Confiture de Dijon


In the early year of  1970, when the first university opened in Togo, a french confiture and jam company from Dijon in Burgundy was the provider of jam to the University restaurant for students’ breakfast.

However, the cost of importing jam from France was huge, and the university worked with the Benedictine Monastery of Zogbegan in Togo to produce local confiture and jam to replace the imported ones.

Unfortunately, a revolt quickly erupted on the campus, when the students learned about the change. A strike broke, as the students wanted the french jam back instead of the local one.

Puzzled, the university officials didn’t know well how to react to the unexpected situation. During one of the crisis meetings, the restaurant accountant suggested to the director in charge of the restaurant to pour the local jam from the monastery into new jars they’d label “Confiture de Dijon – Made in France” and see what’d happened.

The director did exactly that, and  the crisis ended instantly. The students were happy, and never protested again on the matter, because their “Confiture of Dijon” was back.

That’s the “confiture of Dijon syndrome” which has affected most of my fellow africans, and that’s just one example of how the  media brainwashing of your Kids is damaging progress in Africa.

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Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of, Founder of, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at

One Response to “Confiture de Dijon”

  1. Hank Wilson

    Yeah, we get a lot of that these day, miss leading, miss representation, facade, lying and it all boils down to the the pocket book and power.

    "Roman 3:6-18; God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

    7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

    8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

    9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

    10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

    11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

    12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

    13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

    14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

    15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

    16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

    17 And the way of peace have they not known:

    18 There is no fear of God before their eyes."

    Anyways, just heads up…


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