Two weeks ago I resurrected my blog that I had ignored for a solid two years and the whole reason for this was saving the UNCC. I blogged about it and 64 of you shared and 23 of you read it and honestly I was happy.
However I have come to realise many of us do not know the depth of what exactly is going on, or even the magnitude of what we are bound to lose. It has not yet fully settled in our minds that the UNCC is one of the things that make up Uganda’s very core. Every single Ugandan even those of this generation have a personal story to tell about the National Theatre/UNCC, some more than others but still an overwhelming number of us have attachments to This place and some of these we hold very close to our heart. I For one met my very Good bordering on sister friend there, and now am also horribly crushing on some dude there (SEE VERY VERY PERSONAL INDEED haha). But on a more serious note when UNCC is “re developed” I can guarantee you that this is going to shake each and everyone of us to the very core of who we are.
Any way what is 10 days of UNCC all about. Simple. I took Nine core reasons why I think National theatre should not be “re developed” and now I am dedicating a blog day to each single one to expand on them and explain why exactly they are a reason to save UNCC. The 10th day however is today, and today I will give general knowledge and roles of UNCC.
So going to the point, UNCC was established by the UNCC act in 1959 (that was later amended in 1965). It was inaugurated under the act and it was tasked with three major roles:
- Providing and Establishing Theatres and Cultural centres in the country
- Encouraging and developing Cultural activities
- Providing a home to societies, groups and organisations that deal in Culture, Art and entertainment.
To preserve, promote, popularize and develop Uganda’s Culture and Art through setting standards, building capacity and implementing relevant national policies.
A vibrant institution guided by unity in diversity, integrity and relevance to national development. nourishing, celebrating and promoting Culture and Art.
The Official Website of the Government of Uganda describes the UNCC/National Theatre as a statutory body that is tasked with the responsibility:
- To preserve, promote and popularize Uganda’s cultural Heritage locally and Internationally.
- To educate and entertain public through Theatre and Film.
So one may wonder why am i Going through all this mission and Vision Statement mambo Jambo. I mean no one reads this stuff atleast I don’t!! But my reason is in a very simple question:
WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THE UNCC ROLES, TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AFTER IT IS LOST?
What happens to the cultural promotion locally and internationally? What happens to the Heritage it is supposed to protect, promote and preserve? the History embedded in its old wash down walls? the Freedom of diversity it stands for or the freedom to be Ugandan that we all fight for everyday? the Love for nation? the stories we tell about it or those we were told? And what happens to the Ugandan Cultural Identity, when the UNCC is gone?!! Where will we stand together as one to say, we may have different ethinic backgrounds but at the end of it all we are one…UGANDA!! WHERE? So what do we do now? Do we just let it all go, do we just let FIFTY SEVEN years of Ugandan Core Identity get washed down the drain? Or do we just transfer all this to another theatre that is not even a decade old and does not have a leak of regulatory experience? WAY TOO MANY QUESTIONS WITH NO ANSWERS!
Whoever speaks on behalf of the “re development” project keeps saying that they are not demolishing the place but redeveloping it however I need you to put this in mind, they do not intent to touch the UNCC whatsoever, but instead build a massive Mall/ offices/ apartments twin tower building in the parking lot and crafts village. At one point we all studied deforestation and re-afforestation RIGHT? So lets look at it this way: Mabira is an old and perfectly diversified forest right? So Scenario one: someone comes cuts down three quarters of the trees and plants pine trees around the quarter left . Keep in mind Pine is as expensive as hell so that is guaranteed monetary value after and for a long period of time. Scenario two: Some one comes looks for all dead trees in Mabira (which I must say that being an old forest are many) cuts them down and replaces them with Pine but at the same time leaves the other trees in place. At the end of the day, who will benefit more? I think it’s scenario two cause he Preserves and develops at the same time!!
NOTE: Pine forests Unlike our Mabila have no base value whatsoever I MEAN THEY ARE ALLERGIC TO AIR POLLUTION. Isn’t that the whole value of trees, you know take in the bad and give out the good?? I mean people cut down pine trees every day and no one cares but Cut down Mabila and Indians will die!!
Day #1 lets think about this. and Day #2 we shall look at HISTORY: HOW 57 YEARS OF OUR HISTORY ARE GOING DOWN THE DRAIN!!!