Iron ladies and men, they baptized them! Following their win in the previously concluded Inter-Cultural Gala at Makerere University Kampala, the Basoga cannot stop “kuseetaring”. Sunday was their night! The Kyabazinga must be proud back in his Den.
Oh! Wait a minute. Does the Kyabazinga have a Den! Who of these Ugandan cultural leaders is Mpologoma? Oh yes! He must be the man whose representatives in Makerere disappointed last night. Where were the “Nkoba za mbogo”? During the cultural gala practice, the Baganda advanced their identity, #Nkoba za mbogo moved from an identity to an ideology to a hash-tag. In corners, they kept encouraging themselves that other tribes which were coming to show up for this cultural gala were only coming to participate, and not for the trophy. The pride!
Then came the Basoga with a kind of unity like that of the ants. “Nseete Nseete!” was both their cultural cry and laughter. They never stopped practicing. The university swimming pool waters always smelt of their sweat at each sunset. As determined as the devil, the Nseete were here to have the last laugh. If you were not at the University Hall on Sunday, Kiri Soda graced the occasion with its tents and refreshments. The Basoga must have had enough of it.
Just when we thought Mukulu Kato Martins had lost himself in his recent achievement that was fixed on his gentle swagg in South Africa, our nostrils yet rejoiced at the smell of the air that emanated from his mouth again. Kato Martins threw in a little word to congratulate the Basoga upon their unexpected win in the cultural Gala.
Quoting from one of his publications, Martins rather excited the Basoga’s ribs that went cracking down low when he mentioned that the Intercultural galla 2018 had been the best of its kind since 1922. You may want to ask your neighbor how long Martins has been in Makerere. For Martins, the Basoga Nseete’s victory was well deserved, and in a special way, accorded his special rankles to them. Without hurting his tribesmen, however, he defended the team of the Baganda- Nkoba za Mbogo, and never forgot to mention that their achievement of being first runners up was because of the stiff competition.
Till then, the Basoga might never pay attention to their notes again. You know, victory ought to be celebrated, but there is a Kiganda age-old adage that goes, “…bwebakuwaana okudduka, todduka n’oyita e wuwo”; just to put it even clearer, “When you’re emulated for being the fastest runner, do not race past your house.” Congratulations Basoga-Nseete!