African leaders dont need to speak a foreign language

I will address myself to the question of native African languages especially in states where those languages have persisted the colonial brainwashing of our peoples using the premise that whatever is African is inferior and unGodly!
many Africans think that a national leader has to speak a European language in order to lead his poeple or deal with foreign leaders. Such people are very un-informed. There are many presidents in different parts of the world notably in Asia and South America who speak no english or French. When they encounter western leaders they speak through an interpreter. I have seen western presidents or leaders respect foreign leaders who do not speak English or French.
Because African do not respect or honor our Africaness, we are despised by foreign western leaders and their peoples. Amongst African nations western leaders respect Ghanaians and Nigerians more than the rest and why is this so? because the peoples of Ghana and Nigera do not wear neckties, western coats and pants. They wear their traditioanl dresses. African peoples in other African countries need to consider changing their attires when visiting western nations. It is a question of adopting national attires well fashioned and tailored.
The british teased and espised Mahatma Gandhi when he flew to London wearing his loincloth. But Gandhi outsmarted them by fighting for his national political independence. Today this day, Gandhi is very highly respected and honored as an international stateman and hero.
Africans- we need to transfrom our national or African image to the international community first by respecting our native languages. Decades ago, I wrote articles in the Ugandan local papers about this matter. I gave examples of why India, China, North Korea and Japan have been able to develop their own techinology and science. They basically teach sceince and technology, medicine and engineering as well as you name it, all in their native languages.
There have never been a nation that thinks and teaches in a foreign language that has developed to the optimal creativity of it peoples. Hence one of the reasons why Africa has lagged behind in scientific and technological inventions and developments is because we teach and think in foreign languages. This stunts or stifles our natural creative potential. It is a sceintific fact that westerner will never reveal to Africans.
I explained that Africa needs to change her educational academic curriculum to begin teaching all elementary classes in native languages where possible- there must be a starting point towards tranformation. This is what Africa, Uganda needs to do. if we are to reach our optimum creative potentil. Then we need to identify our super-gifted children and help educreate but not teach them.
There are two ways of identifying these children; by making them your companion from an early age and observing them in every possible way and manner. Of course you must be knowledgeable of this subject. The other method is by applying esoteric scientific means, using astrology and numeroloy to identify them. Without these children and a special program for them, African will remain importing technology. Yet even up to this day, the US and other developed nations have special programs supporting creative or inventive citizens in their borders. Every day new inventions are made.
I wrote a paper on this subject and gave it to the Commissioner for Education in Kampala and I gave a copy to Hon Francis Babu when he was in the education ministry but they mistook it for special education which is about retarded children. Up to this day nothing has ever done aabout this matter.
I fully support the idea of nationalizing at least four major native languages in Uganda; one from the Four regions of Uganda; Luganda, RRRR, Luo and Iteso. If these languages are taught in schools there will be a positive difference in the consciousness of our peoples within ten years from today. Our view of each other will shift to a better and higher perspective. The citizens of Uganda based at Sseesamirembe gave this same suggestion to the Constitutional Draft Commission in the early years of Museveni’s regime. It was of course never adopted. But is nevertheless vital a step towards national unity and respect for one another.
Bhuka Bijumiro-Jjumiro
Virginia, USA.


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  1. Rev. Jessica Nakawombe,

    Mr. Bhuka Bijumiro-Jjumiro a.k.a ……,
    I find your article quite impressive especially on children learning in their native languages first. They will learn to respect their culture. On African leaders trying very much to impress the Western world by dressing in very expensive suits or clothing yet discarding their traditional dressing which may be even cheaper.

    However , I disagree with you on the note that children should be introduced to astrology and numerology in school. This has spiritual ties which may not be suitable to young children. For us Christians, the Bible is very specific on us NOT consulting the stars or cosmic powers, neither in engaging in ancient religions of the ancient world, for the LORD our God is One.

    “Is that so? Let’s examine what the Bible REALLY says. The following verse from Isaiah shows God addressing Babylon about the sins they are committing, including the seeking of guidance from astrologers….”

    Isaiah 47:13-14 (NIV translation): All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. Here are no coals to warm anyone; here is no fire to sit by.

    “There are many other scriptures about astrology/witchcraft, and interpreters of omens. How anyone (even those who don’t know the Bible very well) can misinterpret God’s word on this issue is beyond me:…”

    Deuteronomy 4:19 (NIV): And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.

    Leviticus 20:6 says God will separate himself from those who go after mediums and spiritists.

    Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says that practicing witchcraft, sorcery, soothsaying, interpreting omens, making spells, and being a medium or spiritist, are all terrible sins to God.

    Daniel 2:27-28 talks of how God kept King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and its interpretation secret from the astrologers, magicians or dream interpreters, and soothsayers. However, he revealed it to his prophet Daniel.

    Acts 16:16-18 talks of a girl who was possessed by an evil spirit that enabled her to be a fortune teller. Paul commanded the evil spirit to come out of her in the name or authority of Jesus, and the spirit left her.

    In Deuteronomy 18:9-11, Moses informs the Israelites: When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. (Deuteronomy 18:9-11 NIV).

    2 Chronicles 33:5-6 (NIV): In both courts of the temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts. He sacrificed his sons in [a] the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. Throughout the entire Bible God allows only His prophets to accurately interpret any kind of “signs.”

    Astrology is interpreting the signs in the motions of the sun, moon, and “wandering” stars. And that is why Kings and Popes have consulted Astrologers throughout the entire recorded history of humankind. In ancient times these wise counselors were called Magi (wise men) or Chaldeans, since many of the wise men who knew the principles of Astrology were from the land of known as Chaldea.

    Astronomy is a good subject, but cosmic bodies should NEVER be used to interprete our circumstances as in Astrology.

    I understand where you are coming from since you mention Seesamirembe. I used to read some of your articles and wondered where you were coming from. Now I know. This is the one connected to “Butebenkevu Buteefu” which religion bases its powers on the cosmic powers and I remember seeing cars in Kampala in the late 80s and early 90s that had written on them “Astral Products”. This new religion in Uganda kept dead bodies of people without their consent in caves in Masaka by your leader Sserulanda. this religion was denounced by Christians as a cult, as you may see from the Holy Scripture quoted above. They claimed to build a clinic that tapped into cosmic powers to bring healing.

    Members of a commission of inquiry set up to investigate the sect’s activities inspect the ‘temple’

    A RELIGIOUS sect that preserves dead bodies is seeking to build a multi-million dollar autonomous city in Rakai district.

    The Sserulanda Spiritual Foundation hopes to turn 200 square miles adjacent to Lake Victoria into a free trade zone, dubbed Ssessamirembe Spiritual City.

    The area covers the sub-counties of Kabira, Kakuuto and parts of Kooki.
    The group, suspected to be a cult, allows its members to choose whether to be buried or have their bodies preserved and kept in a common room, when they die.

    On Wednesday, Saturday Vision saw three of the former members’ bodies in a secluded permanent house in Kabira village, about 20 minutes’ drive off the Masaka-Rakai highway.

    I have heard from some members who defected some strange stories.

    On that note, I would not blame the Ministry of Education not implementing your recommendations in your paper. For I can tell that it had implications of ungodly, mainly unchristian values that you wanted to introduce to our children in a subtle and hidden way in our education system.


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