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They are as omnipresent in Uganda as lukewarm Coca Cola in old bottles, Waragi Gin or Marabous, the large carrion feeders that look like overweight storks with a double chin: Travel Uganda, and you will find Boda Bodas everywhere. Boda Bodas are the motorcycle taxis that keep Uganda moving: The cut through traffic jams in the cities, they go to remote villages that can't be reached by car, they are affordable - and they represent an important perspective for the future of young men.

Eine deutsche Zusammenfassung gibt es unten. 

Riders’ portraits

We’ve spent a year working on understanding the Boda Boda economy. We’ve started with taking pictures of the great and colorful decorations of the bikes, interviewing riders and riders, continued with research on the economic impact, and ended up with telling stories of everyday life in Uganda – and of freedom, development and growth.

The Boda Boda Book is a colorful coffee table-book documenting the essential lifelines of everyday life in Uganda.

Documenting the Boda Boda Industry 

There are around 800.000 riders out on the street of Uganda; according to research, the Boda Boda industry supports more than two million people - that’s 5 % of the Ugandan population. At first glance, the riders may look just like gangs hanging out on the streets, struggling for a few coins. In fact, it’s a well- and self-organized business that allows riders to make good money. On an average, a rider can make ten to fifteen Euros per day. That is a lot in a country, where the gross domestic product is about 700 Euros per person and year. The riders make enough money to take care of their families and to afford the education of their children.

Conflicts with city officials 

This is not a matter of course: In the past, there have been several attempts especially by the city government in Kampala, to reduce the number of Boda Boda riders – on the one hand, to reduce the risk of accidents, on the other hands, to ensure a modern, clean and calm urban image. But the city just does not work without Boda Bodas. There are only two bus lines for 1,5 million people, the only other alternative are Matatus, – collective taxis, that leave only once they are full, and if too many passengers get out along the way, the driver may take a break of unknown duration in order to wait for more passengers. So riders and people teamed up to defend Boda Bodas in the city - that’s why riders are now self organized in associations, providing training for drivers and also caring for social security.

Snapshots of daily life in one of Africa’s megacities 

The Boda Boda Book tells these stories in photos, features and facts. It provides a glimpse on urban daily life in on of Africa’s megacities and on economic realities in Uganda. It also raises the questions: What do youths need, what is necessary to make a living and what are the actual problems Ugandan youth deals with? While creating the book, we came again and agin across the fact, that seen from Europe, „Africa“ (which ist neither an economic nor a political unity) is considered as needy and dependent on help. Seen from China or India, it suddenly turns into a business partner. Talking about Uganda: Infrastructure like roads and electricity are financed with Chinese partners, and the motorcycles are firmly in Indian control - there is practically only one bike, the Boxer Bajaj.

The Book and the Perks 

The Boda Boda Book will be a 160 pages coffee-table book combining photos, features and facts. We’ve created prototypes and currently we are working in refining and improving. The publication and shipping is scheduled for March 2018

We’ve teamed up with SafeBoda. SafeBoda is an association in Uganda that provides training, helmets and reflective vests to riders. The specially trained riders are highly visible in the streets and they can be ordered through the SafeBoda App. That’s why SafeBoda is also touted as African Uber. – Once our campaign reaches it’s goal, 500 $ go to SafeBoda to provide training to 50 new riders. So if you support the Boda Boda Book, you will not only get a book, but your next trip to Uganda will be much safer …

We’ve also teamed up with Positive Debt. Positive Debt is an organization in Entebbe that organizes entrepreneurial training especially to women. If you choose the „Book in a Bag“-perk, you will get the book delivered in a bag out of colorful African fabrics manufactured in the workshops of Positive Debt. The fabrics are mainly produced in Congo or Rwanda - and the crazy prints are simply great.

Watch Mugabi John, one of the founders, explain Positive Debt and the Book in a Bag. 

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Boda Facts 

If you’re curious about more details on the Boda Boda industry - we’ve published a collection of facts, charts and infographics on our social media channels. Have a look at 

instagram.com/bodabodabook 

facebook.com/bodabodabook

 

The Book details 

The Boda Boda Book is a high quality coffee table book. 

