Gildas- “Gypsy!! Thank you. I'm very happy to you. I wish to see you One day!! What country are you in?”
Gypsy-“Hi I’m in America. Cool Gildas…after the world gets rid
of corona virus, it will be a better place to live! What country are you in? and you could say it this way: ---"Gypsy thank you!! I’m very happy to hear from you.””
Gildas "I'm in Benin. One country of west Africa.
Do you know it ???"
Gypsy- “I did not know about Benin. I know about Cameroon and Capetown. I have friends in both places. Can you send me pictures of Benin and you and so I can download them for my website?"
“Ok. But not now. Tomorrow. i'm working now”
Gypsy “That’s cool! Thank you, I will put them on my website and do a whole page on you and Benin and you should visit my website—www.gypsyquill.com”
“Ok. But it's tomorrow ok!!”
Gypsy “Yes, and if you can, send ---JPG pics or JPEG pics so I can download onto my computer😊 Thank you Gildas! And when you have time, you should read stuff on my website and that will help you
too, as far as learning English well!”
Gildas “Ok. Thank you. You are very kind with me”
Gypsy “I like to meet people in other countries. You are a very cool person!! I hope you continue to study English and
learn to speak it well. It can help you around the world!”
Gildas "Ok. Thank you. You are very kind. Tomorrow i'll write to you."
Gypsy "I have to go now…let’s stay stay in touch and stay safe and healthy from Covid-19
virus. Watch out don’t shake hands with people, that’s how it is spreading!"
Gildas "Thank you Gypsy."
Gypsy "You are very welcome man!! I am going to share a nature trail pan movie from my website on your page. When you
get time watch it and it has music too! It is interesting and you can read the story on the same page as the pan movie.”
Gildas "Waouh!!! I like it. Good bye."
We re-connected the next day to continue our interview. And I realized
Gildas is very open minded. Even as young as he is. And so this time we talked about the village. Some of its history and even some history of his family ancestors. Boukombe had been attacked several times and after serious wars places that lose tend to take
a long time to start over and move on...because of the shock, the financial loss as well as family losses. For such a tiny village, Boukombe thrives to move on and succeed to this modern day!
Gypsy "Hey Gildas...can you send me pictures of your country?"
Gildas -"Yes. I'll send it next day. I'm in my village actually."
Gypsy "What is the name of your village? And what does the name mean? And how is your family?"
Gildas "M'y village name is ''Boukombé'' Familly : N'DAH"
Gypsy "What does Boukombe mean? What does it stand for? The meaning of the name Boukombe?"
Gildas "In translation, Boukombé want to Say ''One death''"
Gypsy "Was it named after a person?"
Gildas "It is since Time
of colonialism that our ancestors find this name. Because there suffered ,so they said that ''if WE don't resist, we'll die, and if WE resist, WE Can die also like WE Can live, so die in resistance or be Kill by white people, it is the same death. It is in
this circumstance that they was been lanced in resistance. i'm sûre that you'll understand, my english is very poor."
Gypsy "I understand what you mean---During the time of Colonialism your ancestors suffered and that they said if you do not resist
and fight that you will die. Either way even if they did not resist they would die. So either they died by resisting or they would be killed any way.I'm sorry that this happened to your ancestors. Were the white men from England? Or were the white men French?"
Gildas "It was Germans, in first time, Englands at the second and finally Frenchs after the second world war. Concerning my familly, it is the names that our parents give at their children in order of Born. My family's name correspond at the forth(4th)
boy of family. Every boy found his family and give at it her name."
Gypsy "So your village was attacked by Germans, English and French. This is a lot of war."
Gildas "It was in time of colonialism!!"
Gypsy "So does Gildas stand for
the fourth boy? Were you the fourth boy?"
Gildas "Not, it is N'DAH. my family name. This want to say that my ancestor was the fourth boy of his family.
Gypsy "Is that what N'Dah means? I think I understand...you are doing well with English.
You are learning!!"
Gildas "It is since the first class at secondary school. I wanted to study in USA for learn more English. But my parents didn't have the means to help me."