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TALES OF ALACHY (A PAIL OF WATER)

For three weeks, tension had rose in Kwamwelo village. This struggle was affiliated to a trench whose sole purpose is to transport water to a bigger channel at the side of the road.In his early thirties, a young man four feet in height had vowed to frustrate tranquility within the province.

Alachy, for that he was called under the incitement of his kindred procured to (fend off) prohibit people from pouring anymore water from this community trench.

As a matter of fact whoever fell prey to the deceit of courage attempting to dispose water was often chastised or at times released at the mercy of deride.

This was proudly executed with an aid of a reliably presumable grotesque scowl face.

Alachy had succeeded in constructing his home which stood plump facing his childhood home. Just abreast the latter was the famous trench enclosed in a grove of homes thus crowding the area.

His household argued that other people took delight in dumping debris in a trench as well as human waste which blocked the flow of water. They happened to be closest to the trench hence were most affected with the stench of stagnant contaminated water, let alone bitten most by the egregious mosquitoes.

One afternoon, the sky turned grey and the nimbus clouds cuddled in enormous clusters boldly overshadowing traces of the sun lustres. The sky let out a querulous thunder as well as flashes of light before a brusque uproar pour of rain came tumbling to thrust the earth and swelled the trench

After hours, the rain subdued. A chilled air had put Alachy in a jolly warm mood. Something hardly ever seen. Perhaps it was the love of a woman that had touched his hard heart transforming him from the inside out. Such envisage was reflected when he smiled from the eyes forming benign facial features.

It was not mistaken. The way he caressed her shoulder and spoke to her softly, she blushed and shied. Reluctantly withdrawing her hands from his. Tender eyes wondered off from their prized jewel only to take a glimpse of a young Jolie holding a pail of water walking towards the trench two yards away.

Abruptly, his demeanor adopted a hideous bitter truculent mood. He started clamoring in a tremulous voice to the young girl. leaving his beloved behind, “gwe…….gwe…….gwe” he cried as he ran towards Jolie.

To his dismay, as soon as he approached, with blatant impudence Jolie let out the water in a trench. Furious and overwhelmed, Alachy was left in a dilemma. “This girl had displayed unfeigned insolence” he thought and continued,”and definitely deserved a beating”. “If I dare to lay a hand on her, I’ll have to face the big man but I don’t want to be caught in cross fire with him, who knows what he’s capable of”

Still in turmoil and anger, he involuntarily grabbed the pail away from her. Jolie on the other hand just walked away silently but confident triumphant in the fact that she was immune to Alachy’s threat because the poor guy was simply afraid of her dad.

Well, her cards were played right. For about an hour or so, Alachy met Jolies brother and handed him the pail he’d confiscated.

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GO NATURAL WITH BLACK HAIR

Many women think that African natural hair is hard to keep because of it’s thickness and strong nature which compels many to adopt artificial hair for it’s problem are slim and may be to have it look like that of the westerns.  Well, whatever reason it may be, natural hair can be kept neat, clean and elegant as well with the right products.

Lookout for the products that contain humectants to keep your hair healthy and good looking. Below are some of the ingredients to look for when buying hair products especially for dry hair.

  • Diols and Triols- hexanetriol Butylene Glycol Dipropylene glycol Hexylene Glycol Glycerin Triethylene glycol natural-hair-450a110209Erythritol Capryl glycol Phytantriol Hexanediol or -triol beeswax
  • Humectants of biological origin-Panthenol Sodium PCA Hyaluronic acid Inositol Glycogen
  • Sugars and modified sugars-Sorbitol Polyglyceryl sorbitol Glucose Fructose Xylitol
  • Hydrolyzed proteins-Elastin, Collagen Silk Keratin
  • Ethers-Isoceteth-x, Isolaureth-x, Laneth-x, Laureth-x, Steareth-x PEG-x (polyethylene glycol)Silicone copolyols
  • Vegetable Humectants – aloe vera, vegetable glycerine
  • OTHER Humectants– Honey.

other ingredients are coconut, olive and avocado oils because these are deeply penetrating oils that carry moisture and nutrients to the core of the strand.

