Friday, November 14, 2008

And finally, I have become a proper Djenne inhabitant, because I have done something I should have done two and a half years ago: I have paid my respects to the Dogotige (Village Chief)of Djenne. Monsieur Maiga received me graciously and he was forgiving towards me, considering that he has been aware of the existance of Hotel Djenne Djenno since its beginning. The title of Dogotige is heriditary and wields considerable power still on some levels in the civic life of Djenne. In the little square in front of the ancient Maiga family house the Dogotige assembles his chiefs from the ten districts or neighbourhoods of Djenne to deliberate and make decisions concerning the town.


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