<![CDATA[Africa - Black & White - Africa Black and White]]>Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:02:10 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[The Small Family Business - 5 Square Feet Shop in Accra]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:25:12 GMThttp://africablackandwhite.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2016/04/the-small-family-business-5-square-feet-shop-in-accra.htmlWhiles 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.
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Family Business, Accra Photo (c) Remo 2016
Their small 5 square feet shop, just beside a minor road, between Osu and La Accra. Open daily till late. Only 
Sundays half day off, due church service. A situation, the most of us Westerners know only from our history books. Families in poverty, long hours of work. Still the very reality in Africa, Asia and South America.

The question comes up, why still that situation...? 
The gap between rich and poor is widening in Africa, in Ghana.
While multinational companies make billions of profit, using the very cheap labour in countries, like Ghana.
Buying cheap cocoa in Ghana or Ivory Coast, cheap coffee in Kenya and Ethiopia, owning big cash machines, like Anglo-Ashanti gold-fields (about 90%), owning about 80% of Ghana`s oil production....
The very same companies resell the final products back to (as example) Ghana, making huge profits.
This, as many other families, sell this "Western Products", or "Made in China"...
Still a big money-maker in Ghana; selling used "Western Clothings" or toys... 
Where do they get this stuff from..... I will write about this in one of my next postings...
I shoot this picture November 2007.  (c) Remo 2016
<![CDATA[A Moment in the life of a Disabled Girl in Bolgatanga]]>Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:17:42 GMThttp://africablackandwhite.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2016/04/a-moment-in-the-life-of-a-disabled-girl-in-bolgatanga.htmlWhiles 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.
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Disabled in Ghana. One moment of her life. (c) Remo 2016
The family of this girl is poor, the father a "Run-Away", the mother struggling to bring her younger brother, herself and the grand parents trough. Still, it is nearly understandable, why she was not seeking any official support. Especially Northern Ghana people have still the belief, that disabled children are born due "Witch-Craft". So, they lock those children away, or there have been cases, where this kids where killed,  after giving birth to them. This might continue, up to date.  The scene was photographed June 2012.  (c) Remo 2016
<![CDATA[Bread and Water - How to sell a loaf of bread in Madina]]>Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:48:54 GMThttp://africablackandwhite.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2016/04/bread-and-water-how-to-sell-a-loaf-of-bread-in-madina.htmlMay 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. 
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Bread and Water, Madina (Ghana)
This time, the road was under construction, which has now been completed. 
And no, you won`t see this kind of picture, in any tourism promotion... (c) Remo 2016
<![CDATA[The CoCoNut vendor and his Push-Truck]]>Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:53:08 GMThttp://africablackandwhite.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2016/04/the-coconut-vendor-and-his-push-truck.htmlA 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 
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Selling coconut for a living, Accra 2002
ordinary Ghanaians still live within this outdated conditions, up to date. Accra Metropolitan has done a lot, to "push" vendors out of the city centre, but due hardship, they are back at all time. Walking around the streets and hope for a sale, of whatever they have to offer.
In my opinion, the gap between rich, and medium to the poor has significantly widened during the last 15 years.
Many youngsters are now into "Sakawa" - Scams, using  the internet or openly betray their own - even families. This might be Gold Scam, Dating Scam. Still, the most Ghanaians are honest and friendly people.
Pictuer (c) Remo 2016
<![CDATA[Kids having a Fun Day Out with World Vision]]>Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:55:21 GMThttp://africablackandwhite.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2016/04/kids-having-a-fun-day-out-with-world-vision.htmlLake 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.
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Dodi Island, happy kids having fun, thanks to World Vision.
The Dodi Princess tour boat, unfortunately, was destroyed due fire outbreak, during off times. The Volta Hotel, owner and manager of this famous tour boot, is yet to replace it. (by the end of 2016). I photographed this scene December 2007. (c) Remo 2016
<![CDATA[Car Window Repair in Africa]]>Thu, 07 Apr 2016 10:53:56 GMThttp://africablackandwhite.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2016/04/car-window-repair-in-africa.htmlOne 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.
I have seen this kind of repair not just on car windows, but large plastic bowls and even broken plastic chairs are being maintained, like this. Ghana - a country, where many people have to live on $1 or less, per day.
There are 50 year old cars, being maintained and mended together... You won`t believe, before you see.
(c) Remo 2016
<![CDATA[Ghana Pastor on the High Chair in Tema]]>Thu, 07 Apr 2016 10:19:43 GMThttp://africablackandwhite.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2016/04/ghana-pastor-on-the-high-chair-in-tema.htmlWhiles 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.
Churches and pastors in Ghana (same as in Nigeria), are big business. Generating thousands of $$$$ every Sunday, and sometimes mid-week, when there are "Night-Prayer-Sessions", which can last really the whole night. Whiles pastors drive big cars, having one or two and more houses, their fellowship often is poor. There are many "Men of God", calling them-self "Prophet". And yes, many African`s fall on this. Up to date.  (c) Remo 2016
<![CDATA[Bus Stop Volta Region of Ghana - Vendors hoping for a good sale]]>Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:01:20 GMThttp://africablackandwhite.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2016/04/bus-stop-volta-region-of-ghana-vendors-hoping-for-a-good-sale.htmlOn 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.
It shows the daily hardship, people have to go trough, to make a bit of living. I am not speaking of a "decent" living, but at least, to have at least on meal per day. (c) Remo 2016
<![CDATA[Car waiting for a buyer in Accra]]>Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:48:57 GMThttp://africablackandwhite.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2016/04/car-waiting-for-a-buyer-in-accra.htmlA 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....
In Ghana - No car is wasted....(Importing a car to Ghana can easily cost a fortune, due high tax!) Inflation does the rest. Whiles in 2007, one US$ was one Ghana Cedi, today (2016, the rate is one $US to about 4 Cedis... People sell everything. And don`t think, you could sneak by and take any part of this "car", just like that... The owner is just nearby, watching you.
I shoot this picture, whiles travelling Accra, near the International Trade Fair Center. (c) Remo
<![CDATA[Fresh Fish - Waiting for customers, late afternoon.]]>Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:31:36 GMThttp://africablackandwhite.eventpicture.co.uk/1/post/2016/04/fresh-fish-waiting-for-customers-late-afternoon.htmlIf 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...
Image (c) by Remo 2016 - The picture was shoot, on my way back from Akosombo, half way on the left hand side, at an fishers market.