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6th Mashariki Conference Opens with call for Further Engagement with Communities

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The 6th Mashariki (Eastern Africa) Literary and Cultural Studies Conference got underway on Thursday 24th August, 2023 at the Yusuf Lule Auditorium with a call by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoGLSD) for further engagement between Makerere University and the communities for which the institution produces knowledge. The call was made by Mr. Benard Mujuni, Commissioner Equity and Rights, MoGLSD, who represented his Permanent Secretary, Mr. Aggrey Kibenge.

“I would be happy to see how this knowledge transforms especially vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and groups” remarked Mr. Mujuni, before adding “We can work together to bring this to pass at such platforms as these.”

Mr. Benard Mujuni (3rd L) is received upon arrival by Right to Left: Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, Dr. Susan Kiguli, Dr. Edgar Nabutanyi, Prof. Saudah Namyalo and Dr. Cindy Magara. Yusuf Lule Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
Mr. Benard Mujuni (3rd L) is received upon arrival by Right to Left: Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, Dr. Susan Kiguli, Dr. Edgar Nabutanyi, Prof. Saudah Namyalo and Dr. Cindy Magara.

An author in his own right, the Chief Guest paid tribute to his alma mater, Makerere University, for nurturing his writing gift. Only the evening prior to appearing as Chief Guest at the 6th Mashariki Conference, Mr. Mujuni had launched his Anthology of Past and Contemporary African Life titled RABBIT ON THE PULPIT to a packed audience at the National Theatre. Therefore, he could not help but appreciate how timely and appropriate the opportunity to represent his Permanent Secretary was, for he felt well at home in the company of his own.

Mr. Mujuni shared that transformation of communities is at the heart of MoGLSD’s mission, which it achieves by promoting cultural values and ethics. “Makerere University through the Mashariki Literary and Cultural Studies Association is actively carrying out the Ministry’s mission.”

Mr. Benard Mujuni addresses the 6th Mashariki Conference. Yusuf Lule Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
Mr. Benard Mujuni addresses the 6th Mashariki Conference.

He therefore paid tribute to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe for his able leadership that has enabled the arts and humanities to thrive. “The creative force put into conferences requires people who feel close to the institution. You and Management have done this job well.”

In the same breath, he thanked the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Prof. Josephine Ahikire for consistently preaching the gospel that the humanities and social sciences are here to stay. “The creativity, debates and conversations around real life experiences here is one of those platforms you have created and keep in place for the betterment of our community.”

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. Henry Alinaitwe represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. Yusuf Lule Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. Henry Alinaitwe represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. Henry Alinaitwe who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe informed the audience that Makerere’s historic association with the University of East Africa among other milestones had brought to the fore the value of partnerships. “It is these partnerships that foster the kind of interactions and research we would like to see in our 21st century University, especially as we move toward a research-led University.”

On this note, Prof. Alinaitwe thanked the 6th Mashariki collaborators namely: the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witswatersrand, the University of Nairobi and the University of Dar es Salaam, and the Goethe Zentrum Kampala for their contributions to making the conference a success.  He equally applauded Prof. Josephine Ahikire for ably leading the College. “I am truly aware of the meaning of the mantra CHUSS on the Move each time I am invited to these events.”

The Principal CHUSS, Prof. Josephine Ahikire delivers her remarks. Yusuf Lule Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
The Principal CHUSS, Prof. Josephine Ahikire delivers her remarks.

Basking in the light of accolades pouring forth toward her College, the Principal, Prof. Josephine Ahikire could not help but express how proud CHUSS was to be prominent in the 6th Mashariki conversation. This conversation, she noted, is focused on discussing the material, intellectual , spiritual, cultural and literary conditions that have shaped and driven the literary and cultural terrain of the Eastern African region. “We are happy that we are increasingly sitting at the table to talk about us, about what makes us tick and what we need to improve or perhaps evaluate in our journey going forward.”

More importantly, Prof. Ahikire was happy that the 6th Mashariki sets out to pose pertinent questions about the direction of literary and cultural debates and policies fundamental to Uganda’s and indeed, the region’s existence. “I am happy that in the spirit of the humanities and social sciences, we are not afraid to ask questions that will make us look into our inner selves as well as our surrounding to build for the future.”

The Dean, School of Languages, Literature an Communication, Prof. Saudah Namyalo congratulated the Department of Literature upon hosting the Conference. Yusuf Lule Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
The Dean, School of Languages, Literature an Communication, Prof. Saudah Namyalo congratulated the Department of Literature upon hosting the Conference.

The Dean, School of Languages, Literature and Communication (SLLC), Prof. Saudah Namyalo commended the Department of Literature for organising the Conference, which fits well into the School’s aim to promote interdisciplinary work, interuniversity activities and outreach programmes. SLLC had only days prior, from 15th to 16th August 2023 hosted the 3rd Language Association of Eastern Africa (LAEA) Conference under the theme Empowering Communities through Langauge Research & Teaching for Sustainable Development.

Prof. Namyalo concluded by noting that Literary and cultural studies as subjects are part and parcel of our daily lives for they address our problems and joys and assess them. The 6th Mashariki Conference, she added, was clear demonstration that Literary and cultural studies are subjects that allow us to discuss and dispense ideas.

The Chair, Mashariki Board, Prof. Grace A Musila. Yusuf Lule Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
The Chair, Mashariki Board, Prof. Grace A Musila.

The 6th Mashiriki Conference opening ceremony was not only about sharing official statements but also an opportunity to showcase the humaneness of the arts and humanities. The Chair, Mashariki Board, Prof. Grace A Musila used her slot at the podium as an opportunity to pay tribute to great authors who have since transitioned to the life beyond. They included; Nigerian writer, Bankole Ajibabi Omotoso popularly known as Kole Omotoso who passed away on 19th July 2023 and Kenyan playwright, Mĩcere Gĩthae Mũgo who passed away on 30th June 2023. Others showcased in the presentation that was musically backed by distinct African melodies and plucking strings were; Ugandan writer, John Nagenda who passed away on 4th March 2023 and Ghanaian author, Ama Ata Aidoo who passed away on 31st May 2023.

