I’m heading to Sierra Leone tomorrow, and I still have not published images from the Ghana part of my trip, nor from the Casamance area of Senegal, where I opted for work a number of weeks back. In an effort to capture up, here is a fast and unclean wrap-up of Accra (and you can check out a couple of stories about a few of the females I fulfilled in the Casamance here).
I left Lomé on Monday early morning and got a taxi to the border, about 10 minutes away. After some shenanigans on the Ghanaian side (which I’ll blog about some other time), I discovered the chauffeur I had actually worked with to take me to Accra a couple of hours away.
En route, we passed a lot of woodworkers concentrating on animal-shaped caskets, to name a few things. I do not understand whether this is an old custom or a brand-new pattern however I like the concept of entering into the ground housed in a chicken.
The casket store above was called, “Are You God?” and I observed that God appeared a lot in Accra, primarily in shop names …
… however likewise on the side of this enormous structure.
Other notable sights/ websites:
The earliest part of town, Jamestown, and the lighthouse at the very end of High Street, which follows the coast into the more recent part of town.
Along the method I passed a number of shabby colonial forts, neither of which are main websites, so neither of which I checked out.
This stunning old post workplace– likewise included at the top of the post– is a bit inland and simply north of those forts.
If you continue strolling north on the high street you concern Kwame Nkrumah Boneyard and Museum. Evictions were closed when I got here so I carried on rapidly.
I discovered my method to the primary market, Makola, which was frustrating and in which I got hopelessly lost.
The Centre for National Culture, which is the craftsmens’ market, was less jam-packed however simply as frustrating since much of the suppliers followed me around attempting to get me to visit their stores. (Which is why the image listed below is nondescript– I waited to take it in a location where there was definitely nobody around to discover me stopping.)
The aggressiveness of the suppliers is reasonable provided how tough it is to earn a living in Accra, however it’s likewise a truly detrimental marketing strategy to utilize on somebody relatively shy and extremely averse to being approached by purchasing from, assertive guys. I purchased a gorgeous handwoven basket and a number of charming wood bowls, both from suppliers who were totally hands-off and who let their workmanship promote itself.
This remarkable old motion picture theatre was near Makola Market.
Self-reliance Square, likewise called Black Star Square, was right on the water in between the older part of town, and the community of Osu where I remained.
Kids playing soccer in a park in Osu.
I never ever made it to the W.E.B. DuBois Centre (lacked time), and I attempted to check out the Osu Fort just to learn they are just available to the general public for Friday trips. If I ever return to Accra those are the 2 locations that will be at the top of my list.