Nvuma

Akabbiro Katinvuma
(Type of wild thorny plant)
English
Clan Leader Kyaddondo
Estates Kawempe
Ssaza Kyaddondo
Omubala
Clan motto
Mpadduka (okulwaana) aliddayo mu kyaddondo

The beginning of this clan was a result of a dispute that arose from two children who were playing together; one with beads (Envuma) and the other without. The one without removed the beads from her friend and when the owner demanded them back, the other child swallowed them in the presence of their mothers. A dispute followed and the culprit’s mother offered to replace them but the offer was rejected. The quarrel ended tragically. The girl who swallowed the beads was killed and her bowels opened and seeds removed from her stomach.
That was not just about to end like that. The victim’s family ended the tradition of wearing these kinds of beads and a new totem was born.

Atanansio Mbugelamula Kasirye Kyaddondo the current head of the nvuma clan says that the nvuma seed is so rare and precious to the islanders of Ssese. When Kintu ascended the throne of Buganda, Kyaddondo carried many giftes to him among which was this precious underwater treasure. On his way, it fell in the lake and it took the whole group so much trouble to find. (Ogutateganya; eguzza nvuma proverb originated from that very incident). Because of the significance it has among fishermen and the fact that finding it potrtends good luck and a big fish harvest, Kyaddondo turned it into his family’s totem.

This group of people traces its descent from Kyaddondo who was said to be a son of Kintu but many historians assert that Kyaddondo was not Kintu’s son but merely arrived with him in Buganda.
This clan is special in every sense of the word because Kyaddondo as an area of Buganda comes from this particular personality. On arrival in Buganda with Kintu, Kyaddondo built in Busaaku Busujju. After a short while, he went to the present day Lubaga. From there he moved on to Mbuya and later on to Kawempe where he settled. All places he went were named after him and that is how Kyaddondo came to be so big a place.

Kyaddondo settled in Kawempe and had a son called Kagoma. After death, his son Kagoma became the heir. He moved from Kawempe and settled in Maganjo where he had a son called Lwomwa. Lwomwa begot Mugambwa. Mugambwa begot Wagaba. Wagaba did not agree with his siblings so he left and moved to Busiro however the title of the clan head is Kyaddondo and the clan seat is in Kawempe where Kyaddondo died.
Their official duties were to bless the king’s house before he entered or any of his family members. Ssegguluma of the Nvuma clan was in charge of the king’s water for washing his face and hands in the morning to cast evil spirits away.

Popular names for men:
Mugambwa, Walugumba, Kasirye, Jitta, Ssendege, Ssekaggya, Kasiriivu, Sseruwagi, Kagali, Kagoma, Lugoloobi, Ssekimette, Ssemaluulu, Kabembula, Kabinuli, Ssenjovu, Ssebalijja, Kavuma, Mankumba, Bukulu, Munyagwa, Kiwana, Kibumbwa, Seddyabanne, Ssemusu, Kabenge, Ssendagire, Kasi, Lwetutte, Kaggo/Ssekaggo

Popular names for women:
Nalunga, Nakasi, Najitta, Nankanja, Nnabasirye, Mbigidde, Nnakkomo, Mbekeka, Nambwayo, Nannozi, Nanvuma, Nangabane, Nabubi, Nantaba, Nabirimu, Namiyonga