A mid-morning Sunday road trip from town to village – from hustle to calmness, from flat to mountain – Where am I going? – yep me gwaan to Jamaica. Well that’s what I told myself all week, and I don’t need to board a 9 hour journey flight. Just a regular trotro from Medina to Adrukrom (8.5 cedis – £1) then shared taxi (15 cedis – £2) to Apirede, all within 2 hours. Sounds simple – well it was.
De Reel Jamaica Village Sinting happens monthly in Apirede a town in Akuapem North – Eastern region of Ghana. Operating for the past 3 years by Jamaican couple Sister Makeda and husband who returned to Ghana 15 years ago.
The food is ital and vital where you can line your stomach for a plate at just 35 cedis. The selection of juice quenched my thirst – I first had a combination of Noni, Pineapple and Ginger – although noni isn’t nice by its self but with this combination it was delicious. Also available were Caribbean sweet delights such as chocolate cake, bun, gizzada, bulla cake and ackee, lentils or vegetable patties. I took 3 patties home to chop the next day – but that plan went out the window as soon as I got home that night I ate 2.
With the sweet background of reggae music, lay back vibes, dominos, choppin, sipping, connecting – it was a fun day. I chilled with a group of brothers and sisters many who were part of the Caribbean Association of Ghana. They were playing a trivial card game with questions about Jamaican history. It was funny to listen to them reasoning and I learnt a bit about Jamaican history.
Did you know Barrington Irving a Jamaican (born 1983) previously held the record for the youngest and first black person to pilot a plane solo around the world solo in 2007.
It was great to catch up with Selina, Angie, Caprice, Naomi, Neville and establish new acquaintances from UK now living in Ghana.
Surrounded by lush greenery, plants, herbs, citronella, cotton and fruit trees such as breadfruit, cocoa, ackee, orange, plum, and many more of nature’s pleasures. It was the first time I saw an orange tree with branches so low.
There was a giant cactus know as a tuna plant. It produces a gel that acts as a moisturiser to treat hair and skin conditions. Also used as herbal and old time juice remedies from Jamaica.
Jamaica is on my bucket list – and there has been a few pilot flights from Nigeria/Ghana to Jamaica, but at present I heard these flights are on hold. But the future plans are to visit Jamaica – because Im tired of hearing – ‘Dis jus like Jamaica’ from other people.
Jamaica ‘me soon com’
Sister E (Naa Dzamah)
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