I consider Uganda to have the biggest number of tribes in Africa although some disagree. Anyway, with over ten tribes in the country, one can only imagine what chaos we have here. Of all those tribes however, there are those which are mostly recognized by the people. They are central – Muganda, East – Musoga, Mugishu, Mugwere, West – Mukyankole, Munyoro, Mutooro, Mukiga, North – Langi, Acholi, Lugbara. These are the most recognized tribes in Uganda today.
However, of all the above, the agony of being a Musoga is far worse than being of any other tribe. The Basoga are found in the eastern part of Uganda in the districts of Jinja, Iganga, Kamuli, among others. The following are some of the things that are related to the tribe of the Basoga although it is not a guarantee that every Musoga bears these traits.
A Musoga is usually related to stupidity. When a person mentions he/ she is a Musoga, the first thing that comes into mind is that person is stupid. Do not take it wrongly Basoga, it is just that you are the poorest in the whole of Uganda with the highest rate of illiteracy in the country. Your Pidgin English does not help you either.
Arrogance and disobedience is also another trait of the Basoga. When someone is stubborn for no good reason, they are usually abused saying you are as stubborn as the Basoga. Now imagine being told that when you actually are a Musoga, the nail would have been hit on the head.
As for the arrogance, true, every one is arrogant but none more than the Basoga. They do not listen to reason and brag about what they do not have. How can you be stupid, stubborn and arrogant at the same time? Well, i can only say it is a bad combination to be avoided at all costs.
The kingship of the Basoga is also another mystery. I mean the Kyabazinga dies and two years later, they are still looking for a replacement. To make matters worse, they put politics into the whole thing, talk about being disorganized. There are the late Kyabazinga’s sons but still they have not yet got a ‘rightful heir’, what kind of life is that anyway?
The language, well I do not have anything against the Basoga and I do personally speak the language but when you go the village and listen to those people speaking, you just wonder why they do not utter the right words the right way. They elongate the words unnecessarily to make it sound like the Indians and in a way, it is irritating. They go ahead and add this trait when speaking the English language, now that is so annoying.
However, do not think they are known mainly for the above alone, the Basoga are considered to have the most beautiful people in Uganda. A Musoga woman is so pretty and although she does not have the typical African look (round hips, big butt and a small waist), she is so attractive physically, even in their poor state. Now, just imagine her being taken care of and you will see a real beauty. The same goes for the men although my mother warned that if I ever brought a Musoga man home to marry, she would chase me and the man out of her house – yet she is a Musoga, catching the flow?
But do not be biased, the Basoga are good people. Their unity astonishes me. When you are in any other part of the country and you speak the language (lusoga), the Basoga will welcome you and make you a friend immediately. They will talk to you as though they have known you all their lives, that is one thing I appreciate about them.
Well, the agony of being a Musoga is in being one in another part of the country, now there you will get criticisms like none you have ever received. Keep on reading, we will bring you all that you need to know about Ugandan tribes, their weaknesses and strengths.