HER ROYAL HIGHNESS SYLVIA THE NNABAGEREKA (QUEEN) OF BUGANDA LAUNCHES THE EKISAAKATE KYA NNABAGEREKA IN THE UK
London, United Kingdom. On the 5th September, young children in the UK Diaspora community shared an audience with Her Royal Highness the Queen of Buganda; Maama Nnabagerka Sylvia Nagginda as part of the inaugural opening of Ekisaakaate Kya Nnabageraka (EKN) in the UK. The Nnabagereka was welcomed by Omubaka wa Ssaabasajja ow’e Bungereza Owek Ronald Lutaaya n’omumyuka we.The event was held at the prestigious Rafayel Hotel in Battersea; Nirvana, under the theme “Identity, Rights and Responsibilities”. The Ekisaakaate cultural crusade in the Diaspora started last year in Toronto Canada with London being the second region to have it launched. The program is designed to equip children with the necessary tools that will enable them to safely navigate through this world’s murky waters. The Theme for this event – Identity, Rights and Responsibility is of great relevance to any modern society desirous of harnessing the collective resource of its people to contribute to the desired change: A world where every man and woman can realise their optimum potential.
Speaking at the event, Her Royal Highness the Queen of Buganda; Maama Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda said, “The most daunting challenge of our times is how to maintain roots and promote our native cultures while simultaneously embracing modernization, cherishing an understanding and respect of other people’s cultures and willingness to learn from each other.
Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a global village. Nonetheless, modernization and ethnicity are not only compatible but also mutually reinforcing. As a solution, we need to harness our God-given cultural diversity to the cause of unity. We should use our varying cultures as a means of reaching out and finding that which can unite us as Ugandans, Africans, and even as Ugandan-British or English but not as devices for creating enmity and petty divisions. “
Maama Nnabageraka went on to add:
“Equally important, we must embrace the responsibility to promote our positive cultural values as a basis of our identity. We must guard the best there is of our cultures to reinforce our ability to cope with the rapid global changes. In so doing we would be able to create a new inclusive culture that is beyond whom we are.”
About 100 children participated in the EKN aged 4 to 18; both boys and girls who were given assignments weeks prior to the event to ensure that they revised and could maximise their participation during the group sessions. Over 35 parents were also able to engage in interactive sessions moderated by Dr. Jeff Sebuyira, Chairman Nnabagereka Development Foundation. These too proved to be very popular as stated by one parent who said, ‘It has been a lifetime experience; I didn’t know that I could achieve so much in such a short time”.
Among the people who accompanied the Nnabagereka were Nnalinya Elizabeth Nakabiri, and Nnalinya Agnes Nnabaloga who’s a board Member of NDF; the NDF Governance Board Chairperson Dr. Jeff Sebuyira, and Mrs. Judy Kamanyi a member on the NDF Board of Trustees. Others included Ms Joanita Babumba, Mrs. Kate Tamale Ssali, Ms. Sarah Kiyingi, trainers from Ekisaakaate Kya Nnabagereka in Uganda; and the Organizing Team in UK with Rev Dan Kajumba, Mr. Willy Mutenza, and Ms. Zahara Kayongo along with three youthful Ekisaakaate Ambassadors, Janccett, Shamim and Janccett Nakitende Mukiibi, Ashiraf Ntanda.
The success of this event was achieved mainly by the support of philanthropic visions for the young generation. The generosity of Mr. Iqbar Latif, proprietor of Rafael hotel afforded the programme the Nirvana facilities as well as the Nigerian Emperor; His Excellence Chris Baywood who provided financial support towards the foundation.
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