To be Rastafarian you don’t have to be black; in fact Rastafarianism has to come from the heart. Rastas are famous for smoking marijuana as a symbol of religious practice.” Real Rastas – of which there are very few in Uganda it seems – do not touch alcohol.
So for the sake of this article, I have thrown the cosmetic and the real into one big cultural melting pot. I echo the sentiments of this guy, who said: “Come on people, think about it before you all start judging dem Rastas. You must be joking – you don’t know what’s living in that hair! Anja echoed my thoughts: “Rastas are generally a lot more liberal than most Ugandans.
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.
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.