History

Since 2007 Ggwangamujje NY/NJ has organized annual Ttabamiruka (Luganda for “grand community meeting”) where hundreds of Baganda and well-wishers meet over the US Labor Day weekend, to learn about Buganda, discuss topical issues and celebrate Baganda culture.

Ttabamiruka ’15

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Venue

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & conference Center, Bethesda, MD (Washington DC Metro area).

Honored Speakers and Guests

  • Ow’ekitiibwa Daniel Muliika – Former Katikkiro of Buganda from December 2005 to February 2007 and now serves as an advisor to Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi II.  He is a leading civil rights advocate and a mentor to many Baganda young people, including current and former members of Baganda Nkoba za Mbogo Students’ Association (BANKOSA)
  • Omutaka Nakirembeka, Alan David Wunyi Waliggo – Head of Omutima Omusaggi (Cow Heart) Clan in and former Chairman of Olukiiko lw’Abataka Abakulu b’Ebika by’Abaganda (the Clan Heads Council) of the Kingdom of Buganda.  An electrical engineer by profession, Mr. Waliggo runs his own engineering and technology company and is a director of a number of family businesses all based in Kampala, Buganda, Uganda. Nakirembeka, who is sworn to restoring Buganda to its full and inalienable glory, currently serves as Managing Director of Abataka Trust Limited, a not-for-profit organization formed by Baganda Clan Heads during his tenure as Chairman., Chairman of the Council of Baganda Clan Leaders
  • Mr.  Henry Ssali Sekitoleko: A graduate and current employee of the University of Toronto, Canada, and a keen participant in activities aimed at protecting and advancing the Kabaka and Buganda. He was the recipient of the Ttabamiruka 2013 Emiti Emito Award.
  • Omulongo William Wasswa Ndigeza Kigonya: Former National Chairman of Baganda NKoba za Mbogo Students Association (BANKOSA). Omulongo Wasswa is currently working hard to complete his degree at Muteesa I Royal University, which was interrupted after a sudden loss of a Buganda bursary. In 2014, Omulongo Wasswa received the Ttabamiruka ’14 Emito Emito Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership qualities and loyalty to Kabaka.
  • Ms. Norah Kaddu: A recent university graduate who received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. She is the pride of her family and many other Baganda for her dedication to community and, in particular, her passion about the need for Baganda to give back through mentoring and other volunteer efforts.

Conference Highlights

  • Abataka Abakulu b’Obusolya (clan heads) finally received their
  • Conference graced by former Katikkiro Dan Muliika and Omutaka Nakirembeka, Alan Waliggo and Bulamu, Mrs. Dorah Waliggo.
  • Katikkiro Dan Muliika honored with Kitiibwa kya Buganda Award
  • Baganda youth in Kampala participate in Ttabamiruka proceedings by telephone for the first time
  • Omumbejja Nkinzi Kalemeera make her maiden Ttabamiruka attendance
  • Omulangira Nicholas Basamula advises Ttabamiruka attendees to stop believe whisper campaigns claiming that Kabaka Mutebi does not want Baganda to attend Ttabamiruka in America.
  • Motivational presentations by Norah ??? and speech by Timothy Kigongo

Special Award of Appreciation to Abataka ba Buganda

Those assembled at Ttabamiruka ’15 presented and special award Baganda clan leaders (Abataka b’Obusolya mu Buganda) in appreciation of their “bravery and integrity, which kept Buganda together during the disastrous years 1966-1993” when the Kabaka of Buganda was exiled in foreign lands.

The special award was received in Washington DC by Omutaka Nakirembeka, leader of Omutima Omusaggi Clan, who subsequently presented to the chairman of the Council of Baganda Clan Leaders, Omutaka Kayiira Gajuule on March 17, 2016.

Kitiibwa kya Buganda Award Recipients*

The Ttabamiruka ’15 awards were handed to the recipients by Omulangira Nicholas Basamula.

