Over the last two decades Ghana has gone through major infrastructure development. Many international companies have set foot in the capital Accra and the number of banks opening offices and branches testify to the west African nation’s flourishing economy. It is very common to spot high rise buildings on the principal streets.
The streets of Accra are laced with giant billboards of different shapes and decor, giving Ghana a new look.
The Kwame Nkrumah Circle is the nerve centre of Accra, where one could connect to almost any part of the capital and beyond. It boasts a beautiful fountain in a popular roundabout that forms a ring with the principal streets.
Ghanaians love football and it is rare to see a sandy opening besides the street or a school park without children playing football. They play with anything from socks to empty tins just to quench their love for the game that unites the continent.
There are so many soccer theatres across the capital Accra to enable the huge followers of the European leagues to keep account of their teams’ performances. For those who can not afford the one time USD150 installation fee for cable TV plus a monthly fee of about USD40 the makeshift theatres are the best resort to follow their international football icons.
For those who do not enjoy football so much it is very common to spot snooker (pool) lovers at the pubs and bars, especially in the city centres. It costs about 80 cents per game to play.
Public transportation system is mostly in private hands. At rush hour it is a matter of “survival of the fittest” to catch the cheapest means of transport known as “trotro” (mini vans) and of course don’t be surprised with the heavy traffic jams in the early mornings and after work.
Stop a taxi (cab) if you can’t stand the heat of the commercial buses and if you know you have enough money and the bargaining power.
After being in the heat for a while, just resort to this beautiful lady and her colleagues on the streets for a sachet of water to quench your thirst…
…Or you might need a chocolate bite to brighten your day as the gentleman points it at you whilst you sit frustrated in the heavy traffic.
If you fear tasting any of our local foods, don’t miss out on the roasted ripe plantain and peanuts along the streets.
You don’t need to go to a designated market for what you want in Ghana. There are a lot of booming mini-markets and street hawking on the busy streets. They sell all sorts of things from mobile phone credits to babies' clothes.
Press freedom is our hallmark and it could be seen in the proliferation of newspapers and magazines in this democratic country.
The capital lies on the coastal belt of the Gulf of Guinea and you can always walk along the beaches to reflect on life as well as come close to nature.
Pictures and text by K.N.S Mensah, Goal.com