It was slow going, trying to get through the Accra traffic. This wasn’t commuter traffic. It was normal, everyday traffic.
Most of the streets I saw in Accra were only two lanes. Adding to the congestion were several major road construction projects.
Street scene in Accra’s Osu neighborhood
After lunch and a couple of hours of more traffic, we finally were near Nsawam where the coffin maker’s workshop had relocated.
There were only a few coffins in the showroom and nothing particularly exciting. Aside from coffins made like a wrench and a machete, the rest were typical box coffins. The coffin visit was a dead end.
Since there was still plenty of time before we needed to be at Big Milly’s in Kokrobite, I thought I’d do a little shopping at the Arts Centre.
We headed back downtown, and I saw a soccer fan all decked out for the big game. That was almost worth suffering through all the traffic.
The official name is Centre for National Culture, but it’s frequently called the Arts Centre. It’s basically a one-stop shopping center for tourists. You can get really good quality locally made Ghanaian clothing, kente cloth, leather sandals, masks, drums, beads, you name it. I didn’t think prices were unreasonable at all.
It has become a hassle to shop here, though. Once people see a tourist coming through, every shopkeeper in the place will start hollering at you to come in and see their shop.