Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
The Baganda people are an important ethnic group in the country of Uganda. The country takes its name from the people. The people are concentrated on the northwestern shores of Lake Nyanza (also called Ukerewe, Victoria). This lake is the source of the longest branch of the Nile River. From here, the Nile flowed down toward the Mediterranean Sea. The Baganda's ancient kingdom was called Buganda and was bounded on the north by Bunyoro and on the east by the Nile River. With more than 3 million people, the Baganda are the most populous group in Uganda. Of all the former kingdoms that comprise Uganda, the Baganda were the largest and comprised slightly more than a fourth of Uganda's land mass. The Baganda possess a powerful culture that is based around the kingship. The king is called the Kabaka, and when the earlier governments of Uganda wanted to express their ...