Tuesday, March 16, 2010
My world has two times, American and African, and it's more than just the seven or eight hours (depending on Daylight Savings Time) between Colorado and Nigeria. American means "right on the dot" or "time means money." African, on the other hand, means "whenever" because agendas might (and probably will!) change due to a number of unplanned events. A dear friend might engage you in a conversation. The rains might decide to pour right when you need to catch a motorbike taxi. Your neighbor might need your help carrying water, starting a generator, or borrowing your cell phone.
I think the major difference is that Americans tend to think about what's next, while Africans tend to think about what's now. One mindset isn't better than the other, but today I want to practice living in the moment.
The graphic above is set at 6 o'clock. The 6 pm to 6 am Jos curfew remains in effect.