It is about how Basoga greet. What a rich way of greeting! I bet there is no other culture that is so elaborate and put all their hearts and time into greeting.
In Busoga culture, greeting is institutional in itself. Never visit in Busoga if you don’t want to be elaborate or are very minimalist with words. This is a culture where time comes to a standstill during greeting. People even go to change their cloths in order to greet and go back and change again for another session of greeting.
Under circumstances, greeting actually translates into a form of song and can even be interpreted as poetry. There is even a chorus during greeting, in its most original form, before it starts all over again.
We have often been accused of wasting time with greeting. I personally do though think it is simply one of the important glues of the culture and an important tool for communication and knowledge sharing. And when you master its dynamic, you can actually control how long it lasts.
Tusangaire… (a great descriptor of Basoga)
Tusangaire inho… (the emphasis is phenomenal)
Tusangaliire irala. …. (To underline things even more)
Eee! Mwebale kutusulirira mwoyo… (This from deep the heart!)
Mwisuke enjira…. (Aaaah! You cannot take life for granted)
Mwebale kwidha ku tubona. … (There is depth of thankfulness)
Mwisukenga ni lwe mwali eno kwolwo. . (This is like being grateful that they reached safely )
Mwatuuka bulungi? (You really want to know, even if they are right infront of you)
Twasiima inho… (This being thankful in a way that is exceptional. A mzungu can’t understand this)
Twasiimira irala… (Very emphatic! Titwasiima katono! Twasiimira IRALA, completely and whole-heartedly)
Mwebale inho n’ekitereke kyaife… (Aaaaah…… What is materialistic comes much, much later)
Tweyanza inho! (This is confirmation of appreciation)
Omughaikendhi abairizegho banaife. (What a blessing!)
Wooooooo!…..Mala gangemaku mu ngalo kabiri! ( I love this. To shake hands a second time out of joy is unique!)
Mwino bwakugha, ab’akalughoziizaaku inho, yerekereza nebindhi. Ate akatono kalya bagwaine. (True poetry and philosophy of life. A culture that shares!)
Mwebale egyaimwe. .. (Here you get back to inquiry)
Batya e Kampala. .. (…The desire to know!)
Bebale kubakuuma… (You acknowledge even those you don’t know. This is evidence that actually nation in Africa is only strong when tribes are at peace with themselves)
Atya yhe omuko….. (How lovely! From national to personal inquiry)
Yebale byona byona! (Thankfulness again!)
Abato olese balungi?… (Wonderful. There is such detail at every level. )
Mwebale kubalera.. (Okulera is such a far-reaching concept!)
Mwebale kwidhandhaba bazee.. .(How caring!)
Mwekaza obuyambi bwonna bwonna tusiima….(When someone is so grateful, you can’t fail to give more and derive great pleasure from it)
Eyo gatoona?…… (Hahahaa! Now, the weather comes in. )
Abawumuze batya? …. (Back to okulera, but this time of the older kids)
Ate banaimwe eyo…(It is all about community and extended togetherness)
Mwebalenga ogwo kulayiza omukulu…. (The national comes in here again! What a way of shifting from tribe to nation in a greeting! This is like saying we are all in together)
Mwebale na kughaya nabakulu abaidha kumukolo…(There is even a global perspective)
…..and on and on and on…..!
‘Hi, hi’ does not work in this rich culture. Greeting in Busoga is a form of building the esteem of the other person and underlining their humanity and social worth. It is a statement of togetherness, unity and identity.
With this, I am proud to be a Musoga.”
Yes I’m proud to be a Musoga.
By Fransesca Deecesca – https://www.facebook.com/Fransesca Deecesca