By Moses Alinda
ARUA: His Majesty Dr. Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi the King of Tooro, will be the chief guest during the Amani Cultural Festival and convention to be held in the West Nile district of Arua in August 2022.
The festival, being organized by Kujieleza Wall in Partnership with the Lugbara cultural institution, will run from August 18 to 20, organizers have said.
The event will bring together cultural leaders and the creative industry stakeholders in the region and the Diasporas to celebrate cultural diversity.
While addressing journalists in Arua city, Moses Akuma, the chairperson organizing committee, said there will be deliberations on how to domesticate cultural policies and spin culture as a tool for development.
King Oyo’s choice as the chief guest is based on the fact that he is the chairman of the Association of Kings and cultural leaders in Uganda also being a king who ascended to the throne when still young means he is a learning point.
He said that there will be a variety of sessions including keynotes, interviews, panel discussions, exhibitions, film screening, book signing, and dance performances among others.
Diana Santiago of Kujieleza Wall said the festivity will be a sort of an archive to relieve the indigenous culture so that young people can learn from the elderly and pass the culture on to the next generation.
Kujieleza Wall is an arts and cultural organisation with the zeal to promote social continuity and togetherness by providing guidance and training for progressive development.
She said as lugbara it’s high time to learn from other established kingdoms since there is a very reach culture in lugbara land
Moses Mandebo, the information officer of Lugbara cultural institution, expressed their backing for the festival saying that they have reached a level where they need to learn from developed institutions like Tooro Kingdom and other organised kingdoms in and out of this country.
Hamid Amin Maga, the Prime Minister of Aringa and Moses Mandu Okondo, a representative of Madi Ndri cultural institution said they are ready to fully support and participate in the event.
Mandu said it’s high time to use this opportunity to fight deforestation and environmental degradation.
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