A child named Kitami is presenting a wooden pot (ekyanzi) of milk as a gift from Uganda. Below, the artist Taga Nuwagaba from Uganda describes this illustration found in the personalized storybook My Very Own® World Adventure.
“The painting depicts a young girl offering a wooden pot (Ekyanzi) of milk to someone dear to her. She is wearing special attire known as omunagiro, popular among girls in Western Uganda. A pot of milk is a special treat given to respectable visitors as refreshment after a long journey usually on foot to come and visit relatives or friends. It is not just about the milk or even the pot in which it is served but the love and hospitality behind the act. Although it is made out of wood, it has no joinery anywhere. It is curved by skilled sculptors using special gorges and the technique was introduced by the Chwezi people who ruled Uganda and the surrounding countries about two thousand years ago. “The milk in this special pot is prepared before a visitor is served using sweet-smelling herbs to give it great flavour. The background bears the Chwezi or Ankole cows, which is a scene unique to Uganda. Such scene represents wealth because a cow in this part of the world is a source of great wealth and power in many civil communities. Such a girl would bear a name such as Kabibi.”
|Medium:||Watercolour and oil|
|Child’s Name in the Illustration:||Kitami|
|Gift Presented by the Child:||Wooden pot (Ekyanzi) of milk|
|Found in the Personalized Book||My Very Own World Adventure|
|About the Illustrator: Taga Nuwagaba
After completing Makerere University with a BA in Fine Art in 1990, Taga Nuwagaba embarked on his career and has painted since using watercolour and oil. His favourite subject has always been wildlife and the human figure. He has a passion for culture, and the people he prefers for his subject are usually from rural Uganda. His choice of the Black Madonna and child as a continuous theme in his career does not only show his concern for the African woman but it is a depiction of the real hardship she endures.
He was inspired to become an artist by his grandmother Kateta who was an accomplished artist in her own right.
Taga has worked with many conservation and wildlife groups in Uganda like the Jane Goodall Institute in Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Ecotrust, and African Wildlife Foundation. His wildlife works of primates and moths have appeared on Uganda stamps. Uganda Tourist Board commissioned him to make a mural depicting thirty five Uganda’s favourite bird species to represent Uganda in the International bird-fairs abroad.
His work hangs in the prestigious Mweya Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park Semliki Safari Lodge in Semliki National Park, Emin Pasha Hotel, Nile Prestige Bank, Rwenzori Finest coffee (Lugogo Mall) State House, Nakasero, Citibank, Hima Cement Offices in Kampala and many Residences in Uganda and abroad.
He has a home Gallery on Gayaza Road, Kyanja and his studios are at Tagaframe on Kira Road, Kamwokya. He is currently lecturing in art at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee – USA as a Fulbright Scholar.