Cultures in Uganda

The Uganda Culture is comprised of a range of ethnic groups with Lake Kyoga posing a southern limit of the northern Nilotic tribes including the Langi and the Acholi and at the same time posing a northern settlement limit of the southern Bantu tribes like the Baganda among others.

The Bantu groups dominate the greater part of East, Central and the west of Uganda. The Bagisu and the Basoga occupy the eastern regions including the slopes of Mount Elgon and northern banks of River Nile respectively, the Baganda occupy the central area, northern shores and the Islands of Lake Victoria, the BanyoroBatooro to the mid-west and the BanyankoleBakiga to the south west of the country. The Nilotic groups occupy the northern part of Uganda including the Karamojong to the north east, Acholi and Langi to the north and the Alur in the North West.

These range of tribal groups feature diverse practices, customs, languages, norms and values among other aspects that keep them unique to one another.

The traditional religion which was dominant in the past has been slowly fading away following the spread of Modern religion and education. But some centers of traditional worship still stand and the followers as well. The Bachwezi who are believed to have occupied the interlucustrine region are regarded by many of these tribes as their ancestors and in turn they worship them.

The Ugandan cuisine also differs among the ethnic groups others overlap. These tribal groups feature unique ways of preparing certain food types. For example; the Baganda are fond of Luwombo, the Atapa among the Itesot, Eshabwe among the Banyankole, Firinda among the Batooro and the Marakwang among the northern tribes. With the intrusion of various foreign cultures, the continental food stuffs are now available in Uganda including specialty foods like the Asian Cuisine, the Chinese food among others.  The dominant local food types in Uganda include; Matooke, Posho, Cassava, Sweet Potatoes, Irish Potatoes and Millet.

There are various festivities celebrated among these tribes including the Imbalu circumcision ceremony among the Bagisu carried out in every even year and Empango ceremony in Bunyoro and Tooro. These events have been added unto the National tourism calendar thus listed as Uganda tour products.

