African Cities & Urban Landscapes
4 galleriesWelcome to Accra, the capital city of Ghana, located in West Africa, north of the Gulf of Guinea, by extension of the Atlantic Ocean. The Accra gallery is an important milestone for TIA because all six inhabitable continents that have major cities are now featured on this website. TIA is proud to have an African city featured on its website, and can now truly live up to the "International" in its name! With Accra, all continents (except Antarctica) are now represented here! Accra is a massive, sprawling city originating along the Gulf of Guinea and continuously expanding north towards the elevated hills and mountains. In this collection, you will enjoy scenes from the city centre, as well as other locales, such as Jamestown (a neighborhood of Accra), Aburi (a town north of Accra where one of Africa's first cocoa farms is located), and Kokrobite (a colorful beach getaway southwest of Accra). I would personally like to thank my sister, who was a resident of Accra for two years, for helping to organize my visit. She encouraged me to visit specifically so that Africa would have representation by TIA. Additionally, I would like to thank some of Ghana's most brilliant photographers who took time out of their schedules to meet with me and show me around the Greater Accra Region, including Kobe Subramaniam (http://www.kobebigs.com), Nana Kofi Acquah (http://www.nkacquah.com), and Francis Kokoroko (https://www.instagram.com/accraphoto/). Each of them contributed to making my photo tour of Accra successful. For a different and more historical view of Ghana, please be sure to visit the Cape Coast gallery as well.
3 galleriesWhile in Accra, TIA had the opportunity to spend a day in Cape Coast, the historical capital of Ghana when it was formerly known as the Gold Coast (a name derived from several European seafarers and imperialists when gold was in abundance in the region). Cape Coast is scenically eye-catching, with the vivid blue waters of the Gulf of Guinea splashing along the illustrious and expansive beaches of the city, in contrast with its brightly colored homes and fishing boats. In this gallery, you will view scenes from Cape Coast and neighboring Elmina, the first Portuguese settlement in Ghana established in the late 15th century! In spite of its natural beauty, Cape Coast is also the location of one of the most atrocious abominations in our world's history, the slave trade of thousands of men, women, and children from West Africa to the Americas. The experience of visiting two of the castles -- in which human beings were routinely tortured and delivered into coerced subservience of other human beings across our oceans -- was somber, melancholic, and indelible.