Gaddafi Quality Chapattis, Kampala.

Uganda has a lot of close links to Libya, and it’s easy to see support for Gaddafi in many different places, particularly in Kampala. When I was coming through Kampala last July he was on a state visit, and the streets were covered in posters welcoming him and the newspapers were running full-page adverts from all the many companies in which he had financial interests, greeting their boss. It was around this time that this company started up:

Chapattis so delicious they're pracically despotic!

Times have now changed, obviously, and despite actual street protests in support of the crazy old man and the African Union, under the chairmanship of H.E. Y K Museveni (Uganda’s President), refusing to recognise the TFG as Libya’s legitimate government, Gaddafi is now reduced to recorded voice messages and foxholes as any good despot should be.

However Gaddafi Quality Chapatti is still going strong, and it’s this detail I love:

It's always tough when your intended "thoughtful pan-Africanist and occasional dictator" pose ends up just being instead a bit camp. Shoot the photographer, I say.


About Muzungu

I’m a Uganda-based freelance photographer (and occasional writer) working for a broad range of clients including NGOs, newspapers and magazines and development agencies. My work has taken me across East Africa, South America and Europe, and previous clients include USAID, the World Bank and the East African. I also work on personal documentary projects in my spare time. If you’d like to hire me or to know more, please feel free to get in touch.
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3 Responses to Gaddafi Quality Chapattis, Kampala.

  1. casallina says:

    Great post. I find it both strange and funny that a chapati business is named after him. Also that picture of him really is hilarious give the circumstances.

  2. Golden Press says:

    I know you do a lot of fun shots. Will we see any election photographs coming soon?

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