By Maurice Okore
September 7 (Saturday) marks the 18th anniversary of one of the most momentous occasions in the 21st-century of Tooro Kingdom's history, the coronation of King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi.
The celebrations, referred to as Empango, has become one of the kingdom's biggest tourist attractions ever since King Oyo became the world's youngest monarch at the age of three.
He ascended the throne in 1995, following the death of his father, Patrick Olimi Kaboyo to become the 12th ruler of the 180-year-old kingdom.
According to officials, the fete, scheduled to take place at the royal palace in Fort Portal, Kabarole District, will be graced by President Yoweri Museveni and other dignitaries from abroad.
Several activities have also been lined up to mark the coronation under the theme “The youth and development in Tooro Kingdom-Synergies and Challenges”.
Tooro Kingdom dates as far as 1830 when Prince Olimi Kaboyo Kasunsu Nkwanzi, son of Bunyoro’s Omukama Kyebambe Nyamutukura annexed the southern province of his father’s kingdom known as Tooro and declared himself king.
The new kingdom adopted all the traditions of its mother kingdom Bunyoro-Kitara, including the Empango --which means drum.