James town is one of the oldest districts in Accra and home to the Ga people. It is commonly referred to as British Accra given its colonial history.
During my last trip to Ghana, I decided to check out the coastal town and capture images of its famous lighthouse. Unlike my other trips in the country where I walked around with family or friends, I decided to use a tour guide. A quick scout on the internet led me to the James Town Walking Tours. site. I called the number on their contact page to confirm that the tour would take place on the prescribed day and was happy to get a positive response.
On the day, I took a tro tro (public bus) from where I was residing to Jamestown. I got to the meeting point at the foot of the lighthouse and waited with others for the tour to commence.
We were guided my a gentleman whom informed us that the profits from the tours went to ensuring the children of the fishing community that lived by the sea side attend school. There is a community school on the beach for them to attend for free and also get free lunch. If not for such initiative, in addition to the charity that worked with them, these families who otherwise cannot afford the fees in government run schools would be left without an education.
The tour took an hour and a half and at the end, we were allowed to climb to the top of the lighthouse for 5 Ghana Cedis. The tour itself costed 25 Ghana Cedis.
It was a day spent well, learning one of the histories of West Africa.