ACHOLI-DANCE ACHOLI CULTURE - The Acholi are of Luo Nilotic ethnicity that thrives in the northern part of Uganda popularly referred to as the Acholi land. The land includes the district boundaries of Amuru, Agago, Gulu, Nwoya, Kitgum, Pader and Lamwo. It is noted
Elgonpeople Bagishu Culture -The Bagisu people or locally known as the Bamasaba live in the western and southern slopes of Mount Elgon also known as Mount Masaba. The mountain slopes in hand fingers like structure to the west marked by narrow
kasese home of bakonjo Bakonjo Bamba -The Bakonzo who at time called the Banande or the Bayira belong to the Bantu ethnicity settling in the west of Uganda and the East of DRC. In Uganda, the Bakonzo are concentrated in districts of Kabarole, Kasese
basamya Basamia Bagwe - The Basamia – Bagwe thrive in the east of Uganda and live in the districts of Tororo and   Iganga districts. They claim to have blood connections to the Jaluo of Kenya while the Bagwe claim to have an attachment
tourist-enjoying-with-the batwa-people Batwa Bambuti - The Batwa people are the ancient inhabitant of the forests of south western Uganda and regarded themselves as the keepers of the forest. The Batwa people lived in a harmonious state with the forests gathering plats for medicine and food.
iteso Iteso Culture - The Iteso live in the East of Uganda in the areas of Soroti and the Kumi. The other Iteso are in Tororo and Palisa. The political unrest that hit the area in the 1990s made many Iteso to stretch down
kumam culture Kumam Culture - The Kumam people are part of the Atekerin family along with the Iteso, Langi and the Karimojong. This group is often referred to as Nilo-Hamites and they live in the west of Teso and the south of Lango.
lango Langi Culture - The Langi people are known to belonging to the Lango family which consists of the Kumam, Iteso, Labwor, Karamajong and the Jle. The Langi are known to have originated from the Mount Otukei which is also referred to as Mount
ALUR KINGDOM ALUR - The Alur people are among the diverse ethnic groups that thrive in the west part of the Nile popularly known as West Nile. The Alur live amongst the Lendu, Okebu, Alinga and the Kakwa along with other ethnic groups in
bagwere Bagwere People - The Bagwere people live in the east of Uganda in the district of Pallisa. They speak the Lugwere language and it similar to that of Lulamoji and Lusoga in lots of respects. The Bagwere are said to have
banyarwanda genocide memory Banyarwanda / Bafumbira Culture The Banyarwanda / Bafumbira are found majorly in the Ankole Kigezi region and they have since spread to various parts of Uganda. These people have the same traditions with the Banyarwanda of Rwanda. The Bafumbira thrive
busoga Basoga Culture - The Basoga people live in the South east of Uganda and dwell in the area in between the Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga in the present day districts of Kamuli, Iganga and Jinja. Regarding the origins, the Basoga’s history is
628x471 Buganda Culture - The Baganda are noted to be the largest group of all ethnic tribes thriving in Uganda. They inhabit the Central Part of Uganda and thus can be traced in the districts of Mukono, Kampala, Wakiso, Kalangala, Mubenede, Mpigi,
JAPADHOLA Japadhola Culture - The Japadhola people thrive in the east of Uganda and are noted to have settled there in the mid-16th Century. The Japadhola people are enclosed by the Bantu group and the Nile-Hamites. Regarding the origin, the Japadhola have got a
lugbara and their weapons Lugbara Culture - The Lugbara are Sudanic speaking people and their language is part of the languages of East Sudan of the Kerich, Lugbara and the Madi not forgetting the Avukaya. The Lugbara are believed to have come from Sudan from a place
Metu youths work in various activities especially agriculture Metu Culture - The Metu people are known to be the lovers of beauty and are used to smearing their bodies with a type of red earth locally known as era. The soil is mixed with sim-sim oil, castor oil or
ankole cow Ankole Culture - The Banyankore belong to the Bantu group and they inhabit the greater part of the south western region of Uganda comprising of districts of Kiruhura, Mbarara, Isingiro, Ntungamo, greater Bushenyi and the inhabitants of Rukungiri called the Banyarujumbura share the
bakiga Bakiga Culture -The Bakiga people inhabit the Kigezi region in the counties of Rubanda, Ndorwa, Kabale, Rukiga, Rubanda, parts of Rukungiri and Kinkizi district. As a result of land fragmentation, the Bakiga have migrated to several other laces in Uganda
banyole cooking Banyole Culture -The Banyole people live in Bunyole County in the district of Tororo. Though they seem to be a Basoga sub group, they share much with the Basamia-Bagwe in terms of customs, origin and language. They claim to have
batooro Batooro Culture -The Batooro people live in the Kabarole, Kyenjojo and Kasese districts in the west of Uganda. It can be noted that their area has been infiltrated by a range of immigrants from different parts of Uganda mostly the Bakiga from
bunyoro Bunyoro Culture - The Banyoro people are living in the west of Uganda in the present day districts of Masindi, Hoima and Kibale. They are Bantu speaking community and just like the other Bantu community; they are known to have migrated from Congo.
kakwa people Kakwa Culture - The Kakwa live in in the far north west of Uganda occupying the Koboko County in the district of Arua. The Katwa are plain Nilotic by ethnicity and thus they have the Cushitic descent. Regarding the origin, the Kakwa haave
madi culture Madi Culture - The Madi people live in the district of Moyo at the boarder of South Sudan. The Madi are known to have originated from Sudan and their language is similar to that of the Bari of South Sudan. Regarding
obeku Okebu Culture - The Okebu people are among the seven (7) ethnic groups that are settling in the West Nile and they thrive amidst the Alur, Lugbara and the Lendu.   The Okebu are noted to have also migrated from Sudan and are known