S: Kendra T in Ghana 2012
BC: DEPARTED | Ghana | 22 Sept 2012 | Mission Complete
FC: Kendra T.... in Ghana
1: Accra,Ghana | ARRIVED 18 Sept 2012 | Mission: White Gold Black Operations Agents, "Kendra T" and Cordelia "Deals", disguised as American tourists, are assigned to infiltrate Accra and surrounding areas to gather information of its inhabitants and customs. Time line: 5 days | Lead Agent:Kendra T aka Afia | 2nd Agent: Cordelia aka Ocosia
2: Operation: Crib Find the Safe House, become acquainted with assigned team of Local Agents, assume traditional Ghanaian name. Ghanaian's have English names and a name after the day they were born. Kendra T=Afia (Friday). | Thanks to our Host:Cordelia's dad and his wife
3: Enim-the Driver | Joshua-Senior Local Specialist | Tabitha-Jr Local Specialist | Edward-The Gatekeeper | Deals-Ocosia | Agents in Training | The country of Ghana, called the Gold Coast until the 1950s, is one of the most peaceful countries in Africa. Ghana is rich in gold and oil. Its initial growth was fueled by the slave trade where Europeans established castles and forts along the coast, trading guns and ammunition, etc with chiefs for slaves. The chiefs didn't know their own people would be treated so inhumanely, as Africans treated their slaves more as junior family members and servants. Ghana was occupied by Danish, Portuguese, and lastly British, gaining its independence from Great Britain. The Asante descendants are in the Northern area, and the Fante along the coast. Today, the official language is English and the native language is Twi /tree/. Twi is the language of the Akan people, who are dominant in the area. SLP disclaimer: The dialect is African British, with emphasis on the 2nd or 3rd syllables of words, and no /th/ sound. Medo wo=I love you
4: Vendors buy goods on credit, then sell by the roads, intersections, tolls..... | Wi-fi spot
5: Convert to Local currency and use it to stimulate the local economy. The local currency is Cedes. Most Ghanaian shops are independent roadside stands and open markets, like mini-Walmarts. 5 Cedes= about $2.50. | Operation: Bag of Sika (money) | Restaurant
6: Operation: Cover Girl Compete for Ghana's Next Top White American Model
7: "Afia" is classified as a "White Lady" by Ghanaians. Light skinned brown color=white American. White skin+light blue/green eyes+light hair=Pure white American. Brown/dark skin=Black American. Everything in between=?
8: Operation: Sheer Survival Explore the canopy of the Kakum rainforest during inclement weather,while looking good. The Canopy Walkway was built in 1995 and is checked every day for safety. 40 meters from the ground=130 feet. 300 species of birds in that forest. Birds, monkeys, antelope...oh my!
9: Feels like 130 miles high! | The bridge is swinging!! | It's Raining!!
10: Operation: Chasing Waterfalls Hike down 250 steps to the view the bottom of the Boti Waterfalls. The Falls flow from the village of Boti, just outside of Koforidua, 2 hours from Accra. They are separated into a male waterfall and female waterfall. This was during the dry season so we could walk down the riverbank, close to the water falls. During the rainy season, the falls flow is increased, and the river bank we're standing on is filled with water.
11: The Male Part | The Female Part
12: "Titanic" BEACH | Emmanuel | Jacob aka "Afia's Boo" The sweetest 15 year old ever! | Edward "Kwesi" | Benjamin "Kojo"
13: Operation: Beach Buddy Engage in recreational vitamin D absorption on Titanic Beach with Local Agents and affiliates. | Tabitha | Jacob
14: Banku Scoop and flatten dough | Okra Stew | Sop up the stew | Cassava/Yam-like bread dough | Coconut Water-not like coconut...or water at all!
15: Operation: Mmm Tasty? Take in the local cuisine using customary tools. When eating "finger foods", only use the right hand as the left hand is only used to wipe another area of the body, and therefore is considered unclean. | Cocoa Seed The white bulb turns brown when dried. Pull out the slimy white bulb and lick the off the sweetness. Spit out the center. | Cocoa seed-not like chocolate...at all!
16: Achomon Fried flour Crunchy Square Crackers | Purified Govern-ment approved Ghanaian water...in a bag. | cheers to the freakin' weekend | Tiger Nuts Known to stimulate sperm count. Just one made my ovaries tingle.
17: "Fast Food" Rice with a Pepper Sauce. Pretty Tasty | Sugar Cane Bite into the cane, suck out the sugar juice, spit out the tough cane (like straw) | Operation: Drive-thru Consume snacks purchased from the roadside intersections
18: Fufu Mound of cassava and white yams, in ground nut soup, with a side of antelope | The fork
19: "Mmm Beefy" | "Wash those hands first"
20: Football (Soccer) Stadium | Operation: Praise Visit Cordelia's dad's church: the Divine Jesus Ambassadors Ministry Inc. 3/5 nights, get prayed over, and clap hands incessantly. | Most Main roads are paved. | Residential/Side Roads are not paved.
21: Operation: In the Life Take in views of Accra and surrounding areas. Learn the customs. | Bath time Hot Water Big Bucket Bath, Little Bucket Shower | All mothers carried babies and young children this way | Government School Children wear uniforms. Girls have to keep hair short to signal that they are young girls and not women. Kids go to school in AM and PM shifts. School is free for lower primary grades. | There's Gold in dem der Hills! No really, Ghana has lots of Gold!
22: Operation: In the Life cont'd. | National Holiday to celebrate the birthday of Ghana's first president as an independent country-Kwame Nkrumah. This is a parade in his honor. | Modern wealthy homes all had 10 ft protective walls around them.
23: Trotro Public Bus | Open gutters run along the sides of all roads, containing liter and sewage. | Lots of public urination and such
24: Operation: In the Life cont'd. AShaman, a town outside of Accra is called No Man's Land. Anything goes here.
25: A kid had just pooped on this mountain top. | Cape Coast, a town 2 hours outside of Accra. A beach and fishing town.
26: Life in Accra is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney. | Operation: Roots Explore the Cape Coast Castle, in Cape Coast Ghana. Located on the Gulf of Guinea. Owned by the Dutch, British, Swedish, Danish and Portuguese. Holding place of the slaves before going on the Middle Passage. One of the biggest slave trade castles.
28: Doorway out of the castle to the slave ship
29: Operation: Roots cont'd | A spy's view down into the slave dungeon | Dark, hard, and damp
30: Mission "White Gold": Complete. All Operations: Successful. Agent Afia's Status: Active Awesome/Burned Agent Ocosia Status: Active Awesome/ Burned | Immigration