  • Ow’ekitiibwa Daniel Muliika – Former Katikkiro of Buganda, is honored for his extraordinarily loyal service to Kabaka and Buganda his legacy as the Katikkiro who resisted a sinister plot (Regional Tier) between certain Buganda personalities and Uganda government officials to undermine the legitimacy of the Kabaka and his kingdom.
  • Mrs. Florence Bagunywa-Nkalubo – Former Buganda Minister for Youth and Employment  is honored for her exceptional record as a champion for Baganda youths. During her years as Minister for Youth and Employment she worked hard to help youth get jobs through the Buganda Job Center, offered personal financial support to Nkoba za Mbogo and other students’ organizations and brought Baganda youth close to Mengo officials and the Baganda clan institutions.

 * Dr. Godfrey Luyombya who received a Kitiibwa kya Buganda award at Ttabamiruka ’14 collected it during Ttabamiruka ’15.

Ttabamiruka ’14

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Venue

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, New Jersey

Honored Speakers and Guests

  • Ms. Betty Nambooze, Chairperson of Buganda Civic Education Committee – also member of Uganda Parliament
  • Dr. Samuel Kigongo, Alan Waliggo, Chairman of the Council of Baganda Clan Leaders
  • Mr. Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, Co-founder of Suubi lya Buganda – also member of Uganda Parliament
  • Mr. Moses Kasibante, Co-founder of Suubi lya Buganda – also member of Uganda Parliament
  • Ms. Brenda Nabukenya, member of Uganda Parliament

Conference Highlights

  • Remembering those who died in defense of Buganda
  • Video “Men Steal Food from Lions” – Is Buganda the men of the lions?
  • Keynote speech, Ms. Betty Nambooze
  • Career and Job Workshop – “Winning Answers to the Three Toughest Interview Questions”
  • Motivational speech by Timothy Kigongo
  • Youth Party Bus – to New York City
  • Closing speech by Dr. Samuel Kigongo

Kitiibwa kya Buganda Award Recipients

  • Dr. Godfrey Luyombya: The retired Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at the National Health Services (NHS) in England is honored for his dedication to Buganda causes, demonstrated by his generous donations of time and funds in support of health projects in Buganda and Ttabamiruka initiatives.
  • Dr. Samuel Kigongo: The surgeon and university professor in New York, USA, is honored for his crucial role in the creation and sustainment of both Ggwangamujje NY/NJ and Ttabamiruka in America and their projects in Buganda and America.
  • Mrs. Jane Serwanga Naluwagga: The Home Health Aide, in Boston, Massachusetts, is honored for her principled and incorruptible six-year service as Acting Kabaka’s Representative (MA/CT) and her exemplary role as surrogate mother, mentor and cultural advisor to the Baganda community in Boston and beyond.

Emiti Emito Award Recipients

  • Ms. Harriet Kisaakye. The popular young musician and advocate for Buganda causes is honored for her bold song and video, “Tulibagambaki Abaana?” and the promise to educate Baganda, especially youth, about their rights and responsibilities.
  • Mr. William Wasswa Ndigeza. The former National Chairman, Nkoba za Mbogo Students Organizations is honored for exceptional leadership qualities, braveness, selflessness and loyalty to Kabaka and other cultural leaders, Buganda Kingdom and the youths of Buganda.

Ttabamiruka ’13

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Venue

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, New Jersey

Honored Guests

  • Omutaka Nakirembeka, Alan Waliggo, Chairman of the Council of Baganda Clan Leaders
  • Ms. Betty Nambooze, Chairperson of Buganda Civic Education Committee – also member of Uganda Parliament
  • Mr. Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, Co-founder of Suubi lya Buganda – also member of Uganda Parliament 

Conference Highlights

  • Guidance from Omutaka Nakirembeka, Chairman of the Council of Baganda Clan Leaders
  • Introduction of “Okuleera Abazukulu” practice (intimate time with Baganda clan leaders) at Ttabamiruka conferences
  • Simultaneous Luganda to English translation of speeches and presentations to enable full engagement of non-Luganda speakers in the conference proceedings
  • Resolution 6:  To form an international educational and advocacy committee on Buganda
  • Youth Party Bus – to New York City

