Portraits from Kampala’s Owino Market

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The first thing to greet you when arriving at Owino Market is cacophonous noise. Buses, trucks, minibuses and motorcycle taxis, or boda-bodas as they are known, swarm around the outside of this vast and sprawling market, spewing fumes and exhibiting a reckless disregard for life. It is a scene full of blaring horns and music. In a city where the streets are chaotically packed with people and life, and frequently gridlocked with traffic (a phenomenon known locally as ‘the jam’), Owino Market still comes as an assault on the senses – all of them.

Owino is the biggest market in Kampala. Some estimates claim that as many as 500,000 vendors work in the market, selling pretty much everything there is to sell on planet earth. A walk through even a small section of the market is fascinating and disturbing: the noise, smells and colours of the market are disorienting and…

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