It’s all in the name….

Vicki MiddletonCulture

Descriptive phrases

Its all in the name….what would your truck be called?

Throughout many countries in Africa, there is a custom of painting names or sayings on trucks, buses, and public vans.

Sierra Leone is one of these countries where people place these descriptive names and phrases on vehicles. During our last visit I paid closer attention to these sayings and wanted to share some of my favorites.

Life is one..live it or Change is Inevitable

Simple statements but true and

when one is stuck in Freetown traffic a truck with the phrase –

Patience is bitter but the fruit is sweet

can really lead to thoughtful conversation as patience is not an easy virtue but one does feel better if patience can be exercised…

One of my favorites was My Wife is My Hero and then the next day I saw My Husband is My Hero. How nice it is to see people express their happy relationships for all to see!

Some vans sought for us to Be Honest and others cautioned us to Fear Judgment Day.

Still recovering from Ebola, I thought Hard Times No Friend was particularly poignant but was balanced out by No Place Like Home.

I’m not sure if these phrases have any personal connection to the driver, but maybe they do and they are fun and certainly can get your mind off a Freetown traffic jam.

I also like to think what would my truck be called? I think it would be…

Make Something Good Happen

What would your truck, van or bus be called?


A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.

-Mahatma Gandhi


 

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