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A man transporting bananas by chukudu in North Kivu

The chukudu (or chikudu, cbokoudou, tshukudu[1]) is a two-wheeled vehicle used in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is made of wood, and used for transporting freight.

The chikudu generally has an angular frame, two small wheels (often of wood, sometimes wrapped with rubber), handlebars, and a pad for the operator to place his knee on while propelling the vehicle with his leg.[2] At downslope, the rider stands on the deck like a kick scooter. At flat ground, the rider can put one knee on the deck and push the ground by the other foot like a knee scooter.

A 2008 report states that chikudu sold for US$100, but cost US$60 to make.[3]


  1. ^ Tshukudu
  2. ^ Congo's chairmen of the boards. Los Angeles Times, 21 January 2013
  3. ^ Wood, wheels, workhorse: the chikudu story. Christian Science Monitor, 29 August 2008

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