Obukalabanda! Call it something tough! There was a time life was simple. When the air was cleaner and fashion breezy. Yes, it might have been eons ago, but it was a perfect time. A time when the world was effortlessly beautiful, and wooden sandals were en vogue. Also fondly called, obukalabanda by the people from the central. This was before today’s Gucci.
Far away from it in fact. Miu Miu and Jimmy Choo’s of this world didn’t even exist, not at all. An era where shoes were a myth and walking barefoot was not a problem.
So people got creative, they figured that they had to find a way of insulating their feet from the rough ground. It had to be something that would weather stones and thorns, it had to be strong. Something wooden, mahogany for the feet, and so they birthed the wooden sandals. Yes, these were sandals made out of wood.
To flirter and provide comfort, they would cut it into a foot-shaped base and design a little ‘anchor’ on which the big toe and index toe would hold. Yeah, we know, we agree too that it sounds hectic and uncomfortable, but it was on in-thing. These sandals were fashionable and durable. To adorn them was to have made it in life, never mind that the two toes felt like over-worked donkeys at the end of the day, these shoes rocked.
96-year-old Agwang Philomena chuckles at how sore her toes felt, but as a daughter of a clan chief, she dared not step out of the compound without them. “I am telling you those shoes would hurt the toes, especially for us who were heavy,” she laughingly recalls. “But any girl wearing them was of a higher class, just like we looked at the women who went to school and became teachers in our village.”
Agwang remembers how hard you had to scrub the feet before wearing the sandal. “There was this small stone outside the bathroom, we would spend hours scrubbing our feet there,” Agwang who hails from Bukedea District chuckles. “You can’t wear wooden shoes and again have torn legs!”
These shoes many agree could stand all kinds of weather and all kinds of surfaces; rough or smooth. They mirrored class and style. If you owned a pair, you belonged to society’s creme. Purists loathed them for their ugly shape, but who minded the shape, anyway? People loved them anyhow. But when civilization knocked on the door, they have wiped off the face of the earth.Read More
Bwola. A dance with heart. True soul. A dance of pride, showcase, and just a little more pride. A leap here and there, but done with technique. Only for those with well-woven talents. Not just anyone, no! Bwola, the Acholi traditional dance for royalty.
Fun, entertaining, and brings with it cultural freshness. No wonder it was a preserve for entertaining traditional chiefs on the day they took their places. Also, specially preserved for other palace events among the Acholi. The dancers take this seriously, the look is as important as the skill, it must command attention.
Dancers adorn warriors’ worrisome traditional attire with feathers on their heads depicting nothing, but a strong cultural heritage. Feathers signify royalty. Voluptuous, traditional sounds sear through as dancers leap and jump and fashionably wobble on the ground like a well-choreographed dance troupe. They make a beeline and file and dance leaning towards the instrumentation usually played by someone in the middle.
They wiggle. They dance happily and proudly. The treat is as much in their faces as it is in the skill. A display of enjoyment and just reserve; as if they want to let go but must also control themselves. A tease of sorts, a bit of strength and radiance merged into a bowl of authentic Ugandan showcase. The spirit of the Acholi is in every move, their resilience ever does pronounce. Again, Bwola is a dance of pride!
What a traditional monument; a pillar of Acholi culture. It depicts strong warrior skills, how Africans are fierce and fearless, how Africans are brave and ready to attack, no matter the magnitude of the enemy. It may look strange, but it isn’t; it is a dance celebrated by the Acholi people. It shows nothing, but how people confronted their enemies – with unbridled brevity.
With quite the captivating routine, non-Acholi enjoy the Bwola dance as well. It is performed at weddings and parties. It is always performed by a bunch of traditional dancers who entertain guests leaping, wiggling, and pulling moves no ‘new school’s dancers will easily match. It is a unique dance. Traditional yet enjoyable and easy on the eye. It is a cultural practice that bonds people, strengthens marriages, and entertains guests.
The Bwola dance can only be required to Ankole’s Ekitaguriro and Bugisu’s Kadodi. It bonds people, strengthens marriages, and entertains guests, royal guests. Next time you’re at a wedding in Uganda, more especially in the Acholi region, look out for the Bwola dance. Should you spot it anywhere, then don’t miss it! The Bwola dance is en vogue. Call it the 21st Century break dance performed in Uganda where traditional meets are popular in dance matrimony.Read More
There uniform a true picture of the national colors; black, yellow, and red. Their spirit every bit a mimicry of the fight and strength of the Ugandan. Their ability to rise through all the challenges is everything the Ugandan is. We are talking netball here, the Country’s netball team, also fondly called the She Cranes.
For those that missed, the team, captained by the talented Peace Proscovia has been soaring high in Liver Pool, United Kingdom. Never mind that football had somehow overshadowed this beautiful game, the girls put up a spirited fight. Though they will be finishing 7th at the ongoing World Cup, this is a stride ahead from the last time where they finished 8th. To finally get here though, they had to beat Zimbabwe in what would be their 4th win in eight games played.
Online site PML Daily caught a bite from the ecstatic She Cranes assistant coach Nelson Bogere, about finishing 7th. “We came here wanting to do better than in 2015 and we have managed to achieve that,” Said Bogere. “It has been a tough tournament but it’s not that we didn’t expect it.
One of the stars of the game, also the center of the team, Stella Oyella didn’t just think this was good for Uganda but said that Africa is rising. “It’s been amazing, and so competitive from day one,” she told the organizers of the tournament. “Africa is rising – though we are competing with each other, we come from Africa, and we like to keep that bond together.”
