Tuesday, 25 January 2011
When we exit the car at the castle, big hugs and hellos among the Ghanaians. The Germans are very polite to their new recruits.
Cape Coast Castle was truly shocking, all the more so as we got the full-on tour laid out for the German dignitaries. This place and its cousins accounted for more death and misery than Auschwitz etc., by our reckoning.
Monday, 24 January 2011
Mr Google, on being asked "accra coffins tishoo", tells you that Teshie Nungua is the place. My map of Accra (a consistent liar) suggested it was about 6K east of the town centre. Easy.
The man drove a really long way through amazing traffic & roadside scenes. Maggie and I scanned the scenery for novelty coffins without joy. Eventually, we see a roadsign announcing "Teshie Nungua" - hurrah, this is now easy.
Some time later he gets the hang of what we are asking - he looks deeply sceptical but stops to ask a likely local. We now do this:
- Stop taxi, ask likely local
- Listen attentively
- Jump back in taxi & say "I have it" (or similar)
- Drive off fast (sometimes along the road we have just travelled)
- After N minutes, begin to look uncertain: return to step (1)
The driver returns, and says that if we give the man GC10, we can inspect the workshop and products. "But he will accept GC5", he adds.
Well worth all that we went through. Photographers are getting buried in cameras, school-bus drivers buried in buses, farmers buried in chickens (with hinged wings), ... big business. The owner said there were two or three companies in the game.
Next dinner party here will include the game "What do you want to be buried in?
Saturday, 22 January 2011
So in Accra, I went with Maggie to the National Arts Centre, a grand name for an extensive collection of tat shops. A bit unfair as the tat was largely well crafted & unlike much you can buy in Leeds. Nevertheless, nothing too functional & H forbad me to buy jewellery.
Accra Street Academy where Jamestown street children were brought to a level that the junior schools would later accept: reading, writing, 'rithmetic.
But I've got Isaac's address and other details. I'll send him my surplus Ghanaian Cedi, and try to find a way of supporting the school tangibly and regularly. They need pretty much everything. More to be seen here.