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Uganda praised for rich culture at UK Defence Academy celebrations

By Henry Sekanjako

Added 26th November 2017 07:22 PM

Maj. Edith Nakalema showcased foods from Uganda like Katogo, Kabalagala and matooke. There were also traditional dance performances.

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PIC: Maj. Edith Nakalema (second-right) at her stall in the UK showcasing Uganda's culture (Courtesy photos)


Uganda has been praised as being among the countries gifted by nature and a rich culture.

This was during  the international day celebrations by students at the Joint Services command and staff college (JSCSC) in the United Kingdom. Over 200 international students at the college, showcased their nations’ culture.

According to Uganda’s Maj. Edith Nakalema, the former Private Secretary to President Yoweri Museveni, who is currently at the college pursuing an advanced command and staff course (ACSC), the college commandant Air Vice Marshal Luck commended Uganda for a unique showcase.

“He called in all the top leadership at the college to come and see and also taste the food and fruits from Uganda, they found everything natural and tasty,” said Nakalema.

PIC: Maj. Nakalema dressed in a gomesi/ busuuti, the kiganda traditional attire

Nakalema told New Vision that she showcased local foods and fruits including Matooke, Katogo, cassava, beans, Jackfruit. There were also snacks such as Kabalagala (sweet pancakes), which guests devoured heartily.

To spice up the showcase, Major Nakalema, clad in a Gomesi (Busuti),  entertained the over 1,000 international guests with a group of dancers from Uganda. They performed traditional dances  from Buganda  and Ekitagururo from Western Uganda, that excited the audience.

PIC: Revellers trying out cooked matooke

“They all admired Uganda’s beauty, amazed to see me in a Gomesi with a shash in our national colours, dancing Kiganda dance. All this left the audience wowed,” the elated Nakalema added.

“Many of the guests have offered to visit Uganda in April next year, to learn more about the country - the pearl of Africa,” she revealed.

At the event, Nakalema, the only Ugandan student at the college currently, was joined by other Ugandans from Uganda’s high commission in London, including Brig. Mathew Gureme, the defense attaché.










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