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Lady with load on her headGhana was formerly called the Gold Coast while under British rule from 1896-1957. English is the official language but there are over 100 different ethnic groups, each with their own language. Ghana has a population of about 24 million people. 68% of the people are Christian. Ghana is the 2nd largest cocoa producer in the world.Produce at Market Circle

We decided not to take a formal tour in Takoradi (expensive and didn't sound that interesting.) Instead we took the ship provided shuttle into the center of town and the Market Circle. It is as big as a football stadium and houses booths and shops selling almost everything. We walked around the perimeter, venturing a couple times into some of the alleys. This was the main market for the people of Takoradi and not designed for tourists.Note babies on backs Again women were walking around carrying huge loads on their heads and babies wrapped around their backs. Very interesting to experience but it was hot, humid, very crowded and smelly. We were glad to get back to the air conditioned ship and a nice shower.

To view more photos from Takoradi, please go to Ghana Photo Gallery. To read about the next location visited, go to Lome, Togo.




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