Much to the delight of everyone around me, this yovo pulled out her camera over the weekend and snapped some pictures of the lake I’m going to have to drive through on the way to work every day. More pictures on flickr. topod
We’ve had a lot of visitors lately, new to Benin and/or to Africa, who are afraid of food poisoning. I’m going to be really honest here: if you leave Cotonou, have any middle class Beninese friends, eat street food, or do anything but eat at ritzy expat restaurants and prepare your own (vegetarian) food, you’re… Read More On how to rock eating food you’re afraid of
I haven’t written much lately because every time I sit down at my keyboard, I want to write about Haiti. I want to write about terrible injustice. And I want to write about the appalling difference I see between main stream media depictions and fresher, more local sources. I haven’t written about Haiti because, let’s… Read More On Haiti. Full stop.
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
[Photo credits: me and Bertrand, from the roof of our building. More flooding in Cotonou on flickr.] продвижение сайта
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