Accra is the capital city of Ghana and home to a couple of million people - depending on who you talk to. The last official census was done here almost a decade ago. So the exact population is anyone's guess.
Check out Yaw. He's my guide in Ghana and was great to have around. Yaw actually lives in Grey Lynn, Auckland. But he agreed to meet up with me since he was back in Accra, visiting family. You can see Yaw's Auckland-based band here:http://www.myspace.com/zohzohmusic
Accra is one of the towns that has some very nice parts and some ‘not-so-nice’ parts. Some decent places to eat in Accra are:Bella Rosa - Osu
Hey I love a bit of Italian on the road. We stumbled across this on the first night and never looked back. Heavy Do Chop Bar - Adabraka
Chop bars are a staple of Ghana-style eating. This one is pretty awesome.Labadi Beach Bar Restaurant - Labadi Beach
This is nice place to dine and watch the world go by. When there are horses, dance parties and bikinis - what more do you want?
Overall Ghana enjoys a good standard of living by West African standards and in comparison to its neighbours; Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The roads here are pretty good and not heaving with people. The traffic, on the other hand, is the worst I’ve seen anywhere in the world.
Interestingly though, the traffic has spawned a pretty big industry of roadside selling in Ghana. There'll be more about this in the next MT episode. But in the meantime, check out what Clayton the Sound Guy has purchased on the roadside using the local currency – Cedi. There is about one Cedi to a New Zealand dollar. And while some things are reasonably cheap here, most are pretty similar to the pricing back home.