Register | Login


Migingo is a tiny rock island, less than half-an-acre or about half the size of a football field, located in Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the largest tropical lake in the world. Although tiny in size, the island is home to 131 people (according to 2009 census) living in crammed huts made of corrugated sheets and wood. Despite shabby living conditions, Migingo Island boasts of five bars, a beauty salon, a pharmacy as well as several hotels and numerous brothels.

Most of island’s inhabitants are fishermen and fish traders. The first to arrive were two Kenyan fishermen, Dalmas Tembo and George Kibebe, who claimed to have settled there in 1991. At that time, the island was covered with weeds and infested with birds and snakes. They were later joined by 60 members of their fishing group who followed after receiving information that the area was rich with Nile Perch. Subsequently, other fishermen from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania came to the island turning it into a thriving commercial center.

migingo-island-5

Photo by Jesco Denzel

Read more »
© Amusing Planet, 2013.


Loading...

The Rock Houses That Inspired Tolkien
The Rock Houses That Inspired Tolkien
Katrina Kaif  Harpers Bazaar Bride Magazine October 2017
Katrina Kaif Harpers Bazaar Bride Magazine October 2017
Pooja Hegde Stills At Sakshyam Movie Motion Poster Launch
Pooja Hegde Stills At Sakshyam Movie Motion Poster Launch
Taapsee Pannu  Cosmopolitan India Magazine October 2017
Taapsee Pannu Cosmopolitan India Magazine October 2017
Priyanka Chopra  Cosmopolitan India Magazine October 2017
Priyanka Chopra Cosmopolitan India Magazine October 2017
The Squatters of Grande Hotel Beira
The Squatters of Grande Hotel Beira
The Forgotten Nubian Pyramids of Menroe
The Forgotten Nubian Pyramids of Menroe
Vozrozhdeniya The Anthrax Island
Vozrozhdeniya The Anthrax Island