Mom blog: Because I Said So! A shout-out to Burkina Faso

talkingdrum.jpgI was a rabid stamp collector as a kid, as well as a rock hound and badge collector in Brownies and Guides (OK, the Guides thing didn’t last too long, but I had so many badges in Brownies that we sewed a third column of them down my arm). I had an inordinate number of stamps from French Upper Volta, and I had to keep them in little glassine packets because they outgrew the space in my books allotted for stamps from that country. Fast forward to 1986 when The Dad and I had a cool place on Bloor Street West before we had the kiddies. We collected African stuff, mostly masks and musical instruments, and there was an excellent talking drum from Burkina Faso. I checked around to find out about this country I had never heard of (The Dad hadn’t either, and his degree was in a geography-related field). Voila! The Republic of Upper Volta was renamed in 1984 to Burkina Faso, which means “the country of honourable people.” I thought that was likely the end of my relationship to the stamp- and drum-producing people of that land, but no!

My many, many friends from Burkina Faso seek me out still, almost every freaking day. So my shout-out today is this:

My most esteemed dear friends with the Burkina Faso return addresses, I AM OK. I DO NOT NEED $5,000.000,000 US DOLLARS. I CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH $120, LET ALONE SUCH A VAST BUT GENEROUS SUM. SO THANK YOU, BUT NO.

And this means you,
• Mr Kaliu Salick, JOHN ROBERT, (ESQ).,
• Bala Kwankwaso, Director in charge of Auditing section Bank in the Bank of African Ouagadougou Burkina Faso,
• MR DANJUMA SULE BILLS AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,
BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A) OUAGADOUGOU-BURKINA FASO.
WEST AFRICA,
• Mr Zamba Ibrahim, Bill and exchange manager, African development bank Ouagadougou Burkina Faso,
• Mr.Philip Themon, Bill and exchange manager, African Development bank ADB,
• Princess Lucy Collins Koutaba, Ouagadougou, Burkina Fasa,West Africa,
• MR OVUVE IRU DUNU, AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING MANAGER, BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A) OUAGADOUGOU-BURKINA FASO. TELEPHONE +226 78165863.

I honestly try for good humour with this email stuff, and I appreciate that I had a princess on the sender’s list for today, but I am hoping for a better spam filter. Do you get all these? Or is it Viagra and mortgages for free? What do you do?

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2 Responses

  1. That was hilarious. I spurted coffee out my nose! Every day I get at least 100 junk mails. I just keep deleting them.

  2. Jacquelyn, you always make me smile. You know, it’s a good day when a princess emails you! Even if it is spam, I suppose!

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