African summit for cultural leaders at Centre International de Conference Abdou Diouf Dakar, Senegal.

The Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga, His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope IV, has asked world leaders to embrace culture as an enabler for development.

Addressing the ongoing African Summit in Dakar organised by President Macky Sall of Senegal in partnership with Universal Peace Federation, the Kyabazinga elaborated the importance of upholding our Cultural values.

Isebantu Kyabazinga with the Queen mother of Tooro Best Kemigisha after his keynote speech.

“Culture evokes emotional responses and reactions but not reason yet it’s an enabler for development. If our people are brought up in an organized environment, chances of success are paramount,” the Kyabazinga, who was a keynote speaker said, and emphasized the need to promote peaceful co-existence as a uniting factor.

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Kyabazinga with the grand son of Nelson Mandela, chief Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela

He added: “Of late we are not putting a lot of emphasis on our respective cultures yet it’s an enabler for development. I therefore, implore all of you to use your available avenues to blend culture with modernity for development to flourish.”

The summit held under the theme: “New Africa: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values”, brought together several leaders.

And, addressing the leaders under the sub theme: ‘Traditional leaders, The New village movement and Sustainable Economic Development’, the Kyabazinga highlighted the need for stakeholders of development to embrace the Korean Model of Village Economic Empowerment where the family is the pivot, and adapt it to respective countries. He also emphasized the need for cultural leaders to work with government and mobilise their subjects.

The Kyabazinga was accompanied by the Isabalangira of Busoga, Chief Samuel Nkuutu Zirabamuzaale, the Minister for Kyabazinga Affairs Owek. Yudaya Babirye, the Deputy Isabalangira of Bugabula chiefdom, Prince Babalanda Gabula and his Personal Assistant Mr. John Naku.

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