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Friendly – Welcoming Uganda the Pearl of Africa

Posted by on March 19, 2021

Ugandans are some of Africa’s Friendliest People

Friendly – Welcoming Uganda-a Top African Friendly Country

Friendly - Welcoming Uganda Many considering traveling to the Pearl of Africa often ask about Safety and Security, knowing little about Friendly – Welcoming Uganda. Uganda is part of the great African unknown in the minds of many. One reason is that the only news that people get in other parts of the world about Uganda is terrible. 

Like many African countries, Uganda has an image problem. The little that people know is through the lens of the country’s history. The haunting and lingering Ghosts of Idi Amin do not reflect the Friendly – Welcoming Uganda found here.

Good news reports out of Africa is a rarity. You may never know that Ugandan researchers developed an inexpensive, rapid COVID-19 antibody test kit. That Uganda has developed its electric cars and buses and now is building diesel buses that bring affordable mass transit to Kampala and beyond.

Instead, you might know about the recent 2020 and 2021 election violence or about the infamous Anti-Gay Bill that received worldwide attention and painted the country and its people as intolerant.

Few will know that Uganda has welcomed over a million refugees from neighboring countries, providing them and their families with a fresh start, even providing them with land to grow crops and feed themselves.

When Visitors arrive in Uganda, they are amazed by the Ugandans, amazed at how wrong they were about the country since it quite the opposite of what they imagined. 

Welcome to Friendly UgandaFriendly - Welcoming Uganda the Pearl of Africa

Friendly – Welcoming Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, is one of the most welcoming countries. Uganda is not only Safe, Secure, and Stable, but Friendly. In a recent survey of African Nations, Uganda ranked in the top ten friendliest and welcoming countries in Africa.

Visitors to both Uganda are often concerned are about their safety and well-being. Not knowing how welcoming and friendly and hospital Ugandans are. Visitors often feel safer, more secure, and more welcomed in the Pearl of Africa than in their own country.

A Welcoming Friendliness is the norm and not the exception in the country. While you are in the country, you will often hear, “you are most welcome.” That greeting is more than a glib phrase but part of the relational aspect of the Ugandan culture.

When you welcome someone in Uganda, you always shake hands, except during the COVID pandemic. The welcome is an acknowledgment, a recognition, and one always asks about the other’s well-being and family.  The welcome is part of the relational nature of Uganda that comes before anything else.

There is something genuinely sacred about it. It is no wonder Uganda is the Number One nation in the world when welcoming refugees from neighboring troubled countries. Countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, and South Sudan. Over a million refugees have found welcome in Uganda.

Friendly - Welcoming Uganda the Pearl of AfricaAfrican Hospitality Ugandan Style:

In Africa, in Uganda, when you welcome someone into your home, you take responsibility for their safety and well-being. It is all done in the spirit of Friendliness.  Welcome and Friendliness are the pillars of African Hospitality and an integral part of the culture. When you visit Uganda, you are not alone but with Friends.

A genuine concern shows traditional Ugandan Hospitality for the guest, visitor, traveler, or stranger’s well-being. It’s based on the belief that all fellow human beings outside their communities of origin need safety, provision, and companionship.

The practices of Ugandan hospitality, along with welcoming friendliness, are rooted in relationships. The visitor, traveler, tourist feels at home. They are protected, cared for, and honored as members of an extended family.

African Hospitality at its best in Uganda