Anchored drilling rig in Sekondi Arbour

A strong harmattan morning was settled in over the coastal region of Ghana yesterday morning. This drilling rig has been anchored just outside the fishing harbour at Sekondi for many years. Its purpose, its origins, it futures are obscured from most of us, much like the rig itself in this photo. And like the the obscured rig, the various agendas of big business and local politicians are equally unknown to those of us who walk the streets and tend the farms and work the markets in this West African country. We have seen what has happened to other African countries which have the double-edged “blessing” of black gold, and we all hope for better things in our country. Yet each day’s newspapers carry stories about this discovery and that rumour and those promises… and we remain with our questions unanswered and our hopes yet to be fulfilled.