Do you treasure African culture? Do you wish to encounter authentic cultural experiences? Do you love Uganda’s cultural safaris? Have you ever thought about Ugandan people and their culture? Uganda is soon hosting the world’s cultural event, the first of its kind on 13th August 2017. If you love authentic African cultures, then consider visiting Uganda Museum as a must for “Global Cultural Event.” Uganda Museum is East Africa’s biggest and ancient Museum that was established in 1908 in Kampala and it has Uganda’s displays right from traditional cultures, archeology, history, science to natural history. When you talk about Uganda’s culture and traditions, your mind should dwell much on the music, Arts and Crafts made of wood, papyrus, reeds and local materials. Besides the art and craft materials, Uganda’s culture has also not left out black smith implements, beaded jewellery, wood carvings and batiks. Uganda Museum is a National Museum and it is located 3 (three) kilometers from the city centre, Kira road near Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The “Global Cultural Event” is intended to attract various cultural groups in the world and it aims at showing Uganda’s cultural "pride", “heritage” and “peace" for the people of Uganda and the world by and at large. Have you ever heard about Mary Ingabire Global Events? The Global Cultural Event is organized by Mary Ingabire. This event comes in with several showcases and platform for expressing different African cultures will be used as tools for celebrating our heritage, pride and preservation of peace. The performances in the events are meant to create awareness within Uganda as a nation, Africa as a continent and the world at and by large that Uganda the “Pearl of Africa” is truly a “Hospitality Hub” and “Cradle” of Cultural Diversity. Some of the expected cultural performances include the “Rockies Troupe Uganda” and it will cost 5000 for children, 10,000 for adults, 500,000 for stall, 1,000,000 for VIP and 1,500,000 for tent.
Uganda forms a powerful cultural “heritage” with each region being represented by their Kingdoms. They include Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro and Toro. Incredibly, Ugandans are one of the most welcoming and hospital people and they are richly endowed with diverse cultures and life styles. Every tribe in Uganda is represented by their traditional dance. The Banyakole demonstrate the “Kitagururo” dance, the Bunyoro demonstrate the “Runyege” dance, Acholi perform “Bwora” and Otole dances while the Alur in West Nile perform “Agwal” dance, the Bagisu demonstrate the “Imbalu dance during their circumcision ceremonies. If you have ever heard about the cultural melting pot, then Uganda’s culture is undoubted. Uganda is composed of over 66 distinct indigenous culture and dialects and remarkably the country is a home to Batwa pygmies, the indigenous inhabitants of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in South-West. When it comes to cultural experiences, Uganda is truly a hub for authentic African cultures as each African society is represented.
Historically, the Bantu speaking people comprise of 4 (four) main immigrant groups which includes the Basamia, Bakonjo, Bunyoro, Baganda, Bamasaba, Basoga, Bagwere, Batooro, Banyakole, Bakiga among others. This group is known to have originated from Cameroon highlands and Congo forest and settled in the Southern side of the country after separating from the Nilotic tribes of the North on the Swampy Lake Kyoga.
The Nilo-hamites on other side include the Iteso, Karamojong and Kuman in the Eastern and North Eastern side of the country. Historically, the Nile Hamites were pastoralists, traditionally keeping large herds of cattle which they kept moving from place to place in search of water and pasture.
The Nilotic group comprises of Lugbara, Madi, Acholi, Langi, Kakwa and Alur and they are known to be originating from Sudan but they later settled in the West Nile and some other parts of Northern Uganda.
The Baganda are concentrated in central Uganda and they are popular for their distinct ceremonial occasions that are prepared to fulfill the cultural rituals and norms, commemoration, remembrance, observance and inauguration. Among the common ceremonies in Buganda include the “okwalula abalongo” which can be translated as initiative of twins, the introduction which is locally known as “okwanjula” and King’s birth day.
The traditional cultural dances are very vital as it is one way of bringing people together, entertaining the king and a symbol of identity to the Baganda culture. There are also many key cultural sites that include a UNESCO world heritage site “Kasubi tombs” a place where bodies of the former kings were laid to rest.
In conclusion, Uganda is a true cultural melting pot. Despite the wildlife endowments that, the Uganda's culture and people remarkably unique and every tribe has its own history and traditions. Come and prove the diverse cultures and ethnic groups from different origins that are ingrained into this small country. Enjoy Uganda’s cultural dances, artifacts, attractions, life styles and breathtaking cultural stories and many other things.