On this 26th day of January 2022, the NRM Liberation Day remembrance, my thoughts are dominated by what liberation actually means to us in our day to day lives in Uganda. I am especially concerned by the way in which we “modernise” or more accurately “global-westernise” by losing a lot of our good food and nutrition practices.
Case in point, grinding cereals with grinding stones at home is healthier than grinding them with those metallic gadgets. And yet, it is considered modern these days to use commercial grinding machines for nearly all cereals. I particularly have doubts of those commercial machines that hare used to grind groundnuts.
Am in Lorukul Village in Karenga in Karamoja in the matriarch’s big house grinding sorghum.
For me, liberation means restoration and preservation of the good food and nutrition practices of our ancestors. Liberation, to me, means that within Uganda we promote inter-cultural exchange and learning among the 50+ first nations of Uganda. Domestic tourism is one way in which we can do so.
Uganda is truly a gifted country and a lot of the fantastic image of our country we hardly see in the media. Give yourselves a taste of liberation. Save up and invest in self-education your domestic tourism.
Featured photo: at Lorokul Village in Karenga in Karamoja drying and preserving cereals by hanging them in the kitchen house.