The Banyankore are grouped into at least 131 clans (enganda). However, these clans are grouped according to 4 (four) common roots (ebibunu or ebisintsi bina). These roots are:

  1. Abahinda (16 clans)
  2. Abagahe (43 clans)
  3. Abashambo (56 clans)
  4. Abaishikatwa (16 clans)

Whereas the Bakiga and Banyankore have clans with similar names, they are not always the same clans in both nations. Indeed, the Bakiga Clans are the equivalent of Banyankore Roots (ebibunu or ebisintsi.) Bakiga subclans (emiryango) are equivalent to the Banyankore clans.

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22 Responses to “Clans and totems of Banyankore (Enganda n’Emiziro y’Abanyankore)”

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    Kirunda Kakaire

    Happy New Year Dr. Mulera!

    Wow! Thank you for sharing this piece of important history. I read through the contents and I was curious to find out which clan my late grandparents and maternal relatives belong to. The little I know is that their totem is a Monkey. Their ancestral roots are in Rwampara, Ndeija.

    Stay blessed and all the best for 2019๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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    Byayesu Agrippa Muhumuza Musingunzi

    My dad told me we belong to abatizi but I have not seen it among the clans. And my grandmother always told us we are Abanyakikongoro, she would be happy and welcome us hugging us saying welcome home my nyakikongoros , but up to now I am not aware of what it means s, please I need to know and request your help in both the clan of abatizi and Abanyakikongoro meaning. Thanks alot madam

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      Nuwaha Fred

      All female bateizi have nyakikongoro as a petty name. The origin of bateizi is Mpororo not Nkole. The bateizi belong to the supra-clan of Abashambo. The clan of abateizi was started by prince Kateizi who was the first king of Igara around 1650. Kateizi was son of Kahaya Rutindangyezi, the last king of Mpororo. Sub clans of abateizi include; abagoma, beine mafundo, abanyari, ababeizi, abariisa etc. The taboo (omuziro) of abateizi is Engabi. Their totem (animal friend) is an Eagle. Obukumbi nibabuterana na Abatsyaba. Kateizi was the father of Ntambiko.

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    Thanks fr ur information but I need ur help omuli nkore aba niba rugandakii

    Enganda ezo tuzineyo omunkore
    Zaba ziriyo nibazeta bata

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      Muniini K. Mulera

      The names you have given do not represent clans or subclans in Ankole. They are Rutooro/Runyoro names of animals/birds, suggesting that they are either totems or friends of specific clans.

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      Mucunguzi God

      Ngaha tinkuzimanyayo enyangi,engyeya na kanyarusoke Shana emiziro yabantu omuri’ nkole ni enkyende, ente, nebindi

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    Mutusya Stuart Wakiniagi

    Another Clan from Abaishikatwa is Abanyamberya
    They are defendants of IBONA Kanyamberya who migrated from Mpororo to KITAGWENDA during the end Cwenzi ERA
    The totems are Ente IGOOBE and Enjojo

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    Mwesigwa Andrew

    My grandfather used to tell us that we’re Abasiita by clan and used to call us abasiita but I’m abit confused when it comes to our real totem some say that our Totem is Obulunga and others say that it’s Ente erikwera eyiina akabala kuluga aha mutwe kuhiika aha mukiila gwayo so i kindly want you to tell me our real Totem?

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    Fred Nuwaha

    Byayesu Agrippa Muhumuza Musingunzi,

    The abateizi or Abatiizi (not abatizi) originated from Mpororo not Nkore. Kateizi the founder of the abateizi clan was son of Kahaya Rutindangyenzi (the last king of Mpororo). Kateizi was also crown prince but could not inherit the throne of Mpororo because of internal strife. He escaped to Bumbaire and founded the Kingdom of Igara. His descendants are known as Bateizi. In Igara the benemafundo is a sub-clan of the bateizi. other sub-clans are; abagoma, abateizi babahiigi, ababibizi, abanogozi, abanyari etc. Note: that the clan of Kateizi was Omushambo. The batiezi women/girls are generally called ba Nyakingoro as a pet name. The totem (animal friend) of Abateizi is an Eagle. Their taboo (Omuziiro) is Engabi. Obukumbi nibabutereena (tease without taking offence) na Abastyaba.

    I think the bibunu (roots) is sometimes called SUPRA-CLAN. Supra clans are divided into Clans (Enganda). Clans are divided into sub-clans (Emiryango). Sub-clans are divided into far extended families (Oburyango). Far extended families are divided into near extended families (Ekiika). And near extended families are divided into nuclear families (amaaka).

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      Agaba Brian

      So since in your submission you suggest kateizi to have roots from the bashambo, yet not from nkore. How does that come about

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    Racheal birungi

    I would like to know the difference between abaitizi and abazigaba clan
    Thank you

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    Brian kiiza

    I want to know about Abahinda clan.
    Ninyenda kumanya abihanda bakama bengoma nibaha
    Nabatukura maiso ninga nabayangwe oba nabafera ngoma
    Please let me know bambe

    Thank so much

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    Abaho Keneth

    Thank you,my dad told us that we belong to abasingo clan and that we originated from mpororo so give me details of my clan

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    Muhame kabaitsire mweneinka.mwene mugara omuzira burunga.

    Talk about Obutsyaba/abatsyaba.

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    Zoey Asiimwe

    Can people of the same clan but different totems in a joke get married

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    Tashobya Edgar

    Thanx for ur enlightenment of ankile and Mporooro clans. I am Omushambo-Abanzira clan but I would like to our great grand father that started that branch of Abanzira sub clan. Thanks

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    Martha Asiimwe

    Can a Mutiizi of the ‘Egwe'(Leopard) totem get married to a Mutiizi of the ‘ Ente engobe’ totem.

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    Ndungutse Kenneth

    I grew up in Buganda but I could hear my grandma calling us abanyiginya, and attimes shehe’d say “Abakere bangye, Of the two I couldn’t understand our true Clan


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