Being negative…

One of the attendants of the voodoo festival in Aneho is a man, who has painted his entire body in bright green with yellow and red decorations, presenting the Togolese flag. His act is quite a funny one. Or should I say he has found a way of easily earning some money?

The moment he enters stage Pré – our lovely little guide, part of Josefien’s Togolese family – gets all excited. By putting a coin in the bowl the man is holding, you’re allowed to change his position. It’s hilarious to see people putting the man’s limbs in all kinds of positions. Not for the positions, but for the fun they are having doing it.

When we are enjoying the festival later that afternoon from our chairs on Aneho’s beach, the man shows up. He would very much like to have his picture taken with Josefien and me. He is not the first one showing his interest in us, but the way he approaches us, is for sure unique.
‘Hello, I am negative’, he declares while shaking our hands. The way he talks is in line with his act. We do not really like his energy and to get rid of him shortly, we have the local photographer take the photo and return to our chairs.

Sure enough the man returns to proudly show the photo in which he almost crushes Josefien. The photo offering him a second chance to talk to us, he continues telling that he would very much like to find his woman. He looks slightly disappointed when we tell him that we are blessed with loving men already.
‘God will give me my wife’, he says with a sigh.
Josefien replies by wishing him much positivity*.

* In this case being negative most probably refers to not having been diagnosed zero positive.

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About MoInMali

Monique is the founder of Papillon Reizen, a Mali based travel agency specialized in inspiring journeys in Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin. Fair-trade and with a heart for people, environment and culture. Small-scale group journeys as well as family trips and journeys tailored to your wishes. We love to share West Africa's beauty with you and take you on a journey to experience rather than to see. Monique lives in Mali with her Malian partner and shares some of her daily life experiences with you through this blog. For information on Papillon Reizen: www.papillonreizen.com
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