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Published: July 24th 2006
If you've ever imagined what it would be like to visit an African fishing village in pre-colonial times, go to Ada Foah. Although they may not have electricity or running water, this village is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited. I went to Ada Foah with six other friends who I met either at work or at the Obruni House -- Jessica, Timo, Candice, Carolyn, Chris, and Christian. We first took a 2 hour tro-tro (a Euro-van converted into a crowded group taxi) from Accra to Ada Foah and then a 20 minute boat ride from the center of 'town' to our huts. The boat, which looked like a gondola-canoe hybrid, took us past men fishing in the estuary, women paddling with chopped wood on their head, and tons of locals playing and bathing in the water. We were at the very southern tip of Lake Volta, right before it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Our huts were on a little peninsula that had the lake on one side and the Atlantic on the other.
When we arrived at our huts, we were welcomed by three or four locals who worked there and a band of
This was my favorite place in Ada Foah...a hammock right over the lake.
dogs and goats. We immediately ordered beers and lunch (which took about 2 hours to make since they had to paddle into town to get the food) and then relaxed on the hammocks and chairs that they had provided. There really wasn't much to do there besides talk, eat, and sleep but it was still a nice escape from the sewage, car fumes, and street vendors in Accra.
I am now back in Accra and about to go to NAFTI (the National Film and Television Institute) to talk to the director about filmmaking in Ghana. And then...I'll probably nap (shocking, I know).
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