By Ivan Naijuka & Bright Niwaha
The Bakoonjo fraternity of Uganda Christian University became the winners of the annual UCU students’ cultural gala that was concluded on Sunday. The Bakoonjo won the 14 groups which included; Basamia -Bagwe, Banyarwanda, Bamasaba, Bafumbira, Lugbara-Kakwa, Teso, Kigezi, Tooro, Greater Ankole, Baganda-Nkobazambogo, Lango, Acholi, Sebei and Basonga Nseete.
The Bakoojo dominated almost in all activities, which included folk songs, cultural dances, cultural mime, Cultural wear, and a play.
The event that kicked off on the October 14th with food exhibitions from every culture, ended on Sunday 1:00am with joy and celebrations as they were crowning the various winners in the respective activities.
The Baganda-Nkobazambogo came in the second position followed by the Acholi and Greater Ankole.
However, the last year’s champions, Basoga Nseete were disqualified on grounds of forgery. The Basoga were found having a non-UCU student participating and the rules prohibited such behaviors. “Non-UCU students are not allowed to be part of the competition i.e. all participants are expected to present a valid registration passbook photocopy before the gala begins”, the rule read.
In attendance was the Hon. Alice Alaso, the woman MP for Serere district. Alice applauded UCU for granting students the chance to highlight their culture in the country through cultural gala.
“It is important to us as a country to recognize and appreciate each others’ culture. Am not from Kigezi but you should have seen me almost getting up and joining the jumping that was seen on stage. This cultural diversity is what Uganda needs to tap into, and stop wasting a lot of money into patriotism classes, this is real patriotism”, Alice explained.
“If only the ministry of education knew, if the government of Uganda knew that there is need to do this with students so that we bond, then every Ugandan would appreciate each other, we will be united as a country not those lessons in Kyankwanzi. I hope they would understand and learn from this cultural gala today”, Alice said.
She also emphasized that beyond the cultural gala, there are other sorts of new cultures that are spoiling the youth among these; drug abuse, corruption and homosexuality. These behaviors are targeting young people.