Photographer's Note

Anyone who has spent any length of time in Ghana would have seen people carry things on their heads. They will often be on the side of the roads, selling things to the passing vehicles. They can carry an extortionate load on their head without problems, and they can run with it too! After a while you get so used to seeing it that it is easy to forget actually how difficult it is.

So why do they do it? For foreigners it might look silly, but in actual fact it is the foreigners that are silly not to carry things on their head! It is a lot easier to carry heavy loads and awkward shaped items on your head than carrying it in your hands. It also makes sense for both hands to be free when they are selling things by the road.

Most Ghanaian people - men, women and children alike have this particular skill, as the Ghanaian staff have been eager to prove! It comes from years of fetching water in buckets as a child along with other things. People living in the farms are even more accustomed to it, as they have to carry things like food and firewood back to their homes and are unlikely to have running water. I have often seen mothers carrying their babies strapped onto their backs as well as carrying huge loads on their heads!

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