For years, Pakwach in Nebbi district has been a quiet place. A historical town with a collection of dusty bars and shops lining the road, but often not more than a spot on the map for tourists who visit Murchison Falls National Park.
But not on 3rd November 2013. On this day, Pakwach town turned into one of the most popular places on earth. Where thousands of people from all over the world gathered, where cars found themselves in a long jam and where all the hotels in the vicinity were fully booked.
The cause of this sudden change is when Pakwach was identified by NASA a one of the best locations globally to watch the very rare total Solar Eclipse. Even President Yoweri Museveni joined the residents and visitors for this rare event at Owiny Primary School as the chief viewer.
On 3rd November, the long awaited solar eclipse swept across the globe, captivating millions of people and plunging parts of Africa, Europe and America into darkness. In East Africa, it happened between 5 and 6.30 pm. The spectacle saw the sun either totally or partially blocked by the moon, lasting for about 15 seconds to one minute, depending on one’s location.
This type of eclipse was last recorded about 150 years ago and the next one predicted to happen again after a century. Thanks to the eclipse, Pakwach town community was given a chance to ‘shine its star’ and to their advantage, they maximized on this once in a lifetime opportunity. We all hope the event has opened new doors to attract more tourists and other profitable developments.