West Africa Economic

Togo Teak Mahogany

Togo Teak Mahogany
Kametonou Togo West Africa
April 2007

What is this wood, there is no way to be sure, except to ask an expert, and then try to hope the expert is an expert.

This is a photo of wood along side the road that leads up the small village at the Togo - Ghana Border. I am on the Togo side in the small village of Kametonou Togo West Africa



There were regular, maybe 2 x 14 inch rough-cut planks, and then this rectangular block cut style wood chunks. Michael offered a couple of names for them, I semi-refused the answers as I had already said the word Mahogany before he used the word.

Learning is so incredibly frustrating; it takes the 99 percent frustration and the one-person inspiration to learn accurately. I get a hint on something, and then I need to follow up on the hints.

I can give many examples of data or information that is inherently troublesome and fraught with problems.

Example:
The ethnic groups is maybe Ewe and the language is Mina, however if you ask a person what group they are part of, I have never hear them say Ewe, I hear them say Mina. Therefore if most or the extreme majority of people say they are Mina, can we call them Ewe.

Large amounts of Teak, Mahogany and other valuable woods were harvested and taken out of Africa; therefore, there is the perception that these forests have these trees. However, if they did a very good job, then what are left may be other varieties of trees. I made the mistake of asking Michael,
- Are these mahogany trees? -

He then says later, when he fully understood my question and said,
- Mahogany.-

His first answer was something in Mina, and like Oawa. The truth is, Michaels sells clothing to women, and he may know some information about the clothing industry. I need to find the proverbial horse’s mouth to find the truth and everyone knows the answers, however I am 99 percent sure, and they do not.

I read, maybe that Teak and Mahogany grow here, my map, the one I purchased in Kpalime has small symbols that indicated that teak is grown in those areas.

Everyone is an expert on everything on the planet, and I am positive there are very few experts on issues.

In this village, I counted 8 large piles of wood, about 5 x 5 x 20 Foot in size, this is a large amount of wood in a village where all the home are made of clay adobe or concrete. It does appear they was harvesting the wood. The lumber people of Africa seem to have came and took what was easy to find and cut.

Togo Teak Mahogany





Incredibly Rich West Africa

Incredibly Rich West Africa
Amlame, Togo West Africa
Monday, April 23, 2007

I have traveled too much, I have seen to many versions of poor. I ain’t buying it, West Africa is rich.

West Africa
The subsistence farming here in West Africa has an over-abundance of flat land and water and sparsely populated. It seems to me, to be the perma-culture, self staining, and no need for the outside world, insulated, separated like the USA. The land gives what the people needs and more.

If this area the planet could find a way to have solar electricity for less than 20 U.S. dollars per family, they would almost not need anyone. Sadly, the more they strive for cell phones, cars, televisons and fashion, I suspect the more problems they will have, not less. The danger lies in want of luxury jobs, that provide non-essential trades ike the tissage or tress, and even the moto taxi.

The cost of living here is nothing and life is easy.

However, what is killing me is how they grow food in West Africa; I would guess they farm less than 15-20 percent of the land. Then after they plant something, they just hope it grows.

This means in a way, they have the worlds easiest farming to do, they can just plant something and hope, they do not even need to weed, and they have enough food to get fat. I was thinking, I do not see tractors, or oxen pulling plows, I seen one in Kpalime, however for the part, they just walk out and hack up the ground, make into these special anti-rain mounds, plant and hope it grows, no special work, easy, anyone can do it, and most do in a way, but not much.

I was thinking, the beef here is somewhat difficult, I do not see many cows, or cattle, however there are groups they call the cattle people. They grow goats here, and goats take very small amounts of care, then there are few chickens.

There is nothing grown in surplus except these stupid little peppers called Pims and they are everywhere, I think they grow in surplus because they cannot stop them from growing.

There is no BACKUP.

If they had a water problem in the middle of this rainy area, it is not a rainforest, as best I can tell, and for sure not a cloud forest, but it is very wet, I believe. How can they have a water problem?

There is no extra food, the risk here is a bad crop, if they have a crop problem, then no food, they need to learn how to can foods.

There are no cash crops grown that makes any sense, no mass-produced cash crops or animal husbandry. The only raise what they need.

They have no money. They make the homes out of clay, wood, and materials close to their home. The water cost, but they have the money to buy it, and it is clean, I drink it every day.

What happens of my feeling is this, I think when a person needs money, they become somewhat ridiculously easy to negotiate with, and they will not lose the deal under any condition.

