Lake Victoria Series: Lake region is home to one of Africa’s biggest kingdoms

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Lake Victoria, shared by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, is home to many communities and cultures, chief among them in Uganda is the Buganda Kingdom.

In the local language there, the lake is known as Nalubale, a reference to the spirits and ancestors they believe reside in these waters.

Further into the lake, there are shrines in honour of the spirits, and it is not uncommon to find people performing rituals along the water’s edge.

From its southern border of Lake Victoria, Buganda territory stretches 61-thousand square kms. The Buganda Kingdom is said to have been established as early as the 13th century. And by the 18th century it had become one of the largest and most powerful states in East Africa.

Following independence in 1962, the kingdom was abolished by Uganda’s first Prime Minister Milton Obote and only officially restored under current President Yoweri Museveni in 1993.

Since then the king of Buganda, known as the Kabaka has been Muwenda Mutebi II.

Lindy Mtongana was lucky enough to get an invite to the King’s birthday party, a few kilometres inland. Here’s more about the Kingdom and its history.

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