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The Day My Princess Met Her Queen:

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My name is Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala, youngest daughter of the late NRM comrade Aloyious Bakulumpagi-Wamala. Though I lost both of my parents at a young age I have always been fascinated with my heritage.  So much so, that I teach my young daughter the Luganda words I know, how to dance mazina maganda, and show her many pictures. When I learned that the Nabagereka was going to visit Toronto I jumped at the opportunity for my daughter to see her queen. She is enamored with Disney princess movies so the thought of meeting a real queen thrilled her.

The attached photograph of a thousand words is of my daughter Naomi Ssanyu Rose, age 4, whom is gazing in awe of our Queen Nabagereka of Buganda at the Royal Dinner taken place in Toronto, Canada on August 30,2014.  The photograph speaks volumes, capturing a moment that should be shared with the world to see.

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Not only does it illustrate the difference of the two generations, but it captures Her Excellency sharing an elegant, regal and warm smile with what I would like to call, the future of Ugandan Canadians.

Naomi, whom is known to many as a Princess in her own right, as you can see is in awe herself as she just realized that a real Queen has acknowledged her presence.  Naomi’s stance is not of fear, but of curiosity and amazement.  At that very moment, I realized that my Buganda heritage must be and will continue to be the source of the values and morals that I instill in my daughter today.

As such, I encourage all Baganda diaspora to remind their children of their heritage by telling the story of the Buganda history passed on from generation to generation, what it means to be a Muganda and most importantly the importance of the presence of the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.  Only through our stories, us parents will be able to instill the customs, cultural practices, and behaviors that have made the Buganda Kingdom endure over the last 800 years.

Sincerely,

Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala
Founder, Executive Director
SSANYU ROSE | www.ssanyurose.org

 

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