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Baganda

(bägän`də), also called Ganda, the largest ethnic group in Uganda. Bagandas comprise about 17% of the population and have the country's highest standard of living and literacy rate. Their traditional homeland is Buganda, an area of central and southern Uganda. Their first king or kabaka, the powerful Kintu, was crowned c.1380. The earliest European explorers to visit Buganda, John SpekeSpeke, John Hanning
, 1827–64, English explorer in Africa. He joined Sir Richard Burton in his expeditions to Somaliland (1854) and to E central Africa (1857–59).
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 and James Grant, dealt with Mutesa, the powerful Bagandan kabaka of the Victorian era. Ugandan president Milton OboteObote, Apollo Milton
, 1924–2005, president of Uganda (1966–71, 1980–85). Obote, a member of the legislative council of Uganda from 1957, founded (1960) the Uganda People's Congress.
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 outlawed the Bagandan and other traditional Ugandan kingships in 1966 and the then-king, Sir Edward Frederick Mutesa II, went into exile in England. In 1993 kingship was restored by President Yoweri Museveni and "King Freddy's" son, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, was installed as kabaka.

Baganda

 

Ganda, a people inhabiting southern Uganda. They numbered (together with related peoples, the Basese and the Basingo) about 1.5 million according to a 1967 estimate. The language spoken by the Baganda is Luganda. A significant number of the Baganda are Protestants and Catholics; there are some Muslims, and some still adhere to local traditional beliefs. The Baganda practice agriculture (cotton, manioc, sweet potatoes, bananas). The Baganda constitute the ethnic base of the state of Buganda, which has existed since the 15th century.

REFERENCE

Roscoe, J. The Baganda. London, 1911.
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The diverse uses of bananas in the customs and rituals of the Baganda offer an insight into how the plant has been 'indigenised' over a long period of time and how it occurs in the landscapes occupied by these Bantu communities.
He worked hard at cross-cultural relations, making friends with peoples his fellow Baganda looked down upon.
Therefore these people who do not want Baganda to talk about land.
While the traditional message from Ssenga focused on men's sexual pleasure, young Baganda women today are demanding that men also receive training in how to please their female partners.
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The country's presidential guard opened fire at members of the Baganda ethnic group on Wednesday, after rioters tried to stop Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan president, from visiting the destroyed tombs, officials said.
Ethnic groups: Baganda, Banyankole, Bahima, Bakiga, Banyarwanda, Bunyoro, Batoro, Langi, Acholi, Lugbara, Karamojong, Basoga, Bagisu, and others.
Vivid coverage was being broadcast of the Ugandan police and army being called out to quell street demonstrations protesting the government's decision to deny the Baganda King permission to visit an area of the country that has a disputed provenance.
Many of the violent protests were carried out by the Baganda in protest against Obote's consolidation of power.
Waliggo, Christian evangelizers convinced themselves that the Baganda had been "civilized," that is, completely won over to Christianity.
A member of a tribe called the Baganda, the largest ethnic group in the country.