Kigezi District Council Members 1961

Dr. James Mugisha gwa Kikira kya Mbagyeruka gave me a printed copy of this photograph more than ten years ago. It is one of my most treasured records of our history, not only because I knew many of these elders but also because it presents leaders who were very firmly grounded and honourable in the […]

Katiikiri: The man who fed future leaders

Memories of 1966 flood black with torrential force. That bloody year of political and military turmoil stands out like a sore thumb in Africa’s history. Though I was aware of the news reports and listened to my parents discussing the political upheaval with their friends in sombre, funereal tones, I neither understood their impact nor […]

London Convention to usher ICOB into teenage

I have been in London since Saturday, enjoying the cool but comfortable summer while looking forward to the fourteenth annual convention of the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB). The London Team has done an outstanding job of preparing to receive delegates to the convention that takes place at Kingston University, London this coming weekend. Well […]

Lessons for ICOB from Canada and the World Jewish Congress

In the 35 years that I have lived in Canada, I have been most impressed by the citizens’ ability to transcend political differences to achieve shared goals and collective interests. If we need a new hospital in our community, for example, we mobilize funds from the community and seek government inputs without worrying what party […]

Amaziina G’enogo and Millet Bread Etiquette of the Bakiga

  Few things are as culturally painful as watching a modern school-educated Mukiga or Munyankore eating oburo (millet bread) and enyama (meat). Out comes a knife and fork, delicately supported by soft, washed and well-oiled hands.  The millet bread, already pre-cut into small manageable pieces, is lifted from its container and gently placed on a […]

Leaders should put Kigezi first, self last

Written in  January 2013 I have spent the last week in Kigezi, the one place I am happier than anywhere else on Earth.  The thick morning mist that gives way to glorious sunshine invariably triggers memories of a happy childhood spent exploring the mountains and valleys of Bushengyera, the southern part of Kigezi. Not even […]

We must keep ICOB resolutely non-partisan

When the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB) meets in London, England during the weekend of July 22-24, there will be very good reason to celebrate an organization that has exceeded the modest expectations of a small group of people who midwifed its birth in Toronto, Canada, 13 years ago. What we thought would be an […]

Kihanga Boys Primary School: Remembering my headmasters, my teachers and the buildings

Kihanga Boys Primary School in Mparo, Rukiga, Kigezi is the place where my formal education journey started. It sits atop the hill by the same name, with a commanding view of the neighbourhoods of Kanywero, Kibaare, Omurukiri rwa Kanzikwera, Sindi, Nyarurambi, Iborozya, Ibumba, Butatuurwa, Nyakarambi, Buteekumwa, Rutooma, Kangondo, Rukondo, Kashaki, Kiyogoore, Mparo, Kabumbiro, Katungu, Kasooni, […]

Time and Names of the Months in Rukiga & Runyankore

How time was measured in the pre-colonial area that became Kigyezi (Kigezi) is hard to determine. The elders I spoke with were not aware of the traditional equivalent of seconds, minutes, hours or dates. It is almost certain that such concepts were not part of our ancestors’ civilization, for time did not dictate human activities […]

Clans of the Banyakigezi

Enganda Zabanyakigyezi – Updated Please click on the above link and refresh your memory re: your clan, your clan totem and your clan’s friend. Banyakigyezi  youth who were born abroad may find this very helpful as they get into the years of dating and marriage. It is not just taboo to marry a person from your […]