Expat Life The drama of dating in Uganda With absent wives and 'side-dishes' on the menu, being a single Englishwoman in the east African country proved to be a tricky role to navigate for this expat Many expat men in Uganda have a wife at home and a girlfriend in Uganda By Charlotte Beauvoisin 6: From here it's only a matter of time — sometimes minutes — before the inevitable marriage proposal. Welcome to dating in Uganda. None of them have turned out to be serious of course — and sums it up really.
Marriage is not such a serious matter here it seems. Many conversations are high in sexual content. Conversations with newly arrived expats are no different, turning very quickly to enquiries as to whether you have brought your family with you.
The typical male expat has it handed to him on a plate. Beautiful young Ugandan women — who may or may not be prostitutes, depending on the bar you frequent — will fall over themselves to make you and your male friends the centre of attention.
The chances of finding a legitimately single expat male in Uganda are few and far between — and Lord knows we look. My female friends and I were at a party one night when an attractive guy turned up — without female company. The instruction was clear: When she had been on holiday in London, she found no end of available dates, but here in Kampala? Charlotte is still searching for the right man in Uganda At a function of expat old-timers, I asked a married male friend of mine to find me a boyfriend.
He glanced around the room and pointed to a middle-aged man who had been smiling at me. It was obvious by his look that I am on a hiding to nothing. I bumped into a British expat acquaintance and his wife at a bar one night. We said hello and he gave me a peck on each cheek. I recognised his wife and went to greet her. She abruptly turned her back on me before I could get a chance to say hello. She hardly knew me. At the time, I put her rudeness down to her not being interested in someone who had just arrived in the country; nowadays, understanding the small pool of expats here, I believe she felt threatened by me, the single woman.