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.
|May God uphold thee,|
|We lay our future in thy hand.|
|Together we'll always stand.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Niiwe matsiko gaitu|
|Nitwija kuguma tuhamire!|
|Nabataahi beitu boona|
|Tugire obumwe nkabanywaine!|
|Ahabwomushana neitaka ry’orwezo|
|Iwe nyamurungi we|
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