On this day in 1955, a legend Dr.Stephen Rwangyezi was born. Having grown up in a family where they danced and sang to express happiness coupled with the need to break the societal perception that traditional dance is backward and evil,he started the now renown Ndere Troupe in 1984. He was intent on restoring dignity and integrity in the music and dance of Ugandan and African origin, secondly his goal was to work with disadvantaged boys and girls. This was because it was child labor that kept him out of school upto until he was 15 years old, consequently he created an environment whereby these boys and girls use their talent to nurture self actualisation.
As we pay homage to him today,I will draw away from the historical rhetoric. I will instead tell you,he thinks Maurice Kirya is good and his favorite dish is kalo with eshabwe and matooke (empogola). He also asserts the fact that he only drinks alcohol while eating, Tusker malt being the perfect curation for the occasion. Brown is his favorite color because he believes we come from the earth.
Did you know he is a seasoned actor with features in household movies like The Last King of Scotland(2006), War Dance(2007) and Cultures of Resistance(2010).
Ndere Foundation is soon spreading its wings into the hospitality industry and we eagerly await what the Ndere vision bearer has in store for Uganda and the world.
For now we celebrate and wish him a remarkable year to come.