The Uganda’s Independence Monument in Kampala city:
Not only is it emblazoned on all the new currency notes, the Independence Monument is in many ways one of the most important pieces of Uganda’s heritage.
Located along Speke road in Kampala, just opposite Standard Chartered bank, the construction of the Independence Monument was funded by the British Colonial government in the days leading up to Uganda’s first independence cerebrations on October 9, 1962.
Depicting a man unwrapping his child and raising it to touch the sky, the towering sculpture signifies a new born country let free from the bondages of colonization.
But also according to Dr Rose Namubiru Kirumira, a design lecturer at Makerere University School of art and design, the monument signified that Britain had done her part of raising the child, and that it was now up to its people to take it to further heights.
The monument was unveiled by Uganda’s first Prime Minister Apollo Milton Obote, on October 5, 1962, a few days before Uganda’s first Independence celebrations.
The Independence Monument was built by Gregory Magoba, one of Uganda’s first professional sculptors.