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How basket weaving gives women in Ghana’s Single Mothers Association financial independence

For the single mothers of Yorogo, basket weaving isn’t a hobby. Single mothers don’t have time for hobbies. These women weave baskets for money, not pleasure. But there is some pleasure in enduring a task with the support of friends. After a few minutes of singing and dancing together before work, the single mothers squeeze … Continue reading

Tourism in Ghana: Elmina Castle

Just outside of Elmina Castle, ocean mist is fresh in the air, but the salty scent evaporates past the perimeter. Within the castle’s dungeons, the odor of mold and knowledge of its history overpowers every other scent, taste, touch, sound and sight. Elmina Castle, the largest and oldest castle associated with the trans-Atlantic slave trade, … Continue reading

Elmina Castle

One of Ghana’s major tourist attractions is Elmina Castle, the largest and oldest castle involved in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The castle became open to tourists at the same time as Ghana’s independence in 1957. Since then, tourists have been able to walk through the castle and into the dungeons in which African slaves were … Continue reading

My map of Accra as “a local”

I’ve been meaning to write a post to sum up my first week in Accra, but now I’m almost at the end of week two, so I came up with a new plan to keep everyone up-to-date with where I’ve been going and what I’ve been doing. I made a map on Google, complete with … Continue reading

Photojournalism etiquette in Africa

I’m going through culture shock. I’ve been trying to deny it to myself, but on Day 4, I’m starting to accept it. Accra is different than Lawrence, believe it or not. (The fact that there are palm trees everywhere definitely makes up for the humidity.) And my role as a journalist is different in Accra … Continue reading

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