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The boda-boda taxis are a common part of the African culture and were a source of amazement for me during our adventure through Uganda. Over our 12 day visit I witnessed all sorts of amazing things happening on these small motorbikes. From people carrying full sized refrigerators on the back of their bikes, to witnessing 5 people riding on 1 boda-boda, the people of Uganda proved to me time and time again that where there's a will there is a way! Pictured here, a mother takes escorts her child to school early one morning through Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. Boda-Boda's became commonplace in the 1960s and 1970s around the Kenyan - Ugandan border. The name originated from a need to transport people across the "no-mans-land" between the border posts without the paperwork involved with using motor vehicles crossing the international border. It is believed to have started in southern border crossing town of Busia (Kenya/Uganda), where there is over half a mile between the gates, and quickly spread to the northern border town of Malaba, Kenya. The bike taxi operators would shout out boda-boda (border-to-border) to potential customers - not to be confused with poda-poda, which is a form of shared taxi in Sierra Leone.

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