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Ghana Photo gallery - 108 photos

Images from Ghana in West Africa. Click the thumbnails below to enlarge pictures and browse through a captioned slideshow. The pictures are captured during a relative short visit to Ghana (2005) and I only managed to see a fraction of what the country has to offer. The images are not an attempt to give a full portrait of the country and it's people, but I hope you will enjoy the tour as I surely did. Many thanks to friends and helpful people in Ghana.

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Kids sent to the market. Kasoa. A new and still growing village about 20 kilometers from Accra. Accra taxi. Taxi or Tro-Tro minibus. Whichever means of transport you pick, you better choose the right time to leave home. Traffic jams occurs several times a day in central Accra. Fishermen. Fishermen in a coastal village west of Accra brings in the catch of the day. Fishermen on the coast of Ghana. Fishing. Boy with redfish in Ghanaian fishing village. Buying fresh fish. Fishing. Boy helping out cleaning the nets. Washing the nets. Boys from a Ghanaian fishing village helping their fathers. Market atmosphere. Buying fresh fish on the beach. Housing in Ghana. Central region. Roadside view. Hills and settlements along the road up the coast from Accra. African heat. Grace Villa. Residential area in a suburb to Accra. Hot stuff. Boiling and preparing red chilli for sale in a local market. Cape Coast. Side street in Cape Coast, Central Region of Ghana. Electric facilities. Street in Cape Coast. The town of Cape Coast has a population around 110,000. The local name in the Fanti language is Oguaa.
Old Colonial buildings. Cape Coast was for many years the capital of the British colony. Later they moved their administration to Accra. Cape Coast Castle (courtyard). Slave forts and castles are all along the Ghanaian coast. One of the largest is the Swedish build castle in Cape Coast from 1652. The castle was later occupied by Danes and the British. All of them used the castle for slave trade. The castle could hold up to 1,500 slaves in the four dark slave dungeons. Cape Coast Castle. Cape Coast Castle. Europe fougth its battles in Africa. Cannons used in the defence against other slave trading nations. Cape Coast Castle. Cape Coast Castle. Today the castle is open for tourists. It has a museum documenting the gruesome history and also hosts exhibitions of comptemporary Ghanaian art. Fort William. A small fort overlooking the Cape Coast Castle. Used in the defence of the valuable slave trade. Fort William was constructed in 1820. Home with a cannon. Several families are today living in the old Fort William, which also functions as a lighthouse. The fort offers the best view over Cape Coast. View from Fort William. A view over Cape Coast Castle and two of towns many churches. Street in Cape Coast. The catholic church in Cape Coast. Panafest. Ghana is the country of cultural festivals. The Panafest in Cape Town offers carnival mood and performances from manhy fines artists, dancers and musicians. Beach at Cape Coast. Fishing fleet. A large number of fishing boats on the beach beneath the castle in Cape Coast. Cape Coast. Watching the fishing boats come in. Tro-tro transportation. Bumping down the road in the packed tro-tro minibusses. Beach Hotel at Kokrobite. Fresh seafood and bungalow living at the beautiful beaches of Ghana. Beach in Ghana. Mother and children Fishing boat. Young girl. The red soil of Africa. Going home. School girls dressed in uniform on their way home. A village about an hour west of Accra. Gifty Beauty Salon. Hair dresser Village life. Grinding cassava Home and Mercedes. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. The park is established as a memorial to Ghana's first president Kwame Nkrumah. Nkrumah brought freedom and democracy to Ghana, but ended up suspending it again. He was removed from power in a coup and ended his life in exile. Today he is partly rehabilitated and regarded by many as one of the most important African leaders in history. Osu Castle, Accra. Another of Ghana's many white castles build by the slave trading nations. Osu Castle in Accra was originally called "Christiansborg" and build by the Danes in 1659. It was later sold to the British and today it is the seat of the Ghanaian government  and official residence of the president. Independence Square. Back side of the huge square in Accra used for parades and other official celebrations. The yellow independence arch is a parallel to the french Arc de Triumph. Blackstar Square, Accra. The independence Square holding up to 30,000 people is marked both by the Independence Arc and this Black star monument. Accra traffic. Tamale street scene. Tamale (640 km north of Accra) is the regional capital of the Northern Region in Ghana. Lunch in Tamale. Tamale. Chop bar Women grinding cassava. Preparing cassava for a street chop-bar in Tamale. Cassava root or manioc as it is also called is an important ingredience in Ghanaian cooking. Traditional village. Approx. 50 km west of Tamale, Northern Region of Ghana. Fence and trees. Damongo, Northern region. Drinking bar. Motorcycle parked outside bar in Damongo village.

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