The Queen of Buganda said when children have the right values instilled in them, they can never be shaken
PIC: The Nnabagereka of Buganda Sylvia Nagginda and some Baganda living in UK.
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The Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda, has appealed to Ugandans in the diaspora to provide a firm foundation for their children based on their cultures and values. She said this is a better way of equipping children to face challenges in life.
“For years, the Buganda tradition and morals have been of great importance and instilling morals into children is a way of preparing them to face challenges in life wherever they are,” she said.
Nagginda made the remarks during a private dinner with members of the deputy Kabaka’s representative committee (Olukiiko Lw’omukungu) in Manchester and surrounding areas at Hotel Gotham Manchester in the UK recently.
According to the organiser, Omukungu Enock Mayanja Kiyaga, the meeting attended by representatives from Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, was meant to share the good works of the Nnabagereka and interesting her in extending her works, specifically Ekisaakaate, to Manchester and surrounding areas.
Nagginda said character is everything and when children have the right values instilled in them, they can never be shaken. She added that since parents cannot go around holding their children’s hands all the time, it is always better to prepare them rather than preparing for them.
The Nnabageraka said whenever she travels, she is assured that Buganda roots are firm and that the children’s involvement continues to give re-assurance that the Buganda culture and tradition will live forever.
Omukungu Enock Mayanja Kiyaga welcomes Nagginda.
Nagginda was accompanied by her daughter Princess Sarah Katrina Ssangalyambo, her personal assistant Catherine N Bwete and Susan Kaweesa.
She further implored the people of Manchester and diaspora in general to start mentorship groups for young people.
She said her main role will be to launch the Ekisaakate programme and the people in the area continue with the it.
Nagginda said this will be the case for the Manchester Ekisaakaate and other areas such as Boston and South Africa that are under consideration.
She further pledged that once systems are put in place, she would be happy to come to North of England to launch Ekisaakaate. Nagginda advised the Manchester team that the earlier a committee is set up to work towards mentoring and training the children for the launch, the better.
The Nnabagereka said the Ekisaakaate, which started 13 years ago, is usually run during school holidays. It is increasingly on demand and continues to attract not only non-Baganda mainly from western and other regions, but also non-Ugandans such as Congolese and people from South Sudan.
“These people appreciate the good values Ekisaakaate instils in their children, taught through the Buganda norms and customs centred on good character (Obuntu bulamu,”she said.
The Nnabagereka also expressed concern that currently, children are struggling to learn Luganda, including children from Uganda. She said as a result, they find themselves in a situation where there are neither good at Luganda nor English.
She encouraged parents to think about creative means of reducing this trend such as sending texts in Luganda language to their children whenever they communicate.
Nagginda donated a number of books and literature about Ekisaakaate to the Lukiiko Lw'Omukungu in Manchester and surrounding areas to be used in the mentoring projects.