ACCRA, GHANA

Accra is the capital and largest city of Ghana. This city has a surprisingly large amount of sprawl, especially compared with the small "downtown".

First...scenes from the central of town, including the main Makola market...



Typical mid-city (one-way) street (this is Kojo Thompson Road)...



A mid-city intersection...



The coast...







A relatively quiet street (compared to the city center) near the coast...



Nearby...there were these school kids who were very excited to have their picture taken!



An interesting billboard near the center of Accra advising people to eat more cocoa (a major agricultural product of Ghana)...



Various buildings a little over a mile north of downtown (view from my hotel room)...



A relatively middle class neighborhood nearby...



But yet, there's a crumbling building around the corner...



In contrast, there were some clearly upper-class houses in the outskirts of Accra...



Also, there was this strange-looking apartment building in the outskirts of Accra...



A traffic circle a few miles from downtown (in a lower-density neighborhood)...



Some trees found in Accra, including this native (to Ghana) ackee (Blighia sapida) tree with the (very poisonous if unripe) fruits that are more associated with Jamaican cuisine than West African cuisines...





An African Mahogany (Khaya senegalensis)...



A native palmyra palm (Borassus aethiopum) in Accra...



A short distance outside of Accra were these palmyra palms in habitat (a bit blurry--this pic was taken from a bus)...



A food pic--fufu and palm nut soup at a vegetarian restaurant in Accra...



An overstuffed van (a common sight in West Africa)..



A view of a highway east of Accra (going towards Togo)...





All of the above pictures on this page were taken in January or February 2014 by Brandt Maxwell.

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