As I prepare to leave Ghana for the first time in three months I have to confess to feeling a little strange. I have gotten used to this crazy corner of Africa that we have settled into and the idea of returning to the developed world seems a little, well, odd. I often say that so much of life in Ghana happens right by the side of the road. So as I Muse over the way that Ghana has changed our lives so far, with its fascinating challenges and wonderful people, I wanted to celebrate Ghana in pictures. Most of these have been taken from the car, whilst driving around Accra. There is always so much to see, so much happening, so perhaps this will give you some insight into my world!
I have to start with this photo, taken from our kitchen window. Even now, as I write this post, I can hear the horns of these street vendors circling the main road, selling their ice cream and meat pies. I have always thought that is an odd combination, or maybe the idea is you get a two course meal from the same guy!
All over Ghana stalls, tables or just spots on the road are used to sell everything and anything. Food, clothing, baskets, wood carvings, jewelry, mud flaps, tyres, there isn’t anything you can’t buy.
You don’t have to think small either, sofas, televisions, beds, its all there!
Then there are the more portable items which are stacked expertly on the head to be sold at traffic lights. When I want to top up my mobile phone all I have to do is call the vendor over to purchase a voucher, the whole transaction done without leaving the car.
Roadside advertising is also really popular, it reminds me of the yellow pages. Whether you require a cleaner, an electrician, rabbits, a security guard, whatever, just drive around the city and you will find a phone number offering their services, or, as the sign in the bottom right picture declares, ‘Call Fountain Man Now’! This one really makes me laugh, in many parts of the UK, this fountain would be stolen from its position on the busy roadside, but not in Ghana, here its role as an advert is respected.
Livestock are often commonly seen by the roadside, grazing or for sale, this is a goat market on a main route through the city.
These ladies are busy preparing fresh fish.
My final group of pictures has to go to the TroTros. These are the local mini buses, always overloaded and in a hurry. Driving by a TroTro station is entertaining, it looks like chaos but there is a system and it actually seems to work well. I am always interested to see what profound statement the driver has decided to declare on the back window!
As always writing helps me to put those odd feelings into some order in my head. I often find Ghana inspiring, whether it’s inspiring me to be creative, to try new things, or to look at something in a new way. May Ghana continue to be my Muse!