The oral history, customs and traditions of the Ndrukpa (Lendu)


The Ndrukpa often known as the Lendu are one of the most marginalized indigenous minority groups in Uganda. They are an agricultural group mostly in Zombo District, West Nile at the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Documenting the oral history, customs and traditions of the Lendu

Being one of the marginalized ethnic groups in Uganda, there is little information about the Lendu culture in Uganda. CCFU documented their oral history to preserve and promote their culture for the future generations and avail information that can be used to influence affirmative action towards indigenous minorities.

The documented information was collected from different parts of Uganda where the Lendu are found. Other groups of people that have had similar migration and living patterns were interviewed and their information was shared in the publication

“…We want to make available written material on the culture of our unique group to better appreciate the cultural diversity of Uganda.” Charles Mateso, one of the Lendu community leaders

Publications and the launch

The children’s publication documents Lendu customs and traditions including games, songs, poems, stories and proverbs that teaches the Lendu children about their culture and history

The elders’ publication documents the history of the Lendu (their migration and settlement) and their way of life in the past and present

The publications which are in English and Ndrulo were launched on 18th December 2019 at Adisa Primary School in Zeu, Zombo district by the Lendu King, His highness Manasi Njumi II. Other people present were the district leaders, young people from the communities and schools in Zombo, civil society and the media.

CCFU’s work in relation to indigenous minority groups in Uganda

CCFU has worked with various minority groups across the country to promote their cultural rights by documenting their oral history, supporting advocacy initiatives, assisting access to land and livelihood interventions, enterprise development and access to education.