Culturists Call for Formation of Cultural Centre in Tooro

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George Isoke, an elder in Tooro says that besides preserving Tooro culture and heritage, the centre would expose the region to the outside world and reawaken the young generation, which is so immersed in the western culture.

Cultural enthusiasts in Tooro are calling for the establishment of a cultural centre to preserve local culture and heritage.  They envisage a center that will be used to document customs, beliefs, norms and values of Tooro Kingdom for the benefit of future generations.

Clovis Baguma, the executive director of Tooro Heritage, a non-government organisation promoting culture, says that Tooro culture has suffered due to lack of documentation and artifacts depicting traditional beliefs.  He explains that people who want to learn the history and culture of Tooro have nowhere to turn to.

Baguma adds that the establishment of a cultural centre would address the shortfall and improve cultural bonds between leaders and their subjects.
 
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George Isoke, an elder in Tooro says that besides preserving Tooro culture and heritage, the centre cwould expose the region to the outside world and reawaken the young generation, which is so immersed in the western culture.

Isoke also notes that several Tooro artifacts which include spears and shields, traditional musical instruments and calabashes are rotting away in peoples' homes. He says that there is need to preserve and expose them to the public.

Francis Tugume, a member of Tooro kingdom culture committee says that they earlier planned to set up the centre showcasing Tooro culture comparable to Igongo Cultural Center in Mbarara that is used to showcase Ankole culture. However, he adds, the plan was halted due to financial constraints. He says that the centre is necessary because it will also be a revenue base for the kingdom.

Last year, the Uganda National Cultural Center - UNCC planned to set up regional centers across the country as part of a drive to preserve local cultures. However the plan is yet to materialize.

Francis Peter Ojede, the UNCC Executive Director says they are still in talks to partner with the Uganda Community Museum Association and Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda-UCCF to revive the plan.

This as the Uganda commemorates World Cultural Day celebrated annually on May 21st. The day is an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.