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Kigali Bicycle Taxis

Adeyinka Yusuf | Rwanda

Pascal Itangishaka and other bicycle taxi operators set out to pick passengers as the sun rises behind a mountain in Kigali, Rwanda.

Kigali, like many urban centres in Rwanda, has seen a rapid increase in the number of bicycle taxi operators on roads that are not designed to accommodate cyclists.

The estimated 2,000 cyclists compete for road space with motorists, cars and pedestrians.

The cyclists are mainly young people from the lower social class, school dropouts and rural-urban migrants who find the business attractive because of the relatively low capital investment and maintenance costs. Bicycles don't need fuel to run and the riders don't pay taxes from their earnings.

Pascal Itangishaka, who operates a bicycle taxi, said he earns between Rwf3,000 ($3.27) and Rwf4,000 ($4.36) daily. Pascal is married with a kid and expecting another. His first born, a 4-year-old is in nursery school. After paying rent, school fees and supplies for this family, Pascal manages to save Rwf3,000 every month.

There are over 5000 operators in Kigali and six secondary cities. They can generate Rwf 10 million daily or Rwf 3.6 billion annually. But most of that is not taxable by the government. 

Adeyinka Yusuf is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Lagos Nigeria.

In 2013, he started Street Shooters NG, a street photography collective and the following year was selected to lead a photo-walk as part of the Nigerian Photography Expo and Conference.

His work in political photography has seen him document the lives and work of several political figures in Nigeria, some of which have included President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 electoral campaign, and later his daughter Zahra Buhari, who he worked with as personal photographer. He has also held the position of the Official Photographer to the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, from 2016 - 2018

He is a member of the African Photojournalism Database. His documentary work has been recognised by World Press Photo and Everyday Africa.

Website: adeyinkayusuf.com

Phone: +234 806 043 5734​

Email: yusufadeyinka@gmail.com

Instagram: @adeyinka.yusuf

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