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James Fort Prison

On 4 Dec 2011, I walked into the James Fort Prison, James Town, Accra, Ghana

Little History:

James Fort Prison in Accra is almost 400 years old,
and was originally built for 200 slaves. It housed over 740 male and female prisoners till the year 2007.

Now, the prison is empty with signs of its inhabitants in the walls of every cell. Below are some of the pictures and an attempt to tell you the story of what its like to be there when its empty and see all inside

If you had ever wondered, What’s like to walk inside an empty prison? Check the images below or
on Flickr

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A little about me

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Ghana People Stories

Why Indian Football team got disqualified?

A Tale from Ghana

There was epic football match between India and Ghana. The Indians were well known to have specialized voodoo magic and tricks. The match began and everytime, the Indian hit the ball towards the ghanian post, the ghanians saw the ball as coal pot and didn’t stop it. India was leading the game to 100-0 goals against the team of Ghana.
A Ghanian hero rised, and decided that he would not let this happen and hit the coal pot and scored a goal. A sad fate, after scoring the goal he died.
Indian team was disqualified by FIFA.

This tale has been floating around with school children of Ghana for more than 40 years now. No one knows why it was India and how it all started? But it sure is interesting.
Let me know if you know anything about it.

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Celebration of Life – Kane Kwai Coffins

Wikitravel has been my favorite site these days having started to travel frequently to new places. I had taken a print out of the entire page on Accra, the capital city of Ghana. One of places mentioned was Kane Kwai Carpentary which me and my colleague Ridhima Jaiswal visited before leaving Accra for Tamale the next day.

We met Mr. Eric the grandson of the famous coffin maker, Kane Kwai who designed coffins starting with a cocoa fruit shaped coffin for one of the tribal chief Interestingly Coco Cola had made a video featuring Eric which tells the story of the coffins

Ghanians celebrate funeral in much of a grandeur and i had the opportunity to see 15 funerals being planned for the same day(3rd Dec 2011) Celebration of life; And Mr. Eric has already built his own coffin for the day. I’ll continue editing this post to add on our conversation with Mr. Eric; But that has to wait.

For now enjoy the video and share them with your friends

http://ghanacoffin.com/histoire/e_sommaire.htm

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never rush in life

It was a focused group discussion with young boys and girls who go to the Shama Public School, near the port town of takoradi, Ghana. It was one of the best locations possible for conducting a protocol. An old building on the coast with an amazing view of the sea and the humble homes of the fishing community in Shama.

In that particular house,

 

. It is something the fishermen have to heed every single time they venture into the sea. Shama has been one of the places with happy people who never forget to smile in their every walk of life.

Leaving Shama for Accra early tomorrow morning to meet a cocoa farmer on the way..

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Shama and the boats

The day started with a ride from the hotel to Shama along the coast line for the first protocol, a marketing guy from Shama Credit Union of my field work in Ghana.

It was also the day of my first boat ride in the sea with a friend fisherman who offered a short trip into the sea and to the port from the place where he put the days catch; The fishermen venture into the sea for 4 days and return with their catch; its mostly sword fish that they catch, but dolphins do get into their nets. A dolphin would be sold GHC 60(INR 1800) and the meat is considered a delicacy. Women are not taken to the sea and they help the men with weaving nets; The children mostly boys help unload the catch when their family reach the shore; It is inauspicious to bring a turtle to the shore. The fishermen call their regular customers to the harbor when nearing the coast and the men and women from the nearby town gather before they reach the shore. The size of the fish is measured and the rates are fixed. Light fishing is quite a common practice; it is the practice of putting a glowing light into the ocean. The fishes are attracted to the bright light and they gather around the light and become an easy catch for the fishermen. I have had a similar experience of fishing in the night in one of the rivers in summer when the water level is low in Tamil Nadu, India.

Equipments

  • Tyre tube
  • A cylindrical basket which is open in both sides.

 

The men light up the tyres; the fish stops moving and they put the basket around it and put their hand into the basket and catch the fish. In Ghana, its the glorified version where the fishermen use battery powered lights off the shore.

More coming on the Ghanian food, its people and my experience in the rich African soil!!