Last week was a busy one for the Egyptian community in Uganda. The embassy and the business community hosted delegations of businessmen for the Nile Integra 3 conference and Egypt World Uganda trade fair held at Lugogo show grounds. To mark the end of a successful working week, the Egyptian embassy in conjunction with Egypt Air, Pepsi and Sheraton Kampala hotel hosted a dinner on Saturday evening.
It was a night of enjoying Egyptian hospitality, delicacies and music. The night started at 8pm with a few speeches. Information and Technology minister, John Nasasira, who represented the First Lady Janet Museveni, hailed the mutual partnership between the two countries.
And once the formal speeches were out of the way, it was time to dine. Everybody loves a good meal, and the Sheraton chef seems to have mastered the Egyptian cuisine. The buffet setup took over the entire back of the ballroom. Guests enjoyed delicacies including potato soufleacute, beef moussaka, koshari and sayadeya rice, among others.
The mutton and whole fish all served with rice were finger-licking good. Ugandans who attended the dinner must have wondered how one buffet could have so many varieties of rice.
The folklore troupe flown in by Egypt Air entertained guests throughout the night, and took guests’ minds away from the troubles that often erupt at the other end of the river Nile since the Arab Spring revolution of 2011.
A female beauty showcased the belly dance and hip lock dance, but it was the horse dance that tickled most guests. With the dancers hidden under a horse-like costume, they went around the audience, nibbling unsuspecting guests in the neck area.
Nasasira was not spared as guests burst into applause as the startled minister took the ‘dance’ gracefully. However, one dance that Ugandans will not be trying to copy involves rotating from the beginning to the end of the song.
Egyptian songs are quite long and only God knows how the dancers pull off their feat – especially the constant spinning – without feeling dizzy. Guests who came on stage to try it out sat on the stage after just a few spins.
The big climax was when the flood lights were turned off and the room was lit up with LED lights for a more cosy spinning atmosphere.
Source : The Observer