Rough Road to Paradise

Rough Road to Paradise

It is easy, when traveling abroad, for certain poor decisions (let’s leave at 5 p.m. for Cape Coast from Kumasi), especially when combined with misinformation (“the trip is only two hours,” “you can catch a bus”) to transform into unknown...
Kente Weaving in Bonwire

Kente Weaving in Bonwire

Walking into the Bonwire Kente Weaving Association center is like discovering the holy grail. Lining the walls from floor to ceiling are folded kente cloths with all variety of bright colors and different patterns, each one with its own proverbial meaning. “The...
Kings and Queens: Dancing with Royalty

Kings and Queens: Dancing with Royalty

I have studied royal court music and read about it in books, but I have never experienced the real deal in person. After driving around and greeting Nana Rokoto’s 103-year old father, the king of Nana Ama’s region, and many other folks, we headed to the...
Market Maze and Thunder

Market Maze and Thunder

Once you enter Makola, the biggest market in Accra, it’s easy to lose all sense of time and space. It’s like Vegas, but full of culture and anything you might want, from food to hair weaves, watches, soap, and zippers. We navigated by holding on to our...
Feed Your Eyes

Feed Your Eyes

It’s a wonderful thing to step into a foreign airport in a foreign country, wonder what in the world is the next step, then hear a shout: “Chris!” and see the familiar face of Nana Rokoto greeting us with a smile. Nana is a comedian and a chief who...