Ekyoto ha Mpango Festival which was held on the 25/11/2021 at Mucwa grounds, Fort Portal Tourism City, was a commemoration of the region’s cultural and tourism potential as showcased through innovations and entrepreneurial advances of young people.

Graced by the Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, he appealed to young people of Tooro to revive progressive traditional norms and customs.

The Omukama elaborated that “Ekyoto” was a norm where parents used to gather around the fireplace, with their children and family members at large, talk about family prosperity, discipline, and parents would share real stories, legends, proverbs and riddles with their meanings to their children. He noted that these traditions are no longer practiced in the current generation, and it has thus led to moral decadence and increased cultural misconceptions. “Tooro Kingdom is working to revive”, he noted. King Oyo encouraged people of Toro to always be proud of their culture by not letting its norms erode at the altar of modernism and western culture but rather be passed on to future generations. He toured the exhibitions where KRC Uganda and KRC FM radio were also showcased agricultural technologies available to farmers in the region.

The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Kabarole District Ms. Julian Asiimwe said that “Ekyoto” or “the around-the-fire” tradition promoted unity amongst family members and also encouraged the youth to form groups in order to benefit from government programs as it was always difficult to recognize individuals”.

A fireplace (Ekyoto) was constructed and environmentally friendly, energy efficient and safe briquettes were used instead of charcoal and firewood to communicate the message of environmental conservation, including regulated cutting down of trees, reduced carbon emissions and energy saving.

 

Title: Youths partner to showcase Tooro cultural tourism potential at Ekyoto ha Mpango Festival

Author: Judith Nyamata, Agronomist

Category: Agriculture

Publish Date: 2022-02-07

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