Origins of “Bukedi” – could it derive from Ateso?

I have just had an interesting telephone conversation with Professor Samwiri Lwanga Lunyiigo who insists that the word “Bukedi” (plural) is a Luganda word derived from the word “Mukedi” (singular); which words refer to people that are either half naked or fully naked (not wearing clothes). However, Prof. Lunyiigo acknowledged that he was not certain… Continue reading Origins of “Bukedi” – could it derive from Ateso?

My Ganda culture informs all that I do

"Great article Norah. Congratulations on the ALI project in rooted in Teso culture," wrote Dr. Maggie Kigozi after she had read my blog post containing the text for the TEDx Kiira Talk that I gave in 2015 and titled: "Going back to our roots." Dr. Maggie Kigozi also shared how the culture of the Uganda… Continue reading My Ganda culture informs all that I do

Sectarianism in Presidential Elections should not be ignored

It is interesting that, even though, the Iteso, my peole, had a fellow etesot in the race, a very strong presidential candidate moreover, Candidate Amuriat Oboi, they mostly voted for the incumbent, a munyankole. No doubt, voting in the recently concluded Uganda presidential elections took majorly sectarian lines. The Baganda mostly voted for Candidate Kyagulanyi,… Continue reading Sectarianism in Presidential Elections should not be ignored

Makerere fire is ancestors’ warning: decolonize

These past couple of days, I have been reflecting on the power of a name. Specifically, the meaning to which we attach to our name; the meaning that others attach to our name; and what reactions our name elicits. Does our name keep us rooted within the culture of our ancestors or does it render… Continue reading Makerere fire is ancestors’ warning: decolonize

Detoxify our Discourse of Cultural Imperialism

It is a good start, but the voice needs to get stronger for detoxification of discourse in key fora and documents of formerly colonized nations. For example, the discourse in such documents as Uganda's national planning instruments - narrative plans and budgets. It does us no good to rename physical assets, while we accept descriptions of us, which falsely denigrate us, to be included in and to form the basis of our nation's official national plans and budgets.