Uganda To Work On Its Cultural Diversity
By Serestino Tusingwire
Uganda is composed of a diverse cultural heritage which includes, religions, tribes, gender among others which work together to achieve growth and move forward as a nation.
Uganda is made up of various tribes that give it its unique identity as a land of so many languages, but with one people.
Tribes of Uganda are classified in five major language groups; Bantu, Nilotics, Madi-Muro, Highland Nilotics and Nilo-Hermits.
The differences in tribes and languages spoken automatically bring about differences in cultural practices and this hinders better relationships among citizens which in turn retards growth and development of a country.
Uganda has since been facing the problem of racial and ethnic divisions, and these divisions result into misunderstandings, loss of opportunities, and sometimes violence.
Racial and ethnic conflicts drain communities of financial and human resources; they distract cultural groups from resolving the key issues they have in common.
In an attempt to bring different cultures together, Ugandan government in conjunction with other partners globally is set to organize a three day cultural fair called ‘the Uganda International Cultural Fair’ whereby the Ugandan community will be given an opportunity to showcase the cultures local and international, corporate and informal as well as the historical/traditional cultures.
Though the current government has been doing its best to bring racial and ethnic divisions to an end, it still realized some inefficiency in cultural uniformity, and it believes that this cultural fair will help Ugandans understand different cultures thus overcoming racial and ethnic divisions.
The event which is scheduled to take place from 27th – 29th July 2016 at Uganda National Museum is expected to offer a sandwich of formal sessions on culture, both corporate and traditional and social exhibition of different cultures.
This function is mainly targeting the young generation of Uganda such that they can learn about the different cultures both local and international and be inspired and be in position to impart that experience to generations that will follow so as to have one cultured and strongest Uganda in the near future which will be achieved through behavioural change influenced by cultural interactivity.
It’s believed that if cultural groups join forces, they will be more effective in reaching common goals, than if each group operates in isolation.