Development, Getting it off my chest

Why is so hard to understand why Universal fucking Health Care is a GOOD THING?

I had lunch with an expat this morning, and said I that sometimes I have a hard time talking about development in Benin, as even we haven’t gotten it right yet. She looked at me with raised eyebrows and said, “We??!? *I* come from a country that has universal health care and free education up… Read More Why is so hard to understand why Universal fucking Health Care is a GOOD THING?

Getting it off my chest, IT in Africa

On why language is important when talking about women in tech

This is the second in a series of posts where I address technology, women in technology, and women in technology in Benin. * Accompanying the recent spate of questions about how to find more and better women speakers for tech conferences, the general lack of women in technology, and a lot of comments about women’s… Read More On why language is important when talking about women in tech

Getting it off my chest, IT in Africa

On why I don’t hate on PayPal for not operating in sub-Saharan Africa

I’m just going to get this out of the way: I am quite sympathetic to PayPal and how they’ve cut off the entire continent of Africa. Going to a cybercafé in Cotonou means two out of three computers are occupied by Beninese or Nigerian boys scamming rich Americans and Europeans. Sometimes, they’re training 9 and… Read More On why I don’t hate on PayPal for not operating in sub-Saharan Africa

Getting it off my chest

Theresa’s famous advice for not getting ripped off in a West African market

Dear expats, You will always get a foreigner tax when you go to the market to buy things. Here, we call it the “yovo price,” yovo being the Fon word for foreigner. Here are a few ways to not get ripped off (as much). Ask about the price beforehand. Ask a friend. Ask your taxi-moto… Read More Theresa’s famous advice for not getting ripped off in a West African market