Do you want to learn about Uganda Culture in Africa. Do you know that Uganda has the most developed and systematic culture in the whole of Africa. Uganda has many tribes and every tribe has its own culture.therefore, on this site you will learn about every Ugandan tribe and its cultural practices. Ugandans are generally relaxed, friendly and tolerant in their dealings with tourists, and you would have to do something pretty outrageous to commit a serious faux pas there.
But, like any country, it does have its rules of etiquette, and while allowances will always be made for tourists, there is some value in ensuring that they are not made too frequently! Perhaps the single most important point of etiquette to be grasped by visitors to Africa is the social importance of formal greetings. Rural Africans tend to greet each other elaborately, and if you want to make a good impression on somebody who speaks English, whether they be a waiter or a shop assistant (and especially if they work in a government department), you would do well to follow suit.
When you need to ask directions, it is rude to blunder straight into interrogative mode without first exchanging greetings. Most Ugandans speak some English, but for those who don’t the Swahili greeting ‘jambo’ delivered with a smile and a nod of the head will be adequate.
Among Ugandans, it is considered to be in poor taste to display certain emotions publicly. Affection is one such emotion: it is frowned upon for members of the opposite sex to hold hands publicly, and kissing or embracing would be seriously offensive.
Oddly, it is quite normal for friends of the same sex to walk around hand-in-hand.
Male travellers who get into a long discussion with a male Ugandan shouldn’t be surprised if that person clasps them by the hand and retains a firm grip on their hand for several minutes.
This is a warm gesture, one particularly appropriate when the person wants to make a point with which you might disagree.
On the subject of intra-gender relations, homosexuality is as good as taboo in Uganda, to the extent that it would require some pretty overt behaviour for it to occur to anybody to take offence.
It is also considered bad form to show anger publicly. It is difficult to know where to draw the line here, because some minibus-taxi conductors in particular act in a manner that positively invites an aggressive response, and I doubt that many people who travel independently in Uganda will get by without the occasional display of impatience.
Frankly, I doubt that many bystanders would take umbrage if you responded to a pushy tout with a display of anger, if only because the tout’s behaviour itself goes against the grain.
By contrast, losing your temper will almost certainly be counter-productive when dealing with obtuse officials, dopey waiters and hotel employees, or unco-operative safari drivers.
Visitors should be aware of the Islamic element in Ugandan society, particularly in Kampala.
In Muslim society, it is insulting to use your left hand to pass or receive something or when shaking hands (a custom adhered to in many parts of Africa that aren’t Muslim).
If you eat with your fingers, it is also customary to use the right hand only.
Even those of us who are naturally right-handed will occasionally need to remind ourselves of this (it may happen, for instance, that you are carrying something in your right hand and so hand money to a shopkeeper with your left).
For left-handed travellers, it will require a constant effort.
UGANDA CULTURE ON GREETINGS
Men greeting Men – A handshake is appropriate in most situations. Handshakes tend to be energetic and very often linger a bit.
To express extra deference, the hand-shaker may lightly grip his hand-shaking forearm with the opposite hand.
Many times men will hold hands with other men, and often the handshake is prolonged into this hand-holding. This does not have any implication on their sexual preferences; it’s just a sign of friendship and closeness.
Women greeting Women – A handshake and/or nod of acknowledgment is appropriate in most situations.
If you would like to show great respect you may also place your left hand over your right elbow/forearm when handshaking.
Many times women will hold hands with other women, and often the handshake is prolonged into this hand-holding.
Meetings between Men and Women – Appropriate greetings depend on the nature of the relationship and region.
A handshake is usually appropriate but it is best to wait for the woman to extend her hand, otherwise a bow or a nod of acknowledgment will suffice.
Note: Always use your right hand when shaking hands.
UGANDA CULTURE ON UGANDA COMMUNICATION AND STYLE
• Ugandans tend to communicate more indirectly than directly.
• Stories, proverbs, and the like are common means of expressing a point indirectly and require the implicit knowledge of the listener.
• Greetings and a good amount of small talk almost always occur before talking about business.
• Feelings tend to not be accurately expressed between adults and sometimes one can get the feeling of being fawned upon with false happiness, or being lectured by a false sternness.
• Humor plays a big role in communicating and most Ugandans enjoy a good joke. However, it is best to avoid sarcasm as it may not translate well, if at all.
UGANDA CULTURE ON PERSONAL SPACE AND TOUCHING
• Personal space tends to be very minimal in Uganda. People often talk very close to each other and less than an arm’s length of space is common.
• On public transportation, personal space is limited to non-existent. It is common to see people crowed into a bus or taxi with no space in between. This tends to be the case more in rural areas vs. urban.
