Blogs from Cape Coast, Central, Ghana, Africa - page 4


Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast October 10th 2008

Greetings after several busy and move-about days. TUES: City of Kumasi, Capital of the Ashanti Region We visited Manhyiah Plalace, seat of the Ashanti Kingdom and the Kumasi Cultural lCentre. Our group heard a lot of tradition and history. In the Ashanti Region,l the Royal family bloodline is traced through the maternal uncle line. In the Akan speaking areas women are very powerful. The current Ashanti King: Osei Tutu II took office in 1999 and sits at the Rooyal Palace and settles disputed of residents over land or other matters, Monday through Thursday. After leaving the Palace, we visited the Bonwire Kente Weaving Village. We met 4 young weavers at their looms in a small modest building. Some of the Kente patterns were explained. We purchased an asstm. of Kente and Kente products. Richard, custom bracelet ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast October 10th 2008

Although the last few weeks and months have not been totally filled with problems and challenges, they have included a rather disproportionately high number! I had not shared with readers, the 2 earlier sightings in our yard of snakes ( for fear of deterring visitors!) , especially as we all lived to tell the tale - notably Jess who survived the slithering of one across her feet during her visit here in June. On that occasion, I inadvertently, but gratefully, managed to decapitate the culprit by smashing its head in a door-jamb. Although we recognised that on each occasion the snakes were trying to get away from us as fast as possible, not coming towards us…when I then encountered a 3rd, it felt like time to have a word with our landlord. As this coincided with ... read more
Efi + "mama"
Oguaa Afehye
Oguaa Afehye

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast September 17th 2008

I'm back. I went to Cape Coast for the weekend with Michael, Eddie, Katie and Maya, so I couldn't access the internet. We took a metro bus from Kumasi, which was four hours of bumpy and extremely sweaty travel. The Metro is a coach with leather seats and they cram as much people as they can into one. It’s very packed and there’s no leg room at all. I was stuck between a big man called Issac and Eddie who was sweating a lot. You get on a first come first serve basis so you've got to battle to get a place. The conductor said a prayer before we set out. The coach was surrounded by people selling things through the windows. We got to Sammo's guesthouse in Cape Coast around six in the evening; better ... read more
Cape Coast
Kakum National Park

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast July 27th 2008

During my recent visit home to the UK I was shocked when a number of people asked me why I had stopped writing my blog. “Had I stopped writing my blog?” I asked myself. It was true that it had been 6 weeks or so since I had last made an entry, but had I consciously decided to stop communicating with folks this way? The answer was “no” and I realised that there were a number of factors that had prevented me from exercising my two typing fingers for this purpose. The most obvious reason was that I had less time to fill. No, this did not mean that suddenly I was meaningfully employed and feeling the anticipated ‘volunteer glow of good deeds accomplished’;…rather it meant that I was spending long ( and tedious) periods of ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast July 26th 2008

The Cape Coast Castle. Better known as the major slave trading fort on the Ghanaian Coast (and African Coast, for that matter.) I wasn't sure if i was going to be disappointed like I was in Mole last week. Matter of fact, the emotional and historic weight of this "tourism" trip meant I didn't know at all how I would feel after. The result, somewhere in the middle between an average tour and total emotional release. If that sounds vague, as it covers most any emotional possibility, it's meant to be, as I can't really wrap my head around all I've been thinking the past few hours. Walking through the underground dungeons in near darkness--even at 3 in the afternoon--the place felt empty, and it's hard to believe that a single dungeon room, about 30' x ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast May 28th 2008

‘All the Knowledge in the World is of no use to Fools’ (The Eagles-Long Road Out Of Eden) I have put some thought into my next offering. I was toying with some different titles,’ Taxi Driver’ (Al Pacino or was it Robert de Niro?) There I go again, does anybody else mix those two up? Then I thought of ‘Gloria’ (Them) or even ‘Some pigs are more equal than others’ (Animal Farm-George Orwell). My mind was however made up by a speech made the other day by President Kufuor of Ghana. The links between The Eagles title track of their relatively new album and a speech by President Kufuor may at first sight seem a little tenuous but bear with me for a while. The song is a caustic indictment of life in America as The ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast May 27th 2008

Emelie, Linda (another English volunteer) and myself spent the 17th and 18th weekend at Cape Coast. It took us about 2 hours from Kasoa to Cape Coast by tro tro and only cost us GHcedi3! That's about 1.50 pounds lol. There were lots of white people in the city. I think it's the old Western style castles and the palm-fringed beaches that attracts them. However many of the beaches here in Ghana are covered by rubbish. Cape Coast Castle sits in front of the sea. We visited it after eating in the popular continental restaurant next door. The Castle had a depressing history of keeping Ghanian slaves before sending them to the West. Thousands of men and women were kept in separate small pitch-black rooms. Although I wasn't feeling very well at the time, I'm glad ... read more
view from our room
cape coast beach
Kakum National Park

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast April 24th 2008

The Hill (Stanley Baker) The Hill in this film was an instrument of torture used in the main by a sadistic Sergeant in the British Armed Forces. He had it constructed out of sand. If he had lived in Cape Coast he could have had his pick of many naturally formed such instruments. As it turned out our permanent (or not as the case may be) home for the next two years provided us with our very own hill. It has been a while since my last blog offering and in many ways a great deal has happened but perhaps the most significant event has been to find a very substantial, comfortable, altogether pleasant house with an exceptional view of Cape Coast, perched as it is on top of one of the highest of its hills. ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast April 13th 2008

“Small, small” is the Ghanaian way of saying “don’t rush” or “it will happen slowly”, and although it is intended to be reassuring, as well as accurate, most of you will understand that, in the workplace, this is quite frustrating for me. Some days I count myself lucky, if someone I had previously made an appointment to see, actually turns up! This is not any discourtesy on their part, but generally due to the practice of only organising meetings a day or two before the event (at the most!!!...”so people don’t forget to come”), so they are never able to commit to anything in advance. Just as frustrating is that nobody maintains a diary or tells others what they are doing, so again a lot of time can be spent waiting to see if anyone will ... read more
kebab- sharing
are you new here?
at the bottom of our hill

Africa » Ghana » Central » Cape Coast March 18th 2008

Dave has found a good male companion in Eddie, fellow volunteer, as he too enjoys his beer and football… so a few times per week we have been meeting up, trying out different “spots”, and hunting for live football on a TV. As we have also been provided with a TV in our house, football and other sport has become far too accessible again, and Dave is watching Golf!! whilst I am writing this. Either that or he’s fallen asleep…which is also reminiscent of his behaviour at home. Eddie is a really nice guy, originating from Ireland, he has lived in Africa and Sweden and has a curious multi-national sing-song accent, and has been a real help and support to both of us. This is his second period of voluntary work in Africa, but the ... read more

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