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Ghana’s masquerade festival goes mainstream

Ghana’s masquerade festival goes mainstream

ZUBAIDA MABUNO ISMAIL, BIRD STORY AGENCY IT is 5:30 am on Christmas Eve and the Kaneshie bus terminus in the heart of Accra is teeming with life. Kuukua Essoum has braved the early morning chill to grab the earliest shuttle to Takoradi, the epicentre of the Westside Carnival. "Ewuraba ko fom ma yenko" ("come, grab a seat, let's go"), shouts one of more than a dozen touts, all chasing clients for their rides. Essoum obliges and boards the mini-van. For Essoum, each passing minute evokes distant, youthful memories of travelling to the colourful festival in Takoradi. She cannot wait to…
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