Speaking on behalf of the 6th Mashariki Conference Local Organising Committee (LOC), Dr. Susan Kiguli could not hide her joy, enthusiasm and gratitude at seeing the seats in the auditorium lined with guests from the various institutions invited. She was further elated that Makerere was the first institution to host the Mashariki Conference twice, the first having been the 2nd Edition in August 2015.

The Chair, 6th Mashariki Conference Local Organising Committee, Dr. Susan Kiguli, Yusuf Lule Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
The Chair, 6th Mashariki Conference Local Organising Committee, Dr. Susan Kiguli,

The inaugural Mashariki Conference was held at the University of Nairobi, Kenya in September 2013, while the 3rd was held at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in August 2017. Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia hosted the 4th in August 2019 and Moi University, Kenya hosted the 5th in September, 2021.

She therefore thanked Prof. Grace Musila, Dr. Tom Odhiambo and Mr. Parselelo Kantai for choosing Makerere to host the 6th Mashariki Conference, and the Head, Department of Literature, Dr. Edgar Nabutanyi for assigning her the responsibility to chair the LOC.

Prof. Charles Okumu delivers his keynote address on The Life and Times of Okot p'Bitek. Yusuf Lule Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
Prof. Charles Okumu delivers his keynote address on The Life and Times of Okot p’Bitek.

The highlight of the opening ceremony was the keynote address by Gulu University’s Prof. Charles Okumu, whose lighthearted delivery insightfully led participants down the path of The Life and Times of Okot p’Bitek: Structured Biography and Excursions into his Creative Writings.

The event was further lit up by performances of students of literature and students of performing arts and film. While the former acted out Edict 1: New Nomenclature and the troubled African state, in light of the political turbulence by Timothy Wangusa, the latter led the audience through the Ugandan, East African and Makerere University anthems.

Please click the video below to view proceedings of the 6th Mashariki Conference Opening Ceremony


Students of Literature perform Edict 1: New Nomenclature and the troubled African state, in light of the political turbulence by Timothy Wangusa. Yusuf Lule Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
Students of Literature perform Edict 1: New Nomenclature and the troubled African state, in light of the political turbulence by Timothy Wangusa.

Students of Performing Arts and Film lead participants through the anthems. Yusuf Lule Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.
Students of Performing Arts and Film lead participants through the anthems.

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Mak Celebrates the International Mother Language Day: Families, Language Experts & Policy Makers Called to Harness & Promote African Languages

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Officials from Buganda Kingdom and Makerere University top management at the occassion of inaugurating the Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum at Makerere. Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication International Mother Language Day Conference, Launch of Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum, on 21st February 2024, No. 95 Quarry Road & Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Makerere University through the Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication on 21st February 2024 joined the rest of the world to celebrate the International Mother Language Day. This day is observed every year to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

The celebrations  started with the official opening of the Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum at Makerere University in the morning. Sir Edward Muteesa II was the 35th Kabaka of Buganda and the first President of the Republic of Uganda, and an alumnus of Makerere University. Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum is located at Makerere University, Quarry Road, Plot 95. This site was the on- campus private residence of Sir Edward Muteesa II when he was a student of Literature at Makerere from 1943 to 1945.

The  International Mothers Language Day ceremony was held  in the afternoon on the major theme, “Different Languages, One People: Celebrating and Harnessing Uganda’s Linguistic and Cultural Diversity,” while the days’ Sub-theme was,  “Harnessing Cultural Diversity for Social and Economic Development”

 The inauguration of the Museum and the celebrations to mark the International Mother Language  Day were   presided over by the Kabaka of Buganda represented  by the Nnaalinnya – Agnes Nabaloga at the Yusuf Lule Auditorium.  Nnaalinnya was accompanied by the Katikkiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga. The  Vice Chancellor, Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Ministers  and the royal family members from Buganda Kingdom, Members of University Council and top Management, Principals, Deans and Heads of department, Students’ leaders  and the Nkoba Zamboggo  Students’ Association and the  academic fraternity graced the occasion.

Multilingual Education is a pillar for Inter- Generational Learning, says  the Kabaka

While delivering  Kabaka’s message, Nnaalinnya hailed  the School of Languages, Literature and Communication for  collaboratively organising the 2024 celebration  with the Nkoba Zamboggo Students Association.

As custodians of culture that cherishes and endeavors to protect and develop its own mother language (Luganda), Nnaalinnya thanked the nation of Bangladesh which initiated the idea of celebrating mother languages at the international level. This idea she reported, was embraced and promoted by UNESCO in 1999 and, has been celebrated since then.

In line with the theme of the conference, Nnaalinya said,  multilingual education is a pillar for inter- generational learning which rhymes appropriately with  country’s pillars, contexts and environment which is multicultural and multilingual.

The Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga and the Nnaalinnya  and university officials tour the book exhibition. Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication International Mother Language Day Conference, Launch of Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum, on 21st February 2024, No. 95 Quarry Road & Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
The Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga and the Nnaalinnya  and university officials tour the book exhibition.

Nnaalinnya also applauded the chosen theme, “Different Languages, One people: Celebrating and Harnessing Uganda’s Linguistic and Cultural Diversity” which brought the celebration of the day closer to home.

“The two themes are worth celebrating with the pomp and seriousness they deserve. Even more importantly, am very encouraged to know that youth represented by Makerere University Nkoba Zamboggo Students Association have played an active part in the organisation of the event.” She said.

She noted that such participation of the youth guarantees the promotion, protection and promotion mother languages for the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable manner.

She also noted with joy that, this year’s celebration coincides with the commemoration of the Nkoba Zamboggo 34 years of existence and activity which was active in the difficult years of the 1960s.

Prioritise your mother languages and learn other languages –The  Katikkiro  of Buganda

The Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga advised on the need to prioritise mother tongues  and to learn other languages.

Mayiga said, learning a language is resourceful and that while prioritising own mother tongue, it is important to learn other languages.

“To promote mother languages is to acknowledged diversity. Our diverse heritage should be seen as the foundation of the modern African states. Every time we neglect or relegate our mother tongues, we inadvertently ignore the similarities of our different nationalities.” He said.

The Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga speaking during the celebrations. Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication International Mother Language Day Conference, Launch of Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum, on 21st February 2024, No. 95 Quarry Road & Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
The Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga speaking during the celebrations.

