Philly Bongoley Lutaaya (19 October 1951 – 15 December 1989) was a Ugandan musician who was the first prominent Ugandan to give a human face to HIV/AIDS. Before dying of AIDS, Lutaaya had spent his remaining healthy time writing songs about his battle with AIDS and touring churches and schools throughout Uganda to spread a message of prevention and hope.
HIV/AIDS testing during on the Philly Bongoley Lutaaya Day in Lyantonde
After his death at age 38, the Philly Lutaaya Initiative Association continued his work. With assistance from UNICEF, the Initiative sponsors lectures in schools and communities across Uganda highlighting personal testimonials of hundreds of people infected with HIV.
In Uganda, a Philly Bongoley Lutaaya Day is commemorated each other. We hosted this years events in Lyantonde at Salaam Shield Foundation Hall on February 23, 2012.Some of the activities included HIV/AIDS counseling testing, HIV/AIDS awareness through Drama and tesmonies from people living with HIV/AIDS.