The origins of old Accra I was told is the area known as Jamestown which sits right by the Ocean in a little Fishing Village, not far from the bustling shopping area of Osu, so I took down there on a sunny Saturday morning in late February last, in fact it was much more than sunny, its seriously hot an humid.
As we walked through the narrow lanes, it was clear how simple these people lived, the community is essentially supported by the sea, the men, Godfrey told me go out to sea as far as Ivory Coast to the west and Togo and Benin to east to fish in these simple craft, so can be absent father for long periods, and sadly some do get lost to the Atlantic on these trips, this the schools for children who have lost one or both parents.
Jamestown is alive and active on this Saturday morning, Fishermen are fixing nets, boys are swimming in the sea and screaming with delights, fish are laid out to dry and being smoked over barrels and everywhere there is chatter, music and football being played. It’s a real community here, and though there is poverty, it’s also a way of life here, as they’ve existed here while Accra has grown to become one of the fastest growing cities in West Africa around them. It’s a fascinating place.
I finished the tour with a visit to the school that Godfrey teaches in and also a quick visit to the Fort where slaves were once held and sold to the west to the new world and where Ghana’s founding president Kwame Nkrumah was once held, and we finish with a climb up the lighthouse accompanied by another local named “Nice One”, yes that’s really his name…..
|Jamestown Lighthouse, Accra, Ghana|