Blogging: Burkinabé Style

In class, we are studying blogging in different countries and continents. I was charged with choosing a country that began with the same letter of my name and report on the blogging in that country. I chose Burkina Faso because I remember it from my days in grade school. Every year that I took French (which was approximately eight years) we had to choose a French speaking country to study. Burkina Faso always intrigued me then as it does now.

Burkina Faso Flag

Burkina Faso Flag

The Blogs

Title: Burkina Faso: Level four culture shock
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2008
Translator: John Liebhardt

This blog entry is told from the perspective of foreign bloggers who are from the United Kingdom and are currently in Burkina Faso, but are heading back soon. They are a few of millions of British that live abroad, but eventually return to the UK. Of the millions of British that work abroad, many are plagued with the question: did they do any good for the country. This entry goes into detail about the bloggers’ varied level of emotions.

The most interesting point in the article is told by a teacher, Liz Jordan, from the states that teaches in Burkina Faso. She describes the state of education in her school in Burkina Faso to be “depressing.” Ms. Jordan explains how families often do not recognize the value of education.

“I mean that they don’t seem to really believe that if their children go through school that the amount of money that they’ll be able to make (and therefore use to support the family) will be so much greater than if they had never been to school.” Liz Jordan

Title: Burkina Faso: Shea butter and other secrets
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2008
Translator: John Liebhardt

Shea Butter

Shea Butter

What did I learn from this entry? Shea butter is harvested by African women, not men.

“Western beauty companies have been falling over themselves trying to purchase fresh raw shea from cooperatives of African women. They see it as a win-win proposition: Buying shea provides cosmetic companies with this wonderful natural product while giving African women a chance to earn money harvesting and processing a natural resource.”

Girl power! I knew I liked shea butter for a reason.

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