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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.
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.
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.
but it doesn’t do any good if your approach drives people The first mistake that I see people make when they’re trying to meet awesome single people outside of the bar and club scene is that they behave like they’re still at a singles bar.
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.
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.
These guys know how to play the game,” my male friend said.
“They’ll learn how to dance, they’ll learn how to make love.
We know Rastas have essentially unlimited experience with little white girls, so they know how to talk to them. Rastas do not care how dirty the girl’s feet are, or the last time she showered.