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Nwoya Students to Honour Judith Ayaa with UGX 10M Statue

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Judith Aya was born July 15, 1952 in Koch Goma sub county in Nwoya district. She won Gold in the 100 metres sprint in the East and Central African Athletic Championships in 1968 with a winning time of 11.5 seconds.

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Up to 10, 700 students in Koch Goma Sub County, Nwoya district, will pay UGX 1000 shillings each to support the construction of a statue for former sprint champion Judith Ayaa.

Recently in a council meeting, Koch Goma Sub County came up with a resolution that all students in Koch Goma Sub County from primary to vocational institution should contribute the 1000 shillings next term to construct a statue in Ayaa's honour.

The Ayaa statue will stand at the entrance to the sub county.

Judith Ayaa was born July 15, 1952 in Koch Goma sub county in Nwoya district. She won Gold in the 100 metres sprint in the East and Central African Athletic Championships in 1968 with a winning time of 11.5 seconds.

At the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1970 Judith Ayaa won Bronze after she came third with 53.77s.

Ayaa's performance declined after 1972 after she got married and had children. She died in 2002 after spending her last years earning a living as a stone crusher.

John Bosco Okullu, the chairperson for Koch Goma sub county, says the resolution was prompted by a desire to boost girl child education. The Ayaa statue is meant to provide a role model to students and especially the young girls.

Okullu says that though government has not sufficiently honoured Ayaa's memory, Nwoya is proud of her and has not forgotten her.

Okullu says each pupil and student in Nwoya is expected to contribute.

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James Obalo, Gulu United football club's PRO says it is good to honour star players although Ayaa was neglected for a long time by government and her community after she retired.

Obalo appeals to the council to extend contributions to the entire community because Ayaa brought honour to all.

Denis Ongom, a resident of Koch Goma, says a memorial for Aya is fitting. He suggests a tournament named after Aya should also be initiated in northern Uganda.

Ongom says he will gladly pay 2000 shillings for his two primary school daughters. 

If all students comply and pay for the statue, the sub county will collect over 10 million shillings.

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