Archives for History

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Ankole kingdom

Ankole Kingdom like all other kingdoms in Uganda that was abolished in 1967 by the then President Milton Obote, has a long history. It is said that by the time of abolition in 1967, it had existed for between 500 and 600 years. It started as the kingdom of Kaaro-Karungi (the beautiful land) before it ...
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The Kingdom called Buganda

Origin of  Buganda and Baganda The region known today as Buganda was known as Muwaawa before the 12th century, a name literary seem to mean a place that is sparsely populated and the people that occupied the region are said to come from Abyssinia through the rift valley and the mountains of Elgon. These people were ...
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The Buganda Agreement of 1900

We, the undersigned, to wit, Sir Henry Hamilton Johnston, K.C.B., Her Majesty's Special Commissioner, Commander-in-Chief and Consul-General for the Uganda Protectorate and the adjoining Territories, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India, on the one part; and the under-mentioned Regents and chiefs of the Kingdom of Uganda ...
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Early slave trade in Africa

In Africa there were a number of societies and kingdoms which kept slaves, before there was any regular commercial contact with Europeans, including the Asanti, the Kings of Bonny and Dahomey. African Slave Owners Many societies in Africa with kings and hierarchical forms of government traditionally kept slaves. But these were mostly used for domestic purposes. They ...
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The White Fathers in Uganda

The first Catholic missionaries to settle in Uganda landed at Entebbe on 17th February 1879. Fr. Simeon Lourdel (Mapera) and Br. Amans Delmas had left Marseilles with the first caravan of White Fathers on 22nd April 1878. They landed in Zanzibar on 30th May and on 17th June the whole caravan ventured, on foot, into ...
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Spartas and the African Greek Orthodox Church

A more forward-looking movement than the Bamalaki was that begun by Reuben Mukasa Spartas, an Anglican educated at Budo. Reacting against Anglican paternalism, in 1929 he announced the establishment in Uganda of an Orthodox Church 'for all right thinking Africans, men who wish to be free in their own house, not always being thought of ...
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The Bamalaki

Joswa Kate was the Mugema, the head of the Nkima (Monkey) clan. In 1914 he and his clansman Malaki Mussajjakaawa broke away from the Anglican Church. The chance of immediate baptism was largely responsible for the rapid growth of the movement, which consequently acquired the nickname Diini ya Layisi (religion on the cheap). Behind the ...
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The periphery of Uganda

By 1914 only three areas of Uganda were practically untouched by missionary work: West Nile, Kigezi and Karamoja. In the case of West Nile and Kigezi this was largely because they were late additions to colonial Uganda. For the Catholics, the White Fathers naturally extended their work to include Kigezi, and the Verona Fathers to ...
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Christianity in Northern Uganda

In the North, the first Ugandan evangelists were Banyoro or Lwo who had spent time in Bunyoro such as the Alur Sira Dongo. Christianity did not put down strong roots in the North. Rwot (chief) Awic, of the Payira clan, invited missionaries to Acoli in 1903 but didn’t even have interest. On the other hand, ...
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Christianity in Eastern Uganda

Eastern Uganda lacked the cultural cohesiveness and large-scale kingdoms of Buganda and western Uganda. In fact small-scale politics and cultural and linguistic diversity were the most obvious characteristics of the area, which included a wide variety of Bantu societies (Basoga, Bagwere, Banyole, Bamasaba) as well as Jopadhola (Luo speakers) and Iteso. For most of the ...
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