By Kefa M. Otiso

ISBN-10: 0313015309

ISBN-13: 9780313015304

ISBN-10: 0313331480

ISBN-13: 9780313331480

Seeing that attaining independence from nice Britain in 1962, the East African kingdom of Uganda has been ravaged by way of political turmoil and the more moderen problem of the AIDS epidemic, yet is now within the technique of rebuilding and democratizing. tradition and Customs of Uganda is an engaging review of the present country of Ugandan society, the place mostly rural ethnic teams are experiencing the pull of city facilities, whereas the adjustments led to via Western impacts undergo on virtually each point of people's lives. Examples from the most ethnic teams are used to provide an explanation for conventional tradition and variations to trendy lifestyles in faith, gender roles, courtship and marriage, paintings, schooling, kin lifestyles, ceremonies, the humanities, media, and extra. this can be the basic reference resource to show to for good perception into Uganda.The wealth of element within the insurance of the topics above plus the land, humans, historical past, literature, architecture/housing, delicacies, costume, gender roles, social customs and way of life, presents readers with large experience of the rustic and its population. The delicate narrative conveys the nuances among previous and new, city and rural, elite and terrible for every subject. additionally, the evolution of Ugandan peoples is fantastically verified. Highlights contain a dialogue of the ways that adherents of global religions comparable to Christianity and Islam combine those with conventional African spiritual trust in spirits, diviners, and rainmakers. The booklet additionally explores patriarchy and the social and inheritance approach that has hindered women's schooling and clients and uncovered them to HIV/AIDS. ultimately, there's a party of many of the types of inventive expression, resembling drumming, ceremonial dance, and handicrafts, relatively ceramic pottery, that experience gained accolades, in addition to a glance at artists who excel in writing poetry, generating hip-hop, and portray batiks for renowned intake.

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Thus, after John Speke’s discovery of the source of the Nile, Captain Frederick Lugard came to Uganda in December 1890 to protect British interests including the Nile. Although he came as a representative of the newly founded Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEA), at the time, IBEA’s interests were synonymous with those of the British state. Therefore, Lugard’s arrival not only helped the British gain control of the Nile, but also set the stage for the country’s subsequent colonization in 1894.

Although Idi Amin declared Kiswahili as Uganda’s national language in the 1970s, this did not substantially change the place of the language in the country because the policy was never implemented nor reversed by subsequent 6 CULTURE AND CUSTOMS OF UGANDA governments. Kiswahili’s current uncertain position in the country is because: it is not indigenous enough; it has fewer speakers than Luganda; it has limited indigenous literature that can be used to promote it; there are many varieties of the language to choose from, for example, those spoken in neighboring Kenya and Tanzania (although Tanzanian Kiswahili is widely considered standard) and Uganda itself; it would require a lot of resources to switch from English to Kiswahili; it is not one of the official languages of major international fora such as the UN; and it is not seen as a good medium for teaching science and technology, although neighboring Tanzania has tried it.

Although hunter-gatherer people groups were the first to settle in Uganda, they were later displaced by agriculturalists and pastoralists drawn to the area by its good farming and grazing conditions. 15 British Colonialism Contemporary Uganda first came under formal British influence in 1890 when the Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEA), under Captain Frederick Lugard, gained control of its territory. When the company left Uganda in March 1893, at the expiry of its charter, the British government declared the country a protectorate in 1894, because of its strategic importance to British economic interests given the country’s rich ivory, coffee, rubber, wheat, cotton, and gum products.

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