PRODUCTS TO USE

Popular natural hair care lines that can be found in Kampala are KeraCare (Delight Supplies and Eve and Nicco),  ORS Curls Unleashed in some major supermarkets.

Brands by Ugandan naturals -Nissi’s and Nature’s Fusions both found at Equatorial Shopping Arcade, Moisture Well, Livara and the Good Hair Collective. Other popular natural hair brands like Shea Moisture, Tressemme Naturals, Kinky Curly can be bought from individuals on the page.

For natural products like oils and Shea butter look up vendors on the suppliers and services file on the Natural Hair Uganda Facebook page.Most importantly Uganda is blessed with Shea Nilotica which is much softer than the West African Shea. Shea butter is an amazing natural conditioner

STYLING.

After cleaning  your hair with shampoo, you could have fun styling your hair to the event at hand or for just a stay home style. One could still look gorgeous. here are some of the hair dos you can try out yourself. Whether  its a funky look to spread out your face, loosely woven together or held high. whichever style you choose, let it adorn your face with with elegance and beauty.

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APRECIATION TO NATURAL HAIR UGANDA.

 


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WHEN UGANDANS DANCE

Uganda is endowed with diverse exotic ethinic groups such as the Bantu speaking people which include the baganda, basoga, the Gishu who speak lumasaba live on the slopes of Mt. Elgon  and several others. The Iteso, Lango, Acholi and karamajong speak nilotics and inhabit the eastern and northern part of Uganda. And in the western part of uganda there are the Banyankore, Bakiga and many more. Most of these tribes possess distinct dance traits and movements intended to express emotions.

ACHOLI

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NDERE TROUPE BALANCING POTS ON THEIR HEADS

The lakaraka dance is a ceremonial dance of courtship and performed at wedding events. Women dressed colorful attires of short cascade skirts and bra like tops exposing the tummy area and some times vests or bras only. Ladies thrust out their chests and buttocks whenever a significant foot stumps the ground. With the help of a whistle the leader commands her group to change strokes/formation and rhythm. They are also known for balancing small pots on their heads each on top of the other while swinging hands as though imitating birds soaring in the sky with a huge smile. This special stoke is done by the Banyankore and Banyarwanda as well.  Meanwhile the men clothed in animal skins and shorts carry calabashes and hit them with small sticks. Bent down, legs apart and moving heads to the rhythm, men move in a muscular way and showing muscles so as to attract girls. Men also wear feathers on their heads.

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ACHOLI YOUTH DANCE BWOLA

The Mwel bwola is the dance performed in the royal court. Performed by older men and women in a cicular form to represent a fence around the palace. A small drum and a stick are held by each man rather than calabash and sticks.

 

 

BAGISU.

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BRAVE CANDIDATES OF THE IMBALU

The mwaga dance is a ceremonial dance that reflects circumcision of young men in bugisu. This act is meant to transit young men to adulthood/ manhood. Annually the community breaks in an intrinsic frenzy welcoming  the imbalu. The candidate is decorated with skins. He has to wave two black and white columbus monkey tails in the air on his tour around the village escorted with a throng of followers dancing vigorously. Banana leaves tied to their waists and heads, they move according to the intricate rhythm played by the drummers (akadodi). The waist is the crucial body part in this dance.

The candidate  must display uttermost bravery through the circumcision process to earn respect for not only himself but also for his family.

BANYORO / BATOORO.

Runyege and Entogoro are ceremonial dances of the banyoro and batooro people from the western part of Uganda. It is performed by youth who wish to choose or to be chosen as marriage partners. The dance was named after rattles tied to the men’s legs known as ebinyege and entogoro to produce sounds and rhythms according to the stamp of the legs. They also use dancing aids tied around their waists.

Back in time it occurred that more than 10 men desired to marry one  beautiful and good looking girl. So the parents could organised a dance off among all men who wanted the girl with intent to choose the most relentless dancer. The winner would take the girl because parents preferred to have a strong son in laws who would care for their daughters in drought and famine seasons, in other words the best dancers indicated best marriage life.

