The following stories were developed on a reporting trip to Ghana during the 50th anniversary of country's independence from Britain. While there I discovered the legal and social persecution gays face, how some men, both gay and straight, are driven to gay prostitution for the money and the Ghanaian government’s failure to address the HIV/AIDS problem in the gay community.
This project also explored other aspects of the country and its culture, including the W.E.B. DuBois Museum and the drummers that congregate at the Art Center, a marketplace in Accra.
Homosexuality is considered evil and disgraceful to many Ghanaians and any public display of affection or accusation could mean swift arrest and jail time under Ghanaian law.
Ghanaians are known for their enterprising spirit and using their resources to sustain themselves financially. For some men that means selling the only resource they have—their bodies.
Homosexuality is illegal in the Ghana and many in the country blame gays for the spread of HIV/AIDS, yet there is no government agency that directly targets the prevention of the disease within the gay community.
A look at the AIDS advertisements in Ghana and how they lead many gay men and women to believe HIV/AIDS is a heterosexual disease.
GHANA'S GOLDEN CULTURE
A virtual tour of the W.E.B. DuBois Centre in Accra, Ghana. Includes interactive views of DuBois' home, personal library and tomb.
Photo slideshow and video of the drumming circle based at the Art Center in Accra, Ghana.
Ghana is located on the West Coast of Africa between Cote d'Ivoire and Guines. Accra is the capital and largest city in the country. Ghana recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence of Britain and the 200th aniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.