The Katikkiro expressed the need to acknowledge similarities to help build consensus noting that ,consensus is the true and genuine source of national unity.

He  commended the university administration for restoring the former residence of Ssekabaka Edward Mutesa II and for turning it into a museum.

“A people that ignore their history can learn nothing from their experiences and that is one of the sources of constant turbulence in the world”, He said.

Makerere can only be stronger if Traditions, Culture and Heritage are Embraced – Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe

The Vice Chancellor Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe stressed that Makerere can only be stronger if all embrace traditions, culture and heritage.

Nawangwe said the university was honored to host two important celebrations namely, the opening of the Muteesa II Museum at Makerere and  hosting the international mother languages day.

“This is a historic event in our university. Kabaka Muteesa was a student at Makerere University when he was already king and that alone, is a such a big honor for us and, we must indeed be proud of that. That is why we have honoured his legacy by making the house where he stayed a museum.

“That museum is invaluable for all of us in Uganda and, I invite all Ugandans and visitors to come and witness the history of our first president of this country and one of the leaders in the struggle for independence”. The Vice Chancellor emphasised.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Left) hands over Makerere gifts to the Nnaalinnya  flanked by  Prince Wasajja and Katikkiro Peter Mayiga. Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication International Mother Language Day Conference, Launch of Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum, on 21st February 2024, No. 95 Quarry Road & Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Left) hands over Makerere gifts to the Nnaalinnya  flanked by  Prince Wasajja and Katikkiro Peter Mayiga.

The Vice Chancellor appreciated the Buganda Kingdom for gracing  the  occasion when the university is celebrating the World’s Mother Language  Day.

“There could not have been a better choice than inviting one of the cultural leaders in this country to officiate at this event and, I want to congratulate you Principal, Dean and Head of department for that vision of putting events properly in context”. Prof. Nawangwe appreciated.

The Vice Chancellor said he had picked a number of lessons from the various speakers and challenged to  write his memoirs when he retires in Lugwe, then have it translated in English  by others.

“But we are privileged this morning to have these important visitors to honour these two events at Makerere University, please send our highest regards to His Royal Highness the Kabaka”, Nawangwe said.

The Principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Josephine Ahikire expressed the need for Ugandans to value their mother tongues on grounds that the African culture had the power to correct men and women adding that,  there is so much to learn and put in practice.

Prof. Josephine Ahikire addressing participants. Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication International Mother Language Day Conference, Launch of Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum, on 21st February 2024, No. 95 Quarry Road & Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. Josephine Ahikire addressing participants.

Prof. Ahikire also noted that language is needed as a powerful instrument of connection, and teaching one another with respect that expresses our political and social state of humanness.

The Principal applauded the Buganda kingdom for the initiatives that  have  deepen  knowledge in culture among students and staff.

Language experts called to translate, write and publish in mother tongues

In his Keynote address on the Linguistic and Cultural Landscape of Uganda Prof. Manuel Muranga said, all human beings are potentially at their most effective, their most creative, their most comfortable when using their mother tongue or first language.

“The language one spoke as an infant and grew up in, matters. It is possible to learn to write in a dominant language in one’s neighbourhood, rather than writing in one’s own, but to learn to speak that language in lieu of one’s own involves a painful death to self, a sort of denial of one’s linguistic identity”. Muranga stated.

Because of the strength of inspiration and the energy of creativity that comes from this relationship to one’s mother tongue or first language, Prof. Muranga called on language experts to start writing and publishing in their mother languages.

To harness linguistic diversity, Muranga challenged language experts and educational institutions to  have as many books as possible produced in the mother tongues through direct authorship in those mother tongues and through translation into them.

“We need to say “Yes!” to a phase in our lives of adventure and experiment with our mother tongues. It will get us somewhere. The harnessing of our mother tongues, each one of his or her own, begins right here: at the point where we, especially university dons in language, literature and communication, get a pen and begin to write a letter, a story, a translation or whatever, in the mother tongue”, Prof. Muranga  advised.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe hands over a gift to Prince Wassajja. Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication International Mother Language Day Conference, Launch of Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum, on 21st February 2024, No. 95 Quarry Road & Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe hands over a gift to Prince Wassajja.

At the same time, Prof. Muranga  also advocated  for writing in one’s mother tongue on the linguistically standardised foundations of orthography  that should be encouraged and even deliberately cultivated by cultural leaders and educationists. These he said,  would entail sms’s and WhatApp messages, email and other types of letters, poems, short stories, long stories, biographies and autobiographies); novels, plays, newspaper articles, sermons etc. in good, interesting language.

Muranga also advocated for the use and promotion of mother languages in families especially the young, upper class and in some cases middle class, urban families, and from educated ethnically mixed marriages, whose first and strongest language is our Ugandan English.

“But we should also have textbook writers in all the academic disciplines writing in the mother tongue: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, Economics, Law etc. in the mother tongue.  We need M.A.s and Ph.D.s  that consist in the main in the production of, for example, a modern Biology or Mathematics textbook in Luganda, Lugbarati or Lukonzo through translation”. The professor stressed adding that:

“When I was in S.2 we had a textbook of Chemistry by an author called Atkinson; it was, of course, in English. I never understood the concept of valence and even today I don’t understand it. Can someone explain it to me in simple English or, preferably, in Rukiga or Luganda? A person doing an M.A. in translation would explain to us what valence is and would propose a viable, or at least debate-provoking rendering for it in his or her mother tongue.

That kind of work, should be happening in our universities. An interdisciplinary M.A. and M.Sc. in Translation would produce for us disseminators of knowledge and tools for the implementation of a tri-lingual (Mother Tongue, English and Swahili in that order) education policy which I advocate for”. Muranga stated.

Prof.  Manuel Muranga delivering the keynote address. Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication International Mother Language Day Conference, Launch of Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum, on 21st February 2024, No. 95 Quarry Road & Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof.  Manuel Muranga delivering the keynote address.

Benefits from linguistic and cultural diversity

Speaking on Advantages of linguistic and cultural diversity prof. Muranga noted that the entire world’s fabric is diversity. Diversity  according to the professor, is part and parcel of nature’s design, just as there are no two people who are 100% alike even when they are identical twins, so each human being has his or her own way of speaking, his or her idiolect.

