The culture of the Basoga is rich with numerous ceremonies which mark their religiosity . Many of these ceremonies have inherent meaning and and have always identified them as a community distinct from others. The ceremonies are perfomed during special ocasions like Marriage, birth, naming and burials among others.

Kyabazinga
Kyabazinga H. W.Muloki RIP
Culture is something sacred; It is God-given, ancestral and life-giving cultural heritage.To unite them,the Basoga have a Cultural Leader called Kyabazinga (King of Busoga). We have the obligation not only to safe guard this culture, but also preserve it by passing it onto generation after generation and making it known to other peoples so that they too can appreciate God's goodness to the Basoga. It is not something satanic as at one time some people thought, and tried to undermine it, thinking it will die a natural death, although some aspects need to be refined. it is important to note here that refinement is far much better than throwing the bathwater with the baby.

The In 1895 when the British took over the administration, the arrangement was reorganised and Busoga was divided into a unified entity. The rulers of the principalties were brought together and formed a Royal council and each chief/ ruler would preside over this council for a term of three months on a rotational basis, the 1st being chief Luba and the first council was in Bukaleba in Bunya.

Whereas Busoga was one entity, it is traditionally comprised of eleven principalities known as Amasaza namely Bugabula, Bulamogi, Luuka, Bunhole, Bukhooli, Bunha, Kigulu, Butembe, Bugweri, Busiki and Bukono. Each of these was more or less independent of the other.The institution of Obwa Kyabazinga came about as a proposal by the British Colonial administrators to have all the principalties under one head. The head was seen as Kyabazinga meaning one who envelopes the entire Busoga. Interestingly Busoga as a region is surrounded by water, save for a small stretch in the East making the region appear as if it is an island (Ekizinga) in Lusoga. Ezekieli Wako Tenywa was the first Musoga President of Busoga in 1919. In 1939, the title was changed from President to Kyabazinga of Busoga, and Ezekieli Wako Zibondo continued in that position until 1949 when he retired due to old age. Prince William Wilberforce Nadiope Kadhumbula, the Gabula of Bugabula was elected second as the Isebantu in 1949 and served for two terms (1949-1955). He was replaced by Henry Wako Muloki, the son of Ezekieli in 1955 as the third Isebantu who reigned up to 1964 when Nadiope was re-elected again and he ruled up to 1966 when Obote abolished Kingdoms. Sir Wilberforce Nadiope died in 1976,

Later the government under the National Resistance movement (NRM) restored kingdoms and their operations in 1995 and on 11th February 1996, Henry Wako Muloki became Kyabazinga for the second time,he was the 3rd Kyabazinga of Busoga following Ezekiel Tenywa (1939-1949) and Sir William Wilberforce Nadiope Kadhumbula (1949-1955) untill his death on 1st September 2008. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

In spite of the neglect, suppression and being undermined, the Soga culture has braved all these and proved to be alive and active; cutting more finely than any double-edged sword going deep into the marrow of a Musoga. It is therefore incumbent on every Musoga and those who respect and wish well the Basoga to propagate this cultural awareness. Churches are in this way challenged to play their role so as to bring about Abasoga who are truly Christian and truly Basoga. This Christian cultural identity brought about far from eroding the Christian faith, will rather entrench it in the social fabric of the Basoga.

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