TGIA – Thank God it’s Africa

Kejetia corner This week’s TGIA is brought to you by all the colour, chaos and retail opportunities of Kejetia Market and a puppeteer I met there.

Yesterday I was on one of my aborted missions which I seem to specialise in. This time to the bank, and of all the branches in Kumasi, Kejetia Circle was the only one that could help me. So, since I was in the area, I thought a little retail therapy might be in order.

The longer I stay here, the more I think I’m becoming slightly obsessed with Kejetia Market. I mean, it’s hectic, it’s a nightmare to get to in your own transport (I wised-up and caught a taxi this time), Β it’s not entirely welcoming, it varies between slightly smelly to all out gag-inducing stench, and personal space is not an option.

And yet…in the space of one block:

:: I bought a real piece of pumice, not that freaky man-made stuff from supermarkets

:: Saw an open air manicure salon

Manicures al fresco

Manicures al fresco

:: Saw a truck loaded with lego-like blocks of bread Lego bread

:: Bought 2 shirts and one skirt, sponsored by the charity stores of Europe

:: Saw lots of very sweet, sleeping babies sleeping babies

:: Paid a puppeteer 1 cedi to watch a butt wiggling, Azonto dancing puppet (which really made my day)

:: Browsed over 50 fast-food stores,Β 2000 watches, 1000 mobile phones, 50,000 pairs of shoes, 100,000 clothes. Westfield has got NOTHING on this place!

trousers

:: and was reminded that someone special was coming soon…

repent!

Have a great weekend!

7 responses to “TGIA – Thank God it’s Africa

  1. The clothes you refer to as coming from charity shops are locally referred to as ‘first collection’ from bend-down boutique. You can simply call it Fose Line or Obroni Waa Wu The lego-like bread is called butter bead on the local market. Thanks again and another brilliant write up. I enjoy your posts and observations. Brilliant!!! Have a good weekend. I think it is going to be Brazil after the weekend football matches. Felix Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:44:27 +0000 To: felixmmensah@hotmail.com

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  2. The clothes you refer to as coming from charity shops are locally referred to as ‘first collection’ from bend-down boutique. You can simply call it Fose Line or Obroni Waa Wu

    The lego-like bread is called butter bread on the local market. It is a good type of bread for diabetics. The one you have in the photo is not particularly looking hygienic but African germs are kind, we reckon.😊

    Thanks again and another brilliant write up.

    I enjoy your posts and observations. Brilliant!!!

    Have a good weekend.

    I think it is going to be Brazil after the weekend football matches.

    Felix

    From: felixmmensah@hotmail.com
    To: comment+pwxqzi88vo5xh7b50_p9rqu@comment.wordpress.com
    Subject: RE: [New post] TGIA – Thank God it’s Africa
    Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:33:21 +0000

    The clothes you refer to as coming from charity shops are locally referred to as ‘first collection’ from bend-down boutique. You can simply call it Fose Line or Obroni Waa Wu

    The lego-like bread is called butter bead on the local market.

    Thanks again and another brilliant write up.

    I enjoy your posts and observations. Brilliant!!!

    Have a good weekend.

    I think it is going to be Brazil after the weekend football matches.

    Felix

    Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:44:27 +0000
    To: felixmmensah@hotmail.com

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  3. I’ve always had a slight fear of Africa and seen it as this big scary continent where anything could happen, maybe I’ve been watching last king of scotland a bit too much. But I’ve now been reading your blog for a few weeks and i’m seeing how amazing it is out there, I love the colours. Great photo’s! One day I WILL go to Africa!

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    • I went to Kumasi with my husband in 2010, and stayed at the Four Village Inn, its the best place ever it was a top class place to stay. We had a wonderful holiday and there was nothing to fear at all .. I would go back tomorrow . x

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  4. We just got back home to California last week . We spent about 20 days in Kumasi, we remember our tour of the Market, such an amazing , totllypacked place. I enjoyed your photos, would love t o hear more about what you are doing in Kumasi and how long you and the family have beenthere. Julie

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  5. Kejetia is like a world of its own, & you bring it to life. Love the puppet and the baby. Totally agree, who needs Westfield.

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