By Norine Kazombo
Gulu – Cultural leaders say they are looking at the upcoming cultural festival to strengthen and promote Acholi cultural values, heritage and to foster peace.
This will be the second cultural festival. It will be held on the theme: “Promoting Acholi Heritage for Greater Productivity”, Charles Oryem Odora who’s the chairperson organizing committee says.
The first edition was held last year (2017) on the thesis: “Celebrating Acholi Heritage” and was graced by President Museveni who donated shillings 200m into the basket of His Highness Rwot Onen Acana II.
According to organizers, this year’s activities will attract Acholi people from districts of Agago, Pader, Nwoya, Kitgum, Lamwo, Gulu, Amuru and Omoro.
“There will be alot of activities to commemorate the day including cultural dances like the “Otole Dance” which symbolizes War and the “Bwola Dance”which is the Royal Dance among other traditional dances that will be performed,” Odora told TND News Uganda’s Gulu based reporter, Norine Kazombo.
Odora says they will also utilize the cultural festival to showcase to the young Acholi generation the old traditional attires the Acholi people wore in olden days, discuss with the people of Acholi on vast topical issues and also to showcase Acholi traditional dishes.
However, Ker Kwaro Acholi says she is facing acute financial constraints to organize the cultural festival, reveals Premier Ambrose Olaa.
Acholi Premier says they have so far only mobilized shillings 20m of the required 300m shillings.
“We need the money to cover cost of transportation, hire public address systems, and mobilize the community and to manage security during the event,” Mr. Olaa added.
Already, there have been some contributions from leaders such as Jacob Oulanyah, the deputy speaker of parliament, disaster preparedness minister, Hilary Onek Obaloker and some corporate companies operating in Acholi land.
His Highness Rwot David Onen Acana has called on his subjects to embrace and participate in the upcoming cultural festival and stressed that it is “very necessary for the promotion of peace and Acholi culture”.
“We shall also introduce inter-clan football competitions during this year’s festival in trying to promote culture, unity, and productivity between the different clans of Acoli,” His Highness said.
The festival is slated to run from 13th -16th December this year.