Nankya Mweru:A German Medical Student’s Passionate Journey into the Heart of Ugandan Culture.
By Culton Scovia Nakamya
Nankya Mweru, known by her real name Amra, has become a sensation on the popular streaming platform TikTok, grabbing the hearts of Ugandan audiences with her comic videos.
Beyond the digital realm, this German national’s commitment to understanding and embracing Ugandan cultures has made her a unique figure.
Nankya Mweru, real name Amra Navatschkova is a Germany National doing her medical school rounds from Masaka Hospital in central Uganda.
A professional in music, Nankya was assigned to do some charity work in Uganda in 2019 to teach music both in Masaka and Kampala. Her host family in Masaka is so devoted to culture which caught Nankya’s interest. The first language in the family is Luganda which made it difficult for Nankya to communicate with the children at home. This inspired her to delve into learning Luganda, starting from elementary books to engaging in cultural practices like mat-making, traditional cooking methods, fetching water, and washing clothes.
Spending a total of eleven months in Uganda, Nankya has not only embraced the language but has also seamlessly integrated into Ugandan life. She has become a social media sensation for using Luganda as her first Language while in Uganda, expressing a deep admiration for the cultural differences between Uganda and Germany.
“it is rare to find someone living alone without any help. People here love and help each other so much unlike in my country Germany where everybody is on their own. Several people are lonely, living alone and this forces them to go live on the streets.” Says Nankya
Uganda’s favorable climate and the good organic food, have left Nankya contemplating making Uganda her permanent home. Her favorite food includes Matooke, posho, beans and Cassava. Despite her ongoing medical studies, Nankya expresses reluctance to return to Germany.
“I don’t want to go back to Germany. Unfortunate thing is I am still doing my medical course. It’s a tough decision to take but I love Uganda, its people and culture. Maybe when I finish school, I will settle here, get married and give birth to twins and construct my own hospital to help people.” She reveals.
Besides language, Nankya has embraced Uganda’s cultural attire, the Gomesi. She uses the traditional wear to go for church, introductions and some other events.
Uganda has a diversity of cultures and traditions with over 50 tribes and Languages. Nankya has so far mastered Luganda (Buganda), Uganda’s dominating culture but is eager to learn a few other languages and cultures like Ankole, Busoga, Bugisu, Acholi among others.
While Uganda is a third world economy, Nankya sees a lot of potential for the country to develop.
“The people are good, nice weather, and there’s chance to develop. Just a matter of time”. She said.
Watch her Interview here…