In many ways, modernisation has changed the face of Africa, positively and negatively in equal measure. This is Africa’s Alex Taremwa explores why the archetypal African hut has survived modernity and stood the test of time.
In 1989, Ugandan musician Philly Bongoley Lutaaya declared that he had tested positive for HIV/AIDS. He was the first prominent Ugandan to confess to living with the condition, thus giving a human face to the disease that was silently killing so many people.
A Batwa legend might explain the lowly status of the people found in Uganda, eastern DRC, Rwanda and Burundi. A man, Kihanga, had three sons named Katutsi, Kahutu and Katwa. One day he called his three sons and gave each of them a gourd full of milk. On the next day, in the early morning, he asked them to give him back the gourds for him to place inside a shrine.