He explained that  multilingualism in Uganda and worldwide can, if positively embraced, lead to a language and language-based cultural industry being built around, for example, each single one of the 65 languages of Uganda and the 2080 or so languages of Africa. If this has happened in Europe, Prof. Muranga argued,  then it can also happen in Africa- but it takes conviction and linguistic patriotism on the part of the speakers of these languages. If such patriotism is absent, those languages will die within a few generations of the descendants of the present-day speakers.

Prof. Muranga highlighted some of the advantages of linguistic and cultural diversity as follows:

  1. Sharing the culture around each of these languages can be great educational fun and can also create jobs. This sharing is, again, primarily the work of translators and interpreters. There were, as of August 2022, approximately 640,000 translators in the world. Interpreters’ statistics are harder to determine but there were in the USA alone in 2023,  52,000 interpreters and translators.
  2. The freedom to be creative in your mother tongue or first language is something very precious – indeed the entire freedom to access education in the mother tongue from elementary school to university is one of the principles of international justice as propounded by UN and UNESCO. Great poets and writers in general are those who write in their mother tongues (cf. Johann Gottfried Herder’s {1744-1803} essay entitled: “A true poet is one who writes in his own language”.) But it takes practice to be good even at writing in one’s mother tongue. It does not come automatically – and even I at my age I am still learning.
  3. Those who embrace linguistic and cultural diversity embrace world citizenship, or cosmopolitanism, at the same time; they overcome ethnocentrism. And cosmopolitanism harmonises well with a central Christian doctrine as stated in Galatians 3:28, which suggests that you cannot be a true Christian and at the same time a tribalist or a racist; the two are incompatible.
  4. Cultural diversity promotes tourism both domestic and interethnic/international, creating opportunities for a healthy enjoyment of positive human life and creative talent in all its variegation as music, dance, drama, poetry, architecture, engineering, indigenous knowledge, etc. Imagine we had an income-generating ethno-historical museum and a cultural centre at the headquarters of each of the 136+ districts of our current Uganda. I would like to urge the parliamentarians to vie for this kind of development.

Disadvantages:

  1. Linguistic and cultural diversity can be rather costly. Yet if the economy of a multilingual nation is well managed, the income from the diversity can cover the cost, yielding profits and benefits.
  2. Working through translators and interpreters is not direct conversation face to face and ear to ear. Something gets lost in the process of transfer.
  3. Some uncouth, ethnocentric minds in a multilingual and multicultural nation might be tempted to exploit linguistic and cultural diversity for secessionist ends, instead of for cosmopolitan ones. But such narrow-minded people are doomed to failure, for even in a family unit of two parents and three children, there can be division and even secession. A monolingual or even culturally homogeneous situation in a country does not guarantee harmony and peace. Look at Somalia; and remember Rwanda.

Language, as a symbol of identity, vehicle for communication, a pillar for social integration, education and development, Dean SLLC

The Dean School of Languages, Literature and Communication Assoc. Prof. Saudah Namyalo explained that the International Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual observance held on 21st February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity which exists in many communities.

The day was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, and it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly with the adoption of UN resolution in 2002. The International Mother Language Day is part of a broader initiative “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”.

 Although languages,are a symbol of our identity, a vehicle for communication and  a pillar for social integration, education and development, Prof. Namyalo observed that  due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether.

Assoc. Prof. Saudah Namyalo (C) making remarks flanked by students of Nkoba Zamboggo. Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication International Mother Language Day Conference, Launch of Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum, on 21st February 2024, No. 95 Quarry Road & Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Assoc. Prof. Saudah Namyalo (C) making remarks flanked by students of Nkoba Zamboggo.

“Every two weeks a language disappears or dies. When a language dies, it takes with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage. Not only that, we also lose perspectives, ideas, opinions and most importantly, we lose a unique way of being human.Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression which are valuable resources for ensuring a better future also lost. Sadly, close to 45% of the estimated 7000 languages spoken in the world are endangered, threatened or near extinction. Only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.” Prof. Namyalo observed.

Namyalo called on participants to  reflect, understand and appreciate that although Ugandans are diverse in terms of the languages and cultures they possess, they  are one.

She explained that  Africa’s divisive seed was planted with the advent of colonialism and the Berlin Conference that gave Africa its modern states. The artificial borders and the dirty politics that ensued according to the professor, made people  think that they  are different.

The present ethnic emblems according to  Dean Namyalo,  are more of geographical markers than distinct cultural entities. For instance,  she said, one is a Musongora because they come from Busongora.

“Today, we recognize over 50 ethnic groups, but we need to be political about this and invest in our history in order to cement our rootedness and recognise the bonds that hold us together. Unless we understand the importance, of unity in diversity and stop giving lip service to multiculturalism we shall continue to see new kingdoms and ethnic groups emerging”, Dean Namyalo warned.

Assoc. Prof. Susan Kiguli (Left) and her student on stage performing a poem. Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication International Mother Language Day Conference, Launch of Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum, on 21st February 2024, No. 95 Quarry Road & Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Assoc. Prof. Susan Kiguli (Left) and her student on stage performing a poem.

Just from our myths, Prof. Namyalo highlighted that  the Baganda are related to the Bagisu, and the Bagisu are related to the Basamia, Banyole, and the entire Luhya community in Eastern Kenya. Their language intelligibility attests to this. The Bagisu are linguistically and culturally related to the Bakonzo, who are related to the mountainous Bakiga. The Bakonzo are 1 million people in Uganda, while their kin are over 6 million in Eastern DRC called the Bayira (this is just one example of the colonial border problems).

The kin of  the Bamasaba: The Baganda (Via the myth of Kintu/Kuntu) are linked to the Banyoro, the Banyoro are connected to the Batooro and Banyankole- Bakiga, and Banyarwanda because they all belong to the Kitara empire and their cattle keeping and agricultural practices demonstrate this. When Kitara disintegrated with the fall of the Bacwezi, the Biito Luos took over. There is a close linkage between the Luos and the Banyoro, especially, the ruling families in Bunyoro, Tooro, Buganda, Busoga, and Ankole are  all of Luo origin. The Luos are cousins to the West Nilers, who have a close affinity to the Lango. The Lango are Luo in terms of language but, genetically and culturally, are linked to Itesots, Karamojongs, Masai, and Turkana.

