By Irene Abalo Otto
The institution received the cash donation on Monday afternoon at the Paramount chief’s palace in Kanyagoga Parish, Bardege Division, Gulu Municipality.
The money was handed over by Acholi Tourism Association, a regional cluster of the 12 set across the country by Uganda Tourism Board.
According to Stonewall Kato, the chairperson of Acholi Tourism Association, the money was pledged in December, 2017 by UTB as a contribution towards the Acholi Cultural Festival.
“This money was supposed to be given last year to help in organizing the festival but there were delays. Now we are giving the money to help Ker Kwaro Acholi and the organizers of the Festival to pay any debts or run any activity in line with promoting Acholi culture,” Kato said.
There are 12 clusters formed by Uganda Tourism Board to promote tourism in all regions, Acholi Tourism Association is the latest cluster established in July, 2017.
Kato said the association was formed to market tourism sites and treasures in Acholi Sub region that have remained hidden from the rest of the world.
“Our work is to market and support initiatives aimed at Marketing Acholi culture. For instance, we have about 200 foods and only about 56 are eaten today. The Acholi have more than 52 dances and only 14 are now performed in events at community level,” Kato explained.
The Acholi perform dances according to the occasion; Dingi Dingi is performed by young virgins to show their beauty, Bwola is performed before a chief or to welcome a chief, Otole is a war dance while Larakaraka is a courtship dance among others.
The Acholi Paramount Chief, Rwot David Onen Acana II thanked the UTB for supporting a cause to unite Acholi and build confidence in them to market their culture.
Rwot Acana said the Acholi should think of building an information centre to sell their rich culture to others which will as well act as an employment opportunity.
Research shows that the Acholi culture has the most types of food world over, it has about 200 different dishes followed by India with about 190.
Tourists enjoy local dishes like Malakwang, traditionally prepared shear nut butter and green vegetables like akeyo, boo and lakotokoto among others.