Sunday, September 3, 2017

Uganda in B&W

Everyday Life in Uganda

Poka dots

Mbarara, Uganda

Everybody fetching water

Kids in the village

"A baby on its mother's back does not know the way is long"
African proverb

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Everyday Life in Uganda

Fetching Water
It is usually the children that have the task of fetching the water.

Zebra line-up
Lake Mburo NP, Uganda

Going to market
Chickens on a boda boda headed to the market

Hard Work
Pushing his load of matoke up and down the hills on the way to market.

Doing her part
In the village, children have to do their part.

Introduced in Uganda in 1903 by the colonial government, and later to the Buganda Courts as presents, bicycles were originally a mark of prestige providing a better transport option at the courts, replacing the “Emiruno” or stretcher group used to transport Chiefs / Kings. Later they were acquired by the trading community and became an important tool in the transportation of cash crops like coffee, cotton and tobacco.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Riding Sidesaddle

Women in Uganda ride on ‘boda boda’ sidesaddle; this is graceful but it makes it harder to stay on the bike.

© Guy Smith

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fresh fish

With Lake Victory close by fresh fish is offered for sale to motorist as they pass by.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A risky ride

A common site here in Uganda, a pickup going down the road with people standing on the back bumper.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Coffin Shop

B&W Street photography

We are all going to need one sooner or later

Coffin shop - Mbarara, Uganda

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Things you see on a boda boda

Loaded in Uganda

Fresh picked beans. They pull the entire plant and take home and remove the beans and use the leaves and vines for food for the goats or mulch for the garden.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Everyday life in Uganda - Riding side saddle

B&W Street photography

If you’ve never been to East Africa, you may not have heard the term “boda-boda” before.  A boda-boda, or “boda,” as it is more commonly referred to, is a type of motorcycle taxi driven in East Africa, and more increasingly, throughout other parts of the continent as well. To say that there are a lot of boda-bodas in Uganda would be an understatement. Boda-bodas are everywhere in every city.

Riding side saddle

The history of the boda-boda is an interesting one. Following the end of British rule in East Africa, the amount of paperwork required for motor vehicles crossing through the area between the borders of the newly independent nations of Kenya and Uganda dramatically increased. Passing through this area, also known as “no-man’s-land,” required a cumbersome stack of paperwork to be filled out (once before entering this ill-defined area, and once again promptly after leaving it). Eventually, out of this bureaucracy, a business idea was born: people soon began offering bicycle rides across no-man’s-land, allowing passengers to avoid the paperwork that was necessary for motor vehicles. It began in the southern border town of Busia, where there is over half a mile between the border posts, and it soon spread to the northern border town of Malaba. Vying for the attention of potential customers looking for a quick ride through, bicycle drivers would shout out “boda-boda!” (meaning “border-to-border”). Of course, in Kampala, there are no borders being crossed, and the bicycles have been replaced by loud, polluting motorcycles. Nevertheless, the name “boda-boda” remains.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Everyday life in Uganda

B&W Street photography

The bicycle

In Uganda, as in much of the developing world, the bicycle is much in demand for transport of goods and people over short distances. A bicycle can provide an income directly: it can take a worker to a place of work which might otherwise be too far away, or it can be used to offer transport services.
Bicycles also bring produce to market. By allowing a farmer to carry his harvest in perhaps one load of up to 200kg, and much faster and cheaper than by any other means, the bicycle can significantly improve the economic viability of small farmholdings. The farmer spends less time away from his farm, and the goods arrive fresher at the market.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Everyday life in Uganda

B&W Street photography

Women in rural Africa are the subsistence farmers. They produce, without tractors, oxen, or even plows, more than 70 percent of the continent's food.

On their way to do some digging 

Fresh picked beans. They pull the entire plant and take home and remove the beans and use the leaves and vines for food for the goats or mulch for the garden.

They have all they need for a day of work, water, lunch and the hoe.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Everyday life in Uganda

B&W Street photography

Carrying on the head is a common practice in Uganda

Carrying firewood

Friday, March 3, 2017

Public Transport - Boda boda

B&W Street photography

The boda boda (motorcycle taxi) is the most popular form of transportation in Uganda.