All quiet here. Keita is in
Segou and the days progress with
lightning speed in a monotonous and solitary but not wholly unpleasant fashion
which involves work in the studio in the
mornings; making a visit to the library, then battling with appalling internet
connection in the afternoon before taking Petit Bandit on a ride into
the hinterland. At sunset I enjoy a lonely drink on the terrace, then diner à un under the stars is followed by the news on ORTM- Malian TV. Finally
I escape into another time and place with one of the DVD’s inherited from
Lulie: last night Dr. Zchivago...
However, much is stirring or potentially
stirring under the calm surface...
First, there is a new date for the MaliMali
Fashion Show at the Villa Soudan in
Bamako. (Sylvie of the Villa Soudan popped in the other day, see above.) The original date was cancelled in December because of feared
unrest in connection with ex-prime minister Diarra’s forced resignation. But
now Carin Wall, the Swedish Ambassador, has given the go-ahead for the 14th
Please, please, please! If there is any civil unrest planned, would
potential troublemakers be so kind as to hold on until after the 14? MaliMali
would be most grateful.
I am therefore now in the laborious process of
trying to do sensible marketing things like setting up a Facebook page for
MaliMali so people can Like Us, however much it goes against the grain- I don’t
actually like Facebook at all. But you
try doing anything like that from Djenne! It is indeed Djenne rather than
Timbuktu which is the End of the World, as noted many times before, and the connection here is
lamentable. Nevertheless. Facebook has become a phenomenon here also. The other day I received a request from our
Djenne Djenno Chef Papa to become my ‘friend’! In his case it is rather a
spectacular achievement, and one of which I am proud- Papa learned to read and
write through M. Diarra’s adult literacy
evening classes, sponsored by MaliMali Projects. And now he is an energetic Facebook devotee,
sending messages all around the World!