“I didn’t go to secondary school. I saved my money from being a pupil teacher*…to help my mother pay my siblings’ school fees. Some of them came to live with me. My mother was a trader. She sold cloth and did all sorts of odd jobs to take care of us which we appreciated very much.” Alice Boakye discussing her life in the Gold Coast after her father’s death, pictured at age 21.




*a young person who plans to be a teacher and who spends part of his or her time in preliminary education undertaking teaching duties under the supervision of the head-teacher (Collins Dictionary)