Hello, my Polish and German friends! Did you here about Uganda? What do you know about my country? I want to present here some basic information about my motherland. But if you’ll follow this blog you will get to know much, much more…
Uganda – a country in the middle of the world. Here we can cross the equator and see the source of the longest river – the Nile. Winston Churchill once called Uganda “Pearl of Africa”. Why? We will try to find the answer in this blog.
Uganda is an East African country found in the Southern Sub-Saharan region. It is bordered on the north by Southern Sudan, on the east by Kenya, on the south by Tanzania, and on the west by Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which is the biggest among traditional 7 kingdoms of Uganda and including the capital city Kampala.
Our population is still growing – from 4.8 million people in 1950, 24.3 million in 2002 to over 32 million currently. Today the medium age is 15 years (so I’m already in the older half of the population…) and some areas are densely populated. The most populated districts are Kampala – the Capital City of Uganda, Jinja, Mukono, Masaka and Iganga…
Geographically, Uganda has many features – mountains, hills, valleys, forests, rivers, lakes and a number of natural resources. The second largest lake in the world is found in Uganda – Lake Victoria. More so, Uganda has got the longest river in the world – River Nile. The highest peak is Mt. Stanley (5109m) in the Rwenzori Mountains. Furthermore Uganda has got a variety of wild life thus making tourism successful in Uganda.
Economically, Uganda is an agricultural country where about 80% of its population depend on agriculture as it’s backbone. These people mainly grow food crops like cassava, potatoes, bananas or beans. However the surplus is sold but on the subsistence level simply many people grow food for their own consumption. Uganda has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizable mineral deposits of copper and cobalt. The country has largely untapped reserves of both crude oil and natural gas.Some part of economy is taken up by foreigners who have established industries for example the Asians thus making Uganda an industrial country.
Politically, Uganda it is republic governed by President Yoweri Museveni. It obtained her independence on 9th October 1962 from the British colonialists.
Socially, Uganda is an heterogeneous country being formed of very many tribes from different background and origin – in the South Bantu-speaking people like Baganda, Basoga, Banyoro, Bagishu, Ankole, and in the North and East Nilots: Acholi, Lango and to the Maasai-related Karamogong and Iteso. Pygmies live in the forest of the west. Luganda is widely the most used language in Uganda. English is the official language, but each tribe has also own language. I think Ugandans are hospitable and good people to be with and associate.
Religiously, Uganda is a free religious country where many religions are practiced and we are given freedom to worship. People of different religions live peacefully together. Among Ugandans you can find mostly Christians: Catholics, Anglicans, Pentecostals, Seventh-days, Born Again and many others, but we have Muslims (12%) a well as traditionalists – mostly on the villages and very few atheists.
I am proud to be Ugandan.
Currently Uganda is preparing for Christmas. It’s fun to have Christmas in Uganda. At this particular moment entertainment centers are being set up, people are sending and receiving gifts and most people are going back to their villages to spend this special time with their loves ones… we will write more about Christmas in Uganda in the next article.
And how do you spend Christmas in your countries, our Global Friends?
I wish you Merry X-mas!