I think money is just an extra, good if they have it, but then who cares really. The life is easy, too easy, they can grow food too easy, there is no striving or working for the food. There is no motivation to strive to better yourself. There seems not desire to fight for a job.

There are some indicators of need.

1. Number of beggars.
2. The amount of theft.
3. How much land is farmed.
4. How dirty are people clothes.
5. How much they will negotiate and still sell you an item or services.
6. How hard is it to steal available food that is growing.

I had a friend try to tell me the price of a Bungalow in Indonesia, I thought he was going to say 300 US or something. I can rent good room in Bangkok for 40 US per month, with AC. I rent a room here in Lome, Togo for 20 US per month, no AC.

The cost of renting a room on the planet starts about always at one-fourth the monthly wages or less. The people of Togo earn abut 30 as base pay and this would mean a room should start at 10 or something like that, and I believe I can rent a room for that.

All six of these items above are at an incredible low.

I sort of feel like I am in the lower part of Brazil, or the upper part of Argentina and there is no cattle, and no farming.

This could be the next Brazil farming boom, and the trees are already cut down. Note, I think one of the number one businesses in Togo or West Africa is the making of Charcoal. Charcoal is a luxury, as best I can determine, not a need.

Malnutrition, and badly balanced diets, overweight, etc is probably everywhere, I do believe the introduction of large amounts of vegetable seeds would alter their diets. They do not have the grub-stake to just start luxury crops, and do not see the need, they are farming thes same they have since the days of colonization, the eat Baguettes.

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Incredibly Rich West Africa





I Have a Bigger Car

I Have a Bigger Car
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, May 1, 2007

I have some observations and questions for why.

Why did the Spanish conquer most of Central and South America and now the Latino culture seems in nothing? Why did the Romans advance and then decline? Why did Egypt advance and decline?
Why is Norway, Sweden, Denmark now highly educated and expensive? What happened to the Mayans, this was a powerful and important culture? Who cares about Babylon and why should I care about Babylon, nothing there and but hot nothings, I saw it. Why does India have so many people? Why does Asia have so many people? Why does West Africa have so few people?

(Note.. Hehehe I just realized each of the lines above is not the start of a new paragraph and a separate idea; they are related, but different. I can combine all of them and not be grammatically wrong. This principle will dramatically decrease the line space of my writing.)

Is the life in America or Europe better than the life in Africa? Arrogance, lack of introspection, and failure to focus on the goals of work, would say life in America is better but it Americas goal of work correct?

I have always used my brain to conquer my world. Then I started to compete with other men and women in my society. I wanted a car. I went from about age 20 to age 35 into focusing my majority of efforts on level four of Mallow’s hierarchy of need and motivations. (See Below)

At age 17, maybe it is was 18, my Economics teacher assigned us the book Walden by Henry David Thoreau, who the Author I would now say and think of as one of my Mentors in life, along with my one Grandfather Fleck, and a Farmer Buster Spade. My parents became Mentors after age 30 and continue to this day to be my mentors. My Grandfather and Buster were mentors in working on level four of Maslow’s hierarchy and now I ask for instructions from my parents on step 5 of the hierarchy of needs.

I now see that at age 17 upon reading Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden I understood his experiment on Walden Pond whereby he proved a person could work about five weeks per year and live well.

I went and disobeyed the Mentor Henry David Thoreau because I needed to go and compete, to see if maybe I was ok.

The logic stuck though, the common sense has always held, I have never stopped believing his theory of economics was brilliance. I see and continue to see or believe, this man understood how things work. His theories of Economics enveloped in writing and surrounded by an annoying preoccupation to talk about the beauty of nature is confusing, hard to understand, and why his chapter is named Economics when he talks about so many other topics is difficult. And the book Walden seems to be more about his love of nature, than about the simple economics of life and the theory of Civil Disobedience.

I often wander, and I do think, Thoreau understood Civil Disobedience ten times better than Ghandi or Martin Luther King, in a way, I think both of those two just wanted power, and they found the power of Civil Disobedience not the profound nature of it to use against power, and in many ways just elevate themselves to higher social status and dominance, to become the big cheese or boss. They accomplished a lot, and not as simple as it seems,

Civil Disobedience is:
I will try; the idea is you cannot ague with a person that does not talk back or argue back. To do nothing is sometimes more powerful than to do something. I protest by not obeying, passive not active.

Military might is the ability of the Army to feed itself, and to exchange natural resources and information resources for the best weapons, hmm, that made Sadaam very dangerous, he could buy the best weapons, if he was smart enough, however he was too dumb maybe.

