These Are My Friends: Kolbugri

Back in action after typhoid, I recently started making portraits of some of my best friends here in Nalerigu. Hopefully this is the first in a series of portraits.

This is my good friend Kolbugri. Back in 2007, I nicknamed him “Nido” because I would buy powdered milk from him for Trey who was just 1yrold at the time. This past month he called me every day when I was sick with typhoid and came by to visit several times. We sit for hours and hours on that bench to the left and he patiently waits for me to struggle through sentences in Mampruli. He’s definitely my “cultural insider” who fills me in on the do’s and don’ts, traditions, and beliefs of his people. Plus he’s got a great sense of humor. I really love this guy.