Was it Really Churchill who Called Uganda “The Pearl of Africa?”

22 11 2010

I have always bought into the idea that Winston Churchill should be credited with dubbing Uganda the “Pearl of Africa.”  That’s what everybody says, and knowing that he came here and was enamored with the country, I never had a reason to doubt it.

Then this morning I read an article on Musere’s Live Journal called “Uganda the “Pearl of Africa,” Henry Morton Stanley, and Winston Spencer-Churchill.”

This article makes a pretty convincing argument that it was actually Henry Morton Stanley, that incredibly brutal explorer and scourge of Congo, who first called Uganda the “Pearl.”

I must admit that if this is true, I am a little disappointed.  However, disappointing or not, the truth must be told.

Has anyone else out there come across references that connect this phrase to Stanley rather than Churchill?

Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala

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3 responses

23 11 2010
tumwijuke

Very interesting argument. Might mess up Uganda’s USP, so hush.

(And thanks for highlighting Musere’s blog.

23 11 2010
Mark Jordahl

I’m impressed with Musere – he/she writes very well-researched posts.

Mark D. Jordahl Conservation Concepts 256 775 295 126 Blog: Wild Thoughts from Uganda https://conserveuganda.wordpress.com

“Give me a Wildness whose glance no civilization can endure.” – Henry David Thoreau

23 11 2010

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