The bigger the physical power, the more a person or culture is capable of dominating another by violence, the more they are considered advanced. The USA because of extreme security and safety, just forget to see that it is not safe, it does not thanks its leaders for taking great care of the people.

All this aside, the idea is for one person can and should be independent, as Thoreau pointed out in simple and complex ways, a person owes society a debt, however an individual also owes themselves the right to enjoy their life the way they wish. After you die, there will be no refunds because you squandered your life.

QUOTE:
- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. -
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

I think the number one reason people want to travel is to play, to disobey society, to go into a hedonistic pleasure filled existence of mental and physical masturbation. They want to go on an endless party. What is crazy, is the party people can see that they can work say maybe two months per year and play the rest of the time, and the economics majors think you need to work 12 months. Fools

The Western Economics now enables a person born in Western country, to travel to the West, earn the money in two months, and go live where the cost of living and more correctly, the competition for step 4 of Maslows is not enforced or developed acutely and thrive.

Providing, they do not need to prove to their fellow man they are someone, they are something, or they are better than their neighbors are. The competition to prove ones self is more capable or better in money, cars, wealth and affluence is staggeringly stupid. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet do not work for money; they work for ideas, the game of ideas.

I say, have said on many occasions,
- It does not take a genius to make a million dollars working 16 hours per day; however, it does take a genius to make a million working 2 hours per day. -

I truly believe time spent spinning time at work or employment is a severe hindrance to the accumulation of extreme wealth. An extravagantly good idea creates extreme wealth. Conquering the ability to survive earns enough money to live was done with social security act and pension plans. An accumulation of cash is winning if you have the need to prove you are competent, this is an emotional need, not maybe a want.

Economical is making great sense to work where the pay is highest and to live where the pay is lowest. This give a person the optimal quality of life for the least amount of money.

The cost of living normally stays at the same level as wages. The cost to live in luxury is 10 percent here in the cost compared to the the USA. I can have a cleaning lady for 1 dollar per day here. The competition with peers is still here, and who has the most money, but a Western person competes too well in this area of the world, and too easily dominates, in the game of bragging who can prove they have more money, this is a no need to go.

Many Travelers love to feel rich one time in their life; some love travel to India where for one brief journey or period of time, they are competent. They are complete failures in the modern world, in India they are Gods, and held in high esteem by the India people because they have the passport and the money. However, when the go home, they are constantly reminded, they are a nobody. They have trouble leaving India, they love to be a somebody… hehehe Clueless Travelers.

Independence from the need to compete, and independence from social controls, to have the introspection capacity to see that the rules of global life has changed, and a person needs to grab the advantage while they know this, or eventually the wages and cost of living will all be the same everywhere.

I have a friend, who is in the epiphany phase of travel thinking. He has returned to the USA and now has to put back on his boxing gloves and compete with people in the USA for social status. It is amazing how when I return to the USA, they also or think, I want to compete or stay with them in the game. I wonder if my other traveler friend in the USA, also now in the USA can see, paying the same amount of money as an American in a restaurant is silly and a competition of sorts. When I return to the USA, I do not pay the same as the people around me, I have left the game. I think to myself, why I would spend 10 dollars per meal. I think that here in Africa, there is this Brag by having money group, why would anybody pay 10 dollar for a plate of rice with a scrawny chicken when it cost the person outside the hotel less than one or two dollars. Unless they want to brag to the Cadeau girl, I am somebody.

The USA pays a lot for convenience, they work 8 hours per day so the four hours after work are easy, or busy and not convenient. This is 8 hours of work to have convenience, that is not convenient.

The goal of work is to give ourselves and family enough food, shelter and safety to be ok. Then to allow ourselves free time to enjoy our lives. Now the modern world spends 50 percent of their time working and 50 percent playing.

Africa spends 95 percent of their time playing and 5 percent working.

How things work, the ideas on how things work is amazing, I keep dwelling on the explanations of the world, I keep seeing and become more capable of seeing the way things work on the planet.

Did you know Fat, to be fat is to say to your peers, I am so rich, I can eat all day. To be Fat is a sign of rich in many cultures. I had a girl in Africa tell me to stop losing weight, I am looking poor.

The amount of water, food, the need to fight the cold determines how much work a person must do to survive, once survival is easy, the average person takes a coffee break from life. They only wanted to get fat and prove they had a bigger car and bigger house than their neighbors and to not lose their wife because the man down the street was willing to give here more money and fun.

Note, Michael Crighton alludes many times to the idea that subsistence farming may be a better form of life, on the other hand, I think he may work all the time, I do not know, I am speculating, there is a different from fun work and working for money, the fun work is not work it is getting paid to play.

