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Ghanaians have a saying: “nothing works but everything works out.” It should be their national motto. In the hectic tro-tro stations of Accra, men yell over each other in vans that weave through the market and spill onto the streets. Behind the castles of the ancient Gold Coast, strong ocean currents crash against colonial fortresses. These castles once housed thousands of slaves to be sent to the Americas and now serve as a backdrop while fishermen reel in huge nets from small hand-carved wooden canoes. Nearby is Kumasi, the capital and cultural heart of the Ashanti region. Walking through the market you will encounter Rastas, travellers, and meat slaughterers alongside traders from as far as Mali and Niger.
Sandema, a small town in northern Ghana, is a remarkable and memorable series of images, sounds, and smells. Dusty red paths meet the few roads that cross through town. Children are constantly popping out from behind trees and out of mud huts to better investigate the new smali smali (foreigner). To experience Sandema is to feel the wind pick up before the rush of a sudden rainstorm that washes away all your worries. You’ll smell bubbling palm oil, spicy soups, fried fish, and the soft sweetness of shea fruit just off the tree. This is the Ghana that we love and the Ghana that you will fall in love with.