Banyoro Demand Policy On Promotion of Culture

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Hillary Bisoborwa, a teacher-turned journalist says the erosion of Kinyoro culture is a point of concern and the kingdom should have a vigorous program to save the situation.

The subjects of Bunyoro Kingdom are demanding for a deliberate strategy by the monarchy to enhance and promote culture. This comes ahead of the kingdom first ever cultural day on January 31. According to Bunyoro minister of culture Bruhan Kyakuhaire; the day to be marked annually will be a platform to showcase the rich Kinyoro cultural practices.

The day will be marked with a number of cultural exhibitions that include Kinyoro cultural wear, art and craft, Kinyoro farming, hunting practices and traditional dances among others. Kyakuhaire says the kingdom designated the day as part of its rejuvenated effort to harness and promote the Kinyoro culture.

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Kinyoro culture is at the verge of erosion given the influx of foreigners, immigrants and refugees to the kingdom. Bunyoro has two refugee settlement camps namely Kiryandongo and Kyangwali refugee settlement camps. These refugees are not the only non-natives in Bunyoro, oil related projects have also brought in foreigners.

These coupled with immigration by Alur, Lugbar, Banyarwanda and Bakiga into Bunyoro are responsible for cultural assimilation in the region. This is evidenced by a notable change in language, dress code, greeting style and a decline in some cultural practices like the “Akasaka ceremony” where the young ones were prepared for future family responsibilities.

However subjects argue that the kingdom needs to supplement such a cultural day with a sustainable cultural promotion strategy. Hillary Bisoborwa, a teacher-turned journalist says the erosion of Kinyoro culture is a point of concern and the kingdom should have a vigorous program to save the situation.
 
Bisoborwa stresses the need for a policy requiring every non- native to learn Runyoro and other kinyoro cultural practices the moment he or she steps foot in Bunyoro. Bisoborwa says there is also need for the kingdom to advocate for Runyoro language being part of the education curriculum.

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60-year Rose Asiimwe, a resident of Bulima in Bwijanga sub county, Masindi district says such programs aimed at promoting culture, have been long overdue in Bunyoro.
 
Asiimwe prays however that, such programs are maintained because a lot has gone wrong as regards Kinyoro culture.