Ghana's move to digital migration TV!!

Ghana's move to digital migration TV!!

What is Accra Pictures by Day and Night?

Accra is the capital of the small, West African country of Ghana, which achieved its independence in 1957 from its colonial master, the United Kingdom. It celebrated 50 years in 2007, and is projecting itself fast and furiously as "gateway to West Africa".

It's an exciting city, with its unique problems, but with it close to the Atlantic ocean, and many beaches, who can resist coming here?

April 2006-April 2011:

5 years of bringing readers insights into life in Ghana! Thank you!

Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority, TEMA

Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority, TEMA


Ordering Food in Accra was Never this much Fun!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Waiting for Kelewele (fried, ripe plantain with ginger) Accra

I know it's been a while, so you really will have to forgive me. The winding-down of the year is accompanied with a litany of things to be done, including preparing to end the year in style, and getting over-and-done with other work-related issues.

Back to this scene, which is a typical scene all across the country among itinerant vendors. Though this lady is more a non-itinerant one (in the sense that she can re-locate her stuff, rather than walking up and down the streets of Accra and through traffic), she continues to serve the purpose of offering food...even at the taxi rank of Accra Mall!!

In this specific case, kelewele (pronounced kay-lay-way-lay), which is, in essence, fried, ripe plantain (generally sweet), with ginger. You can occasionally take it with peanuts as a meal. Sometimes, people take it as dessert!

Either way, it's a very tasty snack, heavy on the oily side, but nonetheless, to-die-for!

labels: fried plantain, plantain, kelewele, Ghana food, Ghana snacks

Re: Waiting for Kelewele (fried, ripe plantain with ginger) Accra

I know it's been a while, so you really will have to forgive me. The winding-down of the year is accompanied with a litany of things to be done, including preparing to end the year in style, and getting over-and-done with other work-related issues.

Back to this scene, which is a typical scene all across the country among itinerant vendors. Though this lady is more a non-itinerant one (in the sense that she can re-locate her stuff, rather than walking up and down the streets of Accra and through traffic), she continues to serve the purpose of offering food...even at the taxi rank of Accra Mall!!

In this specific case, kelewele (pronounced kay-lay-way-lay), which is, in essence, fried, ripe plantain (generally sweet), with ginger. You can occasionally take it with peanuts as a meal. Sometimes, people take it as dessert!

Either way, it's a very tasty snack, heavy on the oily side, but nonetheless, to-die-for!

labels: fried plantain, plantain, kelewele, Ghana food, Ghana snacks

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Masters of Timber in Accra?

Well, not quite. Just that the further you get out of Accra, the more
you're likely to see creativity manifested in this way.

Even if rudimentary, it provides shelter when it's raining; and is
most often a good starting structure for what one might ordinarily
call "a workshop".

labels: ghana timber, ghana wood, ghana creativity

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Rain forces Roadworks in Accra?

To tell you the truth, it is generally hard to establish a logical link between rain and roadworks in this country.

Usually, there has to be some kind of untimely death or an upcry before much is done during the rainy season. But since we live in hope, we can only hope that these kind of roadworks that have multiplied across the capital are being done to help contain flooding in the capital.

I do so hope that it is being replicated in the other nine regional capitals as well, including in the outskirts.
If so, then I hope it will become more de rigeur and less of an ad-hoc initiative by the government.

Either way, more grease to these elbows!

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Mendacity of MTN

I am beginning to think that if this country is going to go anywhere, then we must begin to mummify mendacity of the likes of Ghana's telco (with the highest number of subscribers) so that we can all stop hiding behind its corporate sponsorship. For too long, we have danced with the devil over tariffs because of such sponsorship.

Time to tell MTN that it can be everywhere you go, but enough of being Numbed by Terrible Mendacity!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Heard of Ghana's "Rex Cinema"?

Asking that question is like contemporaneously saying "Ghana does not have many cinemas!"

And you would be right.

I saw a tweep (a Ghanaian "twitterer") wondering why after so many years since independence, why is it that Ghana boasts of only ONE major cinema -- read SILVERBIRD at Accra Mall, which rates are rather prohibitive to boot!

I understand from my parents that this place used to be the "it"-thing some four-decades ago.

Of course, that was before the blasted CIA-sponsored coup that removed Ghana's first president Dr.Kwame Nkrumah from power took place in 1966.

Coming back to this cinema, it is now ensconced between some non-descript building and the Electricity Company of Ghana office at Makola.

