The Real Estate Boom And Accra’s New Poor

The city is changing very quickly. Old structures are tumbling and modern high rise buildings are taking their place. A friend recently remarked, “today there aren’t many birds in the sky except the towering cranes raising these concrete giants all across the city.” For the boy visiting Accra from the countryside, this is all such a beauty to behold, what he does not recognise is that it all comes at a cost. What is the real social cost of Accra’s burgeoning infrastructural space?