Long Pants Under a Hot Sun

A novel about Africa, drinking and the meaning of life

Kids in Kodjoviakope

These are some of the kids who lived near my house in the neighborhood of Kodjoviakope in southwest Lome, the capital of Togo. The name of the neighborhood means “Village of Kodjo,” and it includes the border crossing into Ghana. I spent many hours drinking beer and befriending moneychangers on the street that ran to the border.

But back to the kids… They were wonderfully happy children and never got tired of calling me Yovo (white person) and telling me “good evening” in French. They liked to listen to me play my blue guitar I bought in Lome, which they named “Elvis.” And once they helped me catch a chicken.

Kids in Kodjoviakope



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