One of the issues one faces when back home is the pollution of all sorts from noise pollution to sight pollution. This blog is talking about one pollution that really, really disturbs me a great deal. It is dust. In the local parlance it is called powder.
It permeates everything and cakes everything. As a returnee it is clear that using the Boda Bodas does leave traces of powder all over the shoes and lower parts of the pants.
The cleanliness or lack thereof of a person is perceived by the powder(dust) on one’s shoes.
A lot of the discussion about powder in Kampala City and its surroundings is negative because in all honesty it is pollution of sorts. It causes discomfort through constant coughing, washing and dry cleaning of clothes, women doing their hair weekly and sinus issues.
On the other hand, there is a bright light in all this powder situation it has created employment for the many car washing bays that exist in an around the city.
One of the best smells vis a vie the powder, it is when it is about to rain and the first drizzle hits the roads before the heavy downpour. That smell to me signifies relief. Relief from the constant barrage of powder(dust). Relief that our clothes, hair, food and well-being will be dust free for as long as it rains. Oh what a relief it is more so with the sound of the rain. This is epic.
In regards to plants I wonder how photosynthesis happens when the leaves are covered with the powder. Do we get the right process as the leaves need sun light to carry out photosynthesis? Do we get the fruits or plants as they should look like?
Photosynthesis according to Live Science is ‘Photosynthesis is the process used by plants, algae and certain bacteria to harness energy from sunlight into chemical energy. There are two types of photosynthetic processes: oxygenic photosynthesis and anoxygenic photosynthesis. Oxygenic photosynthesis is the most common and is seen in plants, algae and cyanobacteria.’
I am no expert on such matters but the photo below does show a banana that looks sickly to me as it lacks it proper lustre and definition.
I wonder what other ailments befall us because of the powder that we will in later years’ attribute as the causes of the powder (dust pollution).
When I wake up and get that ample dose of powder I say to myself Welcome home Brotherman. Welcome home.