I recently returned from a one month filming trip through Africa. Obviously, to those who have travelled throughout Africa, the Continent creates many memories. First among them is clearly the people. Every time I come back, I leave a part of me there.

This time was no different; or maybe it was just slightly different.

This is the first time I have come back from Africa with memories of bumps in the road; no, I am not talking about metaphorical bumps, I’m talking about physical, slow down bumps un-strategically strewn all over the land. Did someone in Africa wake up one morning and discover these things? They are everywhere. Granted, I have always been one to pray for drivers in many African countries to slow down, but this is taking it to another level.

The one region that struck me was East Africa. I love East Africa. I love East Africans. I hate East African bumps! Does it make sense to put a bump ten meters after you just put one? How much accelerating do people usually do in ten meters? Or, does it make sense to put a bump right after a red light? Maybe you can choose one or the other? My favorite though was the bump a few meters inside the dark tunnel. Yes, it’s a good idea to slow down as you enter a tunnel, but do you really need to surprise me in the dark? Why not put it just before the tunnel? Would that be asking too much.

I will say this, going forward, I think I have found a new business opportunity: brake and suspension sales! Then again, maybe it’s the cousin of the main brake and suspension importer who built the bumps?

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Cemil Alyanak

Communicator. Perception analyst. Filmmaker. Photographer. Senior Policy Advisor. Amateur Radio Operator. Military officer. Pilot. Adventure biker. Husband and dad.

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