UNCC Tour: Japan Embassy First Secretary Tomoko Promises Strong Bi-lateral Cultural Collaborations during Her Tenure

The First Secretary Embassy of Japan in Kampala Uganda, Tomoko Ohyama paid a courtesy visit to Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) on Sunday, November 15th to acquaint herself with the art and culture sector in Uganda.

She was received by the Executive Director UNCC, Ojede Francis who briefed her about how the art and culture sector is fairing in Uganda.

Ojede shared with Tomoko how COVID-19 has affected the industry and the interventions being done to enable the practitioners adjust to the new normal.

“Our sector is among the worst hit by the pandemic and among the first to be locked down. We had to think out of the box and as such, we created virtual platforms to keep in touch with our audiences,” he said

Ojede noted that ‘UNCC@home’ is one of the shows streamed with recorded performance every Friday at 07:30 pm.

He further shared with the guest about UNCC’s plan to open up regional centres and that some cultural institutions have already offered land.

Tomoko also learned about the importance of a ‘Mutuba’ tree from which backcloth is made while taking photographs near the Mutuba tree in NACCAU compound.

Ojede also applauded the past support from the embassy including joint cultural activities and grants extended to UNCC among others.

In Tomoko’s remarks, she thanked the ED and the entire UNCC management for the warm reception.


She promised to make Art and Culture her priority through creating opportunities for the sector aimed at promoting bi-lateral cultural collaborations.

The ED took his guest on a guided tour of UNCC which started with the auditorium, Audio/visual studio, National Arts & Cultural Crafts Association of Uganda (NACCAU) and Nommo Gallery.


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