The FCA is a large compound containing several buildings and common areas, shaded by trees. We are ushered in to the centre of it, where adjacent to the
IB team meeting with artists from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Accra. Ghana
Afterwards, there was a brief photo session before we all dispersed. Nii gave us a ride to the Ivorian Embassy, which was our next stop. All we needed was a letter endorsed by the official stamp to ease our passage through the country where, due to the unrest with rebels in the north of the country, there are huge delays at numerous police check-points.The embassy did not feel generously disposed toward us and it didn’t happen.
Sunshine Salad Bar
Next we are carted off, still by Nii, to the Sunshine Salad Bar opposite the American Embassy. Nii is a handsome dread with an aura of kindness about him. He has postponed his next meeting to accommodate having lunch with us and is recording much of the time he spends with us on his Leica V-Lux 20 - in video! I can’t help but tease him about his English public school accent, but apart from him being an eloquent and perfect gentleman, there is nothing public school about the man. No snobbery in sight. He is building a house in the countryside and lives on raw foods and upon looking through the menu, I could not thank him enough for bringing us to this little gem of an al fresco restaurant. Honestly, at the risk of sounding like a patronising expat, I have to admit that I was shocked to find the dish I had at any restaurant in
Panji (film maker) and Nii Obudai (photographer) the two souls who contributed a lot to making our stay in Accra heanvenly
Emeka, Chriss and driver rejoin the group and we leave for the motor park by
We finally end up back at Panji’s and just collapse all over the floor in tired heaps of human-ness. John Leonard once said "It takes a long time to grow an old friend." and I am reminded how lucky I am to have good, old friends like Panji all over the globe, whom I only have to ask, for them to welcome into their beautiful homes myself plus ten complete strangers, no questions asked. It’s been another good day, full of experiences, good will and never a dull moment. As my friend Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr so often says: “To be continued…”