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?
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
This is the first of a series of posts in which I’ll discuss technology, women in technology, and women in technology in Benin. My clients are all businessmen. Accent on men. After over two years of developing websites and web applications in Cotonou, we have a lot of clients (what can I say, we’re good… Read More On women in tech, in Benin and back home in the States
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
I am appalled that I 100% agree with something Fake Steve Jobs said today. We all know that there’s no fucking way in the world we should have microwave ovens and refrigerators and TV sets and everything else at the prices we’re paying for them. There’s no way we get all this stuff and everything… Read More On capitalism, consumerism, and Fake Steve Jobs
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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
I don’t get the hate. If you’ve never been to “Africa” (don’t forget to refer to the continent, never a specific country), you may never have encountered the volunteer pecking order that serves little more purpose than reinforcing guilt and perpetuating stereotypes. Graham North works on the island of Zanzibar, and his disgust for volunteers… Read More In which Theresa is anti-authenticity.