Sunday, February 18, 2007

Rwandan names

People in Rwanda have the most wonderful first names, usually francophone:
Pacifique (a waitress in a hotel)
Placide (a waiter - maybe not totally appropriate from a customer service point of view)
Confiance (a small boy in an old sweater)
Esperance (someone's wife)
Seraphine (a lady working in a hospital)
Prosper (a waiter)
Fidele (a chap looking after a part of social assistance)

Imagine calling your four babies 'Placide', 'Calme', 'Heureux' and 'Fidele'. Would be nice if 'nomen est omen'.