Madam Elizabeth Achan, told Gurtong that all Nilotes have had a similar historical background and cultures.
“We have the same historical backgrounds, norms and our cultures are very importance in each community.
She said that although they are now educated, they will always treasure their heritage.
“There is no good way of creating peace than bringing people together in one place to watch different cultural talents and activities,” she said.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports in the State has encouraged the youth to use Saturdays as a cultural day for showcasing different activities.
Achan said that they are all united as citizens representing Jonglei State and not just members of Shilluk. She asked the state government to give them an opportunity to perform during the government occasions.
The Shilluk number about 500,000 and live on the west bank of River Nile between Lake No in the south and Kosti in the north. Some Shilluk settlements are found on the east bank of the Nile and extend as far as Anakdier in the east.
The capital of the Shilluk kingdom is Pachodo. Other important Shilluk historical sites are in Papwojo, Nyilwal, Didigo, Wau and Akurwa. The major towns are Malakal (Makal), Kodhok (Kal Doro), Tonga (Tungu) and Wad Akon. The Shilluk kingdom is divided into north (gar) and south (lwak).