Let me introduce Maame Adjei a multi talented producer, actor and artist. She’s best known for her role as both actor and co-producer on the hit TV show “An African City.” She’s currently producing new content that explores the beauty and dynamism of Africa, including her travel show “Girl Going Places” whose pilot season is soon to be released.” Maame was born in Ghana where she currently resides and she give us best adresses in Accra city.
Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Maame Adjei. I’m a producer, actor, creative artist, Ghana girl, food lover and 90’s RnB connoisseur..lol – actress, producer, artist, you are an all-rounder of visual and media.
Tell us more about your job?
I’m so lucky to be doing what I love. Acting was never in my creative plans but it has become a deep love and such an amazing outlet and medium for me. Producing is such a hectic and tedious job but there’s nothing that I love more than seeing a project go from an idea to reality.
How can you describe Africa ?
Africa is LIFE! It really is. There is no continent more diverse, more beautiful more dynamic than Africa-in my opinion.
How long have you lived in Accra?
I lived in Accra for 9 years as a child. Then I left and moved around a bit and i’ve been back for 3 years.
Three words which define Accra best?
Hustle, Bustle, Cosmopolitan
What do you love most about it?
I love how Accra can literally give me any experience I want. Do I want to take yoga today. Check. Do I want to go to the beach today. Check. Do I want to see a traditional band. Check. To me it has everything I ever got from any other city I lived in plus all the tradition, family and banku and okro I can handle.
How do you get around the city?
I drive. Most people who return to Accra find it a little daunting to drive in the city and I get why. It’s not for the faint of heart. Lucky for me I actually learnt how to drive in Accra.
Any secrets to navigating the Accra streets?
Add an hour travel time to your journey. Always! lol. I love my city but the traffic can be mind numbing. You must keep that in mind if you want to make your appointments on time.
The best times to discover Accra and why?
Anytime other than December. December gets really hectic. Everyone is back home and there’s so much to do that ,ironically, you might end up doing the same mundane things-Party, party party. So I think a great time to really discover the nooks and crannies of the city is when the christmas revelers have left and you can really step out there and hit the Arts Center or the Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum or the botanical gardens.
What hotel and other accommodation do you recommend to visiting friends?
I recommend they crash with me! lol. If you don’t have friends or family in Accra I suggest Villa Monticello. It’s a small boutique hotel, very quaint with great food. I also love Olma Suites which is such a hideout that I’m pretty sure that a lot of Accra residents don’t know about it.
What are the best restaurants? (…And what should people order?)
Chez Clarisse: Ivorian food at it’s best. This is really my favorite restaurant in the whole city. Achieke and tilapia to die for.
What is one touristy spot you still love visiting?
The Arts Center. I have such a love-hate relationship with the place. Since it’s such a touristy spot you can’t navigate its aisles without being bombarded with vendors wanting a sale. At the same time it is chock full of gems! Amazing jewelry, handmade shoes, bags and purses.
Where do you go for a day or short-break trip outside of Accra?
Ada, which is about 1hr 30 mins away, is a lovely beach town with quite a few nice hotels and restaurants that allow you to take in a beautiful view of the ocean.
What are some of your favorite places for:
- a romantic date: Artists Alliance Gallery
- a dinner with friends : Tea Baa in Ako Adjei Park
- a work meeting: Villa Monticello
- a girls night: SandBox Beach to shop: Arts Center
- get a massage and relax: Ariels Haven Spa and Salon in Labadi
Your best address to shop piece of vintage clothes?
Kantamanto – One of the largest open air markets in the world. It’s pretty amazing for people who love vintage like myself. They have everything.
Your best Ghanaian designers?
I love so many! Raffia, Christie Brown, Mina Evans, Totally Ethnik, Charlotte Privé. I actually haven’t met a Ghanaian brand I didn’t like. Everyone offers something so unique.
Any tips for getting the true local experience?
Find a true local and let them guide you through the city.
What is one souvenir to bring back from Accra?
It’s not a souvenir but I say bring back a jar of Shito. It’s a pepper sauce that we eat with so many things and really I think it’s the ultimate condiment (forget Ketchup)!
Describe your ideal day in Accra?
An early morning walk at Legon Botanical Gardens, Lunch at Chez Clarisse and drinks with my girls at TeaBaa
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