If riding on top wasn’t crazy dangerous enough, how about perching on the back bumper?
Not only do we have a guy on top, look at how the vehicle tilts to one side. Either there’s too much stuff inside, or something’s broken. Overloaded vehicles are common, as well as vehicles in unsafe mechanical condition.
Guys riding on tro-tro roofs are likely mates, the guys who assist the tro-tro driver by collecting fares and loading and unloading cargo. If the mate is on the roof, that means they can squeeze one more paying passenger inside.
Why even hang on to anything? What could possibly happen?
I’ve gone through all my truck-on-the-highway photos. Almost all of them have passengers riding on top.
There were six or seven people inside this taxi when it passed by in Techiman. Two people sharing the bucket seat in front is very common. West Africans are typically a lot less well fed than Americans, so it’s doable. Taxi and tro-tro drivers like to maximize their fare capability to offset fuel costs and police payoffs.
This is simply trying to make a left turn at an uncontrolled intersection in Kumasi. Traffic in Kumasi is as much of a nightmare as it is in Accra.
Unsafe loads were such a “normal” sight that I’d often forget to take a picture of them.