Ivorian Games Maker

Ivorian Games Maker

The man in this image, which forms part of Ivorian “photo-maker” Paul Sika’s series Charbon Fire from At The Heart of Me, is fighting a fire with little sachets of water. These pouches are common in West Africa, where access to pure drinking water is limited. This is obviously not the right equipment to put out a fire, but the man is still using them – because this is all he has. The scene in this particular image represents something of the modern African attitude. It is related to having a problem (the fire) and feeling inadequately equipped. But, equipment is not the only thing that matters. Intelligence, creativity, imagination – these three and more enhance what you have. A combination of tactics, strategy and dedication is what is going to make the sachets have the same effect as a bucket of water. And it’s about not complaining about where you are or what you have, it’s about thinking differently.

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