Empaako is a naming system practised by communities in Uganda, where children receive one of twelve names shared across the communities during a ceremony presided over by the clan head and relatives. Addressing a person by her or his Empaako name is an affirmation of social identity and unity and a declaration of affection, respect, honour or love, which can defuse tension. The transmission of Empaako has dropped dramatically due to a general decline in appreciation of traditional culture.
Series: 2013 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Authors and personalities: Stephen Rwagweri, director.
Production: Angabu Za Tooro (EZT), Uganda, producer.
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