Ms. Maria Nakanyike, the USPA Chess Player of the Year walked away from MUBS on Thursday, March 8, 2018 a happy girl. Besides winning an award from the Business School, she was the Guest of Honour at the International Women’s day celebrations which were held under theme, Press for Progress. Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA), declared Nakanyike the best female chess player of the year, 2016.
The eleven (11) -year-old, Primary Six pupil of St. Marcellino Academy Matugga, was honoured by the MUBS Women’s Forum for her outstanding passion to grow and excel in Chess and the example she has set for young girls in the country. The award was also given to her to inspire other girls into taking up the sport, particularly chess.
Addressing the gathering, Nakanyike told her story of how she knocked out powerful men in the race to win the best chess player of the year 2016 title in the country. Nakanyike appreciated the progress that women are making in society and encouraged them to stay focused.
March 8 was designated as the International Women’s day by the United Nations in 1975. The intention is to create awareness about the gender inequalities in society with a view to removing them. The traditional society has denied women certain rights that are ordinarily enjoyed by men and has tended to believe that women cannot do certain things that are ordinarily done by men and for this reason, women have been disadvantaged.
MUBS management came up with the MUBS Women’s Forum as fora for promoting gender equality focusing primarily on students.