I am confident the cinema no longer receives custom, and am even more confident there are unknown squatters mulling around. I like that it's enjoyed a lick of paint rather recently;-)

labels: ghana cinema, rex cinema

Friday, October 22, 2010


The skies opened two days ago and poured in most parts of the country in a fairly ferocious manner. I believe this picture captures the ferocity!

Good to be back, and praying for wisdom by our leaders to take measures to contain the impending rain;-)

Make your weekend safe!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Unbearable Lightness of Blogging -- Back the week of 18 October!

As a blogger, there's definitely one thing you cannot escape -- your
private life. When you're blogging, the assumption is that a lot of
much of your life is put up for public scrutiny.

We all now know that this is rarely the case. The smarter blogger is
the one who is consistent with the themes he writes about. I have
fallen short on consistency at times, but the passion is clearly there
to continue blogging.

Some important and personal issues need to be attended to as I take a
break from full-throttle blogging.

It's only a hiatus...and one that will certainly recharge the batteries!

So here's to when I come back the week of 18 October!

Like British actor Daniel Hoffman-Gill, who I both follow on twitter
and his blog (, I will also be available
on twitter.

I would be happy to receive and follow your tweets as well. I'm on

See you!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ghana's Experimentation with Bus Rapid Transit Shapes Up...

Ghana's experimentation with Bus Rapid Transit is a misnomer; it's fully on course, with ads on radio on some stations in full swing. Wikipedia describes it thus:

Bus rapid transit (BRT) is a term applied to a variety of public transportation systems using buses to provide faster, more efficient service than an ordinary bus line. Often this is achieved by making improvements to existing infrastructure, vehicles and scheduling. The goal of these systems is to approach the service quality of rail transit while still enjoying the cost savings and flexibility of bus transit.[1] The expression BRT is mainly used in North America; in Europe and Australia, it is often called a busway, while elsewhere, it may be called a quality bus.

The definition is all well and good--except that it excludes Africa. For all the chaos associated with Nigeria (celebrating its 50 years), it is one of the first African countries to have implemented BRT. A couple of months ago, Ghanaian policy-makers in the transport system had to go down to Lagos to take notes! Check out the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority ( to see what I mean.

I took this picture of Mallam junction, en route to the Accra-Cape Coast highway. The above picture shows the beginning of the BRT. I write beginning specifically because there was a signboard on the road where you see the buses indicating that it is only for "dropping". Sadly, I saw private cars (including a diplomatic-licensed car) using that route--most likely to avoid traffic. Once it is in shape, this part of Accra is likely to reduce traffic considerably.

To be sure of Ghana's intentions on BRT, check out the Mass Metro Transit(MMT) website here:

All I have left to say is: bye-bye traffic!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Not Quite Ghana's Ambulance Service!

Ghana does have a National Ambulance Service (check here: However, unlike our Nigerian counterparts that have a comparative service with a website (, Ghana has paid scant attention to obtaining a site that will proffer useful info about emergency medical services.

I am not particularly enthused that this second-hand ambulance (that looks like one from a US medical show) has landed on the shores of Ghana, and is being paraded with a view to being sold. For what, exactly??

Friday, September 17, 2010

At Long Last, Ghana's Census Has a Fixed Date!

Oh yes. We are all going to be counted the night of 26th September. Quite why it will be at night--and not daytime--is beyond me, but, hey, let us all rejoice and merry-make in  the knowledge that we shall be counted. Last time Ghanaians were counted was in 2000. Given that it is done every ten years, can we say we are fully on track?

I'm not too au fait with the technicalities associated with Ghana's census, but what I do know is that it will help Ghanaian ministries, departments and agencies(MDAs) obtain a better sense of the "state of the nation". You might also not know this, but there is a countdown on the Ghana Statistical Website, which can be found here:

Here's a snapshot of the website (see below):

Have yourself a good weekend, and keep it safe!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Who's Afraid of China? Ghana Certainly Isn't... exemplified by this "celebration" here. China has been instrumental in building many of our roads--not just yesterday, but for no good than 5 decades.

It would seem common-sense to continue to nurture the relationship!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Accra Mall Telefonika, Edit your English, Please!

 This is the kind of English you get when you mix grammar-challenged Ghanaians with a Lebanese owner of a shop too keen to make a profit at the expense of everything else!

Tomorrow, Ghanaians celebrate a public holiday in honour of our Moslem friends and brothers who have just completed their fast.

Baraka de Sala? 

(looks like I'm not the only one grammatically-challenged!)

