People & Culture

Uganda is a country of many contrasts. The forbidding mountains act as a foil to the softer meadows and broad savannah, while the dry uplands contrast with the swamplands of the lake shores.

The contrasts between the various peoples of Uganda reflect this variety of surroundings and are demonstrated in the multiplicity of cultures traditions and lifestyles.

Uganda has been created by the union of many peoples. Ancient people with their own traditional lands, their own customs and a way of life inherited from their ancestors. They now live together as one people. Today we are all proud to be Ugandans, while we cherish the memory of our history and keep alive the tradition of our ancestors.

Uganda is a result of the unification of ancient kingdoms, as well as many smaller independent chieftainances which are now part of the richness of our modern state. Their heritage lives on in the hearts of the people, their traditional dress, languages, dances and customs.

The largest cultural group are the Baganda people, whose kingdom has always been influential in Ugandan affairs. Amongst our ethnic groups are many others that include those in the the Kingdom of Toro, the Banyankole, the Acholi, Basoga and Lugbara.

Religious tolerance is an important part of present-day Uganda. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and others all live in harmony, free to practice their own religion. Our temples and churches are buildings of great slendour, and venues for impressive festivals and celebrations. Of special interest is the Lake Mburo Cultural Village which the Ankole people have created to highlight the customs and history of their kingdom.