Filed Under (Beninese culture, General) by Rob on 29-09-2007


Any ideas? It’s actually a pick-up truck carrying way too many palm branches! We see many ‘excitingly’ overloaded vehicles here in West Africa, like this one:


…or this one:

(NB Just returned from workshop, and so have changed the last two photos to even better examples I saw!)

Alas, this phenomenon is not limited to cars and trucks – here’s a motorcylce with half a dozen bikes on the back. I suppose if he breaks down, at least he’s got alternative transport at hand:


And one more favourite. There are two people on this motorcycle, and the person on the back (I hope!) is somehow holding 6 or 7 large plastic jerrycans (empty, I imagine). Watch out for that lorry, guys!!


4 Comments posted on "What’s that???"
Claudia on September 29th, 2007 at 9:53 am #

So glad it’s a vehicle, I was worried it was another new Baker hairstyle!!

anne on September 29th, 2007 at 10:00 am #

this sort of thing would make that video of a trip around the M25, far more interesting.

Reggie on September 29th, 2007 at 5:41 pm #

The top one looks a little bit like my beard!

Reggie on October 14th, 2007 at 5:42 pm #