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Welcome to CEDI House, Just Opposite British Council Ghana

It really is a delicious irony to see this rather-gargantuan building (ofcourse, not quite a skyscraper) towering over the British Council. If you're not quite sure of the link, I am referring to the fact that it is the British that colonized Ghana till 1957, when we obtained our independence.

The irony resides in the fact that this is the building that houses Ghana's only (indigenous) Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana's Stock Exchange, and a slew of other companies. I would like to think that it's a reflection of Ghana's rising status not just in West Africa, but the continent.

Ofcourse, the British can take comfort in the fact that they continue to offer substantial donor support to the country! I am still trying to work out why Ghana's stock exchange (, reputed many times to be one of the more buoyant on the continent, has a website, when CEDI House does not!!

Monday, September 06, 2010

Penguins and Hawkers in Accra--an Unearthly Combination?

No worries.

Nothing unearthly about plastic/rubber penguins being handled by our very own itinerant vendors! The hawkers are only plying their trade. I can assure you that no animals were harmed in the taking of this picture, and the creation of this scene!;-)

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Welcome to Accra's Changing Landscape!

From left to right: Holiday Inn, which prices are not just downright hostile to the Ghanaian (what do you say about over 250 US$/night in Accra?!?!) pocket; a flashy-looking building that houses some financial institutions; and more glitzy-looking buildings that are bound to house more institutions that are close to the financial sector.

This trio is located in what will be known as "AIRPORT CITY". In fact, it is AIRPORT CITY. More buildings, including a mall, which will be known as "Marina Mall".

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

When Cometh Our 6th Mobile Operator, Globacom?

Ghanaians are waiting with baited breath! It's been a good two and a half years!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Signed, Sealed and Delivered by Accra's X-Men

Disappointed by the fact that my usual haunt--Allure SPA--at A&C Shopping Mall had closed down, I decided to find the next best place.

I honestly didn't know "best" was going to mean "expensive", but I must confess: it really was worth it!

Arriving to the place some couple of hundred metres from the said-mall, I walked inside to have the door opened for me.

"Uh-oh!" I thought. That itself must already be 1ghC! I was quickly ushered to a small, albeit snazzy, counter in the corner, with a lovely, young and personable lady explaining almost-everything about what the X-men outfit was going to do to revolutionize the typical barbering experience.

I'm sure you can see:

  • Barbering
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Massage
  • Lounge bar!
  • Pool table!
  • [FREE wireless] Internet!
The exclamation points are certainly my emphasis as that was the last thing I expected. So let us quickly go through my experience:

1. I got a haircut...
2....followed by a clean shave(!) [there was a little stubble...] and after-shave...
3. ...followed by a wash of my hair with shampoo...
4. ...followed by a wash of my face with some sweet-smelling herbs
5....followed by a mini-neck massage...
6...followed by...a clean-cut and clean-shaven me!

I was asked to write my name, and was handed a receipt with my name...and a complimentary sweet!

Paying 12ghc (circa US$8.27 ) might have been comparatively more expensive than the erstwhile 7ghc I used to pay with ALLURE SPA, but in a typically-L'Oreal moment...(pre-2000):

I'm worth it! ;-))

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Town Traffic in Accra, but Where's the Solution?

With the great number of cars on the road, is this phenomenon really that inevitable?

What is curious, however, is the number of roadworthy cars that make it on the road and which go on the road in disproportionate fashion to the number of good roads that are built.

Ghana has seen an increase in well-constructed roads all round the country, but the capital seems to suffer the most when these roads are completed. This is because good roads invite more people with cars to use them, especially because they get to their destination in a hassle-free manner.

What's the science for ridding Accra of a considerable degree of traffic other than...more flyovers??

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Bats of "37", The Sequel: "37 Military Hospital"

Remember the Bats of 37?. They're those mammals that don't come out at night, but late evening.

Well, in a rather circuitous manner, I am finally getting to the point of this post--it's about the ever-elusive "37" I keep banging on about. The above post should help clear up matters, but in the meantime, you will find on your left the "Emergency Trauma and Surgical Ward" of the 37 Military hospital. They're still actually building more to this part of the hospital.

This is a close-up of the same department. The first gives you a better panoramic view, and I must say: it's fairly neat.

At a time when the debate over private versus public health care seems to occasionally dominate the news, I want ti emphatically state that 37 military health care is very-much public, but a darn side less expensive and of higher quality than one would expect!

Highly recommended anyday!!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Anyone up for Ghanaian Ironing Boards?

Come on now, let's face it: we all iron, don't we? Or at least we have someone do them for us, right?

