Accra: Makola Market

Accra’s Makola Market is a loud, crowded, sprawl of stalls where a variety of things are up for sale. From farming tools to hair products, bicycles to baskets, live snails to dried fish, batik-print fabrics to fresh fruit and vegetables; it’s all available. A maze of winding alleys separates the market into sections, making it easier to navigate the throng. First set up in the 1920s, Makola was the first retail center in Accra and quickly became a local institution. When the Ghanaian government demolished the original market in 1979 to stimulate the local economy, the local community quickly re-established trading in the area.