Local Ghanian photographer Jessica Sarkodie spent several years in studying abroad in New York and went home to with the intention to pursue real estate. But the gravitational pull to her first love of photography was so strong that she embarked on a freelance photography career and never looked back. Here is her insider’s guide to Accra, the capital of Ghana, where she captured the vibrant, pulsing neighbourhoods of her home with The Together Project.
“We don’t have this culture of people only living in a neighbourhood with people of similar wealth. High and low income groups live side by side. It's a very community feel - you walk down the street and everyone says hello, everyone is so friendly and people look out for each other.”Jessica Sarkodie
We have a tradition of making our own clothes, we don’t have these large mass produced clothing stores so a lot of people, especially for special events, generally have their outfits tailor made – it’s a good representation of Ghanian ingenuity.
Kokomlemle is very middle-low class and it’s very close to Nima. The President actually lives in Nima, we don’t have this culture of people only live around people of similar wealth. High and low income groups live in the same suburb. It's an open neighbourhood in that people don’t have a lot of space - they have family space and their extended families live all together in the same homes. It's a very community feel. You walk down the street and everyone says hello, everyone is so friendly and people look out for each other.