boda-boda

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See also: bodaboda

English[edit]

boda-boda

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Swahili bodaboda, from English border.[1]

Noun[edit]

boda-boda (plural boda-bodas)

  1. (East Africa) A bicycle or motorcycle used as a taxi.
    • 2017, Tanu Priya Uteng, Karen Lucas, Urban Mobilities in the Global South, Routledge (→ISBN)
      The discussion opened our eyes to what has subsequently become perhaps the most important element of the work, that boda boda drivers are a completely alienated group within Kampala.
    • 2018, Mei-Po Kwan, Tim Schwanen, Geographies of Mobility: Recent Advances in Theory and Method, Routledge (→ISBN)
      Meanwhile, all but one of the boda-boda drivers interviewed owned a mobile phone and reported that up to twenty clients had their number stored.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Philip Briggs; Andrew Roberts (2007) Uganda, Bradt Travel Guides, →ISBN, page 99: “One of the most popular ways of getting around Uganda is the bicycle-taxi or boda-boda, so-called because they originated as bicycles with large panniers, used for smuggling goods across borders by rural footpaths.”