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September 16, 2014 at 10:32 am #18201
Origin of Nvuma Clan
The Nvuma Clan was started by the first Kyaddondo who came to Buganda with the first Kabaka Kato Kintu. Kyaddondo came from Bubembe in the Ssese Islands and joined forces with Kato Kintu in a major battle at Mangira in Kyaggwe, against Bbemba of Buddo. As a reward Kyaddondo was made Sabaddu of Buganda.
It is said that one day when Kyaddondo was travelling in a canoe between the Islands of Bubembe and Funve, Omutaka Kyaddondo was holding a Nvuma seed which slipped from his grasp and fell into the water and sank to the bottom. His children as well and others in his entourage tried very hard to search for the Nvuma seed but all was in vain. In desperation, Kyaddondo ordered that the Nvuma seed should be searched for until it is recovered from the water.
From then on Kyaddondo announced that he and all his descendants will henceforth take the Nvuma as the Clan Totem. Because it took so many years before the Nvuma was sighted again, this is the origin of the Baganda saying “Ogutateganya teguzza Nvuma” (Without hard work there is no reward). As my father puts it, the Nvuma seed grows on a plant called Omuvuma just as an olive grows on an olive tree (the Luganda example is empafu growing on omuwafu)
. The muvuma grows underwater and when the Nvuma is ripe it breaks off just as the mpafu drops to the ground. It is already understood that the Nvuma seed comes from a muvuma plant that is found in Lake Victoria. The challenge now is to use botanical methodology to scientifically describe the lifecycle of the Muvuma. As my father puts it, we have to understand it in the same way as we understand that empindi grows on the Ggobe or the nsujju (pumpkin) on the kiryo.
The descendants do not know why Kyaddondo himself chose akatinvuma to be the minor totem (akabbiro) of Nvuma. The katinvuma grows on land. It is a creeper that is extensively used in Baganda medicine for newborn babies and the infirm
Ab’Envuma in the History of Buganda
The Nvuma clan have featured in the history of Buganda during several reigns.
Kabinuli, Katikkiro of Kabaka Kyabaggu, was one of the first men who attempted to build a permanent bridge across the River Nile at Jinja (using Nkoma).
This endeavour having failed, Kabinuli advised his Kabaka to unite Buganda and Busoga “tunone ettaka e Buganda tuliyiwe e Busoga n’ery’e Busoga e Buganda. Olwo tunaaba tusse omukago gwa mawanga gombi.” This request was fulfilled when soil from Busoga was placed at Mukono in Kyaggwe, a place that is now known as “Takajjunge” (literally, ‘joined soils’). The union between Buganda and Busoga endures to this day.
Philip Seruwagi-Namukadde was the first envoy of Buganda to Queen Victoria’s England. He went to England in 1879 as the first African diplomat from East and Central Africa at Queen Victoria’s Palace. He died on 11 Novemeber 1911.
Apolo Kasirye Kivebulaya Canon of the Church of Uganda was a missionary in Congo Mboga (present Zaire) where he preached and baptised in the forests to the Bambuti. He died on 30 th May, 1933 and was buried in his church of Mboga on 31st May, 1933.
During the reign of Kabaka Juuko around 1680 A.D., Nalunga, daughter of Semalulu, in the line (Omutuba) of Nakabalira, of Nabutitti, was one of the most beautiful girls of the time (comparable to a Miss Universe in the eyes of Baganda of that time). This resulted in the unimaginable in those days to happen. A reigning monarch personally travelled to Nabutitti, to court and marry the beauty, Nalunga. In those days the Kabaka would not leave his palace just to court a lady. “Ku mirembe egyo nga Kabaka tava mu Lubirirwe kugenda kwogereza mukazi.”
It is said that he travelled at night to hide the fact. Alas, while there, he lost track of time so that daybreak found him outside his palace, and to this day that place has been known as Makerere (where the day dawned on the Kabaka).
The Kabaka married Nalunga whom he loved most dearly among all his wives. This lead to the saying among the Baganda “Ontuuse, Nalunga yatuuka Jjuuko.” Nalunga also tried to do her best to endear herself to the king, going as far as mashing yams for his dinner table. This was not normally done among the Baganda which led to the saying “Nkole mpoomye, Nalunga yagoya amayuuni”.
byavunulwa omwami William Sebudde Kaggwa nga bwe byamugambibwa taata we Omutaaka Seuwagi Sekabira Salongo
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