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Social Conventions in Uganda

Visitors to Uganda will generally find Ugandans to be warm, friendly and relaxed people. Shaking hands is the normal form of greetings and its considered rude not to greet a person properly before rushing into asking them a question.

Most people will know “hello” but the Swahili word “Jambo” is also used. Casual dress is usual for most occasions in the daytime or evening.

A culture of food – the Uganda cuisine

While reflecting on what makes Uganda the pearl of Africa, cuisine is one of the things that make Uganda an exceptional country. Uganda foods comprise of traditional and local foods to international and continentally influenced cuisines as a result of the cultural diversity in Uganda. This combination of delicious foods is served in all hotels, restaurants and local homes. Each tribe has its staple food whereas all tribes share specific kinds of foods in that all people from all over the country enjoy the same kind of food with dominate foods being Matooke (green banana), Posho, sweet potatoes, cassava, millet flour, fish, chicken, beef and varieties of vegetables,mushrooms, giving alternatives to vegetarians and what all makes it unique is the traditional mechanism of preparation giving all dishes a test you will not find else were.

Uganda cuisine entails:


This is a traditional food in Buganda kingdom and the central region. Luwombo is encompassed of either stewed chicken, mushroom, beef, groundnuts, fish or any other sauce which is tied-up in a banana leaf and steamed over Matooke and any other any other staple in banana leaves or steamer. The food is cultural that its mainly served on traditional parties such as kwanjula (introduction). cultural ceremonies. The food was originally prepared in 1887 by Kabaka (King) Mwanga’s personal chef and has been prepared since then up to present. It is a very honored and respected food in Buganda and Uganda at large.


It is usually made from maize/corn flour but also other starches, regional names include kwon. Here the experts make posho from cornmeal, and grits. This is prepared in eastern, western and southwestern Uganda. In Eastern Uganda, cassava flour is mixed with which makes it softer and enjoyable. Posho is well known as ugali in other parts of East Africa like Kenya ,Tanzania and can be eaten with any all types of sauce.

Matooke (Green Banana)

This is a staple food in the Central and western region. Matooke is collected green, peeled and then cooked and often mashed or pounded into a meal. It can be prepared for breakfast mixed with beef beans, peanut, which make it more tasty. The smashed Matooke can be served with all sauces, chicken beef, fish, groundnuts, beans and peas, which make the meal really delicious.


Its only in Uganda were the word Rolex represents a popular food item. Combining an egg omelet and vegetables wrapped in a chapati. This single-portion dish is quick to prepare, and can be eaten at any time of the day, from breakfast to a lunch or supper meal or snack. The name “rolex” comes from its method of preparation, with the chapati and the omelet rolled together.
Rolex is one of the favorite street foods in Uganda and however the in almost all food stores, restaurants, hotels and lodges have adopted the trend and now have the rolex on their menus.


These involve both local and international served on different occasions. These include porridge made from sorghum, maize and millet which is left to cool ad then taken after, coffee, black tea and milk served as breakfast. Tea can either be spiced or served in English style.
Sodas and beers are also served in all bars and restaurants. These include Pepsi, Coca-Cola, bottled mineral water among others depending on which one a person prefers. Also, most if not all people also take clean boiled and treated water.


Being a Tropical Country, Uganda is rich in fruits of diverse kinds which include oranges, mangoes, avocados, apples, tomatoes, pineapples, pawpaw’s, jack-fruit, ginger, bananas, watermelons, passion fruits, lemons and citrus fruits among others. These fruits are served as dessert along side food or in free time while relaxing and chilling.

Nyama choma & Snacks

Alongside the many foods and drinks, most appealing snacks are served all over Uganda. These are eaten along journeys, and in free times including roasted Nyama Chooma ,groundnuts, chapati, samosas, popcorns, and fried Sim-sim, among others.
Concerning vegetables, Uganda serves delicious vegetable types such as cabbages, dodo, Nakati and spinach. These are served alongside the main dish.
Conclusively therefore, Uganda serves the very nutritious food all over the world. These range from local and traditional meeting the expectations of local and international people.

Communication, in a respectful way

Ugandans have adopted a socially conservative culture and expressing emotions or affection in public is best avoided. Expressing anger is also frowned on and generally counter-productive so try and keep calm in frustrating situations.

Drug abuse is illegal and widely condemned as it is. Homosexually and guilty culprits may be subjected to legal consequences and your invited to be conscious during your stay in Uganda.


Since 1992, photography has been allowed in all areas with the exception of airports or military installations. However, some areas are still sensitive and it is advisable to take local advice.

Commercial photographers should consult the ministry of information for a permit.
If taking a photograph of people, it is highly recommended to ask their permission first.