Interesting read:
Principle of Population By Thomas Malthus

MASLOW
Maslow has hierarchy of needs or motivations of people.

(1) physiological; (2) security and safety; (3) love and feelings of belonging; (4) competence, prestige, and esteem; (5) self-fulfillment; and (6) curiosity and the need to understand.

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I Have a Bigger Car





Earning Money in a Tribal Culture

Earning Money in a Tribal Culture
Tribes of the Planet
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Sunday, May 13, 2007

In the USA we ignore Kings, Queens, caste systems, chiefs, tribes and racism, we tend to be too Noble or politically correct and above this type of behavior. The reality is we are naïve and insulated from this by the oceans and our desire to ignore or overlook the sad and tribal culture of Mexico. Plus, it is hard to see the tribes of the USA, under all the consumer goods.

Africa is Tribal without the cover of consumer goods.

A tribe enforces the rules of the culture with violence or force.

Here is my opinion of degrees of enforcement of Tribal Rules on the planet earth.

MOST to LEAST enforced:

Middle East - Most
India
Mexico
Africa - Less
Russia - I am guessing, I do not know.
Central America
Caribbean
South America
Asia
Europe
USA and Australia - Least

I am going to ignore Canada just to annoy them. (Same culture as the USA.)

Tribal customs and rituals are difficult to see, and the pure culture with all the rules and regulation are all masked and hidden under modern consumerism and objects. Hard to see a person is acting like a primitive person when they are driving a Mercedes and has a Cell phone in their hands.

What is fun here in Africa is because there is very little of the modern conveniences, like dishes, books, Chinese goods; I can see the tribal behavior and not have it hidden by a car or consumer goods. Africa is less violent than the Middle East or India, the women are safer then say the Arabic…

More or less this is freedom of religions in a nutshell, the more the freedom of all religions the less tribal.

What is great is the business of a tribe; a tribe is dysfunctional in their ability to compete with the culture of a non-tribal business. Unless, the tribe has slavery, or a dictator with forced labor.

In a tribe, the King or Chief does not work. In a non-tribal culture, the King or Chief works, prepares the way for the braves, and growth continues.

Fun to watch the failure or stagnation of an Africa business, when the person become the primary boss or owner, they just stop working because a boss does not work in West Africa, thereby guaranteeing the growth stops and a life of living in constant recession. It is like watching a comedy of errors. It would be more also fun to watch in India is not so cluttered and the Middle East if a person was not killed while watching, one bad comment they could kidnap you like the BBC reporter in Palestine, and you do not even have to talk bad, just be there.

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Earning Money in a Tribal Culture





African Independence from French Expats

African Independence from French Expats
Lome, Togo West Africa
May 19, 2007

As I travel around in Africa, I slowly drift in and out of what I call Expat Colonies. Expat colonies are located all over the planet and for many reasons. Togo has an older French man Colony, a remnant of colonization. The Bahamas, Caribbean, Costa Rica and Panama are full of Americans hiding money. Thailand and Cambodia are Boom Boom Colonies, while Hong Kong and Singapore are the Import - Export to China colonies, the back door to China. There are many of these Expat Colonies on the planet that the reasons are fun to learn.

HOW OLD IS THE TOGO FRENCH EXPAT COLONY?

32 African Countries became Independent between the years of 1960-1970, it was the decade of Independence for Africa from their both their benefactors and their transgressors.

It is narrow minded, damaging, and just plain stupid to think that Colonization of the planet was all bad. In my opinion, it was about 60 percent good and 40 percent bad, if you accept the premise that development is a good idea. Without the colonization of the planet, the world outside of Europe would be 100-200 years behind Europe today and not just the normal 50-70 years lag. I believe in the next 10 years this gap will be reduced to 0-25 years behind Europe, the USA needs left out of this, because of insulated reason, and probably so does Australia and New Zealand, both are colonies that maybe are ahead of Europe, more likely you could say, they did not bring their dirty laundry with them to the new countries, and started Europe over, however on a clean piece of land, but in the USA, Aussie and with not Dictators, a.k.a Kings.

French Sphere of Influence

What happens is this, you have a mess in Africa, many Races, Ethnics, Kingdoms, and Religions and a few businesses like Rhodes who fought, and continue to fight for control of Africa. Most have rather decide, I do not want a welfare child, so I am washing my hands and leaving.

French have held out, the control the banks, and the right to own land in their former colonies. The have their hands up the skirts of Africa, still playing.

