A ‘Big Man’ in Kwania whose philosophy is “don’t get used to free things”

My grandfather, abaa dwong Otim Raymond, is a very interesting man. He decided to add to his name: ”Gi Nono Pe Nayi”, meaning: "don’t get so used to free things." He even marked most of his assets like chairs, benches and others, with his new name, "Gi Nono Pe Nayi Otim Raymond." He did so, … Continue reading A ‘Big Man’ in Kwania whose philosophy is “don’t get used to free things”

Oluka on the changing requirements for being a ‘big man’ among Kumam

Initially in Kumam culture, being a ‘big man’ was earned from inheritance. For example, when the father died, it was the first borne male child who inherited the cattle riches; owned all of the land that was his father’s. He took over the position of the late father and automatically he became a 'big man' … Continue reading Oluka on the changing requirements for being a ‘big man’ among Kumam

Aguti observes how the ‘Big Man’ in Teso is one who can ‘shake mangoes’

Some time ago, as I was growing up, as a young girl, a ‘big man’ in Teso was classified as one who possessed a lot of wealth in form of large herds of livestock; extensive land; married many wives; had homesteads and granaries of food stuffs; and had produced many children. This has changed in … Continue reading Aguti observes how the ‘Big Man’ in Teso is one who can ‘shake mangoes’

James Opolo on how hard work earned him ‘big man’ status

In 2017, I was appointed the secretary to our small clan system called ‘DOGOLA’. During that time when the Chief was making his appointment for me to be on his cabinet, some elders said: “the position of the secretary needs someone who is matured and married.” And since I was not married, those elders were … Continue reading James Opolo on how hard work earned him ‘big man’ status

Cultural aspects we shouldn’t ignore during covid-19 vaccination exercise

Young people who went to get vaccinated in Lira City said that the rooms in which the vaccine is administered have no privacy - it’s like a hall with over 20 people and you can find men bare-chested as they unbuttoned their shirts to receive the injection on their shoulder. This is bad. The hospital … Continue reading Cultural aspects we shouldn’t ignore during covid-19 vaccination exercise

Gender-Based Violence Thrives on Myths

With examples from the media in Uganda, the analysis contained in "Gender Issues: Gender-Based Violence Thrives on Myths," gives a detailed description of gender-based violence in Uganda, in the domestic realm and in the public realm. It describes how gender-based violence is nurtured by myths; and how negative beliefs and practices have been normalized and … Continue reading Gender-Based Violence Thrives on Myths