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PHOTOS: Victoria University Showcases Diverse Cultural Heritage

It was a colorful show of cultural allegiance and sense of belonging as students of Victoria University from ten different countries showcased their cultural prowess during the university’s International Cultural Day. 


The annual event brings together students at a gala-like event to exhibit what their respective countries can offer in terms of attires (costumes and clothes), food and drinks and music and dance.


This year, students from Uganda, DR Congo, South Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, Somalia, Rwanda, India, Eritrea and Burundi proudly told tales about their cultures through preparing cooking their cultural dishes and drinks, wearing their iconic dresses and dancing in a way identifiable to their cultures.


Eritrea walked away victorious in the attire and food categories. The Eritrean male students wore the kidan habesha (ije tebab) while the females wore the zuria to win the culture attire category.


In the food category they prepared a tiqrinia ethnic foods which included the shiro, tebsi, ades, ziqnia, himbasha and derho all served with injera. They also prepared areki (an alcoholic drink), sewa (a traditional drink) and performed a coffee ceremony.


Alberta Horlu, a female student, was the only student representing Ghana; she won the dancing competition with a solo dance act. She performed three traditional dances from Accra, Volta region and southern Ghana. The dances, she said, are performed for kings, during marriage ceremonies and other traditional events.


Uganda despite being hosts walked away empty handed. Led by the Guild President Penny Maria Nabunya mainly four cultures in Uganda - they represented Busoga, Buganda, Ankole and Acholis from northern Uganda. 


Burundi combined efforts with Rwanda to put up an energetic performances and entertainment particularly the dancing backed by drummers. Unlike the Burundians, the Somalis dances were gentle and romantic.


Somalia and South Sudan had plenty of dishes to showcase and either of them could easily have been winners in the food category had it not been for Eritrea’s better organizational skills.


Somali notably had camel meat and milk, xalwo, barris (rice), suur, cambuulo (peas) and canfeero while South Sudan prepared kisra, kop, kombo, tangalia, basta, blaah sham, foul, suksukania, kabis, weaka, kedekede juice and gudegade. Horlu of Ghana had kelewele, jolof rice and soup.

PHOTOS: Kabira Football Tournament Attracts Corporate Talent

Kabira Country Club was the place to be on Sunday as corporate employees shook off their office wear for football jerseys at the inaugural Kabira Country Club football tournament.

Over twenty teams convened at Kabira Country Club as early as 10am to battle it out for cash money staked by the organizers and sponsors.

The one day event lived to its billing as players showcased their talents and brilliance with the balls.


At the end of the day, Team Pro Zone emerged winners after thumping Victoria University by a lone goal in the final. Team Pro Zone defeated Cipla in the semi finals while Speke Hotel lost to Victoria University.


Team Pro Zone was made up of former professional footballers who played for Uganda national teams, the Uganda Cranes. They also had Hon Muhammad Nsereko in their playing ranks.


Some of the retired players who made up of Team Pro Zone included Nestroy Kizito, Simon Massa, Mujib Kasule, Hassan Mubiru, Mutyaba, Hakkim Magumba, Abdallah Mubiru, Nsubuga, Kirya among others. Many of these are now coaches at national and international level.


They won a trophy and cash Prize of Shs1m while Victoria University and Kabira Country Club who emerged first and second runs up got Shs500, 000 and Shs300, 000.

The teams that participated also got accolades and certificates. Hassan Mubiru was named the most valuable player.


Rajiv Ruparelia, the Managing Director of Ruparelia Group, the conglomerate which owns Kabira Country Club hotel under the Speke Group of Hotels, thanks all corporate companies that accepted and honored the invite for the interactive football tournament.


“Congratulations, it has been a fantastic event. All the teams that have participated have given us positive feedback. We promise to continue to continue doing this; at least four times a year where we can come together for the same core value which is football, it’s passion and for the competitiveness of the game.” Rajiv said.


An official from Federation of Uganda Football Federation (FUFA) Ali Mwebe said the federation will continue to technically support Kabira Country Club organize such sports events. This time FUFA offered referees who officiated the tournament.


Vismay Maniyar, the general manager of Kabira Country Club said another football tournament will happen in October.

Team Pro Zone won the tournament


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