Ngec Me Lango

Rwot Owiny Akullu – A Grandson’s Compilation

The Lango Association of North America (LAONA) recently named the first recipient of the Association’s first scholarship- the Rwot Owiny Akullu Memorial Scholarship. This is a small but significant way of recognizing Rwot Owiny Akullu’s contributions to Lango. Like many chiefs before and after him, Rwot Owiny Akullu’s reign, contributions, achievements, trials and tribulations were never “officially” documented therefore very little is known about the Chief.

Attached is some information on Rwot Owiny Akullu as documented by his grandson John Peter Odyek. Any questions, comments and or additional information that you may have on or about the Chief, please direct them to Mr. Odyek. His contact information can be found at the end of the document.

Please click here RWOT OWINYAKULLU to read the document.



Lango Medicinal Plants*

Title: Medicinal plants used by communities of Ngai Subcounty, Apac District, northern Uganda…/…/bibio-ho-08-okello.pdf
Note: Scroll to Table 1 for list of medicinal plants, (p. 78-81).
Author: Okello (2007)

Title: Medicinal Plants Used in the Treatment and Prevention of Malaria in Cegere Sub-County, Northern Uganda…/inde…/era/article/viewFile/1167/750
Note: Scroll to Table 2 for list of medicinal plants used for preventing and treating malaria (p. 509-510)
Author: Anywar et al (2016)

Title: Nutritional Profile of Some Selected Food Plants of Otwal and Ngai Sub Counties, Oyam District, Northern Uganda
Note: Scroll to Table 2, Plant species with nutritional and medicinal values (p. 7441-7445)
Author: Acipa et al (2013)

Thank you to Dr. Jimmy Okello, Dr. Godwin Anywar, and Dr. Anabel Acipa for documenting Lango knowledge!

Home Made Health Remedies (available online)

Healthcare in Lango is getting worse. Not many people in Lango can afford private clinics. Here are some preventative health tips available online. Please share widely on how to make Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS) with people at home.

Oral Rehydration Solutions: Made at Home

Management of a Child with measles

Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity

By Sylvia Owiny
Chair, Education and Scholarship Committee, LAONA

*The materials and recommendations presented in these reports are those of the researchers and experts named in the reports, not that of the Lango Association of North America.


“Preventing Land Conflicts in Lango”

The land conflict in Lango has now reached a crisis point so we need to do our part by helping local and national governments prevent future land conflicts.

The Lango are selling their land like chicken! While one can grow more chicken, one cannot grow more land. If you sell your “wi odur”, where are you going to throw your trash, in someone’s land/garden? Do you factor in your children and grand children’s future in your land deals? Yes, people including my family members have told me that they have to sell land because they need money for school fees. Are you going to sell “wi odur” every year to raise school fees? Where are these children going to live when school is done? Land is critical for family and community survival; so please sell land that you know you and your family will not need in future if you must sell.

How you can help:

1) Reach out to families/communities about the importance of land for our livelihoods. Please respect people’s concerns and suggest other alternatives instead of selling family/community land for school fees.

2) If you are able, help family with school fees.

3) Work closely with traditional and local leaders to prevent current and future land conflicts in Lango

4) Encourage planting of trees along land borders in Lango.

Sylvia Owiny
Chair, Education and Scholarship Committee, LAONA


“Pol akare, wan ongeo ngo amyero otim, ento pe otimo”

Preserve Lango Swamps/Wetlands
•Olweny Swamp
•Arocha Swamp
•River Okole, River Tochi, and many more


Uses of Wetlands:
•Trap and recharge ground water supplies
•Remove pollution (purify water)
•Provide fish and wildlife
•Tourism, etc.


Source: National Wetland Policies…Uganda, 1995

What you can do:
•Stop draining/blocking swamps for homes or vegetables
•Plant fruit trees and trees for firewood near homes
•Plant trees on the edges of your land
•Teach your children early about the importance of swamps and trees
•Stop cutting Yao tree for charcoal. Moo Yao is Lango traditional oil
•Ask someone with tree knowledge to help you pick trees for fuel or fruits.


Lango yam pe gero ot icuny kulo, pien jok bedo ikulo (spirits live in swamps). This is/was an environmental education, worked very well until recently where people are draining or blocking swamps to build houses or grow crops. We need to go back to this old teaching to protect and preserve our motherland.

Sylvia Owiny
Chair, Education and Scholarship Committee, LAONA


Aa Ee Ii Oo Uu Ww
Yy Bb Pp Mm Nn
Dd Tt Ll Rr Gg Kk
Cc Jj Ny Ng

Note: Ny pronounce as “Nya” and Ng pronounce as “Nga”

By Sylvia Owiny
Chair, Education and Scholarship Committee, LAONA