If you don’t fit in with the status quo, people are going to comment.
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.
Beautiful young Ugandan women – who may or may not be prostitutes, depending on the bar you frequent – will fall over themselves to make you and your male friends the centre of attention.
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.
Marriage is not such a serious matter here it seems.
The typical male expat has it handed to him on a plate.
From here it's only a matter of time – sometimes minutes – before the inevitable marriage proposal. I’ve had more marriage proposals here in Kampala than in the rest of my life.
None of them have turned out to be serious of course – and sums it up really.
The Muzungu lady often falls in love with the Rasta. She’ll then spend the next couple of years going backwards and forwards between Uganda and her home country trying to keep the relationship alive. There’s always a new supply coming through and any bad behaviour can be forgotten (by him at least) when she leaves the country.” As one person neatly summed up, “The thing about a Muzungu-Rasta relationship is that it is so disposable.” Jane, who has several years experience managing volunteers in Uganda, gave her opinion on why Muzungu girls like Rastas: “Rastas know where the parties are.
They tend to hang out in a ‘posse’ so hooking up with a Rasta = instant friends.
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).