Masterpiece book on ceremonies and practices in Uganda published - Whisper Eye

Masterpiece book on ceremonies and practices in Uganda published

A masterpiece book on ceremonies and practices associated with Empaako naming system in Uganda.

A book presenting a comprehensive documentation inform of text, photography and transcription of Empaako naming ceremonies and rituals has been published. 

The book presents the social-cultural functions and meanings of Empaako practice in daily life of five bearer communities of Batooro, Banyoro, Banyabindi, Batuku and Batagwenda.

Produced in thousands of copies in Runyoro – Rutooro language with an English translation, the book is published and being distributed to community libraries, culture centers and schools and is being adapted to formal and informal education especially on culture, functional adult literacy and language.

The book was edited by Stephen Rwagweri Atwoki the International Council of Folklore and Folkart (CIOFF) President Uganda also doubling as the current Executive Director of Engabu Za Tooro.

The organisation is currently implementing a UNESCO co-funded project aimed at safeguarding and revitalizing Empaako naming system among the Batooro, Banyoro, Banyabindi, Batuku and Batagwenda and has published many books.

In addition to a book, a thirty minute video production on Empaako naming ceremonies and rituals for each of the five bearer communities has been recorded and produced in Runyoro – Rutooro language with English subtitling. 

These audio-visual productions are published online at, distributed to schools and libraries and adapted to multimedia formats for dissemination through different audiences and social media platforms. 
At least four folklore master items have also been recorded and produced for each of the ten communities from the greater Western Uganda including; Banyoro, Batooro, Batuku, Bakonzo, Bamba, Banyankole, Bakiga, Bagungu, Basongora and Banyabindi.

The produced folk films are published online at and adapted to Television programmes and the CDs distributed by folklore groups to schools, community centers and tourist centers. 

The masterpiece Empaako book, Empaako video productions and folk films have all been researched on, documented and published with support from UNESCO and Tutemu Engaro Self- Help Cultural Fund.