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Season Three : Episode 04

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Duration: 27:52
The year is 1884. The Kingdom of Buganda has a new King, Kabaka Mwanga II. He is a teenager and everybody’s talking about him, his sexuality, and the young men in his court.
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The year is 1884. The Kingdom of Buganda has a new King, Kabaka Mwanga II. He is a teenager and everybody’s talking about him, his sexuality, and the young men in his court.
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every year. On June 3rd, thousands of people converged on the city of Kampala. In Uganda, they come here to celebrate Ugandan Martyrsday thes Pilgrim's gathered a shrine to remember the sacrifice off 45 Christian men who were killed there in the 18 eighties. Azi Ugandan woman. I grew up with this story that the church tells, which is that these young men, most of them in their late teens, were murdered by King Wanger, the second the last king to rule Buganda. Before colonization by the British. Wonga had 14 wives, 10 Children on a massive country to lead on bond. Wonga was also rumored to be gay and depending on who tells this story, Wanga sexuality either had everything or nothing to do with the 45 Christians who were killed on the fall of the Buganda Kingdom to the British Empire. I'm either Holly namby and you're listening toe Afro queer. Oh my! The story off King Wang is a story you grew up with in the Netherlands stating you start hearing about him winning primary school on Do you grow up hearing about his experiences and the things he did? This is the writer Naqi Sanjay Segawa from when she was a young girl. She remembers hearing this story of King Wonga, and it's stuck with her. She was so fascinated by this story she wrote a novel about him. It's called The Triangle, and it's the work of historical fiction. You grow up not liking him, but as adults, it's our responsibility sometimes to dig deeper and have why the understanding of all the historical characters that we come across. Let's start with Wanda's dad and predecessor, Cobb. Aqaba, Tessa. The first Ma Tessa ruled the Kingdom of Uganda for 28 years. Dure ing the Tessa's rain outsiders began to arrive in the kingdom. Mhm, Yeah, the Arabs had come on. They had influenced the king. That's one that's father off Buganda Kingdom to become a Muslim. While Kabbah Kutesa was interested in Islam, the religion had practices that contradicted Kay Gonda culture at the time. Such a circumcision and amongst the Ba ganda a king's blood should never be spilled. Then Matassa med missionaries from different parts of the world, telling similar stories of one god out of one book, the Bible, and he saw an opportunity to introduce reading and writing to his people. When Anglicans and Catholics from Britain and France arrived in the kingdom, they convinced me Tessa, to give Christianity a try, which he did. That is, until they told him it would mean marrying only one wife. And this is a king whose husband or and he says, No, no, no, no, no, no, no, my husband hold How can I have one wife in the Buganda Kingdom at this time? Not only were men, especially the king, expected to have multiple wives, but one of his titles, Buffy literally translates tow our husband and everybody in the kingdom. Women and men called him that negotiating the interests of these new faiths in his kingdom and maintaining the will of the Buganda traditionalists who had their own spiritual practices was a political balancing act only just managed by Marchesa. When Marchesa died, he was succeeded by his teenage son, Kobach Mwanga. The second and Wanga found it much harder to keep. The peace division started appearing within his people in that created conflict. So the Ba ganda, who were began dah with their one traditional faith, started being the Ba ganda who are Anglicans, the Ba Ganda, where Catholics, the Ba Ganda were Muslims and the began over traditionalists, and that created K
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