Whatever views you hold about it,.it a cardinal activity of almost-every household world-wide is this oft-mundane activity.

At a time when it seems like almost every other product Ghanaians have at their disposal is imported, it is refreshing to know that even these boards can be produced by Ghanaians themselves.

I didn't stop to ask how much one is, but I do know that your bargaining skills have to be this side of acute!;-)

Friday, August 06, 2010

Welcome to the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre Site...

...even if it is in a flash!;-)

Remember you first saw it here on this blog!;-)

Keep your weekend safe!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

"Energy Beach Resort"--Mobile Advertising in Ghana?

It's not as if advertising on a car is anything novel even in Ghana.

It's just the manner in which it's been done, and the fact that the car looks a little worse for wear, but the person thought "hey, who cares?"

Only in Ghana indeed!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Ghana's "Gold Cab" Service Gets a Face-Lift, UK-Style!

On February 26, I wrote on my ghana blog "Trials & Tribulations of a Freshly-Arrived Denizen" of the entrance of British Black Cabs landing on the shores of Ghana to be used by the "Gold Cab" taxi service I have been patronising for 4 years now. You can see how it first started--as a white car in 2006. In any event, this is what I wrote in February:

For the past almost-four years, I have been patronising the services of "Gold Cab", located in the centre of town (Kokomlemle). Though I have never been to their head offices, they have always been a phone call away. They are useful because they can go where commercial vehicles are unable to go, because they have WHITE number plates, which are the preserve of private cars (unlike yellow ones that dominate the taxi landscape).

Only this week, their fares per hour went up from GHC10.00 to GHC12.00, which is, respectively, US$6.66 to US$8.00. Not bad per hour, considering normal taxis have now gravitated towards that amount.

What makes them even more special is the fact that the cars are all new, or fairly new (roughly 1-2 years old) and are all air-conditioned. They first started with this fiat in the captured picture in this post, went to TOYOTA YARIS (no funny thoughts, pls!!) some 12 months ago...and will now go to...the Black Cabs of the UK.

Two GOLD CAB drivers have confirmed independently that the British Black Cabs will not be as big as in the UK, and will be converted from right hand- to left-hand drive. Another driver told me yesterday that they are currently at the ports.

I seriously look forward to seeing a slice of British cabbies here in Ghana very soon! If you're ever tempted to patronise Gold Cab's services, let me know and I'll pass you the info. Frankly, their communication strategies are poor. Despite the fact that they have a fleet of some 25 cars (painted in inimitable GOLD), they do NOT have a website!

I am pleased to say that on Tuesday, I was able to finally get to use the British Black Cab-Turned-Gold Cab Ghana! Here are two shots of it. The first picture shows the front, and the second the side.

I found out today that Gold Cab does have a website; I look forward to knowing what it is!

If you're driving this weekend, keep safe--wherever you are!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Busy Baatsona Market!

Baatsona follows after the famed Spintex Road, and also has a reputable market (pictured), where you're likely to see--every weekend--much of Ghana's (upper) middle class that lives on the Spintex flock to for relatively-bargain prices of quintessentially-Ghanaian foods!

Friday, July 23, 2010

When Ghana Walks for the Gambia on its "Freedom Day"

In a nod and a wink to the story of Ghana's "Media Foundation for West Africa", I am posting some pictures of the demonstration that took place.

I was representing my organisation at the press conference organised by Media Foundation for West Africa yesterday. The objective was primarily to draw attention to the fact that the celebration of "Freedom Day" in fellow West African country of The Gambia was not just ironic, but a misnomer. Not forgetting the fact that 44 Ghanaians had been killed in that country in 2005 (sadly, the Government of Ghana accepted only 6! a few weeks ago), The Gambia has been ruled by a dictator since 1994. The executive and judiciary is in chaos and freedom is under threat. Ghana is priviledged, frankly, to still be considered an "island of peace", developmental challenges notwithstanding...Please find below some pictures I took yesterday that offer a snapshot of the demo.

Demonstrators who sat in at a press conference to mark Gambia's "Freedom Day" get ready to march to Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to dispatch a petition to the Ministry for them to do more about The Gambia's abuse of human rights.

Demonstrators from the press conference walk with the Ghana Police who have to walk behind to ensure all goes smoothly!;-)

Demonstrators march towards the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration...

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration, demonstrators listen to what a Deputy Minister has to say about The Gambia.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ghana's Police--Serving and Protecting?

Ghana's police cars are blessed--their license plates are all preceded by "GP";-)

They're also sometimes blue vehicles. Other times, they're pick-ups--like this one.

