This book gives authentic, well researched knowledge, and a clear picture of the biological, cultural and ancestral roots of the Basoga, one of the biggest ethnic groups in Uganda. Each chapter makes a good stand- alone reading, but its value can be more appreciated when read as a whole.
It is the best balanced reporting on the well- meant efforts by Busoga’s ancestors to unite and develop Busoga. The well laid – out evolution of the eleven hereditary chiefdoms in Busoa helps to understand and appreciate the past mind-boggling fights for the throne of the Kyabazinga of Busoga kingdom. There are many lessons especially for the people of Buganda to learn from, and commit themselves to reviving the lost glory and unit of Obwakyabazinga bwa Busoga.
Justice Batema N.D.A of the high Court of Uganda, fort Portal From Naibiri- Kazigo, Kigulu Chiefdom
The book presents a useful document for scholars as well as the casual readers. It provides a good history which every Musoga and those who desire to know about the Basoga, would benefit from. It is useful to a Musoga in the sense that he or she will benefit from knowing his or her origin; while to non Basoga and particularly ethnographers, the book provides to them a rewarding exploration of how the Basoga we know today came about. The authors have clearly documented that chiefs formed the nuclei of administration in clusters of clans in particular localities.
By giving the lineages especially in the successions of the various chiefs, the authors have brought out those names which have been recurring when naming children in those royal clans.
The authors also bring out clearly how each chiefdom evolved into more or less an independent state but the commonality of culture and language persuaded the colonial masters to propose forum where they could discuss matters affecting them.