Diary of a dating disaster
I’d never really considered Muzungu / Ugandan relationships in that light, and then I thought – with a pang – of the guy I’d been seeing on and off for a year.At the time it never occurred to me he fitted into that category. In a (mostly) conservative country like Uganda, you’re often judged on your appearance.On Facebook, Tio commented “It’s all about perceptions of “exoticness”, which is why you have Bazungu women falling all over themselves for Masaai men, drape, spear and all.” One attraction of the Rasta is that they’re easy for us Bazungu to recognise them. Because with their shaved heads, every Ugandan man can look the same from a distance – at least when you first arrive in the country.
Perhaps that’s why I like the Rasta look on some men: I like a man who’s not afraid to stand up for himself when challenged.RASTA IS SWEET, COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED WITH A SENSE OF TLC (tender loving care) AND REALITY. real Rasta don’t drink…” I’ve spent the last few weeks pondering this question and asked girlfriends I posted this same question on Facebook – and then it got interesting! They’re less conservative.” To some women, Rastas represent the exotic.Having dreadlocks or being dark-skinned does not define your “Africaness” – but maybe the ‘first time to Africa’ Muzungu hasn’t worked that out yet? The child smiled, his four-year-old eyes bright as buttons. For a brief moment the eyes dulled when he screamed in pain as I tried gently to remove the dressing from his infected stump.