Makerere University Announces Date for the 2023 Annual Nsibirwa Public Lecture

Makerere University has set Thursday November 9th as the date for the second Martin Luther Nsibirwa Public Lecture. This was revealed in a statement released on Saturday November 4th by the University publicist Ritah Namisango in conjuction with their partners Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Nsibirwa, a celebrated patron and forefather of Makerere University defied odds and public protests in 1945 to provide the land where Makerere University stands today, a decision cost him his life.

His bravery and sacrifice saw Makerere College school expand to gain University in 1970, becoming the premier University of East Africa.

Nsibirwa’s selfless gestures didn’t stop at giving Makerere College land for expansion, he also gave part of his own land in Mulago to the University for the construction of a dormitory for the School of Nursing. His gestures portrayed his belief in education.

The Thursday lecture which will run under the theme, “Situating the Role and Relevance of Cultural Institutions in Modern Uganda, will be held in honor of the legacy of the late fore father and his contributions to the University.

The lecture, according to Namisango will be delivered by Owekitibwa Apollo Nelson Makubuya, a distinguished alumni of Makerere University, respected Uganda Corporate lawyer, and the Senior Palace Advisor to Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

Makubuya has served in many senior capacities in the Kingdom of Buganda including as Deputy Katikkiro, Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

In this year’s lecture, he seeks to delve into a critical and timely exploration of the significance of cultural institutions in the rapidly evolving socio-cultural landscape of Uganda, enhance understanding of cultural institutions in Uganda and their role in shaping the nation’s identity.

The lecture will further assess challenges and opportunities for cultural institutions in modern Uganda, provide insights and recommendations for supporting and engaging with these institutions and align Makerere University’s agenda with a focus on research and knowledge production in the coming century.

It will be held at the Yusuf Lule Central Teaching Facility Auditorium starting from 2:00PM to 5:00PM and streamed live virtually.

Chris Tusiime