In this environment we found an almost monolingual situation, which means that a high percentage of the people did not understand English or Hausa. To us this seemed to be absolutely ideal for learning the language.
Living in such an environment is quite an adventure for Europeans that are not used to such rudimentary conditions. There were some problems that had to be solved, such as sanitary installations or cooking facilities. In order to get enough water we made a contract with Bensa who agreed to carry two barrels of water every day from the river to our compound for which he was paid every week. In the same way we employed Bissa for the washing, Mezo for the work in the kitchen, and of course, some people to help us in learning the language.