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Visiting Labadi Beach in Accra

Visiting Labadi Beach in Accra

While in Accra, I downloaded Bolt’s app and booked a ride. My destination was Labadi Beach. Bolt is a European mobility services provider that has successfully captured a significant market share in Ghana. Other companies providing similar services in this West African country include Yango, Accra Cab and Uber.

En route to the beach, my 24-year-old driver played a collection of hit songs by different African artists, including Sarkodie, Burna Boy and Tiwa Savage. At some point, I stretched my arm and reduced the volume.

The driver in question had picked me up from the Black Star Square, on February 28 Road. I wanted to know why this road was named so. He admitted not being versed with historical stuff before advising me to consult Google. I told him I wouldn’t get glued to the screen of my device while sightseeing in a new city.

When his Spotify playlist reached Unachezaje by Diamond Platinumz, I asked my driver/DJ if he understood its lyrics. "I don’t speak Tanzanian." He responded. "It’s not Tanzanian, it’s Swahili." I educated him. Our conversation revolved around contemporary Afro beats, which seemed to be his favorite subject. He wasn’t interested in anything else, especially historical stuff.

Upon arrival, I bade farewell to the driver-turned friend. He thanked me for supporting his side hustle and gave me his business card. The young man, who prefers anonymity, works for a cocoa exporter from Monday to Thursday and spends every weekend driving a cab.

After paying an entrance fee of 20 Ghanaian Cedis (about USD 2), I walked in and spent some time riding a horse. Then I sat down on a rooftop area of a bar known as Mac Bay. Outside the building, fully occupied tables were stuffed on the sand underneath a cluster of multicolored umbrellas.

As I quenched my thirst, a couple of singers offered to entertain me. I politely turned down their offer. Minutes later, a group of patrons from the nearest table paid them to perform. After their electrifying show, I felt the need to chip in something because I was part of the satisfied audience.

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