Whiles staying in Accra, I came across a lovely family. Grand-Ma of 3 kids and one of her daughters. Her daughter, now left without husband (as often happen...), taking now care of the three kids and her mum.
Their small 5 square feet shop, just beside a minor road, between Osu and La Accra. Open daily till late. Only
Whiles in Bolgatanga (Upper East region of Ghana), I visited this girl, which is actually a young women at the age of 36, at this time. She is, what one could say, a 95% disabled person. Not able to walk or anything similar. She is a bubbly girl, able to eat, using her hands, quit good language. The very sad story of her; She was kept away in a room, not to compare with this "luxurious" one, for more than 20 years. One would say, not even pigs are kept this way. Due investigations of AfriKids, a UK and Ghana based NGO, operating also in Upper East, this misery came to daylight. What we did at this day was not much, but something. We equipped the room with an sealing fan + electric line and provided some food. Giving her a blanket. This room includes a small window, one door. Her mother and brother, now - sleep all in the same room.
May 2012, 3 pm - Lonely women waiting for buyers in the heat of the day, under the protection of an umbrella. Bread, now a common staple in Ghana, is sold every-where. I shoot this picture, on the way to Aburi, somewhere around Madina (near Accra). Customers from the roadside - first - had to walk over an interesting man-made "bridge". May is in the middle of the rainy season in Ghana.
A coconut vendor and his "push" Truck - I have shoot this picture in 2002, whiles walking trough Accra. Here near the (now) Atta Mills High-street, just beside a (at this time) Barclays branch. The image you see here has not much changed, if at all. Ghana is trapped in a time capsule, since some decades now. I will not say, that there is no development, but the majority of the
Lake VOLTA in Ghana. During my trip to Dodi Island, on board of the famous Dodi Princess, I stumbled over this bunch of exited, happy kids. World Vision, an international charity, working also within Ghana, financed those kids a nice day out. Here, you see them playing around in the children's pool.
One funny photo, I have shoot during my visit to Ho (Regional capital of the Volta region). Car Window Repair in Ghana. Travelling West Africa will make you many times smile. Instead replacing the broken site window, thy often stitch it. Recycling the African way.
Whiles visiting Ghana in 2002, I came across a church in Tema (near Accra). Sunday morning, the usual time for many Ghanaians, to join in for worship. Experiencing the "African Way" of church service.
In this case, the pastor enjoyed a view over his congregation from his special high char.
It was interesting. Worshippers were dancing and singing. Collecting money from them was an very interesting part of the whole event... Close to his high chair was placed a open bowl, where people could put money in..., and as this bowl was open... Well everyone in the church could see, how much money each believer afforded for "his or her" church.
On my way to the Volta region f Ghana, I was able to shoot this picture of some vendors, trying to sell their good to the passengers of the bus (left). A common picture, all over Ghana. And exactly this, this is what in my opinion, makes this photo so special.
A snap shoot of an old, nearly dismantled Lada (Russian brand). Waiting in Accra for the right person. Who knows... Maybe there one, who need what is left over. Maybe the bonnet? Or the doors....
If you like to eat fish, Ghana is the right place to be.
If you are a buyer.
Here a picture of fish mongers, women and children, offering fish, their brothers, husbands or even children had in their nets.
Its late afternoon, so there are not many customers around, but if you use this time of the day, you might be able to seal a good deal for yourself, and supporting this hard working families...