The British arrived in Uganda towards the middle of the 19th century. The region was placed under the dominance of the British East Africa Company by the year 1890. However, the finances related to this control turned out to be non-viable to the British and after just four years, a British protectorate was declared over Uganda.
The economy flourished owing to the agricultural prospects of the country. Nearing the 1950s, a parliamentary government including whites and blacks was set up to grant independence to Uganda. The Uganda People’s Congress emerged as the most powerful political party under the guidance of Milton Obote, who finally became the President of the independent country in 1962. In actual terms the country gained independence completely by the year 1967.More..
Uganda Colonial History
It was the decade of the 1960s, when the exploration of the starting point of the River Nile led the British to enter Uganda for the first time. By the year 1888 the control of the Imperial British East Africa Company came into strength, which was further reinforced by the Anglo-German agreement in 1890 that reiterated the authority of the British in Kenya and Uganda.
However, colonial rule turned out to be an extremely expensive bargain for the British. In 1894, the British government declared a protectorate over Buganda. During the mutiny of 1897, British Indian Army had to be moved to Uganda to counteract the situation. This cost of transportation weighed heavy on the rulers. In 1900, the commissioner of Uganda, Sir Harry H. Johnston was given directions to institute a proficient authority by levying taxes. However, no amount of deliberation with the chiefs in Buganda helped the scenario. In fact, the chiefs ended up having an upper hand in all matters including occupancy of fertile lands, leaving the British with a piece of marshy land of little utility.More...
Uganda Music History
After undergoing some years of British imperialism, Uganda gained autonomy in the year 1967. Although the country may have had its share of major political turmoil in the 1900s but music remained to be a cardinal part of the nation’s ethnicity.
Kadongo kamu is known to be the first variety of music originating in the country. This music hails from Kampala with Bernard Kabanda as one of its pioneer and acclaimed musicians. The highlight of this sect of music lies in the fact that a single guitar works as the foremost instrument. Although the music is still popular with the older generation, the younger lot has diverted towards other forms.More...