Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Melting Streets of Accra

The fiery sun is barbecuing up the sweltering streets of Accra in their own bitumen. I wonder, if a similar sizzle is not sautéing the (delicious?) delicate sauce around the human brain. Might that be why some street Accraians behave like little devils dancing on a bed of flaring coal? We have scythed down all the trees for urban (under)development!


  1. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu28 April, 2010

    Whilst some are looking for some warmth, so have an over abundance of it!!!

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  3. I remember a couple of years back, I could walk to the Ghana Library Board and back without worrying about being scotched by the sun, but not anymore. No wonder everyone wants go everywhere by car or have a car. The avenue trees are becoming 'extinct' in our streets, making way for badly designed landscapes and monstrous statues; case in point, Ghana National Lotteries. Trees were planted about four or five years ago along the streets, but negligence has claimed the lives of the trees. I remember my dad waking up early in the morning and watering the trees planted in front of our house. These have grown and people sit there in groups to socialize.

  4. "The fiery sun is barbecuing up the sweltering streets of Accra in their own bitumen". I've never heard it put better tahn that :) Sometimes, I feel like I'm literally frying in my own body fat! It's never been this hot, has it?

  5. @ Kwame Mensa-Bonsy: That's the way life is, no?

    @ Lyrix: Have you seen the old b/w TV pictures of Accra? Where have all the beautiful trees gone?

    @ @ Tye: Thanks. I feel like my body fries internally too.

  6. Yes, Nana Yaw. The trees i saw being cut had their branches dried for firewood and in the case of the trunks, i was told it would be used for medicinal purposes. Glad they were not just cast aside.


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