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Kigulu Cultural Museum

Located in Iganga town, the Kigulu museum preserves and promotes the cultural heritage of the Basoga found in Kigulu chiefdom in Busoga Kingdom. The Museum is housed in one of the historical buildings previously owned by the Chief of Kigulu. There, you will learn about the traditional ways of worshipping among the Basoga, their indigenous foods and medicine, and other aspects of culture.


Mr. Abraham Kitaulwa



‘Ikonero’, wooden stool: is the official royal seat of the chiefs in Busoga.

There were 3 classes of people among the Basoga:

  1. ‘Abalangira’ the royals
  2. This is the ruling class: Baise Ngobi clan of Kigulu, Bugabula, Luuka, Bulamogi and Bukono chiefdoms.
  3. The baise Menha clan of Bugweri chiefdom, the Baise Wakhooli of Bukooli chiefdom, the Baise Munha of Bunhanumba chiefdom, the Base Ntembe of Butembe chiefdom, the Banhole of Bunhole chiefdom and Baise Igaga of Busiki chiefdom.

These used the 4 legged royal stool.

  1. ‘Bakungu’ – notables, from any of the other 340 or so clans who diligently served the community on behalf of the royals.

These sat on a one legged stool.

  1. ‘ Bakopi’, these were the stubborn ones who didn’t even want to work. They were a nuisance to the society and could not be accepted in society, they were always under looked.

Akambe akasoga, akaibo and olugali- Kisoga knife, basket and winnower.

It has been a custom among the Basoga that as a lady is prepared to go for marriage, the Senga, aunt, has to train her in various aspect of marriage life.

Upon completion if this training, the aunt hands her these 3 items. On arrival at the husband’s home, she is supposed to show them to the husband and the family may ask her to offer a hand in peeling the matoke, she will bring it out, then the family will ascertain, she went through the aunt.

Aunts who performed best, a lady married when still a virgin, were given a she goat , by the man’s family, in appreciation.

Ebighagha; a circular make of barkcloth, containing the umbilical cords of twins. It was mandatory for every family with twins to have it and they used to save for the twins by depositing cowries shells (money) of that time

Engabo: Shield, for protection against Spears, made out of a plant called, ‘mufudumbwa’, endangered and lost

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