Beads make Ghana go round

It’s not just Ghana that is mad about beads. But only in Ghana will you find a bead market that has been going strong every Thursday since 1928.

There are beads from around Ghana, Mali, Benin, Senegal, Nigeria and Mauritiana.

There are beads from around Ghana, Mali, Benin, Senegal, Nigeria and Mauritiana.

The brass bracelets have been in the traders family for generations. They are not for sale. He displays them every market day just so we can all share in his family's heritage.

The brass bracelets have been in the traders family for generations. They are not for sale. He displays them every market day just so we can all share in his family’s heritage.

Hand made and each as unique as a finger print.

Hand made and each as unique as a finger print.

 

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Beautiful Bujagali

Jinja in Uganda is the adrenalin capital of East Africa. The beautiful village of Bujagali is the heart of it all.

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The Nile River

The Nile River

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An iconic song for an iconic continent

“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” ~ Bill Bryson

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Dan Tokpa Fetish market

They sell whatever it is that a ritual or a portion calls for.

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Dan Tokpa Fetish market

It’s in Cotonou, Benin, and said to be the biggest fetish market in Africa. You can buy anything from monkey’s testicles and a lion’s tooth to snake skin and whatever else a portion called for.

Dan Tokpa Fetish market

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Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah turns 100

Place: Accra, Nkrumah Memorial.
Occasion: Celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of one of Africa’s most historic figures, Kwame Nkrumah.
Guest list: Everyone in Accra’s diplomatic community, Ghana’s royalty, artists, Rita Marley and the people. It was a day filled gratitude.

Nkrumah memorial in Accra.

Nkrumah memorial in Accra.

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All gold everything. Lest we forgot, Ghana used to known as the Gold coast.

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Bling, bling: check the gold, note the togas (what their wearing)

Size matters in West Africa. Your rank determines what you wear, how you accessorise and and and and and....

Size matters in West Africa. Your rank determines what you wear, how you accessorise and and and and and….

 

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Beloved Bamako

Bamako is one of the oldest looking places I have been to. I was fortunate to live in this city for four months. I found the city to be lively and vibrant. People are kind and generous. Bamako has an amazing night life with great bars, art exhibitions and live music by some of the notable artists on Earth. More than anything, Bamako is just a chilled out place: no drama, no stress, no second-guessing anyone because people here are 100 percent legit.

Malian road trips...

Malian road trips…

This is a place called Djocoroni Para. It's where I left my heart. This is where I learned to speak French, the traditional dances that helped me lose massive amounts of weight, where I learned to cook West African dishes and where I pretty much had one of the best times of my life.

This is a place called Djocoroni Para. It’s where I left my heart. This is where I learned to speak French, the traditional dances that helped me lose massive amounts of weight, where I learned to cook West African dishes and where I pretty much had one of the best times of my life.

Signs are still hand painted in West Africa.

Signs are still hand painted in West Africa.

Down town Bamako is always packed to the rafters with people.

Down town Bamako is always packed to the rafters with people.

Meal time is never a crisis in Bamako. There are people selling freshly-prepared meals everywhere.

Meal time is never a crisis in Bamako. There are people selling freshly-prepared meals everywhere.

Down town Bamako (by Bamako Coura)

Down town Bamako (by Bamako Coura)

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The post office.

The post office.

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