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Jamestown – the heart and the most vibrant place in Accra, Ghana

Jamestown – the heart and the most vibrant place in Accra, Ghana

JAMESTOWN THE HEART AND THE MOST VIBRANT PLACE IN ACCRA, GHANA

Located directly east of the Korle Lagoon, Jamestown is one of the oldest districts in the city of Accra, Ghana. It emerged as community around the 17th century with the construction of the British James Fort and the Dutch Ussher Fort on the Gulf of Guinea coast…

These days Jamestown is a poor neighbourhood of Accra – full of beautifully dishevelled colonial buildings covered by colourful graffiti, clapboard houses and corrugated iron shacks…

Jamestown is a predominantly fishing community…

A road from the lighthouse leads down to the harbour and fishing port, a superb spot to witness the beautiful colours of the traditional pirogues…

Jamestown harbour was once the purveyor of economic boom and prosperity. Now it merely served at best to provide some sort of subsistence existence to the fishermen who toiled to eke out a living from the sea…

The Gulf of Guinea in front of the Jamestown beach is dotted with the traditional fishing boats…

The Jamestown beach is probably the most intriguing part of the town. It depicts the habitat of the people and their main occupation which is fishing…

Although described as a beach, it’s still a working harbour rather than a place for leisure. Businesses, residences, schools, places of worship and bars have all been established on the beach and a large population considers it their home and community…

When the catch comes people start bartering, selling and buying. You can find here a big variety of fresh fish: squid, barracuda, mackerel, flounder, bass etc

New canoes are still built on the beach, nets are made, repaired and dried, and a large, if casual, fishing market trades off the shore….

Catch of the day … fishing boats on the shore of Jamestown…

There is poverty, the homes are corrugated shacks for the most part, but there’s a constant vibrancy…

The first ever pipe borne water facility in Ghana was introduced here and yet in the 21st century Jamestown does not have an effective and functional sanitation system …

The town’s uniqueness cannot be completed without its massive and outstanding street art…

Jamestown is vibrant, smelly and noisy but also very colourful with graffiti on almost every wall…

Jamestown serves as a venue for the annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival that brings together people from all over the world…

Fort James was built by the British as a trading post in 1673, where it joined the Dutch Fort Crêvecœur (1649), and the Danish Fort Christiansborg (1652). From colonial times up to 2008 the fort served as a prison….

The original Jamestown Light, built by the British at James Fort in 1871, was replaced in the 1930s by the current Accra Light, which is 28 m (92 ft) tall…THE END

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