When you are a “Mzungu,” a white person in Uganda, you are seen as a wealthy individual. You are rich in the eyes of a Ugandan. And truthfully, you are wealthy; very wealthy compared to the average Ugandan.
Ugandans will pay attention to you…they wonder why you are in their country. Are you there to help them? Are you volunteering toward a humanitarian effort? Are you adopting one of their children? Any number of other questions pops into their minds. Most Ugandans are very friendly and will talk to you if you are polite with them and begin by greeting them. The attention that Ugandans spend upon us Mzungus fuels our natural tendency to be proud of who we are and what we can do with our resources.