Do you know that nobody knows exactly how Ssekabaka Mutesa I looked like?

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Kabaka Mutesa I

Kabaka Mutesa I

Do you know that nobody knows exactly how Ssekabaka Mutesa I looked like? All the images of him are paintings. The first photographs of a Kabaka of Buganda were of Mwanga.

The paintings of Mutesa I were the result of interviews of elderly people during the reign of Daudi Chwa but who had seen Mutesa I. These old people ended up describing a person resembling the Kabaka at the time (i.e Chwa). And Prince Joseph Musanje (who painted them) did not even see Mutesa I because Mutesa I died before Musanje was born.

This is why one can see a resemblance between Mutesa I’s paintings and Daudi Chwa’s photographs. There is, however, no resemblance between the photographs of Mwanga and the paintings of Mutesa I (Mwanga’s father). Further, there is also no resemblance between Mwanga and his son Daudi Chwa. Daudi Chwa’s features were from his mother Evelyn Kulabako “Masombira.”

Deo Kasansula

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  1. People like Ham Mukasa and Mugwanya were already born during Ssekabaka Mutesa I ‘s reign so they should have ably described his appearances. Secondly those two plus others like Rev Batulumayo Musoke Zimbe lived at King Mutesa’s court which means they were familiar with the king.

  2. Ham Mukasa, Mugwanya, Rev Batulumayo Zimbe, etc were young boys (and not yet in Royal circles) when Mutesa I was Kabaka. It is possible that Joseph Musanje (the painter) did not consult them for whatever reason. The information that nobody knows exactly how Mutesa I looked like, in fact, came from one of the Buganda chiefs of the 20th century.

  3. Bwana Twaha Senoga, further proof that nobody knew exactly how Mutesa I looked like can be seen in the above painting. In all the other paintings of Mutesa I (in Bulange, Kasubi, etc), he does not resemble at all the image in the above painting.

  4. There is a photograph of Mutesa I, it was made by H.M. Stanley, or someone in his caravan. The negative is now part of the collection of the Africa Museum in Tervuren, Belgium. I am writing about the significance of this photograph and various other renderings of Mutesa’s likeness. The one above is an adaptation from another gravure. You correctly note that it does not look at all like the painting/drawing best known in Uganda and ascribed to Prince Joseph Musanje. Hope to be sharing my findings with you soon and read what you think about them. Asking for a little more patience for my thoughts to get structured properly.

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