Diaspora Cultural Events | Tooro American Association, Inc. (TAA) Successfully Launched In Maryland

Posted April 9, 2015 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Diaspora Cultural Events ~ 7,622 views


mini-Some of TAA Pioneer Members

Press Release — The Tooro Diaspora community in North America successfully launched their umbrella organization, Tooro American Association, Inc. (TAA) at a grand dinner event on Saturday, April 4, 2015 in the Washington DC suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA.

The association is a brain-child of Batooro (and friends of Tooro) living in the Washington DC metropolitan area. According to the Association Chairman, Albert Bakasara Kazooba, “the idea is that we build a platform that will enable us to embrace and celebrate our culture and heritage; support development and education projects both here and back in Tooro; and, to form new and nurture old bonds amongst ourselves and with our neighbors and friends”.

mini-Mbuutu of Uganda performers

The event was dignified and Tooro culture was on full display. Batooro and friends of Tooro came from all corners of the United States. Between 250 and 300 guests clad in formal and beautiful traditional attires packed the Shalom Temple Events Hall that was magnificently decorated in Tooro colors of Gold/Yelow and Carolina
Blue. The evening’s program was opened with a prayer by Pastor Isaac George Wilson Balinda, followed by the National Anthems of the US and Uganda, and then the Tooro Kingdom Anthem was played – as many in the crowd sang along. Dr. Daisy Kabagarama read a poem she authored for the occasion to celebrate Abaana ba
Tooro (Children of Tooro).

mini-Some of the Guests Arriving

The Ambassador of Uganda to the United States, H.E. Ambassador Oliver Wonekha was represented by Political and Economic Counselor, Mr. Patrick Guma Muganda, who delivered her message of togetherness, and cautioning the association to stay apolitical and development-focused. A congratulatory message (of peace, unity, and development) from the King of Tooro, Dr. Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV was read – as his image was displayed on the projection screen. And, people applauded and cheered after the speech.

mini-TAA Chairman, Albert Bakasara Kazooba

Attendees included religious leaders, Uganda Embassy officials, and community leaders and representatives of other Ugandan cultural organizations in North America. Uganda North American Association (UNAA), the largest organization of Ugandans in the diaspora was represented by its current President, Mr. Brian Kwesiga. Also, a number of businesses – including but not limited to PostBank (U) Ltd, BB&T Events Management, LLC, and others were present at the event. The night’s entertainment included Kwebuga Engabu, Tooro traditional performances and dances of Orunyege and Enyamuziga by Mbuutu of Uganda dancers, and various Tooro folklore songs and dances by Tooro ladies.

The Beautiful ladies from Texas

At 11:00 pm, the stage was set for the popular area DJ Mondy – as Batooro and friends of Tooro danced the night away. We thank the Tooro American Association for reaching out to Ugandan Diaspora News and making us a part of their event. We wish you nothing but every success as you empower the Batooro people in the Diaspora.

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All photos appear courtesy of the Tooro American Association

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    Kennedy Burashe

    It was a memorable night. Special thanks to all the organizers. God bless.

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