23 December 2012

Uganda: Culture Vs Modernity At Prince Wasajja's Kwanjula

It was a combination of culture and glamour as Prince David Kintu Wasajja was formally introduced to his fiancée Marion Elizabeth Nankya's parents at Nalumunye, near Mutundwe hill.

Nankya's affair with Prince Wasajja became public on November 18, when he visited her parents in a low-key traditional ceremony held at Bukoto South MP Mathias Nsubuga's Lubaga residence. Nankya is the third born in Nsubuga's family of eight children, while Prince Wasajja is the youngest among the late Sir Edward Mutesa II's children.

Accompanied by several members of the Buganda royal family, kingdom officials, and friends - mostly businessmen and politicians - Prince Wasajja arrived shortly after 2:30pm to entertainment from a traditional dance troupe and music by Silk Mobile. The function was devoid of the drama that characterizes introduction ceremonies, where spokesmen of either side perform antics to keep the guests entertained.

After about 30 minutes, the function shifted from the tents to the house, where a few selected people were admitted to witness the cultural giveaway. Wasajja was accompanied by about 20 people, including Buganda Katikkiro JB Walusimbi, Princesses Agnes Nabaloga, Dorothy Namukaabya Nassolo, Princes Kalifaan Lukanga Kakungulu (best man) and Crispin Jjunju, and Kingdom Spokesman Charles Peter Mayiga.

Nsubuga's side had Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, former Katikkiro Joseph Mulwanyammuli Ssemwogerere, and junior Fisheries Minister Ruth Nankabirwa and Buganda's state Tourism Minister Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, among others. Senga (aunt) Phillo Nakatudde Nsimbe took the honours to introduce Wasajja to his in-laws, before he was served coffee beans and water from a gourd, a cultural ceremony that unites two families.

After the performance of the Kiganda marriage rituals, Wasajja was subjected to Tooro marriage rituals as demanded by Nankya's maternal uncles. Her mother Jolly Kawaya Nsubuga is a Mutooro, who demanded the observance of her cultural rights during the ceremony.

As the ceremonies continued, security personnel, headed by the Kabaka's royal guards, ensured that no photographers took pictures of the gifts that Wasajja carried for his in-laws. According to the kiganda culture, it's a taboo to show gifts a prince carries for his in-laws.

After the rituals, Vincent Bbaale Mugera (Wasajja's spokesman) announced that the royal family is set for the wedding that is scheduled for April 27.

"We are only waiting for the confirmation letter from our in-laws to go on with the preparations," he said.

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