Buganda’s Counties

  • Buganda Kingdom Anthem

    Ekitiibwa kya Buganda (Luganda, Buganda’s Pride) is the official anthem of the Kingdom of Buganda. It was composed in 1939 by Rev Polycarp Kakooza.

    The lyrics are in Luganda. Traditionally, the full version is only sung in the presence of the Kabaka. Otherwise the short version, consisting of verses 1 and 4 plus the chorus, is sung

    Luganda lyrics

    Chorus

    Twesiimye nnyo, twesiimye nnyo
    Olwa Buganda yaffe
    Ekitiibwa kya Buganda kyava dda
    Naffe tukikuumenga

    Verse 1
    Okuva edda n’edda eryo lyonna
    Lino eggwanga Buganda
    Nti lyamanyibwa nnyo eggwanga lyaffe
    Okwetoloola ensi yonna

    Verse 2
    Abazira ennyo abatusooka
    Baalwana nnyo mu ntalo
    Ne balyagala nnyo eggwanga lyaffe
    Naffe tulyagalenga

    Verse 3
    Ffe abaana ba leero ka tulwane
    Okukuza Buganda
    Nga tujjukira nnyo bajjajja baffe
    Baafirira ensi yaffe

    Verse 4
    Nze naayimba ntya ne sitenda
    Ssaabasajja Kabaka
    Asaanira afuge Obuganda bwonna
    Naffe nga tumwesiga

    Verse 5
    Katonda omulungi ow’ekisa
    Otubeere Mukama
    Otubundugguleko emikisa gyo era
    Bbaffe omukuumenga