Favorite Togolese Quotes
“You are going to give me your outfit.”
“[The Germans] are the owners of our language.”
“God made whites before he made blacks.”
“Do you have the sun where you’re from?”
“You don’t have grigri where you live? But where do you find the powers to build lightbulbs and cars?”
“Oh, no, it’s never impolite [to refuse a drink]. They just might think you don’t like them.”
Most Amazing Things I’ve Seen in
A five-year-old girl sporting a wig.
A six-year-old at the top of a tree that has no limbs. Holding a machete.
A village elder wearing a pimp hat.
A baby clinging to its mother’s back (not held there with a cloth) as its mother runs with buckets of water to put out a bush fire.
A guy gargling sodabi [hard alcohol] before swallowing.
A guy eating fufu with a spoon.
A mother pulling down her six-year-old son’s pants on the street to show the neighbor his penis.
Harry Potter pagne [printed cloth].
Best English-Language Shirts
Front: “Bomb squad specialist”; Back: “If you see me running, try to keep up with me.”
“Bald is sexy.”
“Boy, am I enthusiastic!”
“My invisible friend created me.”
Front: “This is what I learned from the little bird [picture of bird saying “yak yak yak yak yak…”]; Back: “KBG 2004”
And as a holiday bonus, here’s a lesson in Ewe language:
Kpa= to peel
Kpa=to make (a table)
Akpe= one thousand
Akpe akpe=one million
Gbe=to forbid, to refuse
Da gbe=to cure
Gbogbo=a lot of
Gbo=at the house of