1st Uganda Journal

After the long weekend we’re back to our daily book – feature: Here you see one of our Uganda Journals. But not just any Uganda Journal, it’s the very first one. Vol.1 No.1 published in January 1934. In addition to that there is the Vol. 1 No. 2 included in this book.

Vol. 1 No. 1: Contents: Editorial; The Marimba Forest; Bark Cloth making in Buganda; Mutesa of Buganda; Notes on the Flora and Fauna of an Uganda Swamp; Notes: The Uganda Staff List for 1895; Native Music; Acholi Dances; The Origin of the Payera Acholi; A Dry Crossing of the Nile; Neoantrophic man of the early Stone Age; A Corrigendum to Speke’s Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.
Vol. 1 No. 2: Editorial; The Journey to Uganda; Katawe; The British Expedition to the Birunga Volcanoes; Ethnological Notes on the Karimojong; Some Notes on the Reign of Mutesa; The Population of Uganda: A Geographical Interpretation. Notes: James Martin; Bismutotantalite; Acholi Hunts; Bird Migration; An Approach to Linguistics.

In the following we’ll give you two short excerpts of the contents of each journal.
Marimba Forest: This article is written by Captain C.R.S. Pitman a game warden in Uganda. He describes the forest, it’s history, it’s inhabitants and his wildlife. The forest is florally and faunally West Africans now isolated easterly extension of Equatorial “Rain” Forest. Also called a forest Island. The article includes photos of several animals and fauna and flora.

The Population of Uganda: A Geographical Interpretation. This article is written by Samuel John Kenneth Baker. First he describes the country. It consists of an uplifted peneplain in the Archean schists, gneisses and granites, which make up the Basement Complex of the African Continent. The following description is very detailed and Baker uses some maps in order to explain his description. He uses a Orographical map of Uganda and Uganda’s Mean Annual Rainfall. To describe the people and their means of livelihood he uses the map of Uganda’s Plantain Production and Millet Production. In his last chapter Baker explains the distribution of Population with a map of Uganda’s Cotton Production.1 2 3