Oh, Uganda, Land of Beauty
Uganda is a country situated in the heart of Africa surrounded by five countries: Kenya, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
A country with overwhelming natural beauty, Uganda is a jewel of the African continent. Explore this page to find out more about this beautiful country.
The capital city of Uganda is Kampala.
With about 3.3 million inhabitants, Kampala is also the country’s largest city.
Uganda is one of the most densely populated
countries in Africa with a population of 45 million. It is also one of the fastest growing countries in Africa.
Over 80% of the Ugandans are Christians,
with about 45% Protestants and 39% Catholics. About 14% of the population are Muslims.
As one of the poorest countries in the world,
most people live from farming or work in the agricultural sector. About 70% of the land is used for agriculture.
Three major ethnic groups
in Uganda are the Baganda, Banyankole and Basoga People.
The official languages of Uganda are English
and Swahili, while Luganda, also referred to as Ganda, is spoken widely. Until 2005, English was the only official language in Uganda!
N A T U R E
Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Uganda. It is the largest tropical lake in the world and the second largest freshwater lake in the world!
Uganda has ten national parks and is known for its pristine forest landscape. Renowned parks and attractions include the Ruwenzori mountains, the Great Rift Valley as well as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Uganda has a varied wildlife. There are giraffes, elephants, antelopes, buffalos as well as hippopotamuses and crocodiles that are found in most lakes and rivers.
The Buganda have also taken over the music scene in Uganda, although all tribes have their own indigenous music. Buganda music is predominantly drums and other percussion instruments and is usually accompanied by some complex dances.
The eastern Bagosa tribe plays instruments similar to xylophones, while the Acholi and the Langi tribes in the north play a thumb piano. In the west the percussion music of the Banyankore is most dominant, and more graceful than that of the Buganda. Music and dance can be seen in different areas of the country, and traditional music and dance shows can be witnessed in all regions, although it is easiest to find them in Kampala.
Oh, Uganda, Land of Beauty
Oh, Uganda! may God uphold thee,
We lay our future in thy hand;
United, free for liberty
together we’ll always stand.
Oh, Uganda! the land of freedom,
Our love and labour we give;
And with neighbours all
At our country’s call
In peace and friendship we’ll live.
Oh, Uganda! the land that feeds us,
By sun and fertile soil grown;
For our own dear land,
We’ll always stand,
The Pearl of Africa’s Crown
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