Ours should be the official languages of Uganda

On Kiswahili as an official language of Uganda, I am not game. I would much rather that the languages of the 10 largest first nations of Uganda are taught in school and are included as official languages of Uganda, with provision for translation services for the other 45 languages of the first nations of Uganda.… Continue reading Ours should be the official languages of Uganda

Uganda’s Indigenous Communities as at 1st February 1926

Reading the third schedule of our Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (article 10(a)) has me wondering how so little I know about our indigenous communities, my fellow Ugandans. And yet I identify as a cultural anthropologist. Some of our indigenous communities, like the Aliba, the Batuku, the Gimara, the Mening, the Ngikutio, the Reli… Continue reading Uganda’s Indigenous Communities as at 1st February 1926

We live our lives once, stay rooted in our people’s culture

I read this article a few minutes ago, "Going back to our roots," by Norah Owaraga", and liked it for the fact that it signals to fellow Africans, Ugandans to embrace their cultural diversity, norms, and values as part of success in the future. I really agree with the writer that what we do today… Continue reading We live our lives once, stay rooted in our people’s culture

Iteso naming rituals are disappearing

People have studied – have gone to school – have attained formal global-western education, and are in their work places there. When a child is born, it is no longer the case that the father of the child will even bother to ask the elders that: "a child has been borne what name should it… Continue reading Iteso naming rituals are disappearing

Iteso names are vanishing

In the past, it would be like, today a woman in the other home has delivered a baby and we would all go for etal (a custom – in this case,  ceremonies to celebrate the birth of a new child). Part of the naming ceremony was that when a name is given, the mother gives… Continue reading Iteso names are vanishing