THE MATH OF AGE
1960 - If a French Administrators in one of the 32 colonies was of the age of 35 in the year 1960 or the mode year of independence. This person would now be in the year 2007, the age of 82

Depending on the age of the French people living in Africa in the 1960s, they would now be between the ages of 67-82.

Africa is easy to fall in love with, and never want to leave, so the did not leave, or they came back.

If you walked into some of the Frenchie Hotels in Togo, Cote d Ivoire, Niger, or Burkina Faso, Senegal, etc, I suspect you would find a group of men between the ages of 67 and 82 sitting on the corner of the bar. mixed with a few Germans, Dutch, and on more rare occasions the Brits. An American or Australian is hard to find, but some in the British Colonies.

This Expat Colonies of Africa and their Sphere of Influence will all be dead by the year 2020.

It appears to me from 2007 to the year 2020 there is an unbelievable opportunity for the Chinese, Europeans and Americans to be tourist, then investors, first comes tourist, and then comes investments. The colony converted to long-term investment methods of Singapore and Hong Kong just did not work so well in Africa.

I would guess it would be Tourist converted to investor that will leave the next 50-100 years of Africa.

Sort of the Caribbean, Costa Rica methodology, a person goes on Vacation and returns later to start a business.

This is all fun and speculation, but it seems to me, that between today and 2020, Africa is the land of opportunity, as the young French have wiped their hands of Africa.

NOTES:

There are major Ethnic groups

AFRICAN KINGDOMS
Ashanti Kingdom
Kingdom of Dahomey
Ethiopia Ancient
Liberia

EUROPEAN KINGDOMS IN AFRICA
Britain
Italy
France
Belgium
German
Dutch
Dutch Kingdom

ETHIC KINGDOM
Dogon
Bambara
Senufo
Mandinka
Mende
Baule
Akan
Fon
Yoruba
Fulani
Igbo
Nok
Hausa

RELIGIOUS KINGDOMS
Christian
Islamic

COUNTRY DATE OF INDEPENDENCE COLONIAL POWER

BEFORE 1970 - 8 Colonies became Impendent

Ethiopia Ancient
Liberia July 26, 1847
South Africa May 31, 1910 Britain
Egypt February 2, 1922 Britain
Libya December 24, 1951 Italy
Sudan January 1, 1956 Britain; Egypt
Morocco March 2, 1956 France
Tunisia March 20, 1956 France
Ghana March 6, 1957 Britain
Guinea February 10, 1958 France

1960-1970 - 32 Colonies became Impendent

Cameroon January 1, 1960 France
Togo April 27, 1960 France
Senegal June 20, 1960 France
Mali June 20, 1960 France
Madagascar June 26, 1960 France
Congo, Democratic Republic of the June 30, 1960 Belgium
Somalia July 1, 1960 Italy; Britain
Benin August 1, 1960 France
Niger August 3, 1960 France
Burkina Faso August 5, 1960 France
Côte d'Ivoire August 7, 1960 France
Chad August 11, 1960 France
Central African Republic August 13, 1960 France
Congo, Republic of the August 15, 1960 France
Gabon August 17, 1960 France
Nigeria October 1, 1960 Britain
Mauritania November 28, 1960 France
Sierra Leone April 24, 1961 Britain
Tanzania September 12, 1961 Britain
Burundi July 1, 1962 Belgium
Rwanda July 1, 1962 Belgium
Algeria July 3, 1962 France
Uganda October 9, 1962 Britain
Kenya December 12, 1963 Britain
Malawi July 6, 1964 Britain
Zambia October 25, 1964 Britain
The Gambia February 18, 1965 Britain
Botswana September 30, 1966 Britain
Lesotho October 4, 1966 Britain
Mauritius March 12, 1968 Britain
Swaziland September 6, 1968 Britain
Equatorial Guinea October 12, 1968 Spain

1970 until 2000 - 11 Colonies became Impendent

Guinea-Bissau September 10, 1974 Portugal
Mozambique June 25, 1975 Portugal
Cape Verde July 5, 1975 Portugal
Comoros July 6, 1975 France
São Tomé and Príncipe July 12, 1975 Portugal
Angola November 11, 1975 Portugal
Seychelles June 26, 1976 Britain
Djibouti June 27, 1977 France
Zimbabwe April 18, 1980 Britain
Namibia March 21, 1990 South Africa
Eritrea May 24, 1993 Ethiopia

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African Independence from French Expats





Women Working in Africa

Women Working in Africa
Lome, Togo West Africa
Sunday, May 20, 2007

I met this man on my first trip to Togo, he explained to me more in 10 minutes of clarity about Africa than most NGO-ONG people explain to me in a week of noise.