Kitiibwa kya Buganda Recipients

  • Prof. Ernest Kiwanuka Kintu Sempebwa – Kitiibwa kya Buganda Lifetime Lifetime Achievement Award for his unparalleled more than six decades of service to Buganda institutions as an educator, historian, Kabaka’s advisor, chief judge in Embuga ya Kisekwa (Buganda cultural court) and more
  • Margaret Nakatudde Nsereko – Kitiibwa kya Buganda Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding committment to the education of young women and pioneering techniques for keeping troubled girls in school.
  • Haj. Abbas Kawase – Kitiibwa kya Buganda Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of tireless efforts to improve the quality of education in Buganda and volunetary contributions to the strenthening of the Buganda Government education programs.
  • Dr. James Ntambi – Kitiibwa kya Buganda Lifetime Achievement Award for his financial support to and adoption of  Lweza Primary School and surrounding community, in Kyaggwe county, as demonstration site for a world-class nutrition education program and his exemplary services as Omutaka Ssebayiga in the Njovu clan.

Ttabamiruka ’10

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Venue

Hilton Hotel,  East Brunswick, New Jersey

Honored Guests

  • Owek. Emmanuel Sendaula, Acting Katikkiro of Buganda
  • Owek. Apollo Makubuya, Attorney General, Buganda Government
  • Several  other officials in Buganda Government

Conference Highlights

  • About US$10,000 raised for the restoration of the ancient Kasubi Royal Tombs, which were burnt down by arsonists
  • Resolution requesting the Katikkiro of Buganda to institute a transparent program for Baganda all over the world to pay a “voluntary” monthly or annual tax towards funding Buganda Kingdom programs

Kitiibwa kya Buganda Recipients

  • Judge Daniel David Ntanda Nsereko – Kitiibwa kya Buganda Lifetime Achievement Award for his generous long-term sponsorship of the Luganda Language Society and active support for various programs to teach Luganda in Buganda schools.
  • Ms. Joy Mayanja – Kitiibwa kya Buganda Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary efforts and success, over the last twenty years, at assisting new Baganda immigrants with housing, counselling and healthcare support necessary to become productive residents and citizens of the United States.

Ttabamiruka ’08

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Venue

Hyatt New Brunswick Hotel, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Honored Guests

  • Owek. Daniel Muliika, Retired Katikkiro (prime minister) of Buganda
  • Ms. Beti Kamya, Buganda civil rights advocate – also member of Uganda Parliament
  • Haj. Hussein Kyanjo, Buganda civil rights advocate – also member of Uganda Parliament

Conference Highlights

  • Recognition and celebration of Buganda cultural officials Betty Nambooze, Charles Mayega and Medard Lubega-Sseggona who had just been realized by Uganda govenment from captivity
  • Fund to help treat civic leader Betty Nambooze after being injected with unknown drugs while in captivity

Kitiibwa kya Buganda Recipients

  • Dr. Samuel Kajubi – Kitiibwa kya Buganda Lifetime Achievement Award for mentoring Baganda medical students in North America and Uganda and his family’s generous support for Ggwangamujje NY/NJ and Ttabamiruka.
  • Mr. James Mulwana (RIP) – Kitiibwa kya Buganda Lifetime Achievement Award for leading the organization of Kabaka’s wedding and being an exceptional role model for aspiring Baganda business men and women all over the world.

Ttabamiruka ’07

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Venue

Hyatt New Brunswick Hotel, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Honored Guests

  • Ssabasajja Kabaka wa Buganda (King of Buganda) Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II
  • Owek. Emmanuel Sendaula, Acting Katikkiro of Buganda
  • Omutaka Nakirembeka, Alan Waliggo, Chairman of the Council of Baganda Clan Leaders
  • Nalinnya Sauda Kakungulu
  • Several ministers and other officials in Buganda Government
  • Several Members of the Buganda Great Lukiiko (Parliament)

Conference Highlights

  • The appearance of Ssabasajja Kabaka and attendance by other members of the royal family, Abataka and Buganda Government officials
  • The first ever independent annual international conference organized by Baganda, for Baganda and friends, to address Buganda specific issues
  • Launching of Buganda Trust, Inc. a Baganda giving charitable non-profit organization
  • Entandikwa Program, which assisted many qualified Baganda youths to apply for USA lottery visas
  • Satellite Baganda youth conference held in Bukalango, Kyadondo county, to monitor Ttabamiruka ’07 proceedings (credit to Buganda ministers Florence Bagunywa and Daudi Mpanga)

(More Ttabamiruka history coming)