As to whether they're serving and protecting, one likes to think they're doing great, thankyou!

That they have a website, which can be reached at can only go to confirm that they're well-ensconced in the 21st century.

They're not yet on Facebook neither are they on twitter.

How about it, Ghana Police??

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Returns on 19 July

You may have noticed that my blogging has been this side of sporadic. You will definitely notice that for the next two weeks, it will be even more so.

A concatenation of private matters, exigencies, and imperatives have compelled me to be driven to distraction away from this blog for a while.

I will certainly return with a spring in my step the week of 19 July!

In the meantime, you can catch up on Ghanaian celebrations (hopefully we will be URUGUAY!!) during FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 on my ghana blog:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

There's Only One Place Ghanaians Will be Watching this Evening!

Do you really need to ask why?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Accra Markets Have Potatoes, Name it!

Markets are commonplace for Ghanaians, but increasingly, too, there a good number of these more "sanitised" markets springing up--as the one here off the Spintex Road (towards Baatsona) "Sanitised" because they are rarely located in areas that might pose challenges to the average nose, and as you can see from the picture, the arrangement of market goods are a bit more orderly.

See those potatoes and onions in the picture? They don't come cheap these days! Not quite sure whether it's because of the rains or that things have generally gone upwards, which might be considered strange considering inflation is reported to have gone down...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Despite World Cup Febrility,Tigo Chalks One in Ghana's SIM registration Exercise

There I was last week minding my own business--as you do--when I got a call from a strange number on my TIGO mobile number.

After a five minute conversation, the lady on the other side of the line had successfully registered my mobile number -- as per the directive of Ghana's National Communications Authority -- to have one's existing numbers registered, and all new ones done before use.

Despite the noise over the registration a couple of months ago by consumers about implications for privacy and whatnot, I believe they have gotten over it, and are having their SIM cards registered.

TIGO advised me to simply go to to a place like that in the picture and double-check.

Conversely, my MTN wanted me to have my name written in a book and stand in a queue, whereas Vodafone has not even started yet!

TIGO's is what I call customer service!

BTW, Just in case you missed it, GHANA beat SERBIA 1-0 in the ongoing FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. GHANA plays AUSTRALIA on Saturday, and GERMANY on 23rd June.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

(Careful) Speeding--not over-speeding--in Accra

First of all, it makes a change to enjoy speeding in Accra, as most of the time (read: "weekdays"), commuters and the like are stuck in traffic!

Secondly, the average Ghanaian is wont to say that "over-speeding kills". What they really mean to say is "speeding kills."!

Third point: the National Road Safety Commission likes to inform us through the media that "kill your speed before it kills you."


Monday, June 07, 2010

Is This the Face of Corporate Ghana?

I took this of Mallam, which is a suburb of Accra, not too far from Weija, and very close to the Accra-Cape Coast road.

But it does not look very different from what I encounter in town.

So is corporate Ghana now a country replete with ads from ECOBANK, MTN, Tigo, and other telecommunication companies (telcos)?

Friday, June 04, 2010

Two Thousand Acres Accra!

If you look closely enough, you will spot the inimitable Atlantic Ocean. This is the route that leads to the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority

Forgive my exaggeration--not quite sure there are "2000 acres of sea", but I guess you get the picture of it being vast, and so deliciously close to the capital!!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Thanks to 89% Electricity increase, I can emphatically ask: "Where are My Accra Streetlights?"

Yesterday, I launched what is to become a series of vituperative pronouncements on Ghana's streetlights--or lack thereof. Just to spare you going to the actual link, this is what I actually wrote:

I was in the Central region over the weekend, and noticed without fail that despite the ubiquity of the beautiful and well-maintained roads, there were no streetlights!

I believe this either remains the bane of contractors who come to Ghana to help us with our roads, or is a reflection of the myopia of our government.

From the Spintex Road (that has undergone a metamorphosis) to the already-well-done Accra-Cape Coast road, how can security ever be maintained without sufficient streetlights? No matter the number of police patrols you have set up, lights have–and will continue to remain–a great deterrent to criminals, both physical and otherwise!

I am not quite sure what else to say, except to say that it is heart-warming to see that there are actually government cars out there that have "Street Lighting projects" emblazoned on them. It is indicative of an effort.

Now, that the Public Utility Regulatory Authority announced 31 May that electricity has gone up by 89%, might we not finally sit up to protest for our streetlights?

A careful scrutiny of our electricity bill reveals that each and every blessed consumer pays an amount towards fire-fighting and street-lighting.

