This picture, to be precise:
Trouble At The Ghana Border Outpost In Aflao
When I stepped out of the car in Aflao, Ghana near the Togolese border, I wanted to take some pictures for the blog.
Moments after taking this picture, two guards armed with submachine guns ran over to me.
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!”
Uh, taking a picture.
They marched me into the border outpost office and demanded my phone.
I played dumb.
“What do you want?”
“THE PHONE! THE PHONE!”
Oh, the phone.
I was ushered into what appeared to be a commander’s office. The two soldiers spoke to him in another language, though I could not tell if it was Akan, Ewe, or something else. They were very worked up, but the commander was (thankfully) calm.
Commander: “Why were you taking pictures?”
Me: “I’m just a tourist. First time in Ghana.”
Commander: “Don’t take pictures.”
Me: “Yes sir.”
And that was that. I filled out an exit form and was soon stamped out and entered a no-man’s land between Ghana and Togo. At not point was I asked to delete my pictures. Nor was I asked for any sort of bribe. I’m not sure what was so top secret about the “Good Bye” (sic) Ghana sign, but you’ve been warned.
This story is part of my An African Adventure As The World Shut Down trip report.