This is the most they have won since making their debut in 1979. This had many wondering if Government should actually put more strength into athletics and games like netball. Asked what she thought was most important about this game, Peace Proscovia, the team’s captain, also among those chosen as ambassadors of the game internationally, said it was the fact that it unifies many women.Read More
By View Uganda
To the non-Bagisu, the word is malewa. However, the authentic Mugisu begs to differ; the word is in fact maleya or pluralised into Kamaleya. Yes, that is the food that has the Bagisu, a tribe found on the gentle slopes of Eastern Uganda. A tribe with roots is dug into the scenic slopes of Mount Elgon, wherefrom this food sprouts.
Maleya is simply a bamboo shoot! Though it can be eaten fresh too, what mostly hits the market is the dried one. When fresh, it can be stir-fried into a stew and will have a cooked cucumber-like taste. But since the fresh one is almost hard to find, what we see is the dried one.
The unspoken rule for preparing the dried Maleya is to cook in a groundnut source and serve preferably with matooke (green bananas) or sweet potatoes. The cooking process is nothing complex really, as all it requires is water salt, and groundnut paste. But dare we say, this dried bamboo shoot is a delicacy that is imprinted in the Mugisu’s heart.
Dealers in this delicacy must comb the wild slopes of Mount Elgon and bare the steep hills to comb out these shoots. It is becoming harder and harder to do this as the population grows to make it even more precious. Forget that it looks like banana fibers, Maleya is a treasure to behold!
- Wash and cut into small pieces
- Boil in water and salt till soft
- Add groundnut paste and simmer
First of all, safety is germane! The entire excursion is a tale of a well-organized and executed affair, complete with attention to safety. Before we delve into it, not that Lake Victoria is one of the very few freshwater bodies in the world that are still lonely save for a lone canoe in a distance. This should allow you to rediscover what you like about each other without feeling like your privacy is compromised.
It helps that the temperature in and around the lake is friendly all year round. Listening to the calm waves gently splashing the side of the boat will heal your mind and soul of whatsoever is troubling it. If sportfishing with Wild Frontiers, your trip will be guided by a two-man team that had done this over 200 times now. They will make sure you are well taken care of from start to finish. Even better, the boat is well suited for deep lake trolling.
At the genesis of this adventure, a briefing about the rules and regulations must be held. This is to ensure that all are versed in the safety and operations of the boat and only then will you get into the nuts and bolts of your mission. To go fishing! The activity is easy as there are not many Dos and Don’ts. The artificial lures are designed in the shape of prey that is a delicacy for giant tilapias and Nile perch.
The ever-so-patient instructors make the activity doable even for a novice. Throughout the excursion, there is no rush to get you back to shore, you will fish until you are were happy to pull in the lines. The crew’s knowledge of the lake is hard to beat. They know where, when, and how to hook the biggest catch. It might take lots of minutes before landing on a good catch, this makes the victory worth a huge celebration like a lottery win. Luckily, there is lots of beer on board. Did I say there was lunch too? Well, you bet there is. The day will end with a brief visit to one of the many islands on the lake whereof the Equator passes. Imagine that!
Costs: An average of $125 with Wild Frontiers, a sports fishing agency based in EntebbeRead More
But DRC was not taking this joke lying. A one Teekay wrote, “Someone please ndibhalanziseiwo so we lost 1nil to Egypt and same Egypt beat Uganda and DRC 2nil each that’s the same Uganda we drew 1 all against.” He then cried out, “Same Uganda beat DRC 2nil n the same DRC beat us 4nil. What a joke.”
By View Uganda
It wasn’t that the Egypt-Uganda Cranes match ended on a painful 2-1 loss for Uganda Cranes. That almost didn’t matter. The irony, right? It was that suddenly, Social Media was awash with Ugandans singing the praise of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
See, the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is a very stimulating time for the continent. A game of football that starts out with 24 teams will be reduced in phases, knock-out phases that is to the final two. As an online site, The South African would put it, “One of the key points of intrigue is the expansion of the tournament from 16 to 24 teams.” This they go on to explain means making it through to the first round of knockout matches is possible even if a side does not finish at the top of the table.”
But then, why is Uganda celebrating the fact that Zimbabwe, a team it drew with last week had been beaten by DRC, a team they (Uganda) beat 2-1? “DRC as our beloved neighbor whipped Zimbabwe 4-0, and the mathematics made it easier for us to progress to the next stage,” Steven Odeke, arts, and sports journalist offers. “That is why we love them today.” That means Uganda has made it to second place in group A, despite losing to Egypt in last night’s game.
That aside, it was seeing leaders and just different people reacting with a satirical love for DRC that was hilarious. “UBC betrayed us but DRC did not! Congratulations Uganda upon making it to the next round of #AFCON2019,” former leader of the opposition, Winnie Kiiza wrote. Soon, Don Wanyama, the Presidential senior press secretary, also joined in on the joke and even tagged a friend, “Ours was to play beautiful football. Scoring was assigned to DR Congo. Something good finally from the land of Asuman Bisiika.”
In a hilarious post, comedian, Herbert Mendo aka, Teacher Mpamire was quick to tell Egypt that River Nile, had in fact shifted to the beloved DRC. One Sir Gordon Tukwasibwe also sarcastically said, “Thank you DRC for the great work done. You can now join EAC. To #Kenya. If DRC did it, you can also do it. Deal with #Senegal please!”
But DRC was not taking this joke lying. A one Teekay wrote, “Someone please ndibhalanziseiwo so we lost 1nil to Egypt and same Egypt beat Uganda and DRC 2nil each that’s the same Uganda we drew 1 all against.” He then cried out, “Same Uganda beat DRC 2nil n the same DRC beat us 4nil. What a joke.”Read More