19 years of in and out of Togo, with a Togo wife and a Togo child.

He was commenting on women working in Africa, he said,

Two Thirds the
THE PAUSE…

Four Fifths of the work here is done by women in this country.

What a small change, but precise and he felt he needed to make this small of change to the estimation.

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Women Working in Africa





Rain Defeats Togo Business

Rain Defeats Togo Business
Lome, Togo West Africa
Sunday, May 20, 2007

Monday morning here in Lome, Togo, a cooling heavy rain started about 7:00 am and has dwindled to a light sprinkle at 10:07 am.

The rain has destroyed all but the essential business, the stay open rain or shine, sleet or dark of night types.

95 percent of business is at a standstill, they did not open in the capital of Lome, Togo.

Rain, work called off on the count of rain…

I am in the Garden of Eden, and work is just a hobby, something to do like a wife who married a rich husband and decides to work for something to do.

I am traveler, a tourist, and I take all rain days off, just not possible, and of no fun, to walk around in the rain in other countries. I normally hang around the room and type on this silly computer while it rains or read a book; it does not rain all day, even in the so-called-monsoon countries.

However, this morning, I got hungry, so I left the room, thinking, I will just step out with my umbrella and get a quick snack. I took a left out of the hotel, and then took another hard left. I will go to Belindas place and get four of them hard biscuit cookies. Nope closed, therefore I backed up, and I decided to walk North and then take a left and pass all the small shops, yes, the popcorn, peanut, sowing place is open. No food for sale and none of the workers are there, except for my one friend. I start weaving though the neighborhood, stopping at every food stop I know, none are open, finally I make it 6 blocks away from the hotel, and to the first major street, I think it is name Duisburg, well, the one major bread shop is open, and the not friendly, but cheap and efficient food shop is open. There was no way to get a quick snack, the city is closed.

This really is the Garden of Eden; only in the Garden of Eden would all the business stop because of rain, the funny part, it they normally live in the same place as their shop. This is how they seem to be continually open, they open a front door to leave and the business is open, therefore to open during the rain is, not a problem.

I wish I could feel a little sorry for these people, the more I am here, the more I realize this is a paradise, and working is a hobby and option, not a need. I use to watch a men in Mexico, they would work labor until they had beer money, then stop.

I cannot imagine why anyone would send this country money; it just seems like naïve thing to do.

Rain Defeats Togo Business





West Africa Resource Curse

West Africa Resource Curse
Lome, Togo West Africa

Eureka, I have found the pivotal concept, the missing piece of the puzzle, the explanation for the rampant crazy NGO - ONG, Bono U2, not me, nuts behavior and give money where none is needed explanation for Africa. It is called the Resource Curse.

Thank You, Monsieur Eric, the teacher has arrived…
http://www.hobotraveler.com/2007/05/rain-defeats-togo-business.html

When the student is ready, the teacher arrives.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resource_curse

QUOTE:

Resource Curse Thesis

The term 'resource curse thesis' was first used by Richard Auty in 1993 to describe how countries rich in natural resources were not able to use that wealth to boost their economies and how, counter-intuitively, these countries had lower economic growth than countries without an abundance of natural resources.[1] However, the idea that natural resources might be more a curse than a blessing began to emerge in the 1980's. Numerous studies, including a notable one by Jeffrey Sachs and Andrew Warner, have shown a link between natural resource abundance and poor economic growth.[2] This disconnect between natural resource wealth and economic growth can be seen clearly by looking at an example from the oil-producing countries. From 1965-1998, in the OPEC countries, gross national product per capita growth decreased on average by 1.3%, while in the rest of the developing world, per capita growth was on average 2.2%.[3] Some argue that financial flows from Foreign Aid can provoke effects that are similar to the Resource Curse.[4]

END QUOTE

Any person that does not understand how business works, would be tempted to say they are poor in West Africa, or maybe any corrupt person would go along for profit Then we just have the save the world, granola for lunch bunch, who are too stupid for the planet. Need to move to the next planet, and go into the ether, excuse me, they need slapped.

Note, I think Bill Gates knows the game, read his requirements.

Bottom line in business, I am in the land of unlimited opportunity.

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African Siesta Economy

African Siesta Economy
Lome, Togo West Africa
Saturday, June 9, 2007

I believe the job of management is not to manage people, however to remove the obstacle that are stopping them from working.

