Steve Biko had a dream of transforming the mind of Black People from self degradation in terms of believing that white people were Supra and Africans Infra.Black people had and still have a tendency of believing that Indeed what white people can do they cant and this in not true.Some Blacks despise anything African to the extent of even denying themselves their vernacular languages.
Im a Mukiga and not only that,Im a Mukiga Kashushu and my language is Rukiga. Much as Im gifted in many Local and Foreign languages Rukiga will always be my number one language and Mukiga my tribe.Some People have claimed to be Baganda, given themselves Luganda names.I believe that being ashamed of who one is and what his language is happens to be tantamount to stupidity
My own children cant speak Rukiga because they were born in exile but at least they speak other African Languages besides English. It is a very big shame that we have some Baganda children in Buganda,Uganda who besides English cant speak their mother tongue Luganda which even non Baganda are fluent in,just like we have Bakiga children schooling in Kampala but do only speak English and not Rukiga !! I started my Primary Education in Kampala and completed it in Entebbe but am as fluent in Rukiga like a man who has never left Kabale for any other place.
There is need for us to be proud of what we are and of our languages too.By calling ourselves what we are not is an Inferiority complex which also has its roots in Neo colonialism.
Writen : Benson Katundu-Byarugaba
Bantu Stephen Biko was a South African anti-apartheid activist. Ideologically an African nationalist and African socialist, he was at the forefront of a grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s.