We began our first day in Uganda by traveling to Makerere University Business School (MUBS) to meet the students and professors that will be accompanying us for a majority of our trip. Once we arrived at MUBS, we were kindly greeted by the men and women of MUBS and served a small breakfast of cereal, muffins, bananas, sausage, and boiled eggs. Once breakfast was over we took the bus to a shopping center to exchange our US dollars into Ugandan schillings. With our newfound riches in hand we strolled around the market feeling like half a million schillings. After our time at the market, we ventured back to MUBS to grab sack lunches and proceeded to the Ndere Dance Cultural Center. The center was founded to help promote and retain African tribal heritage. Upon arrival, we learned the fundamentals of Ugandan music and dance. Once our broad overview was completed, we divided into different groups to specialize in different areas. I have two left feet, but for some odd reason I chose to learn a traditional dance. After mastering our individual talents, we were brought back together as a group to show what we had learned. There were many outstanding performances by students, especially Sam Brenner’s undungu solo. I on other hand was on the opposite end of the spectrum and managed to give everyone a good laugh at my attempt to dance. The evening culminated with dinner and a performance by the student of the Ndere Center that was amazing to say the least. I know everyone had a great time and cannot wait for tomorrow, but for the time being are exhausted and ready for bed.
Students – How important do you think it is for people to embrace traditions in general? Also, do you think that having knowledge of traditions will contribute to a more or less sustainable Uganda? Finally for personal reference, on a scale of 1 to 10 how humorous was my attempt at dancing?