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Uganda Independence Day

Commemorating Uganda's 1962 Independence From British Colonial Rule on "Uganda Independence Day" observed next on, 9 October

Independence Day in Uganda is celebrated on 9th of October, every year. This event holds an important position in the history of Uganda, as it marks the country’s freedom their former colonial master – the Great Britain.

Britain a nation renowned in arms and ultimate power, had extended its dominion over Uganda. However, its grip on this colony came crumbling after World War II that only weakened the British economically but also empowered most African elites to vigorously demand self-rule and the rest is history!

Like other countries, National Day in Uganda is celebrated with utmost zeal and fervor. It’s a day of national pride. There are festivals, parades, and cultural celebrations – all designed to promote the nation. The National Flag of Uganda is prominent at all celebrations as a demonstration of pride in the country.

When is Uganda Independence Day ?

Uganda will be celebrating it’s 59th Independence Anniversary or 59 Years of Independence on  9 October – commemorating the special day in 1962 when Britain ended its mandate over the country.

Independence Day of Uganda
October 9 is a public holiday in Uganda that commemorates Uganda’s independence from British Colonial Rule in 1962.
Date: October 9th
Also Called:National Day of Uganda
Significance:Celebrates Uganda’s freedom from their former colonial master – the Great Britain.
Observed by:Ugandans
Celebrations:Parades, Ceremonies, Cultural Events, Military Bands
Holiday Type:Public – National – Bank
Greeting:Happy Uganda Independence Day


Uganda Independence History: How Did Uganda Gain Independence?

Uganda Independence Day

The Independence Day of Uganda is celebrated annually on October 9. It’s a day to celebrate Uganda’s freedom from their former colonial master i.e Great Britain.

John Hanning Speke was the first British Explorer who discovered the territory of Uganda in the 1860s when the British explorers started the search for the source of the Nile. By 1877, the first British missionaries began arriving in the country with the blessing of the Bugandan King, Mutesa I.

In 1888, Britain gave control of Uganda to the British East Africa Company. However, other European powers stepped into the scene and fought to gain control of Uganda, until 1890 when an agreement between Germany and Britain placed Uganda under the charter of British.

Religion was an alarming issue in the country that need to be answered ultimately. In an effort to gain control over the religious factions in Uganda, Britain made the country a British protectorate in 1894, placing tribal leaders in governmental roles as puppets.

In 1900, the Uganda Agreement placed the Protestant Bakungu chiefs in control, angering different tribes all through Uganda. The British picked the Bakungu chiefs as pioneers because of their strong faith in Christianity and their ability to collect taxes. This step by the British led to sectarian conflicts in Uganda.

By the mid of the 20th century, Britain had been weakened by its involvement in World War II and with the call for freedom sweeping across Africa, many British Empire territories in the locale had started to be allowed autonomy.

Britain democratized some of the local governments and the main Africans were allowed in the administrative council in 1945. By 1955, a large portion of the legislative council were Africans. A general election was held in 1961 and the nation became fully-independent in 1962.

On 9 October 1962, Uganda picked up its freedom from Britain as a parliamentary democratic monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II staying as head of state.

The kingdoms of Buganda, Ankole, Bunyoro, and Toro received government status and a degree of autonomy.

Milton Obote the leader of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) turned into the prime minister.

Uganda Independence History Timeline
The first European to tour Buganda was the British missionary John Hanning Speke.
King Mutesa I of Bugandan permits Christian missionaries to enter his realm.
Members arriving in Buganda from the British Missionary Society.
Members of the French Roman Catholic White Fathers arrive.
The Great Britain and Germany signed a Treaty which entitled Britain rights to Uganda.
Agent Frederick Lugard of the British East India Company expands power of the company to northern Uganda and enables Protestant missionaries to defeated their Catholic peers in Uganda.
Uganda becomes a British protectorate.
Britain reaches an arrangement with Buganda to make it autonomous and to transform it into a constitutional monarchy, primarily ruled by Protestant leaders.
The Eastern province of Uganda transferred to the Kenya.
Commercial cotton production starts.
Uganda given a legislative council, but was not accepted by its first African member before 1945.
Uganda given internal self-government.
Uganda becomes independent with Milton Obote as prime minister.


