NANA KOFI ACQUAH - Ghana
The Slaughter Boys, 2011
In November 1998, the government demolished the colonial abattoir in Accra. It was declared an environmental hazard since it stood close to the place where all of Accra’s faecal matter gets dumped. The demolition was to justify a $4.3 million grant from the Canadian International Development Agency. A new abattoir was built shortly after but several miles away from the old one. This new abattoir is a white elephant. But more than half of all meat consumed in Accra is from animals slaughtered on the beach where the old abattoir used to stand.
Nana Kofi Acquah is a global citizen who traces his roots back to Elmina, Ghana. He spent his childhood near Elmina Castle, hearing all the haunting stories on slavery, and grew up believing that he might not be able to change the past but could do something about the present. Nana holds a BA from the University of Cape Coast and has worked as a radio presenter, journalist, copywriter, creative director and now photographer. His photographs have been exhibited in Accra, New York, London, Luanda, Lisbon, The Hague, Paris and Bamako.