Saturday, June 26, 2010

Buganda Tourism EXPO 28th June 2010- Uganda Cultural Tour

Come 28th June 2010, Buganda, one the greatest Uganda kingdoms will hold a tourism EXPO. Buganda kingdom is located at the “heart of Uganda” in Kampala which happens to be the country’s capital city and center of trade. Buganda possesses a strong political structure and clearly defined ministries headed by the kingdom ministers and the Buganda tourism ministry, led by Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, has partnered with Makerere University to ensure a successful week-long tourism EXPO that will run through to July.

Makerere University Department of Zoology led by Dr. Ann Acol, bears the responsibility of ensuring that all animals attached to the Buganda clans are available for the EXPO and a survey for the places where the animals are to be stationed for view has been made and attendants have been guaranteed that all Buganda animals will be available! The kingdom has also set up a separate museum dedicated to the king’s life and achievements which is deemed to boost the week-long event that will be characterized by great Ugandan food, culture and tremendous drama! Meanwhile, works are underway to ensure great accessibility to the site and exhibitors outside the Buganda kingdom and Uganda too are warmly welcome.

Well, you may have heard of, and attended different EXPOs around the world, but this one is exceptional!! Miss only if you can but I would bet you if it is anything less than captivating and a memorable event. The EXPO will be unveiled by her majesty Nnaabagereka, Sylvia Nagginda-the queen, on Monday 28th June 2010, and closed by the king his Royal Highness Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Anthrax Attach in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda.

Hippopotamus in Queen Elizabeth national park, the second largest National park in Uganda, have been attached by deadly anthrax. Anthrax is an acute disease that is caused by a bacteria and affects both humans and wildlife. The attach has raised fear over other wildlife and the communities around the park but UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority)as the country's tourism regulatory body, is doing all that is in it's efforts to curb the disease! The communities around Queen Elizabeth NP have therefore been warned not to eat meat from any dead animals and to report all death's to Uganda Wildlife Authority. This way, we hope that the scourge will be contained as soon as possible since the Park plays a vital role towards Uganda tourism and is a neighbor to huge population.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the western part of the country and is home to the big game including the Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino, Hippopotamus and a vast number of primates making it one of the best wildlife safari destinations in Uganda and has long been frequented by tourist on various Uganda Safaris.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Uganda Martyrs Day Namugongo Shrine-Uganda cultural tours

Today marks another yearly celebration of the Uganda martyrs at Namugongo shrine! 3rd June is the date when Christians in Uganda remember fellow believers who met their creator at the hands of a brutal Buganda king-Kabaka Mwanga II. The event dates back to 1985-87 after the demise of Kabaka Mutesa I, an untimely event that saw Mwanga II ascend to the Buganda kingdom's throne. Then was the time that Christianity had started digging it's roots deep within Uganda and the king felt like his powers were at a compromise when a page could not acquiesce his homosexual advances yet it was dogmatically perceived at the time that a king could live his life which ever way he wished and no subject was to differ from that!Hence a Luganda saying; Namunswa alya kunswaze !! On this date every year, Namugongo shrine is flocked by statesmen and more renowned celebrities from different angles to cerebrate the martyrs day event and the country's president is always present whenever he can.

You may be wondering why Namugongo; that is the place where twenty six (26) Christians were executed on 3rd June, 1986 for failing to denounce Christianity and pledge total royalty to the king as the order had been issued by Kabaka Mwanga II in may. The execution marked the climax of the Uganda martyrs and the last Uganda martyr was beheaded at Mengo on Jan 27, 1887

Facts about the Uganda Martyrs.

A total of 45 martyrs were executed over the years and that is only the number that is known
The Uganda martyrs faced horrific executions including spearing, guillotine and burning-a very poignant memory indeed!
Namugongo martyrs shrine has become a traditional Ugandan heritage and is now a reckoning force in the country's tourism sector as an ad on activity to Kampala city tour, Uganda cultural tours, and other Uganda safaris and a major inspiration to the believers.

observation: People spend month's on their journey from upcountry and the neighboring countries walking on foot up to this place with faith and a demonstration of their love for Christ!
**** More often than not, there are showers or a few rain drips at-least, on every martyrs day celebrations in Uganda! And rain is taken for a blessing in Uganda and Africa in General!

Happy martyrs day to all Ugandan Christians and to every one that sympathizes with the event and may you have all the day's blessings!