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DR. IAN CLARKE: ‘Bodaboda Land’, a satirical story

DR. IAN CLARKE: ‘Bodaboda Land’, a satirical story


Within the ebook ‘Alice in Wonderland’ the kid Alice discovered an entire new world referred to as ‘Wonderland’ the place she may stay in a world of childhood fantasies and grownup guidelines didn’t apply. After all this world was additionally filled with distortions, and finally she turned too massive for it and re-entered the true world.

In Uganda there may be additionally a make-believe world the place actuality is distorted and the principles don’t apply, however it’s not referred to as ‘Wonderland’, it’s referred to as ‘Bodaboda Land’. In Bodaboda Land bodaboda males stay out their very own fantasies through which different autos aren’t actual. On this world the one issues that exist are bodabodas, whereas autos with greater than two wheels are simply illusions. So when a bodaboda seems to be hurtling in the direction of loss of life and destruction in a collision with a forty-ton truck, the bodaboda man is aware of that the truck just isn’t truly actual, and he’ll miraculously miss it on the final second.

No less than that is what I believe have to be taking place once I witness the world of better and better disconnect from actuality which bodaboda males inhabit. It’s now a matter of normality {that a} stream of boda bodas experience round roundabouts within the unsuitable route, leaving these of us who drive by typical guidelines to take the required avoidance motion. Evidently the visitors police additionally stay in Bodaboda Land as a result of they only stand there and watch this irregular behaviour, making no effort to show bodaboda males that there are accepted visitors guidelines for highway customers.

I additionally really feel that bodaboda riders have to be dwelling in one other dimension of actuality as a result of I see the glazed look of their eyes as they experience in the direction of sure loss of life, after which dodge out of loss of life’s attain within the nick of time. That vacant look of impassive calm within the face of loss of life should imply that they’re dwelling in a world the place loss of life holds no risk.

The rise of the choice actuality of Bodaboda Land occurred imperceptibly throughout Covid, when most of us didn’t even realise what was taking place. Throughout Covid, when 4 wheeled autos had been a uncommon sight on our streets, bodaboda riders realized that they’d develop into the masters of the universe and will dominate the world. They might lastly ignore the existence of different autos, and the visitors legal guidelines they’d beforehand loosely been topic to. Throughout this era after they fully dominated the roads, they honed their expertise to a superb artwork. They realized to hold out clean U turns with out trying behind, or utilizing their mirrors as a result of automobiles now not existed. They realized the right way to arrive at a blind junction on the unsuitable facet of the highway as a result of there was no oncoming visitors. They realized the right way to weave alongside the highway on both facet, or out of the blue reduce throughout the highway with out obvious motive as a result of solely bodabodas existed.

Then, when automobiles returned to the roads, they knew they might proceed with the identical practices as a result of different autos had been now digital. Thus even after they did U-turns on busy highways with out trying behind, automobiles would one way or the other discover methods to keep away from them. They knew that after they took over the best hand lane of the highway, oncoming visitors would discover a approach to get out of their approach. In spite of everything, if there’s a stream of 1 thousand boda bodas coming down the unsuitable lane, different highway customers had higher transfer over.

Their numbers had been now so nice that bodabodas had undoubtedly develop into the kings of the highway, and visitors guidelines now not utilized. Visitors lights turned locations for bodaboda festivals, the place hundreds of bodabodas may congregate for mass takeoff when the visitors lights modified. No, not after they modified to inexperienced, simply after they modified color, indicating that bodabodas may swarm in any route, whereas different autos waited respectfully.

Within the ebook ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Alice lastly finds her approach out of Wonderland again into the true world, however in our story, Bodaboda Land lastly merges with the true world. Bodaboda males then take over the world and precise revenge on any highway consumer who dares problem their authority, or (God assist him) will get right into a collision with a boda. Then they descend on the unlucky motorist just like the marauding hordes of Genghis Khan and destroy him, as a result of they’ve now develop into the undisputed Kings of the Street.

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