Makerere to start teaching Advanced  Lusoga, Ateso and other languages – Head Dept. of African Languages

The  Conference Convener and Head of Department of African Languages Dr Gilbert Gumoshabe explained that department was established in 2012, having been part of the then Institute of Languages, which had also been part of the Department of Languages. At present, five   degree subjects at undergraduate level namely; Luganda Advanced, Kiswahili Advanced, Kiswahili Beginners, Runyakitara Advanced and Luo Advanced are offered.

 “We have proposed to start teaching Lusoga Advanced and Ateso Advanced. We believe these will be part of the subjects in the next admission in August 2024, as BA Arts is in the final stages of re-accreditation. The syllabus for Lugbarati Advanced is also in the final stages of development. Our mission is to ensure that all local languages taught at the secondary level in Uganda are also taught at the department”, Dr. Gumoshabe said

Dr. Gilbert Gumoshabe making his welcome remarks. Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication International Mother Language Day Conference, Launch of Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum, on 21st February 2024, No. 95 Quarry Road & Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Dr. Gilbert Gumoshabe making his welcome remarks.

At the masters level, Dr. Gomushabe said , they have MA in African Languages. During the revision period,  it was agreed to re-introduce MA in Luganda, MA in Kiswahili and MA in Runyakitara and to  continue to develop  indigenous languages as  capacity is built. The department  also offers PhD in African Languages by Research.

Dr. Gomushabe appreciated  the persons who spearheaded the teaching of  local languages especially Prof. Livingstone Walusimbi (RIP), Prof. Kasalina Matovu (RIP), Prof. Ruth Mukama, Prof. Oswald Ndoleriire, Prof. Manuel Muranga, Mrs. Shirley Byakutaga, Prof. Edith Natukunda and Ms. Jane Alowo.   

At the level of staffing, the head reported that  the department has 9 PhDs, and 5 registered PhD members of staff with one at the Associate Professor level. The students offering the subjects in African Languages are doing BA Arts, BA with education, BA Social Sciences. The department also service programs in the Colleges of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Computing and Information Sciences and Education and External Studies.

The Aim of the conference

Gumoshabe  said the aim of the conference is to motivate discussion between national scholars and stakeholders of language and culture in Uganda and beyond.

“It is on this day that we celebrate cultural diversity and appreciate the sweetness in our mother tongue through cultural entertainment of different forms, presentations and discussions. It is through our mother tongue that we can preserve our cultural heritage. This is a God-given gift that we should never lose”,  he said

Mother language according the convener, is a natural heritage and a foundation of  identity. He  stressed that  what is important is to embrace unity in diversity by respecting and promoting diverse languages as  they are in the motherland Uganda and this will enable  document indigenous knowledge systems to  supplement what is got  from other countries.

Even in the face of development, civilization and modernization, Gumoshabe stated that  mother languages should never be forgotten on reason that , there is no country on record that has developed using a foreign language.

“All countries that have developed have started by indigenizing knowledge and a foreign language has supplemented their efforts. This applies to both populous and less populous countries”, Dr. Gumoshabe asserted,

A section of participants attending the celebration. Department of African Languages, School of Languages, Literature and Communication International Mother Language Day Conference, Launch of Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum, on 21st February 2024, No. 95 Quarry Road & Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
A section of participants attending the celebration.

Gumoshabe cited Iceland with a population of 399,189 as of January 2024 that uses the Icelandic language as their official language. Since it has a small population, they would have used one of the European languages but they opt to use their indigenous language and their GDP per capita is $69,833.

He argued that, now that English is here to stay, all efforts should be put into developing mother languages and being multilingual. He added that, knowing four languages significantly increases chances of success in adulthood.

Dr. Gumoshabe  extended gratitude to the college leadership  for the tremendous support given  for the success of this conference.

Gumoshabe thanked  Keynote speakers, Prof. Manuel Muranga and Mr. Richard Nzogi and the panelists, for accepting  for honoring the invitation and sharing their expertise and experiences..He also appreciated the Organizing Committee for this Conference headed by Dr Fridah Katushemererwe together with the different student associations especially Nkobazamboggo spearheaded by Mr Adrian Lubyayi, for  tireless efforts in making this day colourful.

Finally, the convener  thanked  the Centre for Languages and Communication Services, the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Vice Chancellor, for the financial support that has made this day successful.

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Rotary Peace Center holds 5th Capstone Conference 2024 : Ugandans Called to Embrace Positive Peace for National Development

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Participants in group photo with the Vice Chancellor's Representative Assoc. Prof. Umar Kakumba (Seated 2nd Left), Centre Director Assoc. Prof. Hellen Nambalirwa Nkabala (Seated 3rd Left) and Assoc. Prof. Eric Awich Ochen-Deputy Principal CHUSS (Seated 2nd Right) after the opening session. Makerere University Rotary Peace Center 5th Capstone Conference, 21st February 2024, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering Conference Hall, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

The Rotary Peace Center at Makerere University on 21st February 2024, hosted the 5th Capstone conference where the 5th Cohort of  peace fellows presented their social change initiative reports. New Peace scholars (cohort 7) were brought on board to  understand the journey of collaboration  and to share a collective commitment to the idea that peace is an ongoing process.

The fellows responded to different challenges in their local communities and through their social change initiatives, have contributed to existing peace building and development initiatives using new approaches with one common goal of a more peaceful world.

Conference goers were implored to explore opportunities to embrace and engage in meaningful dialogue and ideas and strengthen their resolve to create a more peaceful and just world.

Participants were also challenged to uphold the values of compassion,empathy and cooperation as they work towards building bridges of understanding and reconciliation in their communities and beyond.

A section of participants attending the conference. Makerere University Rotary Peace Center 5th Capstone Conference, 21st February 2024, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering Conference Hall, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
A section of participants attending the conference.

