See these bracelets? I bought them from the gentleman below while walking on Oxford Street. Oxford Street is, as one Ghanaian described it, “The Times Square of Accra.” It’s a long street with all kinds of shops where you can buy everything from bottled water to the latest electronics.
On this street is where I first encountered the persistence of the Ghanaian people. At first my mother and I didn’t want to buy anything but this gentleman kept asking so we stopped and looked at what he had to sell. We ended up getting 5 of the bracelets and a necklace.
One thing I have learned is that some sellers will say, “I’ll give this to you if you buy that.” then when you say ok they change it to, “Ok, now give me 15 Cedis for this.” After they have said you get it for free. It’s a typical sales tactic that people use all the time and the Ghanaians that I have encountered do it very well.
Women carry their children on their back like this all of the time, this is very typical in Accra. I have got to learn how to do that because it seems like such an easy way to carry a child. And look at the little girls hair! I love it, it’s so pretty.
This guy was very persistent. He followed us from one end of the street to the other trying to get us to buy his bracelets and/or bookmarks. We ended up buying four because he was very nice, persistent, and he had talent. I just can’t get mad at someone who is using skills to make money. We had to go into the grocery store so while we shopped inside he stood outside in the heat and made our bookmarks. He did a lovely job.
It seems as if Oxford Street is always extremely busy, whether it is morning or night. The people here are really hard workers and seem to have a strong work ethic which is evident in the way they are willing to work long, hard hours in the sun. It is extremely hot and muggy here in Accra right now yet people are still out taking care of their business.
Have you ever been to West Africa? Is it someplace you would want to go or are does it not interest you?