Stephen Davies

Children's author writing picture books, chapter books and YA novels. Lived in West Africa for thirteen years amongst Fulani cattle herders. Now shivering back home in London. Up until now all my books have been set in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, on the edge of the Sahara Desert.

Welcome to Burkina Faso

by Stephen Davies

A reggae musician on the streets of Ouagadougou

I met this lad in Ouagadougou (capital of Burkina Faso) a few weeks ago. We found ourselves sitting next to each other at a street-corner Nescafe kiosk and talked about this and that. He told me about his life as an aspiring reggae musician and about his encounter the previous day with rioting militia. He gave me a CD and I took his photo.

There was so much about the meeting which was typical of West Africa – the sickliness of the cafe au lait (made with half a bowl of sweetened condensed milk), the noise and bustle of street vendors and passing taxis, and the friendliness of strangers. Burkina Faso is an extraordinarily easy place to make new friends.

I am going to be posting a snapshot of my life in Burkina Faso every Monday and Thursday. Do check in from time to time and feel free to comment. Hopefully as I get used to doing this, my photography will get better. In the meantime, please bear with me.

Published: August 8, 2011 | Filed Under: Photos | Tags: : : :

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