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Le Roi du Djadjo de Bali Nebie

Over the past week I read Le Roi du Djadjo by Bali Nebie.  I met Bali in February, when Jean-Pierre Jacob, the anthropologist, suggested we have a beer with him.  Jean-Pierre had found his book in the FAVL library we … Continue reading

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Elliot and Leslie help Peter van Dingenen in a village health clinic for kids

Dr. Peter is a great, very dedicated, public health social entrepreneur.  Doing all the good stuff.  Leslie and Elliot were very grateful to have the chance to help out in a really efficient and effective way.

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Not Africa… Burkina Faso, specifically Bobo-Dioulasso… you find the weirdest things on the web

Jacques Resch (1945 – ) is a French born artist who lives in Africa. He began painting as a child. At around three or four years of age, his mother entered his drawings in a contest where he won first … Continue reading

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What does the ideal school look like?

Secondary students perform at locations throughout the school for the primary students and parents.  International School of Ouagadougou.  Impressive!

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New favorite phrase: jirané nyimi

I may have the spelling wrong.  Three Dioula speakers I’ve talked with may all be saying the same exact thing but I swear I am hearing three different sounds.  It literally means griller, manger in French which means “Grill, Eat” in … Continue reading

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Our book launch at U.S. Embassy on

Thanks to all the friends and supporters who came out, and thanks to the Embassy for hosting. Les conclusions du livre ont été partagées par l’assistance. Le Dr Yves Dakuyo, enseignant à l’Université de Ouagadougou parle de son expérience : … Continue reading

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Je vais chosiner

My favorite word.  It seems to be taking Ouagadougou French by wildfire, I now hear it everywhere even amongst my academic colleagues.  They took the word “chose” which means “thing” and turned it into a verb, to mean “I’m going … Continue reading

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