The conference held under the theme, “Achieving peace through collaboration and community engagement”,  was graced by the Vice Chancellor Makerere University as Chief guest who was represented by his Vice in charge of Academic Affairs, Assoc. Prof. Umar Kakumba.

 Prof. Kakumba  hailed the Peace Rotary Centre  for  promoting  peace and development  in communities.

“Today, the Rotary Peace Fellows join a network of Makererians championing change and development nationally and globally. Your journey here at Makerere has been cultured, and through the Peace Center, we pride ourselves on having impacted 72 communities in 42 countries globally”, he reported

Prof. Kakumba called on all Ugandans to embrace different cultures, aspirations  and traditions of  the communities to promote peace. The professor noted that peace is not the absence of war on grounds that there can still be  a lack of tranquillity even when there is no war.

“As agents of change for peace and development, you need to understand the versatility that conflict resolution is not something one can master through textbooks; one must go there, engage with the community, and be prepared to get into the trenches. To understand people, you have to know their histories and grievances. Our approach at Makerere University through the Rotary Peace Center, focuses more on community involvement and development”. He asserted.

Assoc. Prof. Umar Kakumba making the official opening remarks. Makerere University Rotary Peace Center 5th Capstone Conference, 21st February 2024, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering Conference Hall, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Assoc. Prof. Umar Kakumba making the official opening remarks.

Describing youth as critical  pillars of society, Prof. Kakumba advised  them to play a  role through economic empowerment if sustainable peace and development is to be achieved. He stressed that underdevelopment in itself, is a threat to peace.

Through  peace projects, Kakumba  emphasized that  youth are part of the future that upholds community transformation.

“The projects implemented by Cohort 5 are a manifestation of the dynamic definition of peace. In this conference today, we will understand that peace can be achieved through basics like health, agriculture, education, climate change, and economic empowerment.

Let us continue to learn and live in a world where education and knowledge can be used in the pursuit of peace. As you stand on the threshold of a new chapter, remember that it is these individual contributions that will calculatedly and cumulatively build lasting positive Peace change in Africa and beyond”. Prof. Kakumba stated.

The Principal CHUSS represented by her Deputy Associate Prof. Eric Awich Ochen was drawn by the theme of conference, “Achieving peace through collaboration and community engagement”. He commended the peace scholars for the tremendous projects implemented in their respective countries.

 “Everything that we do is important. Our generation cannot solve all the problems but we must play our role to be able to make a difference in the communities and create a better humanity”. said Prof. Awich.

Prof. Awich welcomed the Cohort 7 peace fellows and encouraged them to follow keenly.

Assoc. Prof. Eric Awich (L) represented the Principal CHUSS. Makerere University Rotary Peace Center 5th Capstone Conference, 21st February 2024, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering Conference Hall, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Assoc. Prof. Eric Awich (L) represented the Principal CHUSS.

Makerere University Model replicated across the world- Rotary International

The representative of Rotary International and Rotary Uganda and District Governor, Dr. Mike Ssebalu welcomed new scholars of cohort 7. to Uganda.

Rotary, he explained is an international organization of universal appeal which believes in doing good in the world.

“Creating peace, sustaining peace and guaranteeing peace is one of those good things that every Ugandan should be proud of. Our vision statement states that together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our community and in ourselves”, Dr. Ssebalu said

The conference he said, attests to the fact that they have come together as Rotary, as Makerere and as individuals and peace scholars to  create lasting change.

He implored peace scholars to be part of the process of creating lasting change across the globe communities and themselves.

Dr. Mike Ssebalu speaking during the conference. Makerere University Rotary Peace Center 5th Capstone Conference, 21st February 2024, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering Conference Hall, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Dr. Mike Ssebalu speaking during the conference.

He said,  Rotary is proud to be associated with Makerere University in this great initiative noting that, they had gotten the best they would have ever got.

Makerere has proved to be the best partner we chose to work with and Rotary International is indeed very appreciative and happy with the work you are doing to the extent that the Makerere model is being replicated in all the peace centers that have been created ever since.

A lot of lessons have been learnt in terms of commitment, initiatives, innovations and in terms of creativity and Rotary is picking those lessons and replicating across the world”. Ssebalu said.

Ssebalu thanked the university leadership at different levels of the value chain and all stakeholders stressing that Rotary appreciates and is satisfied with the performance.

Some of the participants attending the conference. Makerere University Rotary Peace Center 5th Capstone Conference, 21st February 2024, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering Conference Hall, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Some of the participants attending the conference.

To the peace scholars, Dr. Ssebalu implored them to take time to explore the tourism potential of Uganda, learn the culture and associate closely with Ugandan people adding that, Ugandans are very welcoming and should therefore feel at peace, enjoy their stay and meet their expectations.

He said, they came as individuals but should go back as a team, pledging that Rotary is available to support in all ways and that, homes of Rotarians are open for fellowship and interaction.

The Director of the Makerere University Rotary Peace Centre Assoc. Prof. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala expressed pride in cohort 5 congratulating them on the job well done.

The Director thanked Rotary for accepting to work with Makerere University especially the Department of Religion and Peace Studies and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“On the day like this, we continue to celebrate our partnership with the Rotary foundation. It is indeed an honor for us to run this joint program and,  it is one of the kind that is practically showing what experiential learning should be. Through this program, we have been able to influence changes becoming more practical”, she said

Center Director Assoc. Prof. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala making her welcome remarks. Makerere University Rotary Peace Center 5th Capstone Conference, 21st February 2024, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering Conference Hall, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Center Director Assoc. Prof. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala making her welcome remarks.

Prof. Nkabala welcomed cohort 7 to the conference expressing hope that they would be able to see and learn from what their colleagues in cohort 5 have been doing. The Director, recognized and appreciated the college leadership, coordinators, academic mentors, members of the advisory board, academic community, Makerere University community plus all stakeholders for their support to the program.

“We have done art and peace building, agriculture and peace building, we have had CoNAS come in for tree planting for peace and CHS taking care of health for peace fellows and they have received executive services”, Prof. Nkabala acknowledged.

“I can only assure you that the kind of projects that we are going to look at are impactful projects, that is why, we call our fellows change agents. They have been able to create change in different communities. Today we are celebrating 15 countries and 20 social initiatives”, Prof. Nkabala reported.

