Kitchens

When you speak to men in Equatorial Guinea, they will tell you they have ‘1,2,3… kitchens’. This photo illustrates this point, with the main house in blue in the middle and two wodden kitchen structures on either side. And what does it mean? Simple that he has a wife and children living in each kitchen. This is the traditional way of having several families on the same plot of land. Each women is in charge of a hearth, where she keeps her child. To be honest this brings a lot of questions to mind… which I did not have the temerity to ask. Though men will be happy to tell you how many children they have, quite often between 10 and 20, and by how many ‘wives’.

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