Nebbi: Named after a rock, the home of legendary Nyipir
Posted Monday, October 28 2013 at 01:00
Nebbi became a district in 1974 with the name derived from a rock called ‘Got Nebbi’ which was also home to traditional chiefs.
It is also commonly known as a land of angara - the salted fish especially found in Pakwach and agwara - the famous traditional horn and dance.
Nebbi borders the DR Congo where most of its trade takes place.
The district was curved out of Arua, which was by then called West Nile district to form South Nile district which is the current Nebbi District.
The cross-border trade with DR Congo in terms of agricultural produce and fish, especially from Lake Albert, provides an economic potential of growth.
The district reaps from the local tax as traders from Congo flock the markets with local products.
Legendary Nyipir, the brother of Labongo, was reportedly buried in Nebbi county.
And in that, it is rich of culture where the popular Agwara, Njige and Ndara dances remain a strong cultural bond and heritage with the Alur King, Rwoth Phillip Olarker Rauni III as the head.
Nebbi is one of the districts in Uganda which depends largely on agricultural and fishing especially along Lake Albert. Agriculture contributes to about 86 per cent of employment; most of which is subsistence.
The district has good tourist sites like hot springs in Panyimur, Omach Tomb in Pakwach and Wadh-Lei where Labongo and Nyipir separated in Pakwach.
The people who move and shake Nebbi
Rt Rev. Luke Henry Orombi
Rt Rev. Luke Henry Orombi, is a retired Archbishop of Church of Uganda. He was instrumental in establishing Nebbi Diocese, constructed education centre in Udende for clergy, and started a vocational training school at Goli. He also lobbied for construction and relocation of Uringi Secondary School with his friends from Jersey in USA. He has been instrumental in starting a primary school near his home and upgrading of Goli Health Centre. He is renowned activist against homosexuality.
Phillip Olarker Rauni III, the Alur king
He has played a unifying role of the Alur in the DR Congo and those in Uganda after more than a century of bad blood. The king also instituted by-laws on dressing code and environment, especially tree-planting campaign.
Patrick Okumu Ringa, Entrepreneur
He served as Padyere MP for two terms and was the State minister for public services. He started the Kwai Nyipir bus transport services in Nebbi. Ringa is a former managing director for Afro Motors Uganda Limited.
The journalist has started Rainbow Radio, the first community radio in Nebbi District. He started Action for Strategic Rural Information Development–but it never took off. He founded The West Niler newspaper in 2004.
Fred Omach Jacan
Jonam County MP. He was instrumental in lobbying for Alwi Dry Corridor water project. He also introduced moringa seeds which improved agricultural produce. He recently gave Shs30 million to women groups.