|The market is very colourful and sociable|
I bought a piece of green and blue cotton batik fabric in the market, bartered down to £6.50 for 3 yards to have a dress made. The estimated amount needed was the vendor's not mine, but they are very accurate and used to this. There are dressmakers everywhere including in Nadowli so I shall be visiting them this week with a dress to copy.
On the way home we visited the Wa Na's Palace (Chief of Wa) from the outside. Situation currently vacant due to dispute, apparently!
Sunday was the 54th Ghana Independence Day. Everyone gathered in Jubilee Park for celebrations led by local chiefs/politicians and starring the school marching teams in competition. (These are ones who have been practising for weeks to the beat of drumming.) There were lots of schools and even more supporters. We watched most of them and listened as they cheered at each score. The marching was very military which made us feel that some dancing may have been more appropriate for children, but this is clearly a tradition and taken very seriously.
Later in the day we walked through Wa in search of an ancient mosque built in traditional style, like the Wa Na Palace with mud and sticks. It took some finding in the backstreets of the older poorer residential area of Wa. Some repair was being made to another mosque nearby and we were told the local community are desperate for funding to restore this 17th Century one,
As I trudged along the sandy path to the house I was met by a gaggle of small children who all wanted to draw. They have been doing this with Laura & Patricia for some time. I produced paper and crayons and they were happy for a while, until they needed to teach me a song and dance. I think they would have stayed all day but I had washing to do and a blog I was itching to write!!
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