10 Things You Might Not Know About Uganda


Uganda is famous for its beauty and its violent past. But there is so much more to this country! Here are ten facts you probably didn’t know about Uganda’s history and culture. We hope you enjoy getting to know your sponsored child’s country a little better!


1. Its name means . . .

Uganda is the Swahili term for Buganda, the kingdom of the Ganda people in East Africa. When the British colonized this region in the 1800s, they began using this Swahili term. Today, the country of Uganda encompasses the old kingdom of Buganda, and a broader area around it. (Photo from afritorial.com)

2. They love this bird

The Grey Crowned Crane is Uganda’s national bird, and it appears on the country's flag. This bird was chosen because it depicts the hospitable, graceful, and peaceful characteristics of the Ugandan people. (Photo from www.picturesoftheplanet.com)

3. This guy nicknamed it

Thanks to the famous writings of Winston Churchill, Uganda’s nickname is the Pearl of Africa. (Photo from http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/british-prime-minister-winston-churchill-news-photo/3277071)

4. It has something in common with Oregon

Uganda is about the same square mileage as the state of Oregon. (Photo from ezilon.com)

5. You can make a Ugandan delicacy

Matoke is the word for plantain. Bananas of every variety are a staple in the Ugandan diet. Try this delicious traditional stew with beef, plantains, and tomatoes. (Photo from chumbidelicacies.wordpress.com)

6. It’s one of the youngest nations

More than half the population of Uganda is below the age of fifteen. (Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/spearhead_inspiration/)

7. The Nile River begins here

The source of the Nile River is Lake Victoria, located in southern Uganda. (Photo from en.wikipedia.org)

8. They still have some royalty

The Kingdom of Buganda still exists in the southern part of Uganda. Historically it was one of the biggest and most powerful ethnic groups in Uganda. The present day monarchs of Buganda are King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and Queen Sylvia Nagginda. (Photo from afritorial.com)

9. They celebrate in style!

Traditional dresses worn by Ugandan women are called busuuti. (Photo from saharanvibe.blogspot.com

10. There’s always plenty of room on a boda-boda!

A Ugandan two-wheeled taxi is called a boda-boda. Although bicycles are the traditional form of wheeled transportation, motorcycles are gaining ground. (Photo from ekimeeza.com)
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