Ghana - The Gold Coast and the Land of the Ashanti

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 Street furniture store in Accra, Ghana

Street furniture store in Accra, Ghana

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 Fancy coffins made to order in Ghana - this one is for a photo enthusiast

Fancy coffins made to order in Ghana - this one is for a photo enthusiast

 A coffin for a beer enthusiast

A coffin for a beer enthusiast

 One of many colourful street vendors in Accra, Ghana

One of many colourful street vendors in Accra, Ghana

 Accra, Ghana

Accra, Ghana

 Accra ocean front

Accra ocean front

 Accra, Ghana

Accra, Ghana

 Accra Street

Accra Street

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 Ghana, the land of smiles

Ghana, the land of smiles

 Accra, Ghana

Accra, Ghana

 Strong core in Accra, Gahana

Strong core in Accra, Gahana

 Street vendor in Accra

Street vendor in Accra

 Largest recycling dump in the world.  All sorts of appliances, computers, cars etc are taken apart and resold for scrap.  It is a toxic and tedious job.  

Largest recycling dump in the world.  All sorts of appliances, computers, cars etc are taken apart and resold for scrap.  It is a toxic and tedious job.  

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 Recycling 101

Recycling 101

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 The workers burn plastic cables to separate copper wiring for scrap.  Toxic and dangerous.

The workers burn plastic cables to separate copper wiring for scrap.  Toxic and dangerous.

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 Accra water front

Accra water front

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 Fishing boats in Accra

Fishing boats in Accra

 Mending the nets

Mending the nets

 Local girls getting water in the morning from the River Volta

Local girls getting water in the morning from the River Volta

 Volta River

Volta River

 Religious signs like this one are everywhere in Gahana

Religious signs like this one are everywhere in Gahana

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 The Land of the Ashanti in Kumasi, Ghana

The Land of the Ashanti in Kumasi, Ghana

 The King of Ashanti

The King of Ashanti

 At the audience with the Ashanti king

At the audience with the Ashanti king

 An Ashanti chief with a big umbrela

An Ashanti chief with a big umbrela

 An Ashanti elder 

An Ashanti elder 

 Ashanti chiefs, the bigger the umbrella, the more important the chief.

Ashanti chiefs, the bigger the umbrella, the more important the chief.

 Chiefs and the Kente cloth

Chiefs and the Kente cloth

 The King's musicians

The King's musicians

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? (a walking salad bar) ?

 Ashanti King's procession, the keys to the kingdom 

Ashanti King's procession, the keys to the kingdom 

 The King is coming - the horn blowers

The King is coming - the horn blowers

 King's advisors

King's advisors

 The King has the biggest umbrellas!

The King has the biggest umbrellas!

 King's guard

King's guard

 King's gold

King's gold

 Chewing gum for the chiefs 

Chewing gum for the chiefs 

 The largest market in Africa is in Kumasi

The largest market in Africa is in Kumasi

 Local barber shop 

Local barber shop 

 After hours, the streets of Kumasi turn into one huge open market.  Recycled clothing from Europe and the USA is everywhere.

After hours, the streets of Kumasi turn into one huge open market.  Recycled clothing from Europe and the USA is everywhere.

 Trying to make a living by selling used clothing in Kumasi

Trying to make a living by selling used clothing in Kumasi

 Kakum National Park Canopy walk

Kakum National Park Canopy walk

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 The Gold Coast of Ghana, the source of slaves for 400 years.  A beautiful coast but too dangerous for swimming due to strong currents and sharks.

The Gold Coast of Ghana, the source of slaves for 400 years.  A beautiful coast but too dangerous for swimming due to strong currents and sharks.

 Finishing is a big business in Elmina, Ghana

Finishing is a big business in Elmina, Ghana

 Drying fish in Elmina, Ghana; the Elmina slave castle is in the background

Drying fish in Elmina, Ghana; the Elmina slave castle is in the background

 The Elmina slave castle built by the Portuguese in 1481

The Elmina slave castle built by the Portuguese in 1481

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 The slave castle of Elmina.  It was used as a set in the movie "Cobra Verde" by Werner Herzog.

The slave castle of Elmina.  It was used as a set in the movie "Cobra Verde" by Werner Herzog.

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 Koffi, our leader

Koffi, our leader

 The cell of death where rebellious slaves were starved to death in the Elmina slave castle

The cell of death where rebellious slaves were starved to death in the Elmina slave castle

 Slave holding cells from where they were led to waiting ships in the Elmina slave castle

Slave holding cells from where they were led to waiting ships in the Elmina slave castle

 Salve holding cells in the Elmina slave castle

Salve holding cells in the Elmina slave castle

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 Salve branding iron, Cape Coast slavery museum

Salve branding iron, Cape Coast slavery museum

 Elmina

Elmina

 Elmina

Elmina

 Elmina

Elmina

 The slave castle of Cape Coast built and operated by the British

The slave castle of Cape Coast built and operated by the British

 Cape Coast

Cape Coast

 Cape Coast

Cape Coast

 The slave castle of Cape Coast

The slave castle of Cape Coast

 Cape Coast

Cape Coast

 Cape Coast

Cape Coast

 Kids doing acrobatic tricks 

Kids doing acrobatic tricks 

 Elmina fishing port

Elmina fishing port

 Elmina fishing port

Elmina fishing port

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 The fishing port on the market day in a busy place

The fishing port on the market day in a busy place

 A balancing act

A balancing act

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 Business women

Business women

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 St. James Castle in Elmina

St. James Castle in Elmina

 St. James Castle in Elmina

St. James Castle in Elmina

 The view of Elmina Fort from the St. James Castle in Elmina

The view of Elmina Fort from the St. James Castle in Elmina

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 Ghana - the land of smiles

Ghana - the land of smiles

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 The beautiful coast of Ghana

The beautiful coast of Ghana

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