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All The Way To Timbuktu

It’s been nearly a month since I celebrated my 25th birthday and set off on a three week journey through Burkina Faso and the northern regions of Ghana with a friend. We timed the trip around the Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO), a biennial film festival in Burkina Faso’s capital city. So […]

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Booz’n & Cruis’n in the Amansuri Wetlands: Exploring Nzulezo

This week’s post combines a photo essay on Nzulezo with a Waakye of the Week highlighting a local drink called akpeteshie (pronounced ‘a-pe-te-shie’). Akpeteshie, distilled from palm wine, is a high-proof spirit consumed in Ghana and neighboring countries and an important source of income for many Nzulezo families. Nzulezo, means ‘village on water’ in Nzima, the local language. The village, keenly […]

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Photo Essay: Elmina Castle

As a child, my parents would always take me and my brothers to museums, historical monuments, and other cultural heritage sites.  These trips would last ALL DAY sometimes and usually ended in a two-on-one brawl (my brothers being the two, me being the one) leaving my little brother  in tears. The family clown rarely had the […]

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Let There Be Light

I woke-up on Saturday morning drenched in sweat. The power had been out for 12 hours and would continue to be out for the next 12 hours. I shifted onto my stomach and pressed a pillow over my head. The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) had started load shedding or cutting power at intervals due to a reported […]

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Exploring Ghana’s Western Region

On Sunday I returned from a solo trek along the coast through Ghana’s Western Region to Nzulezo, a stilted village in the Amansuri River just before the Ivory Coast border. Over the next two weeks I will post pictures and stories from the trip. Here’s a summary of the week’s events. Day One: Accra to Elmina […]

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Waakye Wars

According to some in Ghana, waakye (pronouced ‘waa-chi’) is an everyday food. I don’t disagree. The dish can be served a million different ways to satisfy any mood. Waakye is a traditional breakfast dish originating from Ghana’s northern most regions. At the core of waakye is a medley of black-eyed peas and rice boiled together until soft. From there, the traditional waakye […]

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Eating Red Red in Ghana

Red Red is my favorite meal in Ghana, without a doubt. At its base, red red is a bean dish made from black-eyed peas moistened with palm oil and served with fried plantain cut along the bias (on a slant). The name of the dish is derived from the red color of the palm oil […]

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New Series: Waakye of the Week

Today’s post is the first post in a new weekly series called Waakye of the Week. This new series will highlight Ghana’s vibrant street food culture. Waakye (pronounced ‘waa-chey’) is Ghana’s most popular street food. Each new post will feature a different chow (food) or chop bar (roadside food stand). The post series will also discuss current events in […]

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Thoughts on Electronic Waste from Sodom and Gomorrah

Out with the old, in with the new. If you are discarding used electronics this season, remember to recycle them properly. Have you ever wondered where your electronic waste ends up? The largest illegal dumpsite for e-waste from industrialized nations is just outside of Accra in Agbogbloshie, nicknamed Sodom and Gomorrah. Agbogbloshie is a 15 minute drive from […]

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