The Big Boda Boda Book
The motorcycles that keep Uganda moving
160 pages, hardcover, 205 x 180 mm
A colourful coffee table book about life in one of Africa’s megacities, about the balancing act between the struggle for survival and entrepreneurship and about people and their motorcycles.
Without them, nothing works in Uganda, actually in the whole of East Africa: motorcycle taxis are the most important lifeline in megacities, they are the only way to reach remote villages – and they are one of the important branches of Uganda‘s economy: becoming a Boda Boda driver is one of the few real job options for young people here on the equator.
At first glance, the ubiquitous motorcyclists seem to be outlaws hanging out on the roadside, organized in gangs and barely different from beggars. Some consider them a dangerous nuisance, others an indispensable option in public transport. Their stories tell a lot about life in African megacities, about being entrepreneurs in an economy on the brink of collapse, about survival in a country whose unemployment rate is up to 80 percent.
We accompanied drivers, visited them at home and talked to their families. The Big Boda Boda Book tells stories of gangs and business people, of life on the street and of the search for survival possibilities that are exemplary for life in sub-Saharan Africa.