The story so far – born in Ghana, raised in the UK, it was time to go back to the place of my birth. Me, my parents, a 50-year-old map of Takoradi and a bunch of old photographs. Oh, and a Ghanaian name, Yaw, that I never knew I had. Patrick, our driver, hired… Continue Reading
Takoradi is an industrial port city of half a million in the Western Region of Ghana. It’s not really on any travel itineraries, and if you want to know why, you should have a look at its very short Wikipedia page, where the rundown of its industries (timber, shipbuilding, oil, energy, mining) is considerably longer… Continue Reading
Kumasi has the largest outdoor market in West Africa. It’s big in the way that towns are big. It’s basically a city in its own right, and you can get lost in a heartbeat. Luckily, if you’re a guest at Chris and Charity Scott’s excellent Four Villages Inn, you can take a personal walking tour… Continue Reading
This is the moment I told the lady selling tomatoes that I was born in Ghana and that my Ghanaian name is ‘Yaw’ (‘Thursday’, the day I was born). Everyone in Takoradi market thought that was the greatest thing they’d ever heard. And I felt a tiny bit like I’d come home.