Accra: Zoo

Accra He leaps from the bars of his cage to the concrete floor. He slaps his hands on the floor and spins around. I leap from the limb of blame to the pool of complicity.

Christian has a toy parrot in his office that squawks whenever the noise hits a certain level. The squawks are usually triggered by laughter resulting in yet more laughter.

The guard moves toward us like a predator spotting vulnerability. We become increasingly nervous but do our best to seem at ease. He tells Henry to delete all the photographs from his phone, advising him that he is lucky that the phone is not confiscated. A member of the military then tells us that he would have happily shown us around Flagstaff House if we had only come earlier in the day.

On the way to the zoo his neck becomes inexplicably locked, turned hard to the right.