Saturday, 23 February 2013
Dead White Folk's stuff in Accra
The local name of Accra's second hand market is "Kantamanto", which means "Promise Keeper", often used as an attribute for Creator God. I like Kantamanto.
It's a crazy place. But that's not the only reason why I like the place. I like Kantamanto because that is where you find "broni we wu" which simply translates as "The white person has died".
The white person has died? Yes. And I know it sounds crazy but let me give you the roots of that expression. After independence, Ghana was a rich country. People were almost self-sufficient.
Then some people, discontent with how Nkrumah "Show Boy" was running things, decided to overthrow him. What followed was many years of "wahala", brutal military regimes, "kalabuley" and lots of politically incorrect political nonsense.
It got so bad, that at some point, we had to start importing other people's pre-used clothing, cars, furniture and even underwear or as one parliamentarian said one national television recently, g-string.
Since most Ghanaians couldn't afford to give away a decent dress that looked good on them at that time, they naturally assumed that the nice clothes they were finding in the second hand market, must belong to dead white folk because nobody in their right mind will get rid of such nice clothes.
(All photos taken with an iPhone and are © Nana Kofi Acquah, 2013)
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