The coolness of the morning quickly fades as we approach a Nubian household in Luwero district. Our group quickly takes refuge under the shade of a musaali tree where armchairs are laid out for us. The journey took us off the beaten tourist track, past swamp, tiny villages and mud wattle homes into the heart of Uganda. An excitement comes over me as I realise I am about to witness the basket making process from dyeing to weaving. Our Nubian hosts, clad in brightly coloured traditional garments called lesus, welcome us with warm smiles and greetings.
The Nubian Basket is made by Nubian women. Most of the Nubian community live in the slums of Kibera. They migrated to Kenya from Souther egypt Nothr & southern Sudan during the first world war. The Nubians are predominantly Muslims. Their cultural bonds is therefore also very much influenced by their religion. The Nubian group is not only cohesive but rather conservative. This could be attributed by the groups awareness of their origin and need to avoid loosing their identity hence the need for togetherness of their origin and the passing of the same values to generations after a generation particularly at this time of an ever changing society due to cultural and socio-economic factor and dynamic intermingling in the multi-cultural mode of life particualrly in the urban squatter/slum settlement areas.