Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty

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The Ugandan anthem was written by George Kakoma in 1962, in response to the announcement of a nationwide competition for a new anthem for the newly independent country. According to Kakoma, the anthem was written in a single day, in a burst of inspiration.

The anthem is one of the shortest in the world, and is occasionally performed twice in a row to lengthen it.


Oh Uganda! may God uphold thee,
We lay our future in thy hand.
United, free,
For liberty
Together we’ll always stand.

Oh Uganda! the land of freedom.
Our love and labour we give,
And with neighbours all
At our country’s call
In peace and friendship we’ll live.

Oh Uganda! the land that feeds us
By sun and fertile soil grown.
For our own dear land,
We’ll always stand,
The Pearl of Africa’s Crown.


George Wilberforce Kakoma
George Wilberforce Kakoma
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