SIGHTS OF ACCRA, GHANA

Full of contrasts and a wide and growing gap between rich and poor, Accra is the capital of Ghana and the country’s largest city with over 2 million people.

Black Star Square Gate: the Freedom and Justice monument at Independence Square

Black Star Square Gate: the Freedom and Justice monument at Independence Square, the second largest city square in the world after Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jamestown Lighthouse, one of the seven or eight working lighthouses in Ghana

The Jamestown Lighthouse, one of the seven or eight working lighthouses in Ghana

Defunct Accra Central Railway station with squatters and a permanently stopped tower clock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaneshie Market, one of two largest in Accra

Kaneshie Market, one of two largest in Accra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head-carrying street vendor working the captive traffic-jammed cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expensive Movenpick hotel

The phenomenally expensive Movenpick hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entrance to Ussher Fort, built originally by by the Dutch in 1649 as Fort Crèvecœur

Entrance to Ussher Fort, built originally by by the Dutch in 1649 as Fort Crèvecœur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accra drummers welcomed me with a rollicking and exuberant performance

Accra drummers welcomed me with a rollicking and exuberant performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranes dot the skyline as new buildings sprout like mushrooms

Cranes dot the skyline as new buildings sprout like mushrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two kids walk along the sidewalk in a quiet suburb

Two kids walk along the sidewalk in a quiet suburb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chaos of Nima market in Accra

The chaos of Nima market in Accra

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bunch of kids at the beach clamoring for their closeup

A bunch of kids at the beach clamoring for their closeup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Night traffic - don't get caught in it

Night traffic – don’t get caught in it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The choked channel of trash-overflowing Agbogbloshie, Accra's most embarrassing slum

The choked channel of trash-overflowing Agbogbloshie, Accra’s most embarrassing slum

Ostentatious living in Trasacco Valley, Accra

Ostentatious living in Trasacco Valley, Accra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religious billboards and mega-churches, Ghana has been rated as the most religious country in the world

With religious billboards and mega-churches, Ghana has been rated as the most religious country in the world