Destination Lome Togo Central Market, I am Hot and Tired
Hi Andy, Great video of the market. I saw a mother with her child straped to her back with products for sale on her head. I praise women with their children, motherhood is wonderful. At the end of your video, did I see your beauiful women friend?
Women carrying babies, with products on their head is amazing. Maybe I will make a long video with 30-50 to show? Good idea?
Yes, you saw Rachida, she came to the market with me to help me navigate around or stop what I call the "Yevo Impot." or basically white man tax. It is not a tax, it is the almost impossible to stop belief that white folk like me have unlimited money, we are stupid, foolish and make bad deals. And, in defense of Togo most white people here are that. They other white people here caused this treating the locals like beggars, instead of business people. So I got Rachida to help me. They have trouble looking her in the eye and keep their gouge level of prices. She Rachida did not believe me, until I said let us leave for awhile, and the price will come down. That tactic scares gougers, and the nice older woman lowered the price 30 percent. she called Rachida as she was afraid we would not return. Rachida 100 percent believed we had the best price until she lowered it another 30 percent. Normally taking a girl with me increases my cost, as they help their own culture, but Rachida is just, and fair, and just sort of helps without concern for Rich Man / Poor Man. Please understand, I am like Brad Pitt, Bill Gates here. The verification fee is half a months wages here for about 20 percent of the population I paid Rachida a whole months wages for 5 hours of work, and she earned it. I would never understood the phone call that reduced the price 30 percent. I made a lot of friends in the market, Raul the son is contacting me continually on WhatApp. Why? I was not a fool with his money. Africa needs investors who want to teach them technology and science, and work together as partners. Don't get me wrong, Africans are not easy to do business with, this is the wild west of business, anything goes.
Hi Andy, I think a long video would work. Some people there appear to not like being video taped. Have you ever used a small concealed chest type camera where you could video tape market places ect. without being notice?
I have a pair of sunglasses cameras, which I do use for dangerous videos, like me making a video of the World Food Program building, or the United Nations, etc. Police. This is not a danger situation, it is a money request. Yet, what you are seeing here in Togo is misguided for the most part. Everyone around here has a cell phone with a camera, and they are making videos, taking photos the same as me, but not me Yevo. What you are seeing is greed, They believe that any rich person can be made to feel guilty to give money, because they do the same to tourists, and people give money, sort of an extortionist type of shaming, and it works. All this revolves around what I call Middle Class Guilt, I do not feel guilty for being an American in Togo, and will not apologize by giving money. If you listen during the video closely, they said, "l'argent." MONEY they was hollering money in French, as if any rich person should listen to anyone who screams money and feel guilty. Giving money to people that have less is paying them to fail. - Stolen from Thomas Sowell and made mine.