Buganda Kingdom’s Queen Mother Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda talks about her life passions
If you asked many Ugandans who is their model woman, many will tell you, “the Nabagereka”. Readers of Uganda’s leading newspaper have always voted Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda the best woman of the year in the newspaper’s annual polls of the best and the worst.
But for many people, the Nabagereka is a model African Woman who fulfils her roles as mother, mentor, leader in the home and takes her active place in public affairs while remaining respectable- in an era where many think being a modern woman means not being African.
Nabagereka Nagginda has used her cultural roles and duties as the wife of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi to mobilize people in Buganda Kingdom and Uganda for development, inspired many young people towards better life and give live testimony that African women rooted in cultural roles have a place in modern public life.
Who is Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda?
Sylvia Nagginda Luswata belongs to Omusu (edible rat) clan. She was born in September 1964 in United Kingdom to John Mulumba Luswata of Nkumba, Busiro; and Rebecca Nakintu Musoke who currently lives in New York
She got married to the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II on the 27th of August 1999 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe –Kampala.
Nabagereka is the mother of Buganda kingdom’s princess, Katrina Sarah Ssangalyambogo, her only child to date. She however says her love for children is not limited to only Ssangalyambogo but it is dedicated to all children of Buganda, Uganda and Africa in general. She gave birth to Ssangalyambogo on 4th July 2001 at Queen Charlotte’s Chelsea Hospital in United Kingdom.
Kabaka weds Sylvia Nagginda
To her, she has hundreds of thousands of children to mother and she has taken on that role with a rare dedication that many people in Uganda can attest to.
Nabagereka’s Passion for education, especially of girls
The ultimate dream of Nabagereka Nagginda is to educate the country’s young girls. She has committed much of her time to this cause. Nabagereka says she works with several non-governmental organizations and other institutions of learning to visit schools, hold talks to advocate for more funding for girl child education and to inspire parents to educate their girl children and the girls to stay in school.
“An educated girl makes up a good mother, a good woman, and a good leader in future,” she tells Ultimate Media during the interview at her office in Bulango Mengo, the seat of Buganda Kingdom.
Maama wa Buganda (mother of Buganda)- as she is fondly referred to, says she has particular interest in the plight of disadvantaged school going children, especially girls.
In this regard, Nabagereka says she has been leading mobilization for money to fund Kabaka Mutebi’s Education Fund (KEF). The Nabagereka says her love for the education of girl education is in line with Buganda kingdom’s programme of promoting education throughout central Uganda and the country at large.
She also started the Nabagereka Development Foundation with a vision “To be a leading organization in education, health and community empowerment, targeting children, youth and women”. She also runs a host of their projects under the office of the Nabagereka.
The Fashionable Nabagereka, loved by many
Apart from her commendable role as an education and development activist, a model wife and mother, Nabagereka is to many women been a perfect model of decent fashion. On many occasion, her dressing is the center of attention, whether it is in the Gomesi, the traditional Kiganda dress , other African fabric made dress attires, or her custom sun glasses.
Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda dressed in gomesi, Buganda's traditional dress
She says she enjoys dressing decently and advises all women in Uganda and Africa at large to dress decently to glorify African cultures in diversity. Nabagereka is one of the most loved and respected women in Uganda and the world at large.
For instance you might have seen the Nabagereka on facebook, the popular worldwide social network platform. She is not the one who created the face book account for herself. She says the Nabagereka page on facebook was created and is updated by some Baganda who cherish their kiganda culture, love their kingdom and support the development activities of Nabagereka.
On her fan page, you can get a true picture of people’s love for the Nabagereka and appreciation of her development work. “Mum you have really done a great job in educating the children and defending their rights more so the girl children. May the Lord bless you always. Thank you very much,” says one Ronnie Mubiru.
Nabagereka’s on the role African women
The Nabagereka, who was during the interview smartly dressed in a an expensive blue gomesi said its part of kiganda (African) culture, norms and virtues for a woman to respect and love her husband with all her heart. She says it is African for a woman to smile and humble herself while greeting guests, neighbours, relatives, husband and elders among others. She says it is also good of an African woman to love children including the non biological ones.
“I call upon African women to love and respect their husbands,” she says. Nabagereka says that she loves and respects her husband, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, the Kabaka of Buganda.
She advises religious leaders, family elders, clan leaders, politicians and all community leaders irrespective of their levels of education, economic background or tribes to regularly advise young girls joining marriages to consider loving and respecting their husbands a career.
Nabagerka Naginda’s early life, education and work
She was born in September 1964 in United Kingdom, and briefly studied in see more on page 2 below