It is 31 years since Ugandan pop star Philly Bongole Lutaaya passed on. Known for his solo fight against HIV/Aids, the singer will be honored by the government of Uganda.
The Minister for Presidency Hon. Esther Mbayo announced today that the singer who put a human face to HIV/Aids in the late ’80s will be honored in an event that will be preceded by a memorial lecture.
A memorial lecture in honor of the late musician will be held at the Office of the President, Conference Hall on this Saturday 17th October 2020 under the theme; “Access to HIV Services during COVID-19 Pandemic.”
The Minister challenged people living positively with the virus to; confront, challenge, or educate someone who is stigmatizing and/or discriminating against them against a PLHIV.
“Seek knowledge about organizations that he/she can go to for help if he/she experiences stigma or discrimination; Advocate for the rights of all people living with HIV and for the rights and support of marginalized groups of people affected or infected with HIV/AIDS.” She noted
The event that will be held this Saturday will also be graced by Miss Y+ 2017/18 Queen Gloria Nawanyaga who will also be giving a keynote address.
It is however understood that the event will be held virtually via zoom and the general public will be free to joins via Meeting ID: 935 5736 1609 Passcode: PLM.
Philly Bongole Lutaaya is a legendary man who was among the first people to openly declare that he had HIV and therefore pioneered the fight against HIV and AIDS in Uganda.
When HIV/AIDS was first discovered in the ’80s, little was known about it and many people were dying. Some thought it was as a result of a bad omen and that the affected families had been bewitched. There was a lot of fear among the general population because HIV/AIDS was indeed a death sentence. After all, medicines were not easily accessible to many people at the beginning.
This is the time that Philly Bongoley Lutaaya, one of Uganda’s greatest musicians, came out openly to announce that he was HIV positive and started preaching about HIV and how everyone should protect them.
This was the beginning of Uganda’s success story and Philly gave HIV/AIDS a face. He used music to convey a message of hope and to educate the population about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it. He indeed pioneered the fight against stigma and discrimination of People Living with HIV/AIDS. Today, his song Alone and Frightened remains Uganda’s anthem for HIV/AIDS.
We celebrate him and look forward to celebrating him on a dedicated day to celebrate this Music Icon, Philly Bongole Lutaaya.
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