Togo Lome Grand Marche

A Digital painting of the colorful Grand Market in Lome filled with Madam Benzes and a policewoman or two.

Lome, Togo 2000

A bird’s eye view of the Grand Marche’ in Lome. It’s a woman’s world. Now and then a man with flowing robes would stride through the crowd, but it’s the women, the “Madam Benzes”, who carry on the business of buying and selling. A Madam Benz is a woman who has done well enough in business to own a Mercedes and maybe hire a chauffeur as well. All of the women you see here, even the ones carrying their ‘shop’ in a basket on their head have dreams of being a Madam Benz one day.

To get this shot I stood on the second or third floor balcony of a building overlooking the market. Here women who could afford to rent the space did business in the shade. Ocean breezes from the Gulf of Guinea provided the air conditioning.

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