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What Is Uganda Famous For? How Uganda Got Its Name?

What Is Uganda Famous For? How Uganda Got Its Name?

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. Capital, kampala; (the city gets its name From Impala (Aepyceros melampus) a medium-sized African antelope that used to roam the jungles where Kampala seats today) area about 241,551 square kilometres (93,263 sq mi). It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.

Uganda is widely known for its agricultural products such as cotton, tobacco, and tea. The landlocked nation encompasses several spectacular mountains, lakes, as well as savannas. Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala. The people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago, when Bantu-speaking populations migrated to the southern parts of the country.

Before Europeans discovered it in the mid-19th century; Uganda was a collection of small kingdoms. It become a British protectorate in 1894, and achieved independence in 1962. The period since then has been marked by violent conflicts, including an eight-year-long far right military dictatorship led by Idi Amin. Uganda consists largely of grassy or wooded plateau, bordered by mountains which are over 3000m (9840 ft) high in the Rwenzori, to the west.

The Equator runs through Uganda, but the high altitude keeps temperatures reasonably moderate. There are many races and tribes in Uganda. The official languages are English and Swahili, although “any other language may be used as a medium of instruction in schools or other educational institutions or for legislative, administrative or judicial purposes as may be prescribed by law.”

races and tribes in uganda

Luganda, a central language, is widely spoken across the country, and several other languages are also spoken, including Acholi, Runyoro, Runyankole, Rukiga, Luo and Lusoga. Christianity is the chief religion, but there is a large Muslim minority.

The drier regions are occupied by herdsmen. Elsewhere, food crops are grown, as well as cotton, coffee, tea and other export crops. Mining is limited, copper being the most valuable mineral, but manufacturing has expanded since the Nile has been harnessed, as it leaves Lake Victoria to provide hydro-electric power.

Content for this question contributed by Nikki Pearl Waligwa, resident of kampala, Uganda, East Africa