|Prince Will. My Original Boda.|
"I used to work in a garage but needed to supplement my income. I bought my own boda for 3.5 million Ugandan shillings ($1, 324 USD). I have three regular passengers (speaking at the time when yours truly was one of them) and the rest I just find. Most are business people who just call me and say come and pick me up. I make up to 50,000 ($18.93) a day. If I wasn't driving bodas, I'd be back in the garage. I work every day from 6am until 6pm then go home to my wife and four kids. They all go on the boda.
|Aww, in the good old days when yours truly was a daily customer.|
|Check out those shades. William picking me (it's never "picking up" in Uganda, just "picking", that's how cool they are) one morning.|
"I blame the government for making narrow roads. Everyone's looking for the best part of the road and that leads to accidents. A permit (to drive a boda) is 300,000 shillings ($113.56) for three years. Accidents happen all the time. I have one or two small accidents a year. If a customer calls and says "come now" someone might bump into you. It's the nature of the work."
Thanks to Onyait Odeke for translating this from Luganda to English.
|A formidable line-up. William and his mates at their local stage in Mengo.|
|Proud father with Baby Diana.|
COMING SOON: WILLIAM'S EQUALLY COOL BODA FRIENDS.