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A Sound Mind in a Sound Body?”

According to a well-known proverb, a sound mind resides in a sound body. Then, we could say, the mental well-being of the scholarship holders has been taken care of by the very skilled (but not always so very tender) hands of the masseur, MR Medard Bokodaho who has been offering his services in Grand-Popo. The […]

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Popolese Yogis

Local youth have been participating Rea-Liina Brunou’s yoga lessons which have been taking place on Tapani Mikkonen’s mosaic at the terrace of Villa Karo. Juha Javanainen brought the yoga mats with him in Spring 2011, and they have been in regular use ever since, both among the scholarship holders and the local dancers and musicians. […]

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Visit to Abomey and a Spoonful of History

Scholarship holders Marjo, Rea-Liina, musician Susanna Hietala and I visited the royal palaces of Abomey. This place is of great historical importance, since it was once the capital of the great Dahomey kingdom famous for its wealth and army of Amazons, but also for slavery. Today it’s a UNESCO world heritage site. The palace carries […]

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The Personnel Day of Villa Karo

On this sunny day all the Villa Karo’s staff gathered together in the shade of the acacia. The day was devoted to increasing mutual understanding, solidarity and community spirit at the work place.

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Divine dwelling

In what we had been taken for a storage room, we found a temple, a divine dwelling. The gods took the heart and the blood. We ate the rest with hot corn porridge before rushing away from Zangbetos way in the narrow streets of Heve.

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Yêke Yêke Voodoo Festival in Glidji, Togo

Me, Rea-Liina Brunou and Marjo Räsänen got our first touch with the West-African voodoo ceremonies at the annual festival of the Gé-people in the village of Glidji, Togo. The followers of the voodoo god of the sea Mami-Wata gathered there in the mid-September in order to find out how the becoming year is going to […]

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Friday Action

Two consequent Fridays Boniface and Edoh have been showing Nikita series to the satisfied Popolese spectators in the momentously bit chilly nights of Grand-Popo. We hope this series to have continuance in the Friday Cinema in future, to know what will eventually happen to the multitalented lady agent!

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Dinner – and Fulani tradition

I got an opportunity, with Marjo Räsänen and Rea-Liina Brunou, to get acquainted with the Fulani culture as Villa Karo’s night watchman Boubè Amadou – originally coming from the Northern Benin – invited us for dinner at his home. Fulani’s, Fula’s or Fula people are the largest of the West African pastoralist peoples. They are […]

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First scholarship holders have arrived!

The first scholarship holders of the semester dancer Rea-Liina Brunou and docent of art pedagogy, Marjo Räsänen arrived to Villa Karo in the beginning of September.

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Villa Karo Week of Maintenance

Villa Karo is preparing for the autumn semester to begin. This week has been a week of maintenance and everybody is busy preparing the house for the scholarship holders who will begin to settle in the house from next week on, as Kwassi has written already. The see is wild and the air is windy. […]

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