Uganda Independence Day Holiday: Celebrations & Activities

Uganda Independence Celebrations

Independence Day is an official holiday in Uganda on October 9. All governmental and non-governmental offices, institutes, organizations, and major markets are closed.

The dawn of nationhood is welcomed with excitement, enthusiasm, and pride. The celebrations start with special prayers for peace and progress in the region, followed by a flag-raising ceremony in the capital.

The National Flag of Uganda is hoisted at all important public, private buildings, and monuments. Many official buildings are decorated and colorfully lit. The residents also show their patriotism by decorating their streets and houses with pennants and lights.

The day-long festivities include special Independence Day documentaries, seminars, music and painting exhibitions. These seminars pay special guard of honor to Uganda’s ancient leaders and freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to throw colonial masters out of their country and struggled for a ‘Free & Independent’ Uganda.

On this day, the Prime Minister and the whole Ugandan Nation pays special tribute to all the political leaders, freedom fighters, civil servants, and ordinary men and women who contributed their lives to the building of an Independent Uganda.

Many Ugandans celebrate their National Day by attending military parades, while some head out to recreational spots with their families and friends, and enjoy a lovely picnic. Firework shows are put together on the eve of Independence Day.

There are performances by famous artists, along with demonstrations of native dance.  Celebrations include traditional foods and beverages with many in attendance wearing traditional clothing.

Uganda National Flag & Symbols

Uganda Flag

The National Flag of Uganda was adopted on October 9, 1962, the date that Uganda became independent from Great Britain. The flag consists of six equal horizontal stripes of black (top), yellow, red, black, yellow, and red (bottom). A white disc is designed at the center and depicts the national symbol of Uganda.

Here’s what the flag represents:

  • Black Color – African Peoples
  • Yellow Color – African Sunshine
  • Red Color – African Brotherhood (the color of blood, through which all Africans are united)

* Do you know? The grey-crowned crane in the center is the military badge of Ugandan soldiers and the national symbol of Uganda. The raised leg of the crane symbolizes the forward movement of the country.

Happy Uganda Independence Day Quotes Wishes Messages Greetings

  • Happy Uganda independence to my fellow Ugandans… keep the bums growing.
  • Wishing the people of Uganda a happy Independence Day.
  • I wish Uganda and all Ugandans a Happy Independence Anniversary.
  • This is my home. This is where I have chosen to spend the rest of my life. This is where my children, when I have them, will stay. I love my country. I give my strengths to build it. Happy Independence Day, beautiful Uganda.
  • “Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty, May God uphold thee” Happy Independence Day.
  • Happy Independence Day, Uganda – The pearl of Africa’s crown
  • From winning BLACK POWER to winning PEOPLE POWER! That’s Uganda’s (&Africa’s) long journey to freedom. People of Uganda are on the verge of regaining the Power 57 yrs after “Independence”! Happy Independence Anniversary.
  • Happy 57th Independence Uganda where many Great Men and Women come from. United, Strong and focused but above all let’s keep our faith in God who is mightier than all of us. May he bless us with endless Peace, Forgiveness and Kindness to one another.
  • 57 years feels like a long time, but Uganda is really young as a country. We are full of promise and potential. Our people can be our biggest asset. I’m optimistic that, with training and focus, Uganda has a great future ahead. Happy 57th Independence Day everyone!
  • A happy Independence Day to you all. Uganda has made great strides in 57 years of self-rule & with a positive spirit, we can do much more.

Uganda Independence Day Songs

Interesting Facts about Uganda:

  • Uganda’s official motto is “For Good and My Country”
  • Commonly spoken languages are: English, Swahili, Luganda, Bantu, and Nilotic
  • Uganda’s main exports are: tourism, fish, tea, tobacco, seafood, cotton, corn, and beans
  • There are over 1000 bird species in Uganda
  • There are more than 5000 Chimpanzees in Uganda!
  • It’s the second youngest country in the world with about 70% of the population below the age of 25
  • Uganda serves over 800,000 tourists each year
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