SWOPA

Ghana.  In the Town of Sirigu, you can visit SWOPA to see the traditional exterior wall painting done by women.

Swopa

This women’s art collective, SWOPA, keeps the tradition alive.

Exterior Wall Painting

Sirigu is in the north of Ghana.  Each home in this community has a building like this below. These were used to take cover from slave raiders in the olden days but now are still built as a reminder of history.

Traditional Building

The entrance is blocked by a gate. You enter by keeping your back parallel to the ground and reach behind the gate and lower yourself in. The guide said if the raiders thought you were in there, they would smoke you out. Here is an article about resistance to slave raiding in Northern Ghana.

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