|Akabbiro||Njovu(Elephant) / Enfudu(tortoise)|
|Estates||Mbazi hill, Kojja|
|Omubala Clan motto||Mu nnyanja weddiramu ki? Nvubu. Obudde bunzibiridde, sula. Geebalama, geebalama ennyanja.|
A hippopotamus is believed to have once killed a young man called Kaseeseeba who was crossing Lake Victoria to join his father, Kayita in Busaabala. The father was so angry that he declared that all his children should watch out the hippo with caution and in time, it became their totem.
Kayita is the grandfather of this Nvubu clan and the Clan Head. He arrived with Kintu in Buganda and built his first settlement in Ntonnyeze, Busujju. He later left Ntonnyeze and built in Mmengo where Bulange is situated. He left some belongings including grinding stones as he headed for Buweekula and that is how the place got the name, Mmengo (grinding stones). It is here that his lost son Kaseeseeba was born together with his other children.
There is myth however which suggests that the reason these people are of the Hippopotamus and Tortoise totems was connected to the events that followed Kayita`s birth. It is said that he was followed by a tortoise instead of the usual afterbirth which tortoise grew and turned into a hippopotamus. Because of that, the Hippopotamus became their primary totem followed by the tortoise as their secondary totem. The Nvubu and Njovu clan have a lot in common and suggestively, they could have been one clan but split at some point.
It is said that Kayita never settled in Buweekula permanently. He left and went to Kyaggwe on a hill called Mbazi in Kojja. This became his final place where he settled permanently and today it is the Clan Seat of the Nvubu clan.
The Nvubu clansmen had a lot of important duties for the king most of which were related to the Lake Nnalubaale (Victoria). They were in charge of large canoes for the king and also paddled them whenever the king and his entourage needed the service. The drum Ntamivu was played by the Nvubu Clan. Bwakiro, the Kabaka`s shield, was made by Ttengetenge of the Nvubu clan. They were in charge of god Kiwanuka. They made bracelets and anklets for the Kabaka`s wives. The Mpiima the Kabaka wears ascending the throne was also made by a Nvubu clansman, Mutalaga.
Kasimaggwa, Mugambwa (ab`envuma balituuma), Kiyimba, Mukooza, Kiwunda, Sserubiri, Ssemuzinyi, Kasaato, Ssenyugule, Sennungi Kirinnya, Kavubu, Kibengo, Nkambo, Kiyini, Ssango, Kisongole, Ggambira, Namugunde, Ssebabi, Mbuge, Mumpi, Mubazzi, Semmengo, Nkuuwe, Kirega, Kiyuzi, Ssemajamba, Mpeke, Batyakyema, Mugonja, Kibowa, Ndobere, Kiyabo, Kanaaba, Muggyabaza, Jjita, Ssebwalibugya, Ssemutego, Ssemutemu
Nakavubu, Nakibengo, Nankambo, Nakiyini, Nassango, Nakirya, Nnaabikaanyula, Nabibubu, Nanjebe, Nakangu, Naluwooza, Ndibaweene, Bulyaba
Hippos are solitary nocturnal grazers but during the day, they can be seen in big family groups wallowing in shallow waters. The formation of their bodies is like that of a pig but their mouth is so wide. Their skin is always shinny because it bears minute skin-conditioning mucus glands.
The head and body is 280-350cm and females weugh 510-2,500kg while the males weigh 650-3200kg. The tail is 35-50cm in bothe sexes. Males have exclusive breeding rights but they must earn them through winning grizly fights. Fighting rituals involve bulls to meet and turn their backs as they shower each othe with dung and urine. Their open-mouthed jousting might end peacefully or result in serious fatal fights with their incisors. Dominant males will tolerate young males in their groups if they are surbodinate. Herds of 50-100 can be seen especially during the dry spells.
Hippos are fast on both land and in water and can move up to 30km per hour. They are responsible for most human death than many other animals but man too has had his share in revenge.