Author Archives: Kwaku Dankwa

About Kwaku Dankwa

By day, I'm an advertising copywriter. That's what I've done all my working life (National Service doesn't count). Husband of Esther, father of Jesse and twin boys Mark and Andrew, and servant of Christ. I previously wrote a blog on the dramatic side of public transport in Accra, "The Daily Commute: From Bridge to Ridge." Enjoy.

If at first you don’t succeed…

Once again, we have our own darling, Enyima, guest commuting from the beautiful side of East London. She’s quite gifted, I must add. I like to say she’s an important person in the financial community within The Square Mile. Enjoy … Continue reading

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Two years of blogging!

It was a slow day at work exactly two years ago when I decided that I’d procrastinated enough. The sights and sounds of trotro and taxi rides, the quirky happenings on the streets of Accra, and the unique Ghanaisms I … Continue reading

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The joys of death

Walking along my road to join the fray of commuters every morning can get quite monotonous. It’s always the same scenery, apart from the occasional new kiosk that sprang up overnight to house the latest busload of squatters. Or a … Continue reading

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A trained eye in Dubai

Our guest commuter for today is Tosin Osunlaja. Again. Now, she’s living it up. Not long after adapting to her new life of helicopters and spending days at sea as a petroleum engineer off the coast of Nigeria, she’s been … Continue reading

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Beware! Children on board.

Here’s a reason to leave an extra shirt hanging somewhere at work. The morning traffic wasn’t too bad. I’d recently discovered Freakonomics podcasts and was being enlightened by their discourse on the upside of quitting. A toddler in the row … Continue reading

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Sleep tight

One hour after joining the queue at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Station, I was cursing my bad luck. I’d turned down a lift from work to the Accra Mall. “Oh, it’s difficult getting a trotro from Spanner Junction. I’ll just … Continue reading

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Sirenity on our roads

It was Monday morning at Spanner Junction. Commuters were rushing from one trotro to another. I could identify with whatever frustration they might have been going through. After all, what else could possess an obviously pregnant woman to elbow her … Continue reading

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Hair today, gone tomorrow

My guest commuter for today has been here before. Tosin Osunlaja, is probably more accustomed to “smelling the salt”, spending days at sea on oil rigs off the coast of Nigeria as a field engineer at Baker Hughes. She’s lived … Continue reading

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Happy New Year. Love, The Government.

It was the kind of trotro you wished wouldn’t be involved in an accident, simply because you wouldn’t want to be caught dead or alive in this patchwork Mercedes Benz 207. Every few metres, the gate would pop open, and … Continue reading

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This is a man’s world

I’d choose a direct trotro from Bridge to Ridge any day. Unfortunately, Accra-bound trotros are not as plentiful as I wish they were. That means, more often than not, that I have to take one going to Circle, drop off … Continue reading

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