Tema Manhean was meant to be a model town in post-colonial Ghana, developed by key architects during the ’50. The settlement, however, was overwhelmed by the extreme growth of its population, which caused critical issues in the town’s development such as inadequate housing, lack of space and its basic primary services.
Today for the majority of the Tema Manhean’s inhabitants, the single rooms in which they live in are often the only means they can rely on. The bareness of the furniture and fittings are in stark contrast with the vivid colors of the interior walls, and their decorative areas.
The worn-out asbestos cement roofs are a sad confirmation of the obsolescence and hazardous construction processes of the past.
Reportage commissioned by the University of Amsterdam (NL)