I can’t blame them for making a link; even though there has been an increasing presence of white aid workers in Uganda, there has also been a rise in cases, though this is more down to the failure of certain groups to promote condom use than white sexual activity.Ironically many villagers also believed that white people were incapable of catching Aids.My colleague’s openness didn't stop with women.It seems the men of Uganda are brutally honest about their own bedroom behaviour, ‘Mokiga (the local tribe) men are intelligent, courageous and driven. We will not engage in foreplay but we expect our women to be waiting, legs open when we arrive home.’ They really sold the marriage thing to me.According to a simple survey done by Ugandan Buzz, we found out that the top reason for this is that central guys for-instance the Baganda find it hard to marry Northern Girls for instance the out of differences in the norms of the two tribes regarding the sex life.Not to be a point of insult to our Northern Uganda sisters, many guys from the central admit that they are ‘ as dry as a rock’ in bed.But for all the awkward handshakes and bonfire remedies, the issue of homosexuality is still a controversial one.
I’d found myself stood in the middle of a town nestled in an African rain forest.
But it wasn’t just me perplexed with alien customs.
When I told the gathered women that I was intending to marry until after twenty-five one responded, ‘but who will want you at twenty-five? Similar responses were given when I explained interracial marriage, older mothers and the possibility of a woman wanting a career before children, ‘But who would want the stress of work when you could serve your husband? Ugandan men's sexual exploits didn't stop with polygamy; living in a country where prostitution is legal has lead to them taking a very casual approach to the whole act of seduction; if they want sex and a wife/ women is around or willing, they go pay for it.
I’d uncomfortably discovered through conversations with perplexed villagers that the myths surrounding HIV weren't limited to the misplacement of Coca-Cola; according to local rumour, white people, young people and Christians were incapable of contracting the virus whilst I disturbingly discovered that a joke in ‘The Book of Mormon,’ involving sex, babies and the curing of aids was rumoured practice here.
There was also the moment that many locals felt that Aids had been brought to Uganda by white people.