Cohort 5 embraced Performing Arts  as an intervention for social change

Speaking on behalf of the chair academic board committee, the deputy, Prof. Sylivia Antonia Nannyonga Tamusuza said, it is in cohort 5, where they have had a project using Performing Arts as an intervention to social change.

Board  Members Prof. Grace Bantebya (Left) and Prof. Sylvia Antonia Nannyonga Tamusuza during the meeting. Makerere University Rotary Peace Center 5th Capstone Conference, 21st February 2024, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering Conference Hall, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Board  Members Prof. Grace Bantebya (Left) and Prof. Sylvia Antonia Nannyonga Tamusuza during the meeting.

She described Makerere University as privileged to have this program. She thanked Rotary international as well as Rotary Uganda and all partners for allowing the university to have such a diverse program.

“This program is the only program that has such a wide representation from different countries. To date, we have 131 fellows that have gone through this program represented from various countries which shows that Makerere is a global and international university”. Prof. Tamusuza reported.

Prof. Sylvia Antonia Nannyonga Tamusuza addressing participants. Makerere University Rotary Peace Center 5th Capstone Conference, 21st February 2024, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering Conference Hall, CAES, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. Sylvia Antonia Nannyonga Tamusuza addressing participants.

She said, the number of students applying for the program is overwhelming and they take on only 20 -21 students annually in two admissions. She congratulated all fellows that have gone through the program urging them to be good ambassadors of the university.

Prof. Tamusuza thanked the university for the opportunity accorded to be part of this program.

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CHUSS Presents the highest number of PhDs & Best Humanities Student at the Mak 74th Graduation

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The Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and the Minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs-Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja with UPDF Officers and Graduates on Day 5 of the 74th Graduation Ceremony. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024 Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

During the Mak 74th Graduation ceremony, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) was recognized for outstanding performance. Besides leading in the production of the highest number of Doctoral candidates, CHUSS delivered the overall best humanities student and 85 UPDF officers who graduated with Diplomas and degrees in defence and security studies.

The college was also honored for  delivering the First Black African Recipient of the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award”,  and  its staff appointments on regional and internal bodies and partnerships bearing fruits. Six members of staff were also announced   for the Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards 2023. The college was hailed for  authoring the centennial book highlighting the 100 years of the university service to humanity that was launched by the First lady and Minister of Education and Sports.

30 PhD candidates presented

Some of the the PhD Graduands in a group photo at the Freedom Square. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024 Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Some of the the PhD Graduands in a group photo at the Freedom Square.

For the third time, CHUSS presented the highest number of PhDs totaling 30 out of 132 PhDs across the ten colleges representing 23%. The college also presented 260 Masters graduands out of 1585 across colleges a percentage share of 16.4% becoming the second to the College of Health Sciences. CHUSS also presented 1366 candidates for the award of Bachelor’s  degrees, out of 11,016 ( 0.1%) and 45 postgraduate diploma candidates  out of 156  (29%) across colleges. In total, the college presented close to 2000 candidates during the 5th session of the Mak 74th graduation ceremony held on 2nd February 2024.

The Principal CHUSS Prof. Josephine Ahikire presented the Doctoral Candidates. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024 Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
The Principal CHUSS Prof. Josephine Ahikire presented the Doctoral Candidates.

Presiding over the graduation ceremony, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe commended CHUSS leadership and staff for the consistent leadership in graduate output.

“This is a groundbreaking achievement. We congratulate the college leadership led by Prof. Josephine Ahikire for maintaining the lead in graduate output for three consecutive graduation ceremonies. Our  goal is to graduate at least 200 PhDs per year in response to the World Bank call of at least 100,000 PhDs for Africa over the next 10 years, in order to pull our continent out of poverty”, Prof. Nawangwe appreciated

85 UPDF officers presented for graduation

A section of the UPDF officers in a group photo at the  Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
A section of the UPDF officers in a group photo at the  Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility.

The college presented 85 Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) generals, senior and junior staff officers who graduated with masters, bachelors and diplomas after completing studies in different disciplines related to defence, security and medical studies.The Vice Chancellor applauded CHUSS for this partnership noting that, it was historical.

“This is historical in the lifetime of Makerere and the UPDF where for the first time, a huge number of officers from our affiliated institutions of the National Defence College Uganda and Senior Command and Staff College Kimaka  are  walking away with awards. We congratulate Brig.  Flavia Byekaso, Brig. Gen. Ruteran and Col. Edith Nakalema and the entire security team upon this achievement.”        

UPDF officers sing to the national anthems during the graduation ceremony in the Freedom Square. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024 Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
UPDF officers sing to the national anthems during the graduation ceremony in the Freedom Square.

The Best Humanities Student Awarded

CHUSS also presented the best performing undergraduate student in the humanities. Mr.Tusubira Silas Wamala  graduated with a Bachelor of Chinese and Asian Studies and tied with Atukunda Kevin of the  a Bachelor of International Business (MUBS),  with a CGPA of 4.84 out of 5.0.  The students received plaques and one million shillings each from Makerere University Convocation chaired by Mr. George Turyamureeba.

Mr. Tusubira Silas Wamala displays his plaque. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024 Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Mr. Tusubira Silas Wamala displays his plaque. 

Assoc. Prof. Susan Kiguli’s Lifetime Achievement Award highlighted

The Vice Chancellor reported that on the global Scene,  CHUSS  delivered the First Black African recipient of the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” in Italy at the Vercelli Seminar in August 2023. Makerere‘s Poet and Literary scholar, Assoc. Prof. Susan Kiguli who denounces violence and abuse of power in the black context was at the centre of the festival and Chief guest. Kiguli’s first book in Italy  titled, The Weeping Lands” was published and launched fetching  another prize called, the “Ali sul Mediterraneo Libri & Cultura” international award.”

Hon. Peace Regis Mutuzo, One of the PhD candidates receives her certificate from the Vice Chancellor. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024 Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Hon. Peace Regis Mutuzo, One of the PhD candidates receives her certificate from the Vice Chancellor.

