From Uganda to Nigeria, activists urge their government to take colonial names out of the streets

In the heart of the capital Kampala, King VI. Another street named after George takes visitors and lawmakers to the country’s parliament.

Uganda’s most popular game reserve, originally called Kazinga National Park Renamed After Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate the monarch’s visit to the British colony in 1954.
In Uganda, a former British colony, streets and monuments named after the colonists and British rulers, according to campaigners, he says it’s time to remove and rename them.

They petitioned lawmakers to trigger the legislative process to rename these heroes after their national hero.

“There were local names for these parks, lakes, roads and landmarks before they named the many members of the British royal family in Uganda. This is just problematic,” said Apollo Makubu, a lawyer who led the campaign.

Makubuya told CNN that there was no reason for these bookmarks to continue in Uganda even after gaining independence from Britain.

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“We don’t want to destroy or go the way of destroying sculptures or monuments, so we are talking to the government,” Makubaya told CNN.

Makubuya said Sir name streets and monuments Frederick LugardHe remained in Uganda and Nigeria, where he said he was “responsible for a humiliating treatment” and glorified the colonial conquest in Africa.

Known for advancing British imperialism in West and East Africa, Lugard ruled the regions in Nigeria for many years in the 20th century. The street in the commercial city of Lagos was named after him.

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This week, lawmakers in the port city, which houses the remains of the slave transported abroad, are asking the authorities to change the names of the colonists.

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Lagos parliament speaker Mudashiru Obasa said the push was not an attempt to rewrite history.

Even so, “From Humanity” Africans should not be celebrated, Obasa said, adding that some monuments are a definitive reminder of the activities of slave masters.

“We can change the names of some of these buildings and streets. Some names remind us of these people who enslaved our people,” Obasa said. Said.

“We need to change the names, but that doesn’t affect our history. We have to look at history,” he said.

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