Twajja ku kyaala

Tuli bagenyi kunno, kunno kunno okwa jjaja nsi, tuli bagenyi

Sindika… sindika…bwe batwaniriza

Nga  olwo nyoko atikulwa  eby’omwezi omwenda

Laba bye yalya nga ‘asikina kati wunno afulumya asinda


Osooka ku kabba obugenyi bwo okukakasibwa, era gwe akabba, kulika

Kulika kulika nyo…banji banno olugendo lwe’nno te balutonda ku lumalako.

Omuto ayigira ku mukulu; ekyo tokikola kola bwoti…kiri kirungi…ekyo kibbi

kileke…manye ki ndeke ki…otegedde gwe ana nyumirwa obugenyi


Okunyumirwa kwo nyumirwa… ebya kunno, bya kuffa kuleka kunno!

Atte si buli mugenyi nti anyumirwa, so no kunyumirwa si kuli mubungi bwa bintu

atta alina kantu, na alina enkummu, kubugenyi bunno obulamu kye kikulu… obulamu

kye kikulu… obulamu kye kikulu… obulamu kye kikulu


Tuli bagenyi kunno, kunno kunno okwa jjaja nsi, tuli bagenyi


“The Kisoga greeting” Agafeno

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 – Deecesca


Engeri y’ omuddugavu eya ssoma

Omuddugavu eya ssoma…Omuwulira ye’waana!

Nanti nze na ssoma,
na ssomera gunddi enno ne genda gindde eri…simanya primary siikuulu, college siikuulu, nga kwotadde no okutikirwa digiree mukiino ne mukiiri okuva mu yinivastee ye gunddi eri

Si muzungu nno, naye mukwoogera oluzungu a kiira ne bbali abazungu bakaluleeta
Kwo okuleeta, omuzungu ya leeta…o’tya… gwe okutwelabiza e’byedda!
…tweyerabbira daa… nti okwejjako obuwangwa kubba kwetta…
Naye ery’ono omuddugavu e’ya sooma, e’byo! E’byedda! To’leeta

My name is this, my name is that, am called this, am called that. Omuwulidde!
Ya’sooma nnyo, ye’yiita manya ga bba merika na ga bba angeleza
…nti gali aga e’nganda ze ne bba jjaja be ga’museeza.
To bi mugambe…kumulembe gunno bulyomu ye yiyiiza bibbye
E’bya bba jjaja be ne’nganda ze! To’munyumiza

Bwasanzze bwa yambala; naye abange okusooma kunno!
Kabbe musajja kabbe mukazzi, kegubbe mukolo kakubbe kubba ndongo,
ye omudagavu eya sooma tayawuula musonno…tekyali kyoli obba ky’ono? Oky’omusajja kya mukazzi, okyo mukazzi kya musajja…gwe musonno…ayagala kiriwo, agenda na’kiriwo

Emirimu gya kalamu gye yenyumirizaamu, eya sooma akoola attudde nga a’sowolodde ku computa…tatata ta tatata ta…gwa kola na kutambuza mpapula
e’bya mukono mukono, ngamba bbiri ebya biva muntuyo, bya bbali a’batasooma
so onno o’wengeri… omudugavu eya sooma!


Singa ya fukka singa…singa singa yandi singa!

Ommuto eya’kalabba no’omukulu, okukula kwetta…singa singa yandi singa!

Omubbi nge’ekudde ne gwo’labba omulungi awoma nge’ esente…singa singa yandi singa

Ba nasomma ne ba ‘obutasomma buluma bukulu…singa singa yandi singa

Omudugavu no muzungu gwe ye gomba obusufu…singa singa yandi singa

Munakyalo attenda ekibugga okwaka, amaalo aga mujjudde ne munakibugga, Kampala sibizimbe…singa singa yandi singa

Muna dinni zinno eza letebwa ne munyenya nsasi, bweza bwa ba jjajja…singa singa yandi singa

Omugaga byandala no muyala ayandala anonya ekyokulya…singa singa yandi singa

Malaya kutala agula ya’atwala ne ya guma…muka mwami e’waka… singa singa yandi singa

Bonna bonna ne fena fena…singa yafuka singa…singa singa yandi singa

TRANSITION POST:Responding to NRM’s irrationality on 30 years of power

In his article in the daily monitor 22nd August 2016, Lt. Col Shaban Bantariza a deputy head of the Uganda Media Center made a convincing case for the 30 years of NRM (read as Non Rather than Museveni) leadership.
First of all this is not new coming from Bantariza in fact it is to be expected, he is a man of his own consequence (permit us not to engage in that). But what this tells us is that not much transformative contribution can arise from this old lot any more except more of their recycled propaganda. They however continue to rationalize their continued stay in power and resist contemporary approaches of how our society can evolve beyond the NRM epoch.

Bantariza argues that irrespective of the inherited social, economic, security and political history of Uganda, with regard to change, time (length of stay in power) should not be the principle factor in determining society’s journey but other factors, of which he mentions economic infrastructure, social infrastructure… (Still in his characteristic style he makes a convincing account of these well coined concepts).

He goes ahead to identify the failure of Ugandans to see commonality of nation vision…a lack of a commonality of our journey to social economic transformation as the problem and further raises the 3 overly propagandized questions among others; 1) Where are we coming from? 2) Where are we at? 3) Where are we going?

Anyone who has been through the NRM monopolized cardership training at National Leadership Institute (NALI) Kyankwanzi will confirm that these questions have adequately been answered by the NRM from their historical perspective, one that has been shown over the years to be centered on the pre-eminence of the NRM, the indomitable personality of the president and the subsequent need for continued stay in power.

With such a highly skewed (sectarian, partisan…) historical narrative, constructed purposefully to sustain the current NRM power structure, what commonality of national vision or commonality of our journey can be expected? An NRM commonality at most sustained by military might. Unfortunately Africa’s history is strewn with examples of how devastating such political constructions ended which we do not want to repeat.

While it is agreeable that commonality be based on economic and social considerations; time (length of stay in power) is a crucial matter; any leadership must be brought to account for its contribution to identified national interests within a clearly specified period of time than to be left to reign in perpetuity.
This will allow for a buildup of a balanced account of a common history and the regeneration of society through new, innovative, transformative…approaches that emerge during the course of time away from the prevailing need to consolidate power for the incumbent at all cost

What should be acknowledged is that H.E M7 led NRM has brought us to this realization after 30 years beyond this it will only be stalling our society’s evolution no matter the rationalization.

Organization for Progressive African Movement (O.P.A.M)
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