Since arriving in Accra I have been constantly amazed at the strength of the people here, especially the regal women I have seen walking around in Ghana. It is hard not to notice how well every man, woman and child is able to balance huge items on top of their heads. And what is so shocking to me is that it is so normal here and I have yet to see one person drop anything that they have on their head.
I sent a picture to one of my blogger girlfriends (who makes adorable hairpieces for kids) and she said, “Look at how straight the women are standing!” which started me respecting them in a whole other way.
My mother said that when she was young, girls were sent to charm school and one of the first things the teachers did was put a book on top of their heads to make them have perfect posture. As you look at these pictures, notice the perfect posture of these regal women. And remember, these women are poor yet being poor doesn’t define who they are or stop them from being beautiful.
They are poor and regal.
Poor and strong.
Poor and elegant.
Poor and proper.
Too often in the news we only hear,”They are poor.” and the story stops there. However, as you look at these pictures you can see the strength and elegance in the way they carry themselves.
I truly hate the way that Africans are often represented…as starving people with flies on their faces. While I am sure that is true for some, that is not the majority and only telling one side of a very big story is disingenuous.