I am in Togo, the Siesta Economy here, they stop work from Noon until three, this almost brings the country to a halt, for sure the economy is sleeping. Hot countries live life slowly and this is good and a benefit, however the will and minds of people slows down and the desire to work is close to full stop.

I think the only solution to have a contiguous work force that actually is effective and does work it to start at 4:00 AM and work only to 12 Noon and call it quits for the day.

The ones that will not come to work at 4:00 can live how they live and have all the financial gain it allows.

The other alternative is just to work from 8 to 12 and forget the rest of spinning their wheels time.

African Siesta Economy





Two Economies of Togo

Two Economies of Togo
Lome, Togo West Africa
Saturday, June 16, 2007

Togo is may be one of them countries where 1 percent of the people have 99 percent of the money. I ask myself,
- Do I support the rich getting richer, or the poor getting poorer? -
I make the vote with my dollars.



950 CFA or 2 US Dollars to purchase, and is good shampoo.

99 percent of the people buy cheap shampoo, 1 percent buy expensive, this is a bottle of cheap Egg Shampoo here in Togo.

This in my opinion is part of the Togolese economy.

Pantene,
I went to the large supermarket called Leader Price, on the shelf is a medium size bottle of Pantene Shampoo for 5900 CFA. This is about 12 US dollars per bottle, I normally pay around 3-4 US Dollars outside the USA, and I do not know the present USA price, as I have not lived there for 10 years.

Togo Price 2 Dollars
Pantene Price 12 Dollars

When the average person earns between 500-1500 CFA here in Togo, to purchase the Togo priced shampoo is one days work.

This sounds a lot worst than reality, the Togo people have a very comfortable life. However, if they want to venture out into the world, if they wish to one time try the Pantene shampoo, how do they do it.

Fortunately and unfortunately the Togo peoples hair does not grow long, the average length of hair is between nothing and three inches. The hair I believe falls out after it gets longer, somewhat like the hair on your arms, there is a limit the growth. The business of adding on braids, tresses is a thriving business in Togo.

I try to buy Togolese priced products, and try to help the poor get richer side of life. Note that it is easier to find in a Togolese owned store.

Togo Economics, West Africa Economic, Togo Budget, Togo, Shampoo

Two Economies of Togo





Africans is for Warriors

Africans is for Warriors
Africans are Soldiers
Les Africains Sont Des Soldats
Lome, Togo West Africa
Sunday, July 1, 2007

Conjecture

Most cultures are warrior cultures; however, we deny and hide behind words, then try to suppress our nature. Africa is less developed therefore one can see the bully, direct, war like, and macho culture of West Africa.

Contrary to popular opinion in the developed countries, the Whites from Europe did not start the slave trade.

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Trade in slaves, like most of the world, has carried on for thousands of years in Africa.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_slave_trade

Speculate and dream of various type of management.

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Slavery is a social-economic system under which certain persons—known as slaves—are deprived of personal freedom and compelled to perform labor or services.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery

I have attempted to list from the most severe form of slavery to the least.

Slave
Shanghai
Forced labor
Chain Gang of Prison Workers
Low Caste
Indentured servant
Serfdom
Fief
Coolies
Child Labor
Soldiers

Soldiers is a system under which certain persons—known as Soldiers—are deprived of personal freedom and compelled to perform labour or services.

Africa is a land of Chiefs, and severe class systems. When you have a King, Queen or a Tribal Chief with it comes, the right to demand services be rendered, however not any more…

The complete economic system of Africa seems askew, it is not clear, there still exist the soldier class and there still exist the Chiefs, however, they long ago stopped working together.

The Chief no longer has the power to get something done, however the people still want to be Warriors and Soldiers, Everyone is sitting around waiting for the next war, or soccer match, or the same, but different.

Africans is for Warriors





Working Effectively in Africa

Working Effectively in Africa
Lome, Togo West Africa
Saturday, August 4, 2007

I like to solve problems, and here in Togo, West Africa I have many problems to solve if I wish. These problems are MY PROBLEMS, as a USA culture person in Togo; they are NOT PROBLEMS FOR TOGO PEOPLE.

What is effective, what is efficient in life?

Effective people produce result.
Efficient people do it faster.
Serendipitous work is both effective and efficient.

My mind keeps reliving my attempt to document the growing of Cacao or the Chocolate plants here in Kpalime, Togo. I could not find Cacao, however I found Palm Oil being processed

I failed to document Cacao, however, succeeded with Palm Oil.
Richard Trillo comment on the post,
http://www.hobotraveler.com/2007/04/failed-to-see-cacao.html

“That's just a great bit of serendipity and readers of hobotraveler benefit either way.“

Thanks Richard.
http://theroughguidetowestafrica.blogspot.com

I think this comment on the Blog has revealed serendipitously for me the only way to accomplish goals in West Africa. So a bit of serendipity helps me with a proposition of that maybe the best way to work in Africa is to work serendipitously.

