Ghana, a small country in West Africa, is known for its remarkable traditions that are unlike any other. From the world’s second-largest producer of cocoa, to the largest man-made lake in the world, to its vibrant funeral culture, Ghana offers a fascinating intersection of nature, culture, and tradition.
As the harvest season approaches, Jeffery and his colleagues are on a mission to sell their hard-earned cocoa, which is transported via motorcycle or even barefoot. The journey to the market can be especially challenging when it comes to crossing Lake Volta. The locals frequently travel across the lake several times a week, but transporting livestock can be a tricky and sometimes dangerous endeavor.
Ghana’s unique cultural traditions and practices are also brought to light during funerals. Atypical from the somber ceremonies one might be familiar with, Ghanaian funerals are a place for the dead to come back to life, and are often celebrated with a carnival-like atmosphere. Special coffins, meticulously crafted to represent the profession of the deceased, can be seen lining roadsides. These coffins come in a variety of forms, ranging from multi-colored fish to sewing machines, bibles, and even ‘bush taxis.’
A new documentary provides an intimate look at the various aspects of Ghanaian life and culture that make it so unique. Consider watching it for a glimpse into this colorful and vibrant country.