I kept an eye out for the mud and stick mosques that Stanley told me were common in this area. Before long, we came upon a house with a wall around it built in the style of the mud and stick mosques. We stopped to get permission to photograph it, and for a two-cedi fee to the owner, which I thought was a bargain, I got the following pictures.
The structure is made of adobe bricks. It reminded me of a medieval castle.
Because the architectural style of the wall surrounding this home resembled the mud and stick mosques, and because of the style of clothing the adults were wearing, I assumed the family was Muslim.
Most of these children are tremendously shy. I’m also getting that look again, from the boy in the red shirt, like he’s never seen a white person before. To him I probably look like something that’s come back from the dead!
We were in the far north of Ghana now, and there were quite a few differences from the south. There were fewer concrete block houses with tin roofs, except in the larger towns. Most of the houses in the villages in this part of Ghana are made of adobe and have thatched roofs. Those are the materials that are found in the immediate area, and those are the materials that the people who live here can afford.
Not all adobe houses are rectangular.
Some are round, like the bungalows at the Axim Beach Hotel.