The Deputy Director of the Uganda Tourism Board John Sempebwa has urged Ugandans to embrace their historical background and take the center stage in telling the country’s story, through tourism.
Sempebwa said it is high time that Ugandans embraced and viewed tourism with an open mind because every place in Uganda is unique with an ancient story to be told, yet so much has not been told.
“All foreign countries have told amazing stories about their history, for example the movies about the Great Wall of China or the Egyptian Pyramids.
“All these encourage very many people to go and visit these sites. Contrast that with the movies they made about Uganda showing Idi Amin Dada eating people. This gives us more reason to tell our own stories,” he said.
Sempebwa made the call at the new Semagulu Museum in Mutundwe were he hosted over 200 students and took them through the importance of keeping their history alive.
Semagulu Museum is the new center of learning history with the outstanding reputation of rescuing the treasure of Democratic Parties’ President Benedicto Kiwanuka’s car.
The museum also has memorabilia of former leaders Milton Obote, Edward Muteesa, the colonialists, Arabs, Kings and chiefs of Uganda.
Sempebwa further encouraged students to make research, mobilize communities to identify unique things about their places and tell their stories to earn a living.