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Accra’s Creative Scene: Building a Locally-Driven Cultural Capital


It is an exciting moment to be in the city of Accra. Local artists and members of the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Ghana partnered with the Akumajaye community in Ga Mashie to paint a community seating area. For some time now, there has been a locally driven, independent creative movement manifesting itself through the arts,…

Gains from Tourism Demonstrate Key Industry Potential


In 2010, tourism in Ghana generated over $1.8 billion in revenues (6.2 percent of GDP) and created nearly 300,000 jobs within the country, according to the Tourism Minister Akua Sena Dansua. That said, while tourism is currently the fourth largest industry for foreign exchange earnings in Ghana, there are key areas for potential to strengthen…

Afternoon at Jamestown Pier


Jamestown, one of Accra’s oldest districts and the indigenous home to the Ga people, is one of the city’s most densely culturally and historically rich areas. Traditionally a fishing community, this economic activity continues to play a central role in the livelihood of many of the community. A Saturday excursion to the Jamestown pier, from…

“So-Called Low-Cost Housing”


Just came across some video clips of the Belgian/French film C’est arrive près de chez vous/It happened in your neighborhood (Man Bites Dog). In the clip below, Benoît, the main character, discusses the aesthetic problems surrounding “so-called low-cost housing,” and how the design contributes to negative community characteristics, including violence. His question: “How can you…

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