Skip to content Skip to sidebar Skip to footer

Uganda celebrates World Vitiligo Day with panel discussion and art exhibition


Today, Uganda celebrated World Vitiligo Day with a significant event at the British Council in Kampala. Organized by Satisfashion UG—an online magazine dedicated to fashion and entertainment, Serene Beauty—a premier hair and makeup brand—and the Vitiligo Association of Uganda, in partnership with British Council Uganda. The event brought together individuals living with vitiligo, healthcare professionals, and allies to raise awareness and support for the vitiligo community.

The event featured a panel discussion with notable individuals living with vitiligo, including Cerinah Tugume, Doreen BuchananMichelle NezaEva Atukunda, and David Ogutu. Each panelist shared personal experiences, challenges, and triumphs while debunking common myths about the condition. David Ogutu, a renowned media personality, highlighted his journey toward acceptance and his experiences as a man in the media living with vitiligo.

Dr. Malik Ssempereza, a dermatologist and founder of Unity Skin Clinic, provided insights into the latest innovations and research for managing vitiligo. His expertise highlighted medical advancements and ongoing efforts to support those affected by vitiligo, empowering attendees with factual information to dispel common misconceptions.

The event also showcased an art exhibition by Martin Ssenkubuge, a visionary artist, researcher, and curator dedicated to amplifying the voices of marginalized individuals. His powerful visual narratives resonated deeply with attendees. Additionally, artist Bright Ntakky created a live artistic impression, illustrating the everyday ki experience of living with vitiligo.

Cerinah Tugume, a makeup artist with about 30 years of living with vitiligo and the founder of Serene Beauty, conducted a makeup tutorial. She demonstrated techniques to wear vitiligo-specific makeup and skin care, offering practical tips and empowering attendees to embrace their beauty with confidence.

Guests, including members of the vitiligo community, allies, media, friends, and those eager to learn about the condition, participated in an engaging Q&A session. This hour-long session provided an opportunity to ask questions and gain deeper insights into living with vitiligo.

The event concluded with a heartfelt speech from H.E. Kate Airey, the British High Commissioner to Uganda. She reiterated the UK government’s commitment to supporting marginalized communities and emphasized the importance of events like World Vitiligo Day in fostering understanding and inclusivity.

World Vitiligo Day, observed annually on June 25th, honors the memory of Michael Jackson, a famous vitiligo patient, and brings attention to the challenges faced by those living with this condition. The day serves as a platform to promote awareness, acceptance, and support for the vitiligo community.

Leave a comment