The village comprised of platforms and stilts made from raffia trees dates to the 14th century. Every street is named after the head of a particular family; villagers use traditional clay ovens and travel by canoes.
Most young people decide to relocate to farms instead of living in Nzulezo. Tourism helps supplement income and improves village infrastructure. The community lays a foundation for the Catholic Church; some members have electricity and television.
Ackah Ebuley makes monthly visits to check on the infants of Nzulezo, giving vaccinations and treating minor ailments. For an emergency or labor, a motorboat will transport patients to a facility.
Evans Cudjoe teaches the children of Nzulezo; finding enough teachers is a challenge. Children need to travel to the mainland for further education.
Villagers grow cassava, pineapple, and plantain in the swampland surrounding Lake Tandane. Akpeteshie is the main source of income in Nzulezo. Community members want more sustainable stilts, a health care facility, and an increase in tourism.
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The village of Nzulezo, built on stilts, has coexisted with nature for centuries and is now trying to balance their ancient customs with the allure of modern amenities.
Length: 23 minutes
Copyright date: ©2019
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