For God and My Country

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This holiday is Uganda’s National Day and is always celebrated on October 9th. Independence Day marks Uganda’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1962. From that moment, Uganda borrowed its national motto of ‘For God and My Country’ from Busoga College Mwiri’s motto ‘Kulwa Katonda n’Eggwanga Lyaffe,’ loosely meaning, ‘For God and Our Country.’

There is usually a national parade at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala. Local communities have their own festivities with traditional dance and food like matooke—steamed, peanut sauce, beans, fish, or beef and some buy new clothes and shoes for the kids.

9 October every year is the second-best holiday after Christmas most especially from Northern Uganda. The day not only reminds them of the independence gained but they also celebrate their very own, the son of the land The Late Dr. Apollo Milton Obote who played a big role in Uganda’s independence.

And as Gateway2 Missions, we also celebrated the day in different activities with the Kingdom Kids. We prepared our different foods, drinks, we had a day out, face painting and dancing. We indeed had fun. We are grateful to all the staff and Our Mother, Mama Africa.

May God richly bless you.


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