Notes from Ghana #8

Here is a blog entry from Baobab Youth member Ben Compton, with  few photos:

Yesterday was Tuesday, which means it was Market Day ( the nearby town of Akatsi hosts a market every fourth day). The market is a ten minute drive from Dagbamate and beside one of the more major roads. After finding our money belts and our cameras (we were told to keep our valuables close to us), we piled into 3 vans and set off.

A Ghanaian market is very overwhelming for North Americans. I associate the word “market” with buying tulip bulbs, beeswax candles, and maple syrup because that is what the markets near my house sell. In some ways, the market that we went to had a lot of similarities to the ones in Ottawa, but my experience was so different. It is made up of small open shacks with paths running in between them. You often have to jump over the open gutters that are built under the stalls and kids swerve around you at ridiculous speeds on these big carts. There were lots of people as well, so it was slow walking around. We broke up into smaller groups once we got there.

They sell everything at the market. I passed toothpaste, fish, gourds, peanuts, children’s toys, bags, matches, razors, insect repellant, crabs, bike parts, more fish, chicken, radios and hair extensions. Many of us had to find cloth to get made into clothing, which was very fun because they have a huge selection to choose from. There are stalls that have pieces of cloth hanging all the way up the wall. It was hard to choose. One of the best parts for me was watching people laugh at us, usually either because of my father’s bald head or because of someone’s attempt at speaking Ewe and messing up.

Unfortunately, right now, the main thing that reminds me of yesterday’s market trip is indigestion after eating frozen yogurt from a vendor, but I also came back with some beautiful cloth and some “Pray” Brand Toothpaste, which I’m very happy with. It was a fantastic experience and I would love to go back and spend more time there. I think everyone had a great time.

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