Six members of staff Receive the Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards 2023

Prof. Nawangwe reported that as a result of the various partnerships forged over time, research output in terms of innovations and publications has increased. The Vice Chancellor announced  the inaugural Makerere University Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards, in recognition of outstanding performers in research and publication.

The award was based on the highest number of publications between the year 2017 and 2023 according to the Scopus database. Health Science Professors Moses Robert Kamya and Rhoda Wanyenze emerged as the Best Overall Male and Female Researchers respectively. Prof. Moses Robert Kamya has 271 publications and Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze has 153 publications in the aforementioned period.

Some of the CHUSS faculty during the procession. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024 Frank Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Some of the CHUSS faculty during the procession.

The Vice Chancellor recognized and congratulated six CHUSS researchers listed and published in the Graduation Booklet and the Mak News Magazine. The researchers were honored by the Vice Chancellor and Chairperson of Makerere University during the Convocation luncheon held at Makerere University Convocation House.

CHUSS best researchers included: Assoc. Prof. Walakira Eddy, Dr. Neema Stella, Dr. Baluku  Martin, Dr. Kizito Simon, Dr. Mabingo Alfdaniels and Assoc. Prof. Twikirize Mwende Janestic. 

Prof. Nawangwe urged all staff to continue conducting research on national development priorities as well as matters of global interest and publishing their work in high-impact journals so as contribute to Makerere’s drive to become a research-led university. He also advised on the need for the research to lead to patents, copyrights and trademarks, and tangible innovations in the form of products, policy briefs, manuals and others.

Some of the Masters candidates being awarded their degrees in the Freedom Square. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Some of the Masters candidates being awarded their degrees in the Freedom Square.

Partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Vice Chancellor extended gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its Royal Embassy in Uganda as one of the development partners working with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere University. Nawangwe reported that the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and Makerere University have worked on several projects including a grant that benefited close to a hundred students who received bursaries to study Arabic at Makerere University and ICT equipment which have supported the teaching of Arabic language in the School of Languages, Literature and Communication.

“We also acknowledge the generous support to our moslem staff to fulfil the fifth pillar of Islam- Pilgrim to Mecca. We are also grateful for the ongoing initiatives being made to establish the Centre for Arabic Language Studies at CHUSS, support training and research in Oil and Gas, ICT and Engineering”. The Professor acknowledged.

Prof. Lyn Ossome, Director MISR elected President of CODESRIA 2023-2026

Prof. Lyn Ossome attending the graduation ceremony. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024 Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. Lyn Ossome attending the graduation ceremony.

In his speech, the Vice Chancellor  reported that the university participated in the 16th Council for Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa (CODESRIA) General Assembly on 4th to 8th December 2023 that was held in Dakar, Senegal where Prof. Lyn Ossome was elected president. The University also received a donation of 79 books from CODESRIA which were delivered and presented to the university library.

Launch of the Makerere University @100 book

Prof. Nawangwe informed the congregation that,  as part of the Makerere centennial celebrations, the university has been able, with a team of editors and authors, to map out the 100-year journey of Makerere University. This book, titled Makerere’s Century of Service to East Africa and Beyond: 1922-2022 tells Makerere’s unique story as a university serving Uganda, East Africa and the world.

 “As we consolidate our place on the knowledge generation stage, we are proud to share this publication with you. We specifically look forward to keep building for the future in the next 100 years of our University’s existence”. “I thank the following editors: Prof. A.B. Kasozi, Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Prof. Dominica Dipio, Prof. Helen Byamugisha and Dr. Isaac Tibasiima for the commitment to this noble task. I am delighted to report that this book has been published by our very own Makerere University Press”. The Vice Chancellor stated.

The book was officially launched by the  First lady and Minister of Education and Sports represented by the State Minister for higher education Hon. John Chrysostom Muyingo witnessed by Chairperson of Council and members of top management.

The Vice chancellor highlighted a number of achievements recorded in the last two years including the issuance of transcripts and certificates before the graduation, the ground breaking research, innovations and partnerships.

Prof. Nawangwe acknowledged the support accorded by various stakeholders including Government of Uganda, development partners, parents and guardians, sponsors, and staff, without whom, it would have been impossible for the university to achieve the various milestones recorded over the years.

Some of the graduands jubilate during the award ceremony. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024 Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Some of the graduands jubilate during the award ceremony.

Vice Chancellor’s Message to the graduands

In his key message to the graduands, Prof. Nawangwe described graduation  as the most important and most memorable day in the life of any scholar on grounds that it is a license to succeed in life,  and a privilege to serve humanity.

“You have worked hard to get a degree or diploma from one of the best universities in the World. This is a license for you to succeed in whatever you choose to do in your life career. But always remember that success will only come with discipline and hard work, while honoring your parents and fearing God.

Shortly you will become an alumnus of this great institution. Cherish the knowledge and experiences you have collected while here, but remember that learning never ends. Our gates remain open for you if you wish to pursue higher degrees”, the professor advised.

With a degree from one of the best universities in the World, Prof. Nawangwe stressed, that graduates have no reason not to succeed in life.

“Indeed, the World is yours to conquer. If jobs are not forthcoming, create them, for we have empowered you not only to be employable, but also to be entrepreneurs. Be the light that others will follow. We are proud that we have been a part of your life, that we have given you the knowledge and courage to face life in this ever-changing World.  Go out to the World and make it a better place”. He emphasized.

Hon. Peace Regis Mutuzo, Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso, Brig. Gen. Edith Nakalema  and other candidates during the graduation ceremony. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 5, 2nd February 2024 Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Hon. Peace Regis Mutuzo, Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso, Brig. Gen. Edith Nakalema  and other candidates during the graduation ceremony.

The Mak 74th Graduation statistics

During the course of the 74th graduation ceremony (Monday 29th January to 2nd February 2024)  a total of 12,913 graduands  received degrees and diplomas of Makerere University. Of these, a total of 132 graduands  graduated with PhDs, 1585 with Masters degrees, 11,016 with Bachelor’s degrees, 156 with postgraduate diplomas, and 24 with undergraduate diplomas.

53% of the graduands were female and 47% were male. In the category of PhD graduands, 46 were female and 86 were male. In the category of students graduating with Master’s degrees, 699 were female and 886 were male.

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