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Meet Allidina Visram

Meet Allidina Visram

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In 1903, Visram established his first shop in Kampala which became the centre of trade in the developing capital of Kampala, on what came to be known as Allidina Visram Street. Instead of the shop, he preferred to use the word “Duka” and was therefore referred to as the grandfather of Dukawalahs in Uganda. He

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Mbale Was Wilderness Inhabited By Elephants

Mbale Was Wilderness Inhabited By Elephants

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Mbale was born from a place once described as not fit for human habitation and rose to become the most powerful after Kampala and Entebbe. Writing in the Uganda Notes of 1902, C. P. Philips, a missionary traveller who moved through the area, described it as “a long wilderness of shrubs inhabited by elephants”. Mbale’s

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Kimasaaba Marriage II: Courting.

Kimasaaba Marriage II: Courting.

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Bamasaaba had a very rich marriage custom called Bukhwaale Bwe Bamasaaba. Today, intermarriages and modernity have since put this beautiful cultural practice to extinction. Elders had a proverb, “Umukhasi aba umumiliyu inga asaala abaana” which is translated as, “A woman is beautiful when she is producing children.” Marriages in the days of our forefathers were

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Inemba Confirming Manhood

Inemba Confirming Manhood

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A man is not a man until he goes through inemba dance ceremony. Inemba is the last dance that ushers an initiate into manhood. It is a ceremony that confirms newly circumcised men as full members of society. The chronology of events from ifuumbo to isonja to all forms of dances – kadodi, tsinyimba, bitsetse

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Bugisu Arabica Coffee

Bugisu Arabica Coffee

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Once upon a time, Ethiopian Kaldj, while herding his goats observed hegoats mount females with energy and excitement after eating the leaves and fruits of a rare wild plant. The goats produced and multiplied in number in a short time. This plant was later on discovered to be coffee of Arabica type. So, Ethiopians domesticated

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The Abayudaya Jewish Community

The Abayudaya Jewish Community

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Mbale is the only place where you can find the Jewish community (The Abayudaya) in Uganda. They are found in the villages of Putti, Busamaga in Mbale City. Their origin date as far back as 1919 when the British tasked Semei Kakun­gulu with spreading Christianity in eastern Uganda. This Jewish community practice what is considered