Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/fort-portal-young-king-rukidi/ | Fort Portal, the city of king Rukidi | Fort Portal - Some boda boda, motorbike taxis, drivers are waiting for customers. The main road of the city is a nevralgic point of comunication for the whole western Uganda. Fort Portal became an important centre during the colonial era, under the administration of Gerald Portal.
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/hima-cement-factory-swamp-uganda/ | Hima, cement in the swamp | Hima - It isn’t the scenario of a movie by Mel Gibson. That’s the city of Hima, the second biggest cement factory in Uganda. The Hima Cement Limited, related to the French Lafarge, lays on the highway that links the cities of Kasese and Fort Portal.
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/boda-boda-motorbike-taxis/ | Boda boda, a life on the road
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/thronder-power-plant-bugoye-uganda | A power plant in the forest | Bugoye - Nothing, in Africa, ever looks at the wrong place. As long as it works and fits with some needs, everything is allowed. It is also normal, so, to see a huge power plant in the middle of the equatorial forest, fed by a river that starts atop the second highest mountain in Africa, the mount Rwenzori.
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/rwenzori-obusinga-bakonzo-kasese-kingdom/ Set at the border between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu, the “Kingdom of the snows”, is the homeland of the bakonzo, a population of farmers who settled centuries ago in the black heaven of Rwenzori.
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/rwenzori-ridges-nature-bakonzo/ Close to heaven: life along the black Olympus Bakonzo’s life is strictly related to the ecosystem of their land. The Rwenzori mountains, bakonzo’s home, are also the symbol of their culture and religion, and a shelter from any war and disease. While living along the mountains’ slopes the bakonzo feel protected by a supernatural power.
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/coffee-cassava-export-rwenzori/ | Earning a living in Rwenzori | The almost autarchic economy of the Ugandan villages is also based on a mono-product export. Coffee, especially, is common in the mountain areas.
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/ridge-leaders-bakonzo-rwenzori/ | Dealing with two worlds: ridge leaders | “When the first bakonzo settled in the Rwenzoris – says Baluku Benson, a politician from Ibanda – they met the untamed nature of this region. Our leaders had to make a deal with the balimu, the gods who live here. Hence, they became the first chiefs of the Rwenzori hills, the first ridge leader”.
See more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/isiolo-loreto-primary-school/ | Gazes of hope: school in Isiolo | Isiolo - “As soon as I arrived at the school, I was kidnapped by the children’s gazes and smiles and by the welcome I received from everyone. These images will never leave me; neither will the look of their eyes, as if they were looking at me while I sleep”.
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/rwenzori-national-park-boundary/ Binding the past: the Rwenzori National Park The birth of the Rwenzori National Park has affected everyday life between the bakonzo. Living in the forest is, nowadays, just a dream of the past. A farm over a ridge facing the Rwenzori National Park. Ibanda – “Life in the city was not meant for bakonzo”, tells Zedekyia Bagheni, an...
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/kenya-hand-smile-nairobi/ | KENYA – Travelling for a smile | PopEye is leaving Uganda for a new, exciting story from Kenya. Our reporter Marta Talpelli, together with Paola Viola from the Non Governmental Organization Una Mano per un Sorriso (A Hand for a Smile), will travel around Kenya to document the reality of the school system of Nairobi and the surrounding region.
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/kilembe-copper-min/ | Kilembe, a valley of copper | Kilembe - The copper mine that was once the main motor of economy in Western Uganda is now a spectral city. The small houses used by the workers who crowded the valley until 35 years ago are now abandoned, and they remain just a memory of the past.
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/kajangwa-medium-spirit/ | In the hut of the medium Kajangwa | The hut of Kajanwa, one of the most powerful traditional healers of the valley. Nyakalengijio - “He is powerful – they say about him - and rich: he owns five cows”. The old Kajangwa is known for being a capable embandwa, medium, and for having any kind of solution to sexual...
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/mahiga-saulo-ridge-leader-rwenzori/ | Mahiga Saulo, life of a ridge leader | In the bakonzo community of Rwenzori, a ridge leader is the most important political figure. Head of the family, he owns the land of the clan.
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/family-meeting-clan-bakonzo-rwenzor/ | A family meeting to administer justice | The basukali clan is meeting to discuss the affairs of one of its families. Particular attention is given to the decision of one of the relatives to sell a part of his land, where the ancestors’ graves lay. He will not be allowed to carry on the disposal.
Read more at: http://www.popeyeproduction.com/muhima-stone-moon-bakonzo-spirits/ | Muhima, the stone of the Moon | Hidden in the bush on the forest boundary lays Muhima, the stone of the Moon. Rwenzori - It takes some hours, from the village of Ibanda, to reach the National Park boundary. On the limit between the world of people and the untamed paradise of the forest a small and white rock can be found,...