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Ekimansulo gets underway with Amanda and her "Angels"

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Ekimansulo

Ekimansulo or Kimansulo is the Ugandan term for strip tease or nude dancing. The practice emerged in Uganda in the mid-1990s in the suburbs of Kampala such as Kabalagala, Kasanga, Ntinda and Nakulabye. Due to public outcry, especially by Christian religious groups, police clamped down heavily on the practice. However, Ekimansulo shows are still organised underground, though not on a regular basis to avoid police detection.

Modern erotic dances were introduced to Uganda by Congolese performers, particularly the singer Tshala Muana, who became popular in Uganda in the early 1990s for her music as much as for her practice of lifting her skirt up during her stage performances.

However, the origin of Ekimansulo is more closely associated with Shadow's Angels, a dance group of Ugandan girls in their late teens or early 20s that was put together by radio DJ Alan Mugisha, popularly known as The Shadow.

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Johnstone Street, Kampala, 1949

Kampala

Kampala city is the commercial and administrative capital of Uganda. It was the only city with district status until 2005 when it was accorded, through a constitutional amendment, special status as the capital of the country. It lies on a plateau, spread over more than twenty rolling hills. It is a city of contrasts, ranging from the modern, colonial and Indian buildings in the centre, to the scenic, ever-green hills and wetlands in outlying areas, to the mighty Lake Victoria to the South.

Kampala in located in central Uganda, on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. It is bordered by Wakiso District to the North, East, West and South–West and Lake Victoria to the South East. It is 169 sq.km in size. With an altitude of 1190m above sea level, Kampala has a pleasant weather, with annual temperatures averaging 17 degrees (minimum) and 21 degrees (maximum) Celsius. It has a population of 1.2 million people (Uganda's population is estimated at 29.8 million).

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Col. Mayombo

Noble Mayombo

Brig. Noble Mayombo (b. 09 April 1965 d. 01 May 2007) was one of the public and more controversial faces of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government of Yoweri Museveni. He died in hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, at the age of 42 after suffering multiple organ failures. Although the cause of his death was put down as acute pancreatitis, there were speculations of foul play, resulting in an investigative committee being instituted by the government to enquire into his death.

Mayombo was born in Fort Portal town, Kabarole district, Western Uganda. He attended Nyakasura and Ntare secondary schools in Kabarole. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws (1991) and a Masters of Law (1999) from Makerere University, Kampala.

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Ugandan English

Ugandan English is the form of the English language spoken in Uganda. Although - save for the accent - Ugandans mostly use British English, this is increasingly getting localised, resulting in English, particularly spoken English, that is uniquely Ugandan. Features of Ugandan English include:

  • Incorporation of words from the local language, especially to express ideas or feelings that cannot be or are not easily expressed in the English language. English inflections are usually used to render such words. For example, "She kwanjulad this weekend" meaning "She got married in a traditional ceremony this weekend". Kwanjula, which is the name of the ceremony in Luganda, is rendered as a verb in the past tense using the English ending "-d". The present continuous tense would be "She is kwajularing today".
  • Using local words as a prefix to English words to express a particular idea or quality. E.g. "ka-man" to signify a small man and "ki-man" to refer to a big man. "Ka-" is a prefix for small and "Ki-" for big in many Ugandan languages.

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Constitution of Uganda

The Constitution is the supreme law of Uganda. The present constitution was adopted on 8 October 1995. It is Uganda's fourth constitution since the country's independence from Britain in 1962.

The first Constitution was adopted in 1962 only to be replaced 4 years later in 1966. The 1966 Constitution, passed in a tense political environment and without debate, was replaced in 1967. Before it was succeded by the 1995 Constitution, the 1967 Constitution suffered various periods of suspension, either in full or in part.

In 2005, the 1995 Constitution was amended to provide for a multi-party political system and, controversially, to allow an incumbent president to hold office for more than two five-year terms.

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Rolex

Rolex is rolled Chapati that originated in Wandegeya, a Kampala suburb in close proximity to Makerere University. It emerged in the early 2000s and was named and popularised by Makerere University students. It has since spread to other parts of the capital.

Rolex consists of a fresh omellette, finely sliced tomatoes and cabbages, chopped onions and green pepper rolled in freshly made Chapati, hence the name Rolex. Though it may be considered a snack, many find it adequate enough for a quick lunch or supper.

Rolex is usually sold by street food vendors, who set up their charcoal stoves, metal hot plates and chopping boards in popular eating and night life areas, such as Wandegeya, Nakulabye and Kabalagala. It is may also be available in eating kiosks and take-away restaurants.


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Ugandan race driver Emma Katto in the Pearl of Africa Rally 2007(PHOTO:Bruno Birakwate)

Pearl of Africa Rally

Pearl of Africa Rally or Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally is one of the main motorsport events in Uganda. It is part of the National Rally Championship and the FIA Africa Rally Championship (ARC).

The first edition of the Pearl of Africa Rally was held in 1997 as an African Rally Championship candidate event. This followed the successful organisation of Burundi's Great Lakes Rally in Uganda in 1996. The Great Lakes Rally was moved to Uganda due to political instability in Buganda. Inspired by the success fo the Great Lakes Rally, Uganda decided to apply for its own African Rally Championship event in 1997.

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Kirunda Kivejinja

Kirunda Kivejinja

Kirunda Kivejinja (born 12 June 1935 in Bugweri, Eastern Uganda) is a veteran Ugandan politician and current Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information and National Guidance in Uganda.

Kirunda was educated at Kibuli Junior school in Kampala and Busoga College Mwiri in Jinja before taking a pre-university course at Madras Christian College and obtaining a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Zoology at Delhi University on a government of India scholarship.

He took an active part in the student movement during Africa's continental struggle for independence and was treasurer of the African Students Association under the patronage of India's founding Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

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