The brown comprador having just been Orientated to the dark can set about Keenly on sharing his Part of the white burden. Learn quickly young man the terms of Trade: if 'capacity building' doesn't Bump your gooses, repeat 'Sustainable' three times Before bedtime. Learn quickly, brown Saheb, your place in the scheme of Things, in the scheme Of schemes, oh burden Of burdens. Listen too to the inaudible Wail inside chiming with the volume of Silent moan around you, about you, And wait, wait till it becomes a howl.
About 12 years ago, in 2002, on my first visit to Accra, Ghana, I was given a lighthearted article on how difficult it is to understand the local dialect of English, how yes doesn’t mean yes, and so on. 12 years on, that article seems neither innocuous nor lighthearted.