Jinja is the second largest town in Uganda in East Africa, and it is about four thousand miles from London. It is on the shores of Lake Victoria, near the source of the River Nile, which flows North all the way to the Mediterranean. The tribe who live on the West side of the Nile are called the Baganda and their language is Luganda. The tribe that occupies the East side are called the Basoga, and they have a similar language called Lusoga. About forty languages are spoken in Uganda. Children have to learn English, which is the written language of the country, when they go to school.
Jinja is a town located in southeastern Uganda where the Nile flows out of Lake Victoria, situated at an elevation of 3,740 feet (1,140 metres) above sea level. Jinja was founded in 1901 as a British administrative centre and grew to become one of the larger towns in Uganda. When construction on the Owen Falls Dam (now the Nalubaale Dam), 3 miles (5 km) downstream, was completed in 1954, the hydroelectric power thus provided was instrumental in Jinja’s development as the country’s main industrial centre. A second dam, Kiira, was later constructed about 0.6 mile (1 km) from Nalubaale. It was completed in 1999 and began producing hydroelectric power the next year. Industries include the first steel-rolling mill of eastern Africa, a copper smeltery, plywood and tobacco factories, and a grain-conditioning plant. Nearby are a brewery, a textile factory, and large sugar plantations. Products are transported by lake steamer as well as by rail and road. Jinja has rail links with Kampala (50 miles [80 km] southwest) and the port of Mombasa, Kenya.
Jinja Town is the municipal and commercial centre of Jinja District. Outside the capital city, Kampala, there are hardly any high-rise blocks or big supermarkets. In Jinja things are bought and sold in small
Jinja is famous for the Nile River and white water rafting and bungee jumping are some of activities here. The once-picturesque Bujagali Falls has been submerged because of the construction of the new hydroelectric dam, that went into commercial production in August 2012, doubling the Ugandan electricity supply. Some local residents are upset by the disappearance of the falls because they believe in the Spirit of the Falls, the 39th embodiment of which is an old man who performed rituals at the Falls for the protection of the community.
|Languages spoken||Luganda, English, Kiswahili|
|Currency used||Uganda Shillings (UGX)|
|Area (km2)||767.7sq Km|