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Celebrating Cultural Diversity: The 2024 KIU Cultural Gala


By Eunice Nangobi

KIU Main Campus- For years, the Cultural Gala has remained unrivaled as one of the most anticipated events at Kampala International University (KIU), delighting students, staff, and the local community.

The upcoming cultural gala on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, is poised to be the most spectacular yet, with the confirmation of over 27 cultural associations participating.

This exceptional event showcases a dazzling array of cultural heritage through a competition that unites over 15 cultures from Uganda and beyond, making it the epitome of entertainment at Uganda's premier private university.

Represented by associations such as the Baganda Nkobazambogo Students Association, Basoga Nseete, Bamasaba, Banyankole, and others, alongside international communities like Somalis, Rwandese, and Sudanese. Each culture competes to proudly display its unique traditional dances, captivating the audience with energetic African rhythms and mesmerizing choreography.

The vibrant, intricately embroidered attire adds to the visual splendour, symbolizing the rich cultural heritage aimed at impressing the judges.

Adding to the grandeur of the event, each tribe delivers an exceptional rendition of the KIU Anthem, renowned for its powerful lyrics, soothing melody, and symphonic rhythm, instilling a sense of university pride among students.

With meticulous attention to musical detail, students harmonize their voices, aiming for precision and unity under the guidance of the choir master to earn additional points from the judges.

This fusion of cultural dances, folk songs, and the anthem exemplifies a delightful blend of tradition and modernity.

In an exclusive interview, Guild Cultural Minister Allan Amanya elaborated on the essence of the competition, emphasizing its role in fostering unity and interaction among students while celebrating the diverse cultural tapestry of the university, promoting inclusivity and a sense of belonging.

 Amanya also revealed the coveted awards for the top three cultural groups: a bull and trophy for the winners, a goat and trophy for the runners-up, and a trophy for the third-place group. Additionally, individual students who excel in performances receive immediate recognition and a cash prize of 50,000 Uganda Shillings.

The Baganda Nkobazambogo are the reigning champions, having clinched victory in the 2023 Gala, following Basoga Nseete in 2019.

Despite interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, the spirit of the Cultural Gala perseveres, serving as a catalyst to inspire students to embrace, cherish, and preserve their cultural heritage.

The Cultural gala also fosters unity and coexistence amidst diversity and contributes to a more inclusive and harmonious society.