Away from Accra

Away from Accra

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Little Ama likes it when Maame takes her to the stream to wash clothes. Whenever they visit the village to see grandma she looks forward to the trip to the stream. The village environment is different from the busy nature of Accra city where Ama lives with her parents. She likes to get away from Accra and visit the village to see the children running around, playing with balls of kenkey in their hands.

Ama likes walking down the hilly and rocky pathway that leads to the stream. Maame would carry a big plastic bowl and she would carry a small bowl. As she walks along she would listen to the chirpings of birds in their nests on top of the trees in the forest. Maame would admonish her to look out for snakes that stray from the forest onto the pathway.

There’s a refreshing feeling that Ama gets when she is inside the stream. She would strip down to her undergarment and run into the stream to bathe. Maame would tell her to be careful and not to go deep into the water because many children had drowned when they waded too deep into the river. Maame would keep an eye on Ama while she washes the clothes.

Ama would duck into the water holding her breath for some seconds before popping out. She would watch the other children play, splashing water on themselves. She would watch them go with their basins to the innermost part of the stream and scoop the water that they would use at home.

When Ama gets tired of swimming, she would leave the water and sit on one of the bowls and help maame to rinse the clothes. Sometimes she sits down on her upturned bowl and plays with a flower, bubbles of soap, a leaf or a stick.

When Maame is done with washing, Ama would help her pack the wet clothes into the bowls. They would carry the bowls on their heads and start walking back home.

Ama would be happy because she has stories to tell her friends when she gets back to Accra.

Photography: @lexonart
Model: @bingoitskimbo
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Iniobong Leroi Umoh is a storyteller, a satirist and creative writer. He blurs the line between reality and fiction and seeks to create a connection with the reader through engaging content. His works have been featured across various online and offline platforms. He hopes to one day travel around the world on a luxury yacht, sipping expensive wine and documenting all his experiences in a journal. You can send him a mail at

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