Uganda Facts: 56 Important Facts About Uganda

Last updated on July 8th, 2017 at 10:33 am

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. With these 56 facts about Uganda, let us learn more about its: history, culture, people, government, geography, national issues, and more…

1. Until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago, the people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers.

2. Buganda kingdom was the most well-known in Uganda. Today, it is the largest of the traditional kingdoms in the country and is bordered on South by Lake Victoria. The name Uganda also comes from the name of this kingdom.

3. Sir Edward Mutesa, the king of Buganda (Mutesa II), was elected the first president, and Milton Obote the first prime minister of the country after its independence in 1962.

4. An estimated 300,000 people lost their lives during the regime of Idi Amin (Former President: 1971-79). The majority of these people belonged to the northern part of the country and were perceived as Milton Obote’s (former Prime Minister: 1962-66; also former President: 1966-71 and 1980-85 ) supporters. Amin also forcibly expelled the Indian businessmen from the country during his regime.

5. Uganda is ethnically and culturally a diverse country. If you pick two people randomly, they would most of the times be of different ethnicity.

6. Sir Winston Churchill called Uganda “the Pearl of Africa”. He visited the country when it was under the British rule.

7. Almost half of the country’s population is under the age of 14, which makes it one of the youngest countries in the world.

8. HIV/AIDS is a major threat to the population of the Ugandans.

Uganda facts: A popular means of transport. Motorcycle taxi--Boda boda--in Uganda.
A traditional motorcycle-Taxi (Boda boda) in Uganda. The term boda boda is specific to East Africa. Image credit – Travelholic Path

9. In Uganda, motorcycles are used as taxis to ferry people from one place to another. However, these taxis are not recommended for tourists as they can be dangerous. These are locally known as “boda-boda“.

10. Agriculture is an important part of the country’s economy as it employs the majority of the Ugandans (almost 1/3rd).

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11. Mountain gorillas in Uganda are a major attraction for tourist all over the world. It is estimated that half of their population lives in Uganda (in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park). Learn more…

facts about Uganda: Mountain Gorilla, Uganda.
Mountain Gorilla from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Image credit – Rod Waddington

12. Uganda welcomes over 800,000 tourists each year.

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