All you need to know about Culture in Uganda

The culture of Uganda is comprised of variety of ethnic groups. Over 50 culturally diverse population make the potion of Uganda. These various ethnic groups have their own beliefs, culture, traditions, norms and more. The Bantu tribe carries the biggest potion of ethnicity in Uganda with majority living in the central region, eastern region and southern region of Uganda. The north is mainly made up of Nilotics like the Itesots, Langi, Karamojongs, Lugbaras, Acholis and more.

So far English is the national language of Uganda and Kiswahili comes in as an official language too. For the past years, there has been a debate about making Kiswahili the national language but this bill still hangs in balance. These two languages are the most popular in Uganda followed by “Luganda” , the native language of the baganda. Sad thing is a big percentage of people in rural areas are not fluent in English but speak Kiswahili more.

Culture in Uganda

When it comes to Age groups, Uganda definitely slots up among the youngest nations in the world. This is because over half of its total population are under the age of 16. This is clearly evident when you journey into the country, you will definitely notice the kids are more in numbers compared to adults.

Religion

Culture in Uganda

According to Wikipedia, most of the Ugandans are Christians. Christians actually make up close to 85.2% of the total population in Uganda, followed by Muslims who make up about 12% and the rest of the religions sharing the remaining percentage.

Foods in Uganda

The most common consumed food in Uganda is Bananas which is traditionally referred to as Matoke. Uganda is among the top exporters of Matoke in the whole world as claimed by statistics. Most of the households basically live on Matoke and posho especially the percentage in the rural regions of the country. Other widely consumed foods are sweet potatoes, millet, cassava, ground nuts, green vegetable and yams.

Culture in Uganda

Uganda also has variety of local drinks like Malwa (mostly consumed by Itesots), Kwete, Mubisi, Bushera, Akaliga and more. Most of these local drinks are consumed in rural areas especially in the western and eastern regions of the country.

Clothing

Culture in Uganda

Culture in Uganda

The official dress for ladies in Uganda is the Gomesi and Kitengis where as the men wear Kanzus. This kind of dressing is mostly evident in most of the traditional functions and events in Uganda especially traditional marriages also referred to as Kwanjula.

Transport in Uganda

Culture in Uganda

Uganda has public taxis, motorcycle taxis (Boda Boda) and private taxis. Public taxis are vans marked with blue squares and where as private taxis usually have squares too but of different colors. The country has more of public taxis and boda bodas than private taxis. The boda-bodas are found almost everywhere but we recommend using Safe-Bodas (Boda-Bodas with orange helmets and gears). The public taxis can be found in the New taxi park, old taxi park or along the roads in Kampala.

Please refer to this article for more information about Culture and tradition in Uganda

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