I naturally work serendipitously, however to explain how I work is confusing, I have hundreds of projects; they are all in various steps of being completed. Some are on step one, others are on step three, others are going to soon be completed.

Example:

Ten Hypothetical projects rated at various levels of completion:

(Project 01) --- 01 02 03 04 05 06 07
(Project 02) --- 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
(Project 03) --- 01 02
(Project 04) --- 01
(Project 05) --- 01 02 03 04 05 06
(Project 06) --- 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
(Project 07) ---
(Project 08) --- 01 02 03 04 05
(Project 09) --- 01 02 03 04 05 06 07
(Project 10) --- 01 02

I work on what is fun and easy today, I avoid work on projects until the somehow it become fun and easy. Normally what makes a project fun and easy, is I think of a new solution to one of the steps and I can proceed on one of the projects.

Togo or West Africa is a challenge, as is 80 percent of the planet because directly working on a project rarely succeeds. To continually tickle the progress of a project will one day allow the project to unfold. Therefore the art here it to continuously work on many projects, avoid any direct work, just say no, and wait, the one day Serendipitously the goal is accomplished.

I need to talk with Togo people for five minutes, prompt them to move, then leave and allow serendipitous progress, to talk more than five minutes is ineffective and inefficient.

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Working Effectively in Africa





I Lost My Reading Glasses

I Lost My Reading Glasses
Bobo Dioulasso or Bobo, Burkina Faso, West Africa
Sunday, September 16, 2007

I seemed to have lost my reading glasses. I think I left them in the one 25-watt light bulb in Ouaga, Burkina Faso.

Today I seem to have lost my drinking glass; I carry also a plastic pitcher and using to drink coffee. I guess there is an ironic fate to these lost and not found objects.

I have worried about my glasses, I used to have two pair, and I thought about buying two pairs in Thailand, I just was too cheap. I sat on my glasses two weeks ago and had to work hard to get the lens to stay in the frame. I worry about Glasses more in West Africa along with medicines, as West Africa is different from South America or Asia.

The cost of medicine in West Africa is about double to triple the normal price of Asia or South America. I personally think the French working together with the leaders have clipped the hamstring of the Francophone countries guaranteeing high profits for the French and the leaders get extortion rate import-export fees.

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In sub-Saharan Africa, the French were quickest with political reform. Across French West Africa and French Equatorial Africa, the French allowed the election of local government representatives and in return received African agreement to maintain close economic ties with France. In 1946 the French established a common West African French currency, the CFA franc (franc de la communauté financière Africaine, or franc of the African financial community). The currency, exchanged at a fixed rate with the French franc, assured that virtually all of France’s decolonizing African territories would continue to bank, invest, and trade with France. All of France’s sub-Saharan colonies became independent in 1960, except Guinea (1958) and Djibouti (1977).
FROM --- Microsoft Encarta 2007

The West African Economies are hopeless welfare children until they devalue the CFA and other currencies of West Africa. Any product produced in West Africa need to sell wholesale at double or triple of global value, so no reason to buy from West Africa, too expensive.

So how much do glasses cost? First note, this man does not want to check my eyes, he want to sell me cheap reading glasses you can buy in any drug store in the USA for 5 dollars. 1.25 1.50 2.00 etc magnification.

32,000 CFA than
27,000 CFA after he discounts
22,000 CFA and final price.

He ask me how much I will pay, I say,
10,000 or about 20 US Dollars, thinking the true value of these glasses globally is about 5000 as they are a little better than the US drugstore version.

44 US Dollars for glasses I could purchase in the US for 5. I will continue to search, maybe there are some inside the market, and sometime there are these under the market, where the real people buy products. The rich here can be super rich and in a bourgeois way will not lower themselves to associate, therefore creating this second level economy.

Funny I have also lost my coffee glass, I think I went out on the balcony of the hotel and left on the rail. Yesterday, I was walking around the huge market area here in Bobo looking for a drinking glass. I ironically need a second one. I store my light bulb in a drinking glass, than inside the pitcher, the double plastic walls protect the light bulb from breaking.

I can read in good light and for about 3 US, I can buy a second reading light, thereby double the light. I do not need glasses to use the computer. However, now I need two drinking glasses to protect the light bulbs.

I Lost My Reading Glasses