GHANA ON WEST Africa, is located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean. After a month in Accra, we had our first glimpse of the sea. Less than half an hour’s drive from home we found ourselves driving along Labadi Road along the coast, in full view of the lovely sea and clear blue skies.
AKWABAA means “WELCOME” in Ghana’s local dialect Ashanti which is part of the Akan language, one of the many languages in this western African nation of 24 million people.
Today marks our one-month stay in Ghana’s capital Accra, and we’ve indeed been made to feel very much at home. Other than the kids missing family, friends, teachers and neighbours back home, everything else here feels like home.
The weather is just like home – hot and sunny, a little windier; the people are warm and friendly, just like home; the houses here too look like what we have back home; even the traffic congestions are just like home 🙂 Ghanaians love spicy food too.
Driving through its city areas, there are business centres, five star hotels, highways and a spurt of high-rise buildings. There are supermarkets and malls, but there’s only one mall in Accra that has escalators, to date – Marina Mall was opened just last year. Everything appears to be just like home… perhaps in the ‘70s.
But where we are staying now, the sceneries are reminiscent of a drive through our kampungs back home. Banana trees and coconut trees are visible everywhere. I wake up daily to the chorus of chickens’ crows.
Dirt roads are common and wooden shacks (like our squatters) are prevalent too, cramped between luxurious brick homes with huge compounds.
I am sure there are more to Accra once I get to explore it better, but for now, these are my encounters with “All things Ghana”…
BAZAARS AND MAY seem to go hand in hand. I remember partaking in the annual bazaar of the Asia-Pacific Women’s Group (APWG) in Moscow, Russia, held in May, for three years.
STILL NEW IN town, we checked out a bazaar held in a school in Cantonment on Saturday, 10 May 2014. There were many stalls set up by locals, so it was a good opportunity to get to know its local arts and crafts; apart from sampling a variety of food and drinks sold there.