Nagenda@80: courage, brother! Courage!

  We toast John Nagenda, who turned 80 on April 25th. Notwithstanding my inability to access a precise head count of Ugandans aged 80 and above, I confidently declare Mr. Nagenda to be among very, very few who have successfully defeated eight decades of life. We know that Uganda, with a population of 35 million […]

Correcting the names of our lakes, mountains and towns matters

His Majesty iNgwenyama Mswati III Dlamini has decreed that his realm, hitherto known as Swaziland, shall henceforth be called the Kingdom of eSwatini (or Umbuso weSwatini). He gave two reasons. First, a return to the roots was long overdue. Second, His Majesty was tired of his kingdom being confused with Switzerland. As expected many, including […]

Uganda then and now

Amazing what the brain does to the information that’s uploaded during childhood. It becomes rather hard to erase and replace it. For example, my Uganda remains a country that is still divided into 15 districts. Well, alright, 16 districts. That is the count that I think we had at independence in 1962, though I am […]

Banyakigyezi Convention in Canada to promote tourism in our homeland

The impact of Kigyezi’s beauty on the spirits of a first-time visitor is always a joy to watch. Last December, our friend Akello Miriam Atoro travelled from Gulu to Kabale to visit us. It was her first encounter with the Kigyezi experience. Her exhaustion, after an overnight journey by bus, vanished the moment we headed […]

Paulo Ngorogoza of Kigezi: the tragedy of neglect

My sadness at the state of the neglected palace of Ankole’s last king and the house of its first prime minister pales compared to the grief I feel each time I visit the once beautiful houses of Kigezi’s greatest leader. Those houses, one in Bukinda and the other in Kabale, Kigezi, were built by Paulo […]