by on October 14, 2018
Buganda: 19th century Uganda, on the equator and surrounded by the great lakes of central Africa, is one of the last parts of the continent to be reached by outsiders. Arab traders in search of slaves and ivory arrive in the 1840s, soon followed by two British explorers. Speke is here in 1862. Stanleyfollows in 1875. The ruler visited by both Speke and Stanley is Mutesa, the king (or kabaka) of Buganda. His kingdom is one of four in this region which have become firmly established by the m...
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by on October 6, 2018
Orientation Identification.The Iteso comprise the second-largest ethnic group in Uganda and a significant portion of the non-Bantu-speaking minority in Kenya's Western Province. The Iteso of Uganda have not been well described, but significant studies exist of the political and economic dimensions of colonial rule in their territory. For the Iteso of Kenya, there are substantial studies of social organization, social change, and ritual processes. The Iteso have an undeserved reputation in Ken...
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At the time the British arrived, Kaaro Karungi, as Ankole was known then, had evolved beyond Isingiro, Rwampara, Nyabushozi and Kashaari counties. FILE ILLUSTRATION  By Henry Lubega At the time the British arrived, Kaaro Karungi (as Ankole was known then), had evolved beyond Isingiro, Rwampara, Nyabushozi and Kashaari counties. In the 17th Century, the chiefdom of Mpororo started disintegrating and became part of Nkore, later Ankole kingdom. Only two chiefs are talked of in the oral tra...
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Left to right: Omukama Tito Winyi IV of Bunyoro, Kabaka Edward Muteesa II of Buganda, Governor of Uganda Andrew Cohen, Ankole’s king Charles Godfrey Gasyonga II and George David Kamurasi Rukidi III of Tooro in the 1950s. Kingdoms were banned in Uganda in 1966 and restored in 1993, except for Ankole. FILE PHOTO  By Henry Lubega The kingdom of Ankole, as it was known until the abolition of kingdoms in Uganda in 1966, was a creation of the British colonial administrators. What came to be k...
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by on October 6, 2018
Ankole Kingdom, abolished in 1967 by President Milton Obote along with other kingdoms in Uganda, has a long history. Most writers say that by 1967, it had existed for between 500 and 600 years. It started as the kingdom of Kaaro-Karungi (the beautiful land) before it became Nkore kingdom.  Due to mispronunciation by the whites, it eventually came to be popularly known as Ankole. In his book, “A History of Ankole,” Dr H.F. Morris, who was district officer in Ankole up to 1890, says the king...
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by on October 6, 2018
The Mugabe of Ankole with the Queen and the Duke’ The Banyankore are a Bantu group. They inhabit the present districts of Mbarara, Bushenyi, and Ntungamo in western Uganda. People from the present countries of Rujumbura and Rubando in Rukungiri District share the same culture. Originally, Ankole was known as Kaaro- Karungi and the word Nkore is said to have been adopted during the 17th century following the devastating invasion of Kaaro-Karungi by Chawaali, the then Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara....
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by on September 3, 2018
Did you know that long before the Missionaries and explorers arrived in Africa there was a Kingdom in East Africa with technology so advanced that when misfortune befell them the entire kingdom vanished with all their technology but left behind a few clues. Also many are the tales and claims that they still appeared to people of their choice once in a while. Most People say Uganda has no History because most of the history we have was passed on by Oral Tradition. However until recently I lear...
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by on July 4, 2018
Kampala is Uganda's national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban centre of contemporary skyscrapers. In this downtown area, the Uganda Museum explores the country's tribal heritage through an extensive collection of artefacts. On nearby Mengo Hill is Lubiri Palace, the former seat of the Buganda Kingdom. The city grew as the capital of the Buganda kingdom, from which several buildings survive, in...
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