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Lunch break at Labadi Beach

Lunch break at Labadi Beach

The last post of my Accra chronicles featured the Black Star Square. I spent about thirty minutes strolling around this site of historical significance before going to the neighboring Accra Stadium. Visiting the stadium was pointless because there was no game on that day. Who goes to the stadium to watch nothing?

After coming to the realization that a stopover at the facility shouIdn’t have been in my itinerary in the first place, I booked a ride and left the area. My destination was the popular Labadi Beach. 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.

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 topic.

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 Bolt.

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 restaurant known as Mac Bay. Outside the building, fully occupied tables were stuffed on the sand, underneath a cluster of colored umbrellas.

As I quenched my thirst while waiting for my lunch, a couple of singers offered to entertain me at a fee. 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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