Titania K

Drum Lessons, Beaches & Obama: My Orientation

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Albert, my tour guide in Ghana

I forgot to mention that all of the photos from the previous post were taken Aug. 19 during my orientation and second day in Ghana. My plane departed from LA at 6:30 am, Aug. 17  and arrived in Accra at 9:30 am, Aug. 18! The orientation was provided by Albert, a spectacularly sharp man and practicising Buddhist. It included a 20 minute drum lesson at the Cultural Center in Accra from bonafide rastafarians, a tour of the government ministries and historic sites, a trip through the Makola and Okaishie outdoor shopping malls, lunch at a popular local restaurant where I delighted in Fufu (a cassava and plaintain dough), enlightening conversation and a short romp at Koko Beach. Oh, and I wore my new cowboy boots the entire day, which had locals pointing and shouting at me with delight! But enough of the jibjabber. Photos:

 

African drumming at the Ghana Cultural Center in Accra

 

 

Too rad! This isn't your hippie uncle's Santa Monica beach drum circle. But check out those boots.

Too rad! This isn't your hippie uncle's Santa Monica beach drum circle. But check out those boots.

 

Drum Maker at the Cultural Center in Accra

Freedom and Justice Independence Monument in Accra

Me with the Unknown Soldier at Independence Square in Accra

Ghanaian President Atta Mills and Obama billboard on a roadside

“Akwaaba” is Twi, a common regional dialect, for “Welcome.”  The cow is one of many free-ranging animals wandering Ghanaian streets.

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