Uganda is one of the countries in the eastern part of Africa. It is bordered by Kenya in the east, Tanzania in the south, D.R.C in the west and South Sudan in the north. Uganda is known for many things but whatever you might know about Uganda, there things you could have missed. In this article we are going to look at some amazing things you might have missed about Uganda. So make sure you read on.
1. Hospitable People
The first thing and the most important of all is that Ugandans are the most welcoming of all people in this region; it is actually proven by people that visit. Being welcoming is in the core values of all the tribes of Uganda; when you see a new person, help and show them around so that they can settle in.
Ugandan people are known for this; in most cultures around Uganda, they prepare special ceremonies and food for guests in order to make them feel as comfortable as possible.
2. Why Uganda is called the Pearl of Africa
You could have had Uganda being called the pearl of Africa, but why is that? Well, Uganda is called the pearl of Africa because of it’s Unique natural beauty. Earlier English explorers like Winston Churchill, described Uganda as magnificent because of Uganda’s rare sceneries: unique species of birds and animals, waters falls and a lot more.
Uganda being called the pearl of Africa has stayed around for all this while because everyone that visits Uganda proves this uniqueness and hence the pearl of Africa. Winston Churchill who was one of the earlier explorers even wrote it in his book called . You can buy and read about Uganda in Winston Churchill’s book on amazon where he describes Uganda as the pearl of Africa.
3. Uganda is the source of the Nile.
You know river Nile, right? The longest right in the world? Actually, it starts journey from lake Victoria in Uganda. Lake Victoria is one of the biggest fresh water lakes and it is shared by three East African countries. The biggest part being in Uganda and where River Nile starts it’s journey all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.
4. Cultural diversity
Uganda has over 30 tribes, each one of them with it own unique organisation. Most people mightake the mistake of thinking that Uganda has only one tribe of Baganda which was how Uganda got it’s name. But actually Uganda has over 30 tribes and with over 50 native languages spoken.
5. Uganda has highest number of mountain gorillas
The mountain gorillas are one of most recognisable animals in the world; and Uganda has most of them. The mountain gorillas are one of the most endangered animals but due to conversational efforts, the number has increased hugely. These gorillas can be found in big numbers now in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
6. The crested crane.
The crested crane in Uganda is not just an ordinary bird. It is a national bird. This bird is unique and screed to Uganda because it has all the colors of the national flag. It is part of the national symbol. Hurting this bird you could end up being prosecuted.
7. Idi Amin is dead.
Uganda became popular all for the wrong reasons ; all because of this man called Idi Amin; the once president of Uganda. Amin made Uganda popular because he was an uneducated dictator who had his own wild ideas and theories and the president of Uganda from 1971–1979.
Now if you ask someone what they know about Uganda, they tell you straight up that Idi Amin. This all because movie producers and documentaries picked interest in the story of Amin and some people naively think Idi Amin is still alive or that his era was just a few years back. Amin died in 2003 in Saudi Arabia.
8. Speak the best english in Africa
The official languages in Uganda are English and Swahili. In Uganda, mostly english is used. You can find even a village dweller who never went to school being able to make a basic communication in English.
However much Uganda has over 50 tribes and languages, English is widely spread to people from school, tv, radios etc. Uganda was also ranked as the best English-speaking country in Africa by the World Linguistic Society.