The Plight Of KAYAYEI (Porters) in Africa


There are always rare and candid moments to take note of. But what happens when you are unlucky to have no camera or recording device at the exceptional time? The movies can not be trusted in entirety because producers and entertainment co-operations usually provide the cinema’s audience with what they want to see and not what they need to see. All the HOODs say Hollywood, Ghallywood, Bollywood, Nollywood etc most often act out stuff in return for money.


I was lucky to have a smartphone on an ususual saturday, 2 weeks ago. I had to go to the Kumasi Central Market for some goods sent by my dad. Ascending the overhead bridge at the market revealed to me reality. A reality on the plight of porters, usually called “kayayei” in Accra from the Ga dialect. Of which most of them live in regret and come from the northern part of Ghana. These ladies usually leave where they belong for greener pastures only to realise that the city they imagined was a great contradiction to their imaginations. Ending up stucked with a few decisions that the average rational lady will find difficulty in taking with ease. They either end up in Prostitution or the tedious job of carrying luggages at the markets and lorry stations just for some little coins. The pictures carry the words of how tiresome the struggle to survive in a highly brutish economy could be.

Achaab Daniel Abalansa
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