Juliet Lubega

Grand Father’s legacy


Whether you met him or not you can feel him, smell him and touch him. His influence never fades.
Grandfather died in 1968, in his 90s.His final resting place is below these beautiful banana leaves spreading out like butterflies.
This Mutuba tree represents everything he stood for; a humble village man who planted lots of such trees, harvested their back by wrapping fresh banana leaves , beat them with wooden mallets into bark cloth to sell for a living.
I felt immensely proud of my grandfather to find history repeating itself when I visited this plantation, my ancestral ground at Bubango Village in Rakai District in March 2014
A young Mutuba tree being harvested in the same way he did nearly 100 years ago.



©Juliet.Lubega (unpublished 2014)


Author: lubega1

Among other things an aspiring UK based African writer with particular interest in African/Western cultural divide..

5 thoughts on “Grand Father’s legacy

  1. Beautifully written! My grandparents have always held a place in my heart. My grandfather is turning 91 next week and I’m so happy I get to be with him to celebrate!


  2. Thank you.Happy Birthday to your grandfather.Enjoy the celebration with him.He is special.xx


  3. What a beautiful testimony to honor your grandfather. Cherished memories of loved ones are coveted gifts we carry for a lifetime and pass on to those that follow cross our path. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Thank you.Cherished memories indeed.At one time we thought we had lost all the trees!


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