Ugandan National Anthem


Ugandan National Anthem


Below are the lyrics of the Ugandan national anthem in both Runyankole and English. We've also got a video of children singing the anthem (below) but in English! The Ugandan national anthem is often performed twice in a row as its one of the world's briefest. Shortly before independence from Great Britain in 1962 a competition was held to establish the new national anthem and none of the entries were deemed suitable so composer George Wilberforce Kakoma (above) was asked to step in and try his hand.

English
Oh Uganda!
May God uphold thee,
We lay our future in thy hand.
United, free,
For liberty
Together we'll always stand.
Oh Uganda!
The land of freedom,
Our love and labour we give,
And with neighbours all
At our country's call
In peace and friendship we'll live.
Oh Uganda!
The land that feeds us
By sun and fertile soil grown.
For our own dear land
We'll always stand:
The Pearl of Africa's Crown.
Runyankole
O Yuganda!
Ruhanga akubangire,
Niiwe matsiko gaitu
Tukwataniise
Twiin’obusingye
Nitwija kuguma tuhamire!
O Yuganda!
Ensi y’obusingye
Tukunde tukwehenengyere
Nabataahi beitu boona
Abara twiijemu
Tugire obumwe nkabanywaine!
O Yuganda!
Ensi eturiisa
Ahabwomushana neitaka ry’orwezo
Iwe nyamurungi we
Tubeere eruru
Nkekiruunga ky’Afirika!

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