At Independence, Nebbi District located in the North-Western part of Uganda, was part of the then West Nile District; until 1974 when it was divided into North Nile, Central Nile and South Nile Districts. South Nile became Nebbi in 1980.
The district is bordered to the North by Madi Okollo District, Zombo to the West, Pakwach to the East and South – East and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the West. In 2010, counties of Okoro and Jonam County were split off Nebbi to form Zombo and Pakwach District respectively, leaving Nebbi with one county of Padyere. It is 419.2 km by road from Kampala.
The total population here is 396,794
Nebbi District is an inhabitant of the Nilotics who are Alur by tribe as provided for in the constitution of the Republic of Uganda. The main languages spoken here are Alur and Jonam.
Though politically Nebbi and Zombo are different, their people are under one cultural leader referred to as Ker Alur. The kingdom is headed by His Highness King Phillip Olarker Rauni III whose administration stretches up to Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The people of Nebbi are also culturally known for their traditional Agwara dance.
The larger district population is engaged in subsistence farming, for household consumption, Less than 40% of the produce is taken to market. The main crops grown are cotton, coffee, sim-sim, sorghum, millet, sweet potatoes, beans, cassava, maize and vegetables. Argo-processing is also done, but on a small scale. Fishing is also common, and the species caught are Nile Perch and Tilapia.
There are a number of interesting, sites with high potentials of tourist attractions. River Namrwodho, the Bethel Chapel (smallest church in the world) which accommodates 3 people at at a time, including the priest, among others. More on Nebbi