Pronounciation : eh~njo~vu
English translation : Elephant
The Elephant is the totem for the Njovu clan.
"Buganda's clan system is central to its culture. A clan represents a group of people who can trace their lineage to a common ancestor in some distant past. In the customs of Buganda, lineage is passed down along patrilineal lines. The clan essentially forms a large extended family and all members of a given clan regard each other as brothers and sisters regardless of how far removed from one another in terms of actual blood ties. The Baganda took great care to trace their ancestry through this clan structure."
Abaziranjovu omubala gwaabwe guvuga nti:
Esiimbye amasanga (X 3)
Nakate ajja (X3)
Ejja eyuuga (X3)
Batte mugamba (X3)*
Tungulako emu, bbiri ku lwaayi (X3)
Ssatu ku kitooke (X3)
Some clan members added the following line:
Atamanyi kkula, essanga ly’ekkula
While others prefer:
Some family heads from the njovu clan usually add the following lines:
n’ebisoko bino:Ggulu (X3)
Aligabuuza ag’embogo aliza masanga
Siba mbutanta ne nkwaana mbutanta (X3)
It's customary for every family head from the Njovu clan to have a drum in their homestead and to sound the "omubala" every time they hold a special ceremony or gathering.