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Semakookiro of Buganda

Ssekabaka Semakookiro Wasajja Nabbunga
Kabaka of Buganda
Reign 1797 - 1814
Birthplace Uganda
Died 1814
Place of death Kasangati, Kyaddondo
Buried Kisimbiri, Busiro
Predecessor Jjunju of Buganda
Successor Kamaanya of Buganda
Consort 1. Naabakyaala Nansikombi Ndwadd'ewazibwa, the Kaddulubaale
2. Lady Balambi
3. Lady Bawedde
4. Lady Bwaayita
5. Lady Guluma
6. Lady Gwowoleza
7. Lady Jajjaw'abaana
8. Nabakyaala Kikubula Nassaza
9. Lady Nabisunsa
10. Lady Namatama
11. Lady Seb'andabawa
12. Naabakyaala Sirisa, Kabejja
13. Lady Sikyayinza
14. Naabakyaala Namisango, the Nnabagereka
15. Naabakyaala Nasuzewabi
Father Kyabaggu of Buganda
Mother Namasole Nanteza

Semakookiro, also spelled as Ssemakookiro, whose full name is Semakookiro Wasajja Nabbunga was Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda, from 1797 until 1814. He was the twenty-seventh (27th) Kabaka of Buganda.

Claim to the throne

He was the son of Kabaka Kyabaggu Kabinuli, Kabaka of Buganda, who reigned between 1750 and 1780. His mother was Nanteza, the seventeenth (17th) of his father's twenty (20) wives. He ascended the throne after the death of his brother, Kabaka Jjunju Sendegeya, whom he defeated and killed in battle; the Battle of Kiwawu, in 1797. He established his capital at Kasangati.[1]

Married life

He is recorded to have married fifteen (15) wives:

  1. Naabakyaala Nansikombi Ndwadd'ewazibwa, the Kaddulubaale, daughter of Luyombo, of the Nsenene (Grasshopper) clan
  2. Balambi, daughter of Sembuzi, of the Ndiga clan
  3. Bawedde, daughter of Nakato, of the Mbogo clan
  4. Bwaayita, daughter of Jjumba, of the Nkima clan
  5. Guluma, daughter of Lusinga, of the Ntalaganya clan
  6. Gwowoleza, daughter of Luzige, of the Ndiga clan
  7. Jajjaw'abaana, daughter of Serusa, of the Ndiga clan
  8. Naabakyaala Kikubula, Nassaza, daughter of Luzige, of the Ndiga clan
  9. Nabisunsa, daughter of Mukusu, of the Mpindi clan
  10. Namatama, daughter of Malunda, of the Ndiga clan
  11. Seb'andabawa, daughter of Nkali, of the Ngeye clan
  12. Naabakyaala Sirisa, Kabejja, daughter of Sekiwedde, of the Mamba clan
  13. Sikyayinza, daughter of Jjumba, of the Nkima clan
  14. Naabakyaala Namisango, Naabagereka, daughter of Luyombo, of the Nsenene (Grasshopper) clan
  15. Naabakyaala Nasuzewabi, daughter of Bunnya, of the Nsenene clan

Offspring

The children of Kabaka Semakookiro included the following:

  1. Prince (Omulangira) Kanaakulya Mukasa, who succeeded his father as Kabaka Kamaanya Kadduwamala, Kabaka of Buganda, whose mother was Ndwadd'ewazibwa
  2. Princess (Omumbejja) Ndagire, whose mother was Ndwadd'ewazibwa
  3. Prince (Omulangira) Luyenje, whose mother was Bawedde
  4. Prince (Omulangira) Tebattagwaabwe, whose mother was Bwaayita
  5. Prince (Omulangira) Nyiningabo. He was killed by being burned alive at Benga, for rebellion against his father.
  6. Prince (Omulangira) Kafunende. He was killed by being burned alive at Benga, for rebellion against his father.
  7. Prince (Omulangira) Kiyimba, whose mother was Seb'andabawa
  8. Prince (Omulangira) Kakirebwe, whose mother was Sirisa
  9. Prince (Omulangira) Kakungulu, whose mother was Sikyayinza. Prince Kakungulu became the father of twins, born before 1814
  10. Prince (Omulangira) Mutebi I, whose mother was Gwowoleza. He was killed by drowning in Busoga for rebellion against his father
  11. Prince (Omulangira) Mutebi II, whose mother was Jajjaw'abaana). He contested the succession of his brother in 1814, but was defeated and fled to Bukoba, in Kyaggwe.
  12. Prince (Omulangira) Zzimbe, whose mother was Namatama
  13. Princess (Omumbejja) Nakuyita, whose mother was Balambi
  14. Princess (Omumbejja) Nabisalo, whose mother was Guluma
  15. Princess (Omumbejja) Nagaddya, whose mother was Nabisunsa
  16. Princess (Omumbejja) Nabinaka

The final years

Kabaka Semakookiro died from an affliction, in old age at the Jjunju Palace at Kasangati, in Kyaddondo County. He was initially buried at Kasangati. In 1869, his remains were exhumed and re-buried at Kisimbiri in Busiro County.[2]

Succession table

Preceded by
Jjunju Sendegeya
King of Buganda
c.1797-c.1814
Succeeded by
Kamaanya Kadduwamamala

External links

  • Genealogy of the Kabakas of Buganda
  • List of the Kings of Buganda

See also

References

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