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The Boda-Boda Boom - Part One - The Documentary2016022320160227 (WS)

Alan Kasujja visits Uganda to explore the rise of the boda-boda - motorcycle taxi

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Alan Kasujja explores how the boda-boda - motor cycle taxi - has become a defining cultural and political symbol in Uganda, but one which is also fraught with controversy.

For many Ugandans boda bodas are the transport of choice. They are quick and cheap, and can be a vital mode of transport in remote areas. They have also become one of the best ways to make a living in Uganda which has a high rate of youth unemployment. But the motor taxis are also divisive, and a lack of regulation means they are hated by many in the capital Kampala, and outlawed in some other African cities.

On the Kenya/Uganda border, Alan discovers the history of boda-bodas, which began as push bikes running between the two countries. Travelling across the country he meets the entrepreneurs at the forefront of the boda business boom, and talks to the drivers making their living from the bikes. He also visits Kampala’s main hospital, where boda injuries are a growing problem and asks what the future holds for the boda-boda boom.

(Photo: Motorcycle taxi drivers, called 'boda-boda' in East Africa, surround a potential passenger, Kigali, 2014. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Boda-Boda Boom - Part One - The Documentary20160223

Alan Kasujja visits Uganda to explore the rise of the boda-boda - motorcycle taxi

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Alan Kasujja explores how the boda-boda - motor cycle taxi - has become a defining cultural and political symbol in Uganda, but one which is also fraught with controversy.

For many Ugandans boda bodas are the transport of choice. They are quick and cheap, and can be a vital mode of transport in remote areas. They have also become one of the best ways to make a living in Uganda which has a high rate of youth unemployment. But the motor taxis are also divisive, and a lack of regulation means they are hated by many in the capital Kampala, and outlawed in some other African cities.

On the Kenya/Uganda border, Alan discovers the history of boda-bodas, which began as push bikes running between the two countries. Travelling across the country he meets the entrepreneurs at the forefront of the boda business boom, and talks to the drivers making their living from the bikes. He also visits Kampala’s main hospital, where boda injuries are a growing problem and asks what the future holds for the boda-boda boom.

(Photo: Motorcycle taxi drivers, called 'boda-boda' in East Africa, surround a potential passenger, Kigali, 2014. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Boda-Boda Boom - Part Two - The Documentary2016030120160305 (WS)

The start-ups in Kampala trying to make the boda-boda - motorcycle taxi- a safer industry

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

For many Ugandans boda bodas – motorbike taxis – are the transport of choice; quick and cheap, they are a vital way of getting around congested cities and remote villages alike. The bikes have also become one of the best ways to make a living among young men at a time of high unemployment. But they are deeply divisive, loved and loathed in equal measure, and a sharp growth in road accidents involving boda bodas is putting huge pressure on resources.

In this episode, Alan meets the start-ups in Kampala which are trying to turn the industry around by making it safer and enabling riders to increase their profit margins. He speaks to the Kampala City Authorities and the city's Traffic Police to find out whether it is possible to control this sprawling industry, and whether there are other means of employment for the riders. Alan meets Kampala's only female boda boda rider and also explores the political pressures on this hugely lucrative but unregulated industry.

(Photo: Motorcycle taxis, called Boda-Boda in East Africa, carry passengers quickly and inexpensively in Kigali, Rwanda. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Boda-Boda Boom - Part Two - The Documentary20160301

The start-ups in Kampala trying to make the boda-boda - motorcycle taxi- a safer industry

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

For many Ugandans boda bodas – motorbike taxis – are the transport of choice; quick and cheap, they are a vital way of getting around congested cities and remote villages alike. The bikes have also become one of the best ways to make a living among young men at a time of high unemployment. But they are deeply divisive, loved and loathed in equal measure, and a sharp growth in road accidents involving boda bodas is putting huge pressure on resources.

In this episode, Alan meets the start-ups in Kampala which are trying to turn the industry around by making it safer and enabling riders to increase their profit margins. He speaks to the Kampala City Authorities and the city's Traffic Police to find out whether it is possible to control this sprawling industry, and whether there are other means of employment for the riders. Alan meets Kampala's only female boda boda rider and also explores the political pressures on this hugely lucrative but unregulated industry.

(Photo: Motorcycle taxis, called Boda-Boda in East Africa, carry passengers quickly and inexpensively in Kigali, Rwanda. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Documentary2016022320160227 (WS)

Alan Kasujja visits Uganda to explore the rise of the boda-boda - motorcycle taxi

Alan Kasujja explores how the boda-boda - motor cycle taxi - has become a defining cultural and political symbol in Uganda, but one which is also fraught with controversy.

For many Ugandans boda bodas are the transport of choice. They are quick and cheap, and can be a vital mode of transport in remote areas. They have also become one of the best ways to make a living in Uganda which has a high rate of youth unemployment. But the motor taxis are also divisive, and a lack of regulation means they are hated by many in the capital Kampala, and outlawed in some other African cities.

On the Kenya/Uganda border, Alan discovers the history of boda-bodas, which began as push bikes running between the two countries. Travelling across the country he meets the entrepreneurs at the forefront of the boda business boom, and talks to the drivers making their living from the bikes. He also visits Kampala’s main hospital, where boda injuries are a growing problem and asks what the future holds for the boda-boda boom.

(Photo: Motorcycle taxi drivers, called 'boda-boda' in East Africa, surround a potential passenger, Kigali, 2014. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Documentary20160301

The Documentary20160301

For many Ugandans boda bodas – motorbike taxis – are the transport of choice; quick and cheap, they are a vital way of getting around congested cities and remote villages alike. The bikes have also become one of the best ways to make a living among young men at a time of high unemployment. But they are deeply divisive, loved and loathed in equal measure, and a sharp growth in road accidents involving boda bodas is putting huge pressure on resources.

In this episode, Alan meets the start-ups in Kampala which are trying to turn the industry around by making it safer and enabling riders to increase their profit margins. He speaks to the Kampala City Authorities and the city's Traffic Police to find out whether it is possible to control this sprawling industry, and whether there are other means of employment for the riders. Alan meets Kampala's only female boda boda rider and also explores the political pressures on this hugely lucrative but unregulated industry.

(Photo: Motorcycle taxis, called Boda-Boda in East Africa, carry passengers quickly and inexpensively in Kigali, Rwanda. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Documentary20160301

The start-ups in Kampala trying to make the boda-boda - motorcycle taxi- a safer industry

The Documentary2016030120160305 (WS)

The start-ups in Kampala trying to make the boda-boda - motorcycle taxi- a safer industry

For many Ugandans boda bodas – motorbike taxis – are the transport of choice; quick and cheap, they are a vital way of getting around congested cities and remote villages alike. The bikes have also become one of the best ways to make a living among young men at a time of high unemployment. But they are deeply divisive, loved and loathed in equal measure, and a sharp growth in road accidents involving boda bodas is putting huge pressure on resources.

In this episode, Alan meets the start-ups in Kampala which are trying to turn the industry around by making it safer and enabling riders to increase their profit margins. He speaks to the Kampala City Authorities and the city's Traffic Police to find out whether it is possible to control this sprawling industry, and whether there are other means of employment for the riders. Alan meets Kampala's only female boda boda rider and also explores the political pressures on this hugely lucrative but unregulated industry.

(Photo: Motorcycle taxis, called Boda-Boda in East Africa, carry passengers quickly and inexpensively in Kigali, Rwanda. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Documentary2016030120160305 (WS)

The start-ups in Kampala trying to make the boda-boda - motorcycle taxi- a safer industry