Curtis D Cushman: I lived and worked in Weat and Central Africa for four years. The countries were the poor but proud Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta) and the much wealthier, but likewise proud, Gabon. Burkina Faso is in the Sahel, on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Gabon, on the other hand, is right under the equator and is tropical rainforest with scattered savannahs.
I was, and still am, a geologist, and I was doing mineral exploration, including gold and diamonds.
I lived in the city, in villages, aa well as in tent camps. I saw, and wrote about the almost hallucinatory ravages of the great Drought in BK and the incredibly wild and untouched tropics. I crafted a mix of poetry and short stories for The Bobo Marche, but the poetry is not Moon, June, Balloon stuff. The poetry is slice-of-life and sketches glimpses of the emotion that is Africa.
The short stories, well, they involve adventure, mythology, humor, etcetera.
Since leaving Africa, I changed professional directions and am now in engineering geology where, amongst other stuff, I chase landslides.