A 10-year-old Kenyan girl was given an uncommon invite to visit Uganda over the April holidays by President Yoweri Museveni when he landed in Mombasa on Wednesday.
Museveni extended the hand of appreciation after Sheilah offered a gift of a portrait to the president of the neighbouring country.
The Ugandan head of state was checking into the Nyali Golf View Residence (NGVR) when he was offered the gift by Sheilah.
It turns out that the young artist had actually drawn the portrait she offered to the president.
Sheilah is a gifted artist whose visual artworks are undeniably outstanding and attractive as shown by Museveni’s portrait which captured the attention of many Kenyans.
The girl is currently a grade five pupil at the Light International School courtesy of a Presidential scholarship by President Uhuru Kenyatta who was moved by her drawing prowess and offered to educate her and her sibling.
Sheilah has previously drawn portraits of President Kenyatta, Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, and comedian Churchill Ndambuki among others.
She is also a poet and a dancer.
Museveni was visibly happy with the gift from the young Kenyan as he took a picture with her before offering his invitation.
Sheilah's mother, Kenya Police Sergeant Vivian Otieno, who had accompanied the girl, confirmed that the head of state had extended the invitation.
''Yes, it is true President Museveni accepted the gift and asked Sheilah to visit Uganda during the April holidays,'' stated Vivian.
Museveni was accompanied by his Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sam Kuteesa, Ugandan High Commissioner to Kenya, Phibby Otala Awere, Consul General (Mombasa) Ambassador Katureeba Tayebwa and First daughter, Ms Natasha Karugire.
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