If you havent taken a tro-tro before then
you are dadabii paaa!! Tro-tro’s are public buses in Ghana found everywhere
from Accra to Tamale. They are cheap but dangerous as the drivers ignore roadsafety at the expense of getting to their destination before their competition.
The tro-tro experience is something to laugh about years later when one has
purchased his or her own car. I have taken them from the time I was in JSS
through to University and even a few times when I didn’t feel like driving to
the market. I have had my dress torn, gotten a few skin cuts and even once
fallen from the steps of a tro-tro! When sitting inside, the mate alone will
make you laugh as he commands passengers to bring small change for their bus
fare. Don’t ever sleep in a tro-tro; either you will be pick-pocketed or the
bus will pass by your stop only for you to wake up at the bus station. When I
didn’t have a car, I would be happy when the driver makes short-cuts and
overtakes other slow drivers but now with my own ride, I am always shaking
fists at their crazy driving! Life.

Have you ever wondered what the words at
the back of tro-tro’s usually mean? We see them all the time and some are so
hilarious you just have to wonder what was going through the drivers mind.
Unable to hide my curiosity, I decided to go find out. I called my friend Nana
to be my Twi-translator support and took loose change in case someone wanted
money for their photos. After looking around, we decided to start from La
Station in Labadi and the first driver we came across had SO THEY ARE at the
back of his vehicle. I was shocked to discover that he wouldn’t agree to have
his picture taken and the only thing he could say to explain the words was to
translate it in Ga, NAKAI AM3 NYORR. This meant that he had experienced
something in the past with some people and the only thing he could use to
explain it was , ‘that’s how people are’. I couldn’t even get the mate to give
us a pose. The suspicion surrounding our presence was so intense that I decided
not to make enquiries and just capture photos of these vehicles. So we were
being suspected of being journalists who were out to create problems for them.
Wow! Even with the offer of money they declined. Smh. 

We discriminate against
our own selves. Interesting. Anyway, enjoy these photos and feel free to share.

Nothing but the truth…so help me God. 
Instead of politicians

i read this as Still i love mickey mouse but its rather Still 1 love. Mickey happened.


This driver believes in Justice

There is a Time Sweet Jesus God Bless You

..and they are passing!


  1. There's one on the La Road that I've seen many times and surprised you missed it… "Two Sisters Liiloliilo & Piikipiiki." It always amuses me. I have no idea what the story is behind that… but I love it

  2. There is an inscription "abisibay" in the first troski picture. It just struck me that a friend in college used to refer to people randomly as "ah-beeeee-ze-bay!!". It is a term for real!! would you know what it means??
    Just wondering ….
    Nice piece though. I enjoyed it.


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