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Nzulezo (04:26)


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.

Job Opportunities (05:31)

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.

Lack of Health Care (04:04)

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.

Education (03:44)

Evans Cudjoe teaches the children of Nzulezo; finding enough teachers is a challenge. Children need to travel to the mainland for further education.

Local Gin (04:37)

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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Ghana's Stilt Village

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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

Item#: FPT210526

ISBN: 978-1-63722-122-8

Copyright date: ©2019

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