  • 160 pages, high quality offset printing  
  • Hardcover, thread stitching
  • 18 x 21 cm 
  •  Language: English

 

 

 

 

 

About us

Michael is a writer, publisher and photographer. Henrike is the expert for all things Africa. If we're not traveling, we're based in Vienna.  

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Deutsche Zusammenfassung

Sie sind so allgegenwärtig in Uganda wie lauwarmes Coca Cola in seit Jahrzehnten wiedergefüllten Glasflaschen, Waragi Gin oder Marabus, die großen Aasfresser, die aussehen wie übergewichtige Störche mit Doppelkinn: Wer durch Uganda reist, wird überall Boda Bodas begegnen. Boda Bodas sind die Motorrad-Taxis, die Uganda in Bewegung halten: Sie schlängeln sich durch den dichtesten Verkehr in den Städten, sie erreichen abgelegene Dörfer, zu denen es Autos nicht schaffen, ihre Dienste sind leitbar - und sie bieten jungen Männern eine Zukunftsperspektive.

Wir haben ein knapp Jahr damit verbracht, die Boda Boda-Branche zu verstehen. Zu Beginn waren es bunte Porträts von Fahrern und ihren aufwendig dekorierten Motorrädern, wir haben uns mit Studien zur wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung der Branche beschäftigt, und gelandet sind wir bei Geschichten über den Alltag in Uganda - und über Freiheit, Entwicklung und Wachstum.

The Boda Boda Book ist ein Bild- und Reportagebuch über die wichtigsten Lebensadern des Alltags in Uganda.

Auf den Straßen Ugandas sind geschätzte 800.000 Boda Boda-Fahrer unterwegs; Studien zufolge ernährt die Branche bis zu zwei Millionen Menschen (das sind fünf Prozent der Bevölkerung Ugandas). Was auf den ersten Blick wie am Straßenrand abhängende Gangs wirkt, ist eine organisierte Branche die gutes Einkommen verspricht. Fahrer verdienen zehn bis fünfzehn Euro am Tag - das ist eine Menge Geld in einem Land, dessen Bruttonationalprodukt bei 700 Dollar pro Kopf liegt. Im Jahr.

In Konflikten mit den Behörden, die die Motorräder aus den Stadtzentren verbannen wollten - hohe Unfallzahlen und der Wunsch nach einem modernen, sauberen Stadtbild waren die häufigsten Argumente - haben sich Fahrer und Bevölkerung durchgesetzt. Denn Ugandas Städte funktionieren einfach nicht ohne Boda Bodas.

Momentaufnahmen des Alltags in einer von Afrikas Millionenstädten

The Boda Boda Book erzählt diese Geschichten in Fotos, Reportagen und Fakten. Es bietet Einblicke in den urbanen Alltag einer der Millionenstädte Afrikas und in das tägliche Leben am Land. Eine der Fragen, die uns bei der Arbeit auch immer wieder begegnet ist: Welche Möglichkeiten haben junge Menschen in Uganda, welche Perspektiven brauchen sie? - Während Zusammenarbeit mit afrikanischen Ländern von Europa aus immer noch unter dem Gesichtspunkt der Hilfe gesehen wird, entwickeln chinesische und indische Unternehmen hier Geschäftspartnerschaften. Am Beispiel Ugandas: Infrastruktur wie Straßen und Elektrizität wird mit chinesischen Partnern finanziert, und die Motorradbranche ist fest in indischer Hand - das Einheitsmotorrad der Boda Boda Fahrer ist die Boxer Bajaj.

Details zum Buch

  • 160 Seiten Hardcover, fadengeheftet 
  • ca 18 x 21 cm 
  • Englisch, optional auch mit deutscher Übersetzung

Risks and challenges

We’ve run successful crowdfunding campaigns before. Pictures and stories are there, the major parts have been written and designed – it just takes some time to produce a high quality book. We are funding the print production – the content is there, we just need the means to bring it to its audience. With your help, we are well on our way …

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