BANYANKORE PEOPLE.

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Ekitaaguriro is an Ankole dance that portrays the overwhelming love of the cows by the people. It is performed by both male and female. The Ankole cattles have long curved horns thus making the dance graceful and aerial in nature as the women move side to side. The men imitate the movements of a cow while stamping their feet on the ground while intriguing sounds to complement the drums and flutes. This dance is related to that of the banyarwandas’.

BAGANDA

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BAGANDA YOUNG LADIES SHAKING

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MEN DANCING AMAGUNJU

The buganda people originate all their dances from the king’s palace.  D ressed in their costumes namely, ebikooyi around their waist and animal skin on top as well as ensaasa, and a vest and a small top shirt with raised shoulders and flat shoes. With each foot that is moved, the waist sways side ways and arms raised a bit to the chests’ length which moves gracefully. The baakisiimba is a dance of happiness and joy. This name originates from the king’s happiness. He drank tonto, the local liquor and out of his joy, he started praising the tonto makers. He said “abaakisiimba” meaning those who planted it, “beebakiwomya”meaning they made it sweet. The king who was happy started to dance. The musucians started to mimic the kings words on their drums while the ladies imitated the king’s movements and then eventually become the dance. This is combined  with Nankasa and eventually muwogola as the most vigorous for the climax and added attitude to the performance.
Amaggunju is another dance which was innitially invented to make the young king happy for cying on the throne was a bad omen. Men with uncle bells sounded good for the orphaned king and this dance was only to be danced by the people of obutiko clan( mushroom clan) only in palace. Today it is performed anywhere and by all generations.


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THE ART OF AFRICA

Africa is generally known for her enormous appreciation of colors. This is entirely expressed in their clothing attires, body paints and ornaments. A mixture of colors decorated in a labyrinth of complicated contours of a design. Attention consuming beneath a hot bright sun. This obsession for colors is widely spread through out Africa. Colors are relevant in communication and enhance beauty.

AFRICAN FASHION

Bitenges are the most popular outfits in exotic shapes and sizes according to the mental imagination of a designer. They come in packages of dresses, shirts, and shorts. Bitenges as locally known in Uganda have gone far and wide thus adopted by foreign nations though are strongly adored in the west Africa. A symbol of glamour, decency and beauty.fg Today these designs are further explored to exotic creation of omhandbags, handkerchiefs, earrings and shoes. Other attires besides bitenga are traditional attires such as Omushanana, Gomesi,  colourful dressing codes of the Karamajong in northern Uganda only to mention but a few.

 

Besides the clothes Africans usually wear ornaments to complement the entire appearance. These could be necklaces, ear rings, ankle-laces, wrist ornaments and not the least body paint. This is for enhancement of beauty, a mark of a tribe or status in the community. AA AAAA All appearances have an occasion to which they all fit to. It could be a wedding, child birth, naming of children,  celebration occasions, artistic expression, thanks giving to gods and cultural make up.

In Africa, the architectural abilities are also brightened by different colors as means of expression and communication like the Ndebele people during colonial rule. Limitations with colors is far from known for imagination is unlimited.The colors makes the house attractive and welcoming.

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ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES, SINGLE AND READY TO MINGLE.

When it comes to celebration of beauty, the Bororo of Niger are ranked the inventors of beauty pergents. The wodaabe beauty contest called Geerewol is a display of beauty through painting on faces meant to  afford one a wife. At the end of the show, a spontaneous marriage born of  dreams of love and romance is unleashed. On rampage with strong exchange of emotion.

 

IN MODERN

The African trend of fashion is booming not only in Africa but also in the western world as well. Women wear Copy-of-300x250-snow_256 (2)colorful African embroidery such as wrist bands, necklaces and earrings to bring out pure reflection of beauty and glamour.   The tradition of cultural wedding still exists today in Africa. With traditional weeding dresses, maid gowns and accessories to get the show on the road.

When it comes to interior designs, African decor rank exotic, friendly and cosy. usually the idols and artistic portraits  of women, wild animals and flora utter out and African air. Artistic idols are made of wood for it’s durability and clay.