The matriarch of the courtyard

July 2018, Accra

Faces from the field | Faces

In Accra, traditional homes can house everyone from a single family often several generations together. The courtyard is an important hive of activity for the family. This matriarch told me how she cooks for the family and minds the younger children when their parents are at work. The older ones told me how they had evolved techniques to sneak past her out of and back into the house when meeting friends or lovers!

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