Faces of Accra: Exploring Zongo Lane and other ‘no go’ neighborhoods in Ghana

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The photos from this series were taken during my last visit to Ghana in 2014. A typical visit to Ghana includes dinner, drinks and socializing with my friends and family in some of the posh new restaurants and bars in Accra. I decided travel week-1to venture outside of this bubble into neighborhoods such as Jamestown, Zongo Lane and other areas where the very bottom of the working class live with determined dignity. Forget about all the statistics you’ve read about unemployment rates in Ghana or Africa, at large. In these photos, you see people walking about selling shoes with their arms acting as shelves, the mother selling donuts on the street corner to feed her daughter, the lookout who acts as an unofficial security guard because he knows the neighborhood.

There are several other such untold stories which I hope to explore on my next visit. Ghana here I come.

All images © Nana Gyesie.  His work can be found on Tumblr, flickr and Instagram

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