Monthly Archives: March 2008

great pork show!

March 29th This wins the prize for sign of the day – it’s a business by the side of the Darkuman road. A deserted stall, with a picture of a pig’s head, and “great pork show!” above it.  With an exclamation mark, to convey the excitement of the pork show. I’m tempted to return when the […]

Lovers Chop

March 28th Out to Legon to do a couple of interviews at the national university. On the trotro going out, I kept hearing worried chicken sounds and couldn’t figure out why. The woman next to me had a small black plastic bag on her knee, and as she moved to get comfortable, a chicken stuck […]

Ezile bay

Back in Accra

It’s cool tonight, after the long hot bus ride from Kumasi. There’s lightning all around, but it’s not raining yet. There’s a fresh breeze rustling the palm trees around the porch, and the muezzins are singing in the mosque down the street. A good night to be in Accra.

In Venice without a Baedeker

March 26th The soaps here are very big on possession and exorcism. Today the chief’s son was possessed, and couldn’t get out of bed. His mother was very anxious, but luckily the local shaman was able to sort him out. Off into Kumasi again, to interview the wife of one of yesterday’s interviewees. This is […]

Kumasi

March 25th There has been some kind of national initiative to pour glue into all the computer keyboards in Ghana. Even the new ones stick. I have tested this idea on a number of people, and they agree there may be some kind of conspiracy. I interviewed some university professors today at the University of […]

Out of Accra

March 21st Arrived at Akwidaa, a tiny fishing village of mud huts with palm thatch rooves, towards 4 after 9 hours’ travel in various trotros. A little hot and sticky. The sound of the sea was encouraging, and the kids helped us find the track to the next bay, each holding one finger as we […]