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Christmas Comes Early in Sunyani

semi-overcast 32 °C

Here we are just 5 degrees north of the equator sitting by the hotel pool under a tropical sun in 32 degrees heat listening to ‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Joy to the world’, over the poolside speakers. Christian Ghanaians are deeply religious as can be seen from this billboard in Accra…
But Sunyani in central Ghana is a world away from Accra. It is a relatively small community surrounded by jungle, tentacles of which creep right into the centre of the city. But at its heart it is a bustling hive of activity where taxis of all ages and colours reign supreme...
We have spent the past two days getting to know some of the locals in Sunyani. Here is Samuel, a tailor, who has been working in his tiny shop for the past 40 years…
It takes Samuel two weeks to cut and stitch a bespoke jacket from fine cloth and he charges a modest $50. Wages are low in Sunyani and many people live in poor conditions, but they are surrounded by colourful scenes…
Under this beautiful tree on one of the main streets we found a stall laden with fresh fruit. While this bag salesman has his goats to keep him company…
And this is Filomena…
Filomena and her German born husband sell all kinds of cloth from their store and there was a time when most of it was manufactured in Ghana. However, times have changed in Ghana just as in the rest of the world, and today most of the cloth they sell originates in China. Ironically, the imported cloth is about half the price of the locally produced material.

In contrast to Filomena’s well stocked shop, the roadsides are littered with numerous makeshift stalls where all kinds of everyday products and foods can be bought for peanuts. Here is an underwear stall…
While this inventive shoe salesman has set up his display of runners on the railings at an intersection…

Sunyani is a picture which isn’t always pretty, but the people are friendly and our hotel is very nice. We have much more to see and do in Sunyani but for the next four days we will be deep in the bush at a game reserve in northern Ghana. We hope to return to the internet next Tuesday with tales of adventure among the elephants, baboons and warthogs of Mole National Park – see you then.

Posted by Hawkson 12:27 Archived in Ghana

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What contrasts you are giving us .Lovely faces you show us. The bush sounds wonderful. Look forward to the photos.

by Sue Fitzwilson

The adventures continue nonstop! Tom, if you are reading this, I want to tell you I have read A Tale For The Time Being...and absolutely loved it. Had no idea when you mentioned it at Sheila and Jim's that it was a Booker nominee.

by Sharron

Glad Sunyani working out better. Love the shoe shot. Look forward to animal shots.

glad, Sharon that you found Ozeki's Tale for...so satisfying. It was not yet Booker nominated when we met, but it is very worthy. I'll keep my fingers crossed for her to win. She regards herself as a Canadian writer now and she is a fellow gulf islander too.

by Tom

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