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IUEA to organize 6th Cultural Gala this Friday

The International University of East Africa (IUEA) will host its 6th annual cultural gala on March 17, 2023, at the university’s main campus in Kansanga, Kampala, in an effort to promote diversity and harmony.

The fascinating event focusing on the topic “The Colours of Diversity” is aimed to promote the brightness and richness of cultures from all around the world.

Charles Denzel Mwiyeretsi of XFM will serve as the host of the 2023 Culture Gala, which will begin at 10 a.m. (EAT) in the University Gardens.

According to IUEA, culture plays very crucial role in describing society, reflecting on who we are, where we have been and where we hope to be.

A cultural gala can effectively advance good change in society by fostering harmony and cooperation. The annual cultural gala at IUEA is a fun occasion where students display and perform numerous activities from diverse African and international cultures. Traditional dances, musical performances, fashion showcases, art exhibits, food tastings, and more are among these activities. IUEA’s head of public relations, John Jacobs, said.

The IUEA cultural gala offers a forum for learning and knowledge exchange. A spectacular display of food, fashion, music, and dance highlights the diversity.

One of the most eagerly awaited events at the institution is the IUEA cultural gala. Apart from the enjoyment, it is a sociable event.

By the conclusion of the day, students and other members of the nearby community are drawn to the day because it is so rich and dynamic. Together with cash prizes for the winner and additional non-monetary prizes for the runners-up, the most inventive team receives a reward.

After a close race against eleven other African nations, the DR Congo students community was named the overall winner of the 5th annual IUEA cultural gala in 2022.

According to John Jacobs, this event promotes harmony and understanding amongst individuals from all origins while giving employees, students, and invited visitors the chance to learn about and appreciate the rich cultural history of Africa and other parts of the world.

He stated that the university is totally committed to promoting and supporting cultural festivities because they are important for fostering intercultural understanding and tolerance among people, and since these elements are crucial for building a more harmonious and peaceful society for everybody.

“We cordially welcome you to set the date for an exciting day packed with cultural celebration and exploration. The culture of Africa is extraordinarily rich and diversified, made up of a huge variety of nations and tribes, each with its own distinctive qualities, he emphasized.

IUEA is happy to have a student body that is so diverse. Our multi-ethnic environment is made up of students from more nations than we can count. Our students are from many different Asian and African countries, some of which are quite far away, like Holland.

Nigeria and Ghana, two countries in West Africa, frequently collaborate to produce breath-taking presentations of everything the continent has to offer.

At the cultural event, you can be sure to try savory foods like Egusi soup, the renowned jollof rice, pounded yam, fufu, and okra. Because West Africa is an ethnically varied location, you will be mesmerized by the fashion statement made by the vivid Ankara fabrics worn by West African students. The kaftans and gele wraps will wow you!

The Congolese community never falls short when it comes to showcasing Congo and its principles, traditions, and artifacts. The Congolese take great pride in their appearance and attire. People are expected to wear freshly laundered and pressed handmade garments wherever they go. The passion of dance and music in this neighborhood is well known. If they shattered a leg, they wouldn’t care where or when it happened.

If you like sampling new foods, the Congolese tent will be your source of inspiration. You won’t be able to miss the frogs, monkey meat, and caterpillars on their menu. A taste won’t harm you. all these can also be experienced when taking cultural safaris to Uganda and have a taste of various cultural heritage of different tribes and communities.

When it comes to hospitality, the students at the Pearl of Africa go above and beyond. You are always greeted with the kindest smiles and the most welcoming surroundings. Due to the wide ethnic diversity in Uganda, the tribe with the best-established culture is fronted to represent the competition in dancing.

Native Somalis are quite gregarious and sociable. They are incredibly competitive while maintaining a nice manner, which they use to make things difficult for their opponents during the evening. During the event, be sure to sample the coffee, canjeero, and beef from Somalia.

For Tanzanians, the IUEA students’ Gala will give you a taste of the ancient Swahili culture. Tanzanians are understated actors. You wouldn’t want to take your eyes off them when they dance even for a moment! One of those performances that you remember for a long time.

Kenyans can anticipate a lovely fusion of beads and the native Masai suka. Kenyan society will give you a run for your money if you’re looking for the actual definition of a balanced meal. Your taste buds will clamor for more of the ugali, meat, and steaming veggies.

The smile that Rwandans wear is one of those things that pulls at your heartstrings when they perform wonderful dances.

Expect stunning Ethiopian women as well as delicious coffee that will leave you wanting more. If not, you really ought to! Ethiopia is said to be the country where coffee first appeared. It was once thought that a goat herder and his flock kept their flock stable on coffee. He became more effective and his herding skills considerably improved following that day. Ethiopia, which has a calendar with 13 months, is seven years behind the rest of the world. Interesting, huh?

IUEA’s Eritrean community has a long history of being friendly and accepting. Their white and vibrant traditional clothing, the Habesha, perfectly captures their charm. On the Red Sea is Eritrea. The capital, Asmara, is regarded as one of the most historic and beautiful cities in the world and is known as a hub of multi-cultural architecture.

The community in Burundi has some interesting things to display. The phrase “rhythm was born in Africa” was perhaps first used to describe Burundi. When the Burundian team plays the karyenda drums, the crowds are always in awe.

Last but not least, the Indian population is always eager to showcase their full culture. Nevertheless, in order to experience it fully, you would need to be in a relaxed setting with hot food, dancing, music, socializing, and fun at the gala.

It was regrettable, according to Mr. Eric Mukhwana, the institution’s communications officer, that the Resident City Commission (RCC), Mbale City, under the direction of Mr. Ahamad Washaki, let the celebration to proceed as planned.

The Elgon Festival, which was organized by the Masaba Tourism Initiative in collaboration with Babana Basha and the Mbale City Council, took place on the weekend of June 10–11, 2022, at the Mbale SS Grounds in Mbale City. Mixing little girls as young as 9 years old who are also naked with hazardous adults who are in no way related to them is a risky habit. Cultural institutions should safeguard girls from harmful cultural practices not disposing of them to such acts.


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