Kumasi – Royal Capital of the Ashanti

Kumasi was founded when the priest and royal advisor Okomfo Anokye summoned a golden stool from the sky. It landed in the lap of a young man called Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu Opemsoo who unified the fragmented Akan tribes in the region to stand up against the mighty Denkyira Empire controlling the gold trade and […]

Cape Coast: Following in the Footsteps of Colonial History

The past seems almost tangible: Colonial style buildings made of solid brick, with elegant upper floor balconies, the faded wall paint flaking off, line the entangled streets. Cape Coast Castle, reputedly one of the world’s largest slave-holding sites during colonialism, and the two smaller forts William and Victoria, remains of a chain of lookout posts, […]

“That’s how Black people are” – Notions of Blackness in Ghana

One evening, we were sitting in the living room after a delicious dinner of fried plantain and bean stew, the conversation shifted towards the constant money problems many people in Kissehman face. Unemployment in Ghana is high and jobs are often badly paid. Starting a business such as opening a bar or selling clothes is […]

Sing, pray, dance

Every Sunday, early in the morning when the air is still cool and fresh, Kissehman gets in a festive, almost excited mood. Men in suits or traditional African clothes and women in colourful, elegant dresses, often purposely sewn for this occasion, pass by followed by their kids. Stores, food stalls and restaurants are deserted and […]

A Culinary Journey through Kissehman

Fried yam with spicy tomato relish, sweet deep fried plantains, banku with hot groundnut soup – it’s difficult not to stop at every single food stall in Kissehman to taste the various Ghanaian dishes: A culinary temptation awaits you at literally every street corner. Trying your way through all the local food can be a […]