, fostering a festive atmosphere.
Bashir Ssekamangi, widely known as Dukeplay and one of the event’s organizers, emphasized the festival’s purpose: commemorating Uganda’s independence from British colonial rule. The event encourages participants to embrace Uganda’s national colors of red, black, white, and others, symbolizing the nation’s unity and identity.
“This run promotes health, and a truly independent Uganda must have healthy citizens. We invite everyone to join us in this annual Color Run as we celebrate our independence,” Ssekamangi remarked.
He revealed plans to expand the event to different regions of Uganda, enabling people to fully appreciate the significance of their independence. The festival also generates numerous employment opportunities, benefiting food vendors and motorcycle transporters who cater to the needs of the revelers.
Emmanuel Mukisa, a resident of Mbale, recognized the event’s importance in fostering togetherness and creating joyful connections among people. He expressed his enjoyment of activities he had not participated in since childhood and encouraged organizers to continue hosting the event in future independence celebrations.