Accra: Zoo

Accra The chimpanzee 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.

The Accra Zoo is now located in the Achimoto Forest. When we visited the Zoo it was located on land that has since become the site of the Presidential Palace known as Flagstaff House.

Henry advises me to leave my phone in my bag. He offers to take a few photos on my behalf. The guard at Flagstaff House 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.

On the way to the zoo my little brother’s neck becomes inexplicably locked, turned hard to the right.