People & Culture

The population of Uganda is approximately 26 million people. At the cultural core of modern-day Uganda lie the Bantu-speaking kingdoms of Buganda, Bunyoro, Ankole and Toro, whose traditional monarchs Рreinstated in the 1990s after having been abolished by President Milton Obote in 1967 Рstill serve as important cultural figureheads. Elsewhere, Uganda’s cultural diversity is boosted in the northeast by the presence of the Karimojong, traditional pastoralists whose lifestyle and culture is reminiscent of the renowned Maasai, and in the northwest by a patchwork of agricultural peoples whose Nilotic languages and cultures are rooted in what is now Sudan.
English is the official language spoken by many people. Kiswahili and other local languages are also spoken countrywide.

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