PHOTOS: Artistic Kenyan girl visits Museveni, given new name


President Museveni with Sheila Sheldon Charles and her mother, Sergeant Vivian Otieno.

A 10-year-old girl Kenyan girl invited by President Yoweri Museveni to Uganda over the April holidays paid him a visit at his personal country home in Rwakitura.

Museveni, through a Facebook post revealed that he honoured Sheila Sheldon Charles’ request to visit him after she gifted him a painting in Mombasa during his recent state visit.

“My muzukulu from Mombasa, Sheila Sheldon Charles, visited me in Rwakitura with her mother as we agreed she would, when I met her during my recent state visit to Kenya.

“Nine-year-old Sheldon is a visual artist. In Mombasa, she offered me a painting and requested to visit me during the Easter holidays,” he stated.

Sheila presents President Museveni with a gift.

Through a series of photos shared by Museveni, a beaming Sheila is seen posing with Museveni alongside her mother, Sergeant Vivian Otieno from the Kenya Police Service.

Museveni also revealed that he had christened Sheila a Luo name, Atieno, since she was born at 8pm.

“Her mother told me that she was born at 8pm, therefore the Luo name we agreed to give her is Atieno. I thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for supporting her education given that her parents were unable. “Talent of whatever form should be nurtured alongside formal education. I thank her for the gifts she brought me,” he concluded.

The grade five pupil at Light International School is currently on a Presidential scholarship courtesy of President Uhuru Kenyatta; this is after he was impressed by her artistic prowess, offering to school her and her sibling.

She met President Museveni at the Nyali Golf View Residence (NGVR) on March 27 when she presented him with a portrait of himself she had drawn.


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