Bottom line: where are our streetlights?

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

MTN-branded Trees En Route to Ghana Ports & Harbours area

The ubiquity of MTN is well-known in the country. You only need to look at the MTN-branded bus-stops in the capital and country (as exemplified by this one here:

But it is really only in Ghana that we take it one step further--to the trees! MTN-branded trees? Whether it's a whim by MTN-crazy fans or a publicity stunt, this is corporate Ghana gone mad, surely!!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Street-Hawking at Night in Accra

This is so familiar a sight during the evening on the streets of Accra that we probably don't even see it any more.

These hard-working ladies--that comprise what many would consider "the working class"--eke out a living from working almost 24/7.

Come hell or high water, they are here--and mostly it's the women that persevere. The young men hawk mostly chocolates, and small bites--and usually drop off earlier. This woman was still working around 8.30pm, selling sachet water.

Better than selling oneself, some might say!

(good to be back!)

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Ghanaian Mobile Landscape Will go Green Soon...

But when, exactly?

Globacom, Nigeria's indigenous mobile service, started springing up its billboards at the beginning of the year. There was attendant visibility with vacancies advertised around the same time.

Five months down the line, Glo has not commenced operations. It was supposed to have started around 2008; then the last quarter of 2009!

It was as far back as 2008 that it won a licence to operate in the country as Ghana's sixth mobile phone service. It sponsors one of Ghana's football leagues, and finally has an underground cable to enhance broadband access when it commences operations.

Question again, is when exactly will it commence operations?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Avoiding Traffic in Accra?

No-one in their right mind would say they love being stuck in traffic, especially when the weather is so sweltering the last thing they want to do is check the temperature!

If you are sufficiently privileged to own a motorbike, traffic-time proves handy, because it's just a matter of not only taking a diversion, but a diversion more easily than the four-wheeled counterparts we like to call cars!

The guy is wearing a helmet--hooray! I am  sure the National Road Safety Commission that has been banging on about helmets for motorbikes...might just give him a hug for being a paragon of road virtue;-)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ghana's British Council Serves up a Good Message...

I was at the British Council today to visit a friend, and caught sight of this. I thought it was too good not to capture. Kind of like a Zeitgeist!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Accra Rains are Back in Town!

Good to be back in town after almost 9 days of being outside Ghana. Even better that the rains have followed suit!

Question is--as ever: is the rest of Ghana adequately prepared for the rains? Much of this question animated one private radio station--CITI97.3fm--this morning.

Can we avert the attendant consequences and wretched lives that come in the wake of torrential rain, or will Ghanaians yet again politicise till Death do us part???

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Call Centres in Accra are Great, But Who's Patronizing Them?

Allow me to clarify when I write "call centres". After all, there are quite a few in Accra.

There's one for electricity, which can be reached at 030.2611.611, and the one featured here is for water; it can be reached on toll-free number 0800.40.000.

I cannot for the life of me understand why from these two utilities, only one would be toll-free.

The electricity one for Electricity Company of Ghana(ECG) is considered a hotline, yet one has to pay for it! Last time I looked, these kind of services ought to be toll-free--like that of the Ghana Water Company, managed by Aqua Vitens Rand Limited.

Enough publicity for Ghana Water...I believe my point is well-noted: let's also make the electricity "hot line" toll-free!!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Help! Burning Taxi in Accra Central!!

I was near the AU Liberation circle area in Accra this morning to run a quick errand, when I caught sight of this burning car.

It was only turning back to peer at the strange image that I noticed it was one of those ubiquitous double-coloured cars Ghanaians recognise immediately as taxis.

Thankfully, my trusted cameraphone was nearby, resulting in this shot.

It remains unclear what could have triggered it, but there was thankfully no indication of casualties--just tremendous heat emanating even from the distance from where I took the picture!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Indonesian-Produced Rattan Baskets in Accra--Where are the Ghanaian-Made Ones??

I saw this basket, which goes for GHC8.50 (roughly 5.8US$). at Palace Shopping Mall on the Spintex Road.

I could not help but take a picture--not just to tell a story--but to run a mini-commentary on Ghana's basket-making industry.

I did a quick search, and read that Rattan Baskets are mostly-produced in Indonesia.

At a time when basket-weavers are creating some 1050 jobs in the Upper East region of Ghana only in April this year, it beggars belief that the Lebanese-owned Palace Shopping Mall is selling Indonesian-made baskets, without a trace of the indigenous, Ghanaian-made ones!!


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