• When two people of the same sex are talking, touching is acceptable. It is common to touch the hands, arms, and shoulders.
• When two people of the opposite sex talk there is very little to no touching. The only appropriate touch is usually a handshake.
UGANDA CULTURE ON EYE CONTACT
• Generally, people prefer indirect eye contact. This does not mean you can’t look at somebody directly, but continuous eye contact during conversations is not a must.
• Overly direct eye contact can be considered aggressive by some.
• Women and children often will look down or away when conversing with men or with elders
UGANDA CULTURE ON VIEW OF TIME
• In most situations, Ugandans are not overly concerned with being punctual. People are expected to arrive within the first hour or two after the appointed time.
• The higher the status of the person, the more they are excused of lateness. Also, it tends to be that the more prestigious the event the later guests will arriving. This usually applies to both social and business meetings.
• Punctuality tends to be more valued in business situations.
UGANDA CULTURE ON GENDER ISSUES
• Uganda is going through a transition when it comes to gender roles; however, it is still a male dominant society.
• In most rural areas women will most likely be housewives. They will be expected to cook, clean, do they laundry and take care of the children, as well as work their land.
Once married, the woman is transferred from her original family to the man’s and takes on his clan. Marriage can be at a very young (early teens), but seems most common in the late teens. Also there is a transfer of “bride wealth” from the man to the woman’s family. Polygamy is generally acceptable as well.
• In most rural areas, women have to wear clothing that covers the legs. Showing too much leg can result in a woman being called the local word for “whore”.
• In urban settings it is more likely to find women who work and have a career. Although opportunities are becoming more varied, salaries and room for growth tend to be limited.
UGANDA CULTURE ON GESTURES
• When gesturing or beckoning for someone to come, you should face your palm downwards and make a scratching motion with the fingers.
• It is rude to point at people as pointing is reserved for dogs, so usually the whole hand/arm is used.
• Holding the palm upwards and then motioning in a small flick downwards (like throwing a yo-yo) has a variety of vague meanings. It could be questioning “what’s up?” ” What?”; apologizing “Sorry, what can I do?”; filler “You know.”
• Pointing fingers upwards and rubbing the thumb along the fingertips is the sign for money.
• Special traffic gestures when trying to hail a taxi: Pointing straight upwards (repeatedly for emphasis): I’m going far. Pointing down: I just want to go a little ways (rarely used, because then they don’t pick you up. Hand flat, open towards the ground about waist-height: I’m going a medium distance.
UGANDA CULTURE ON TABOOS AND TOTEMS
• Walking over versus around any bowls or pots (especially those containing food) is considered rude.
• Spending time in silence versus conversation is often times also interpreted as rude.
• Men almost always wear long pants, even in the hottest weather; shorts are a sign of being a child.
UGANDA CULTURE ON LAW AND ORDER
• The legal drinking age is 18 and is not heavily enforced.
• Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
UGANDA CULTURE ON VIDEOS AND OTHER STUFF
• Speak slowly and enunciate — most Ugandans have difficulty understanding fast, strung-together English.
• Local greetings are a bit difficult to learn but many people in rural areas will greatly appreciate this small effort.
• If you look like a foreigner you are likely to be overcharged for most things. If you can afford this, it doesn’t really matter, just pay. If you can’t or would like the right price, try bargaining by at least halving the price they gave you.
UGANDA CULTURE ON Business DRESS CORD
• Dress is highly valued in and people who dress well are respected.
• For Men- A suit is common for formal business situations. In rural areas, pants and a nice collared shirt are usually acceptable.
• For Women – A suit is common for formal business situations. Avoid wearing anything to tight or revealing. Keep accessories simple and to a minimum.
If the business is done in a rural area it is more appropriate to wear a long skirt (below the knees).
• Jeans, shorts, and very revealing clothing are generally not appropriate in business situations.
• Make sure shoes are cleaned and polished. People will look down on you if you have worn looking shoes.
UGANDA CULTURE ON TITLE AND BUSINESS CARDS MEETINGS
• Titles are important and it is best to address people directly by using Mr., Mrs., or Miss, followed by the surname.
• “Last” names are a bit complicated. Most people have a more traditional tribal name, which they usually say first, then a Christian name, usually said second. Example: Kasozi George. So one might refer to him as Mr. Kasozi, alternatively many people are referred to by their title, e.g. “Mr. Bursar” “Mr. Headmaster”, etc.
• One should always wait to be invited to use first names before doing so yourself.
• There is no specific protocol surrounding the giving and receiving of business cards. It is always best to treat the card with respect.