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.
Despite the bullshit, the sweet talk and the dance moves can be very seductive. ) and an absolute certainty that I’m just one of a number he’s playing with. – what’s the attraction between Muzungu women and Rastas? I fell in love with Uganda the moment I set foot here.
UPDATE: After one dating disaster too many I joked that “if another guy with dreadlocks wants to date me, the first thing he has to do is shave his head.” Next in my dating series: Downtown dreadlocks. Despite the challenges of life in a developing country, there's nowhere else I’d rather be.
Jane added “They (and many African men) can talk your pants off. their suppliers happen to be Rastafarians, I guess one thing leads to another …” This Muzungu’s theory is that black, white or brown – ‘girls like a bad boy’ – and in this case Rastas often fit the bill (superficially at least).
Even if you are unattractive by your culture’s standards, they will make you feel like the most beautiful person in the world.” One Ugandan male advised “if you are gonna hit on a mzungu girl in Uganda, never wear a freaking tie or talk about your big meetings.” He asks “why do mzungu ladies stay clear of corporate/learned Africans? That’s why the Muzungu girls are going with them rather than the corporate Ugandans.
In Uganda, Rastas or ‘Rasta lookalikes’ symbolise non-conformism. – we come from societies where self-expression through your personal image is quite normal, encouraged even. Rasta refers (incorrectly) to “any person having dreadlocks.” “True Rastafarians believe that Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie a.k.a. Rastafarianism is a common religion amongst black Jamaicans and deeply rooted in African culture.
Rastas eat a diet of vegetables, fruit and fish and keep their bodies, mind and soul healthy by staying active in global issues.On November 2, 1930, Ras Tafari Makonnen was crowned king of Ethiopia.Upon his coronation, he claimed for himself the titles of "Emperor Haile Selassie (Power of the Trinity) I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God and King of the Kings of Ethiopia" (Ethiopia and Haile Selassie, Peter Schwab, editor, p. After the crowning of Selassie and the apparent fulfillment of the millennial expectations of Marcus Garvey, the Rastafarian movement gained a following and officially began in 1930 (The Rastafarians, p. One of its early leaders was Leonard Howell, who in 1933 was "arrested by the Jamaican government for preaching a revolutionary doctrine" (The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions, Keith Crim, editor, p. While Howell's doctrines [which will be noted later] helped shape the theology of the movement, his arrest helped shape the movement's organizational structure.) After four years, each black face is as different to me as every white one but when I first came to Uganda, I couldn’t remember who was who. ” That didn’t help much, as I soon learned Ugandan ladies like to DRAMATICALLY change their hairstyle every couple of weeks!I would try and remember each lady by their hairstyle. Back to dem Rastas and, when I asked a male Ugandan friend why do white women go for Rastas?We don’t have the embarrassment of mistaking one black face for another!