Conversations with my father on God named Edeke

Papa, it is fascinating how the modern day Christian God is referred to in Ateso as Edeke. This is because, before Christianity arrived in Teso, among the Iteso, Edeke was reportedly originally the god of calamity, who was dreaded and when things went wrong, it was the norm that Edeke was propitiated. “If sickness fell… Continue reading Conversations with my father on God named Edeke

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

Keeping the Chief’s Legacy Alive

Good morning papa. Today, 1st February 2021, marks three months since you rested. You are on my mind in a positive light. I am thinking of you and how among your father’s sons you are the one whom your sisters chose to be your father’s heir and to fill his shoes, so to speak. Within… Continue reading Keeping the Chief’s Legacy Alive

Papa Owaraga’s Burial – Aipuduno

Papa Ejakait Ssalongo Engineer George William Obityo Owaraga, my father, rested. His medical team at the Intensive Care Unit of Uganda Martyrs Hospital Lubaga in Kampala pronounced him passed on at 12:41 a.m. on 1st November 2020. Later that evening and after A-Plus Funeral Management had prepared his body, his remains were brought back to… Continue reading Papa Owaraga’s Burial – Aipuduno

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