6 March 2014
Last updated at 01:56
Uganda has its very first auto body shop in the capital, Kampala, where some people are spending up to $3,200 (£1,915) to embellish their vehicles like those featured on the MTV reality show, Pimp My Ride.
Godfrey Namunye, the proprietor, worked in a vehicle-repair shop as a panel-beater for years, before a Kenyan friend introduced him to fibre glass and the art of "car-pimping".
Mr Namunye and his friends then experimented on their first car in one corner of the auto body shop in a bustling suburb on the northern side of the city.
They began to use fibre glass to give cars completely new bodies. Mr Namunye says that some designs are found on the internet, but that clients now come to him with their own ideas.
Ordinary Toyotas are being reshaped to look like crocodiles, and soon, they will be appearing on Kampala’s streets.
The layers of fibre-glass on the cars are thicker than would usually be used in other countries, so that they can withstand Kampala’s pot-holed roads, Mr Namunye says.
Some of the cars are also given new electrical systems and hubcaps like those seen in pop-music videos. Mr Namunye says that car-pimping is his not just a business, but a dream come true.
So far Mr Namunye and his team have finished work on four cars. Their customers are mainly businessmen, local celebrities and pastors.
One businessman, David Musisi, had his Toyota Land Cruiser VX fixed with new lights, a sports car exhaust system and a body that changes from white to cream to grey, depending on the environment.
And although the cost of pimping one’s car may sound prohibitively expensive, the value of the vehicle almost doubles when it gets back on the road, Mr Namunye says. (Gallery by BBC’s Patience Atuhaire in Kampala)