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Somero Uganda ‘s 2nd Graduation ceremony of the computer students

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A student shows her cerificateSomero Uganda carried out a pilot computer project last year in which 16 students were awarded certificates in basic computer programs like MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, and Internet use.

This year,after considering the challenges faced last year,  the organisation trained 32 young women in basic computer skills and this time included more employable programs like foto editing and movie making. The students were trained for five months (January – May )and were sent for internship for one month. The students were then awarded certificates on 6th July 2012. The guest of honour fo the ceremony was Mr. Martin Kiiza, the Secretary General of National Council for Children.

The  ceremony was attended by representatives from networking organisations, like FAWE Uganda charpter, Kawempe Youth Development Association,National Council for Children, among others. Two of the Somero Uganda Advisory Board members also attended the ceremony  as well as some local leaders and parents in the community.  

A number of people gave speeches, including the chairperson of Lufula zone, Bwaise III Kawempe division, who welcomed he guests in the area, the students’ representative, the computer tutor at Somero Uganda, the National Director and some staff members of Somero Uganda as well as the Guest of Honour.

A number of activities took place, including the awarding of certificates to the graduants, cutting of the cake as well as entertainment from the graduants.

The organisation hopes to graduate other 40 young women in November 2012.

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WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT MY CULTURE

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WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT MY CULTURE


Uganda has a number of tribes including Baganda, Basoga, Batooro, Banyankole, Banyoro, Bakiga, Bateso among others. Each tribe has a number of aspects that distinguish it from others.


I am from the Baganda tribe. Buganda is located in the central part of Uganda. Am very proud of my culture because of a number of reasons, including;


The Baganda speak a language known as Luganda. Am proud of the language because it is very famous. Majority of Ugandans try their level best to learn the language. It is the second best common language in Uganda. Even the whites who visit Uganda try to learn to speak the language.


The dressing code of the Baganda is some thing else I like about my culture. The females dress in Gomesi which is also referred to as Busuuti. This is mainly worn on ceremonies like weddings, Introductions, and  Burial ceremonies. In the rural areas, the ladies customary dress in Gomesi. I like this attire because it is decent and makes ladies look respectable. The men in Buganda have the Kanzu which is a white long dress with long sleeves mainly worn with trousers underneath. It is also worn on ceremonies named above and also makes men look respectable.


I also like the norms of my culture, especially concerning the children. In Buganda, the child belongs to society as a whole. Every community member is responsible for the moral upbringing of the child. Any child can be blamed by any community leader present, and a parent can not complain when a community member blames or corrects a mistake made by a child.


Furthermore, in Buganda, the young ones greet the elders while kneeling down, which is a sign of respect. Even the ladies kneel while greeting their parents and husbands. This is something very special for Baganda ladies. Men from different cultures would love to marry Baganda ladies because they feel they show a lot of respect compared to ladies from their cultures.


The staple food of my culture is something else that makes me feel proud of my culture. The Baganda have matooke as their staple food. They prepare it in many different ways, but the most common is the mashed one. It is prepared in banana leaves and after it’s ready, it’s mashed and put on slightly hot fire for some time which makes it become more soft and brown. This kind of food is mainly prepared on ceremonies, like parties, weddings, introductions among others. In addition, the Baganda cooking style is another thing I like about my culture. The cooking of source in roasted banana leaves is very marvelous. When source like G.nuts, meat, chicken among others is prepared in roasted banana leaves, it is very tasty. Many people prepare it on parties and on Introduction ceremonies for the visiting people (the man’s family).


In my culture, we have a traditional dance which involves people shaking their waists with unique foot movements. The dances are of different kinds, like amaggunju, muwogola, bbaakisimba, nankasa, among others. These dances are performed on important functions where the King of Buganda and the president is present, wedding functions, and in schools. The music instruments are another thing I like about my culture. The drums range from the long one, locally known as engalabi, big drums, and a small one locally known as namunjoloba.








Students at school performing the Buganda traditional dance


 The royal family of the Baganda is also highly respected. The Buganda king and the queen as well as the princess are very special, famous and respectful people in Uganda. Whenever there is a function where one or all of these are present, many people turn up just to set their eyes on these people. The Baganda have a saying that “Bwolifa baliziikamu nze”, meaning that if the king dies, I would rather be buried instead of him.


Further more, the Buganda anthem is very famous especially in the central part of Uganda. It is very common because it is sung on most ceremonies with in the country, and in schools that are located in Buganda. Many children have grown up singing the Buganda anthem that they have no slight idea about anthems of their culture. Worse still, even the Baganda only know the Buganda anthem, and not any of the different cultures.


Unlike most clans in Uganda, the Baganda have clans in which they all belong. These clans are of a father’s lineage except for the king which is mother’s lineage. One is not supposed to marry someone from the same clan, and that of one’s mother. People from the same clan refer to themselves as brothers and sisters. There is also a clan for the princes and the princesses. Each clan has a totem for which it is a taboo for that clan to use it as food. People from different clans usually hold competitions especially in football, netball, and language and general knowledge issues. Each clan has a number of names which are given to its members. Clans also have a hierarchy of leaders and a general place for its ancestral leaders.


The local brew made by the Baganda also makes me proud. This beer is usually called mwenge bigere. It is made from a kind of bananas that are specially grown for that purpose. This brew is produced in the rural areas and is even used during introduction ceremonies where the man’s family have to take it to the woman‘s people, except for the Muslims who take soda.


Each culture has unique aspects that make it different from others, however, the above is what I like more about my culture and indeed, am very proud of being a Muganda, and though I think every one should respect another’s culture