When in Accra, Ghana, we went to a local cultural arts center before leaving Africa for home, to see if there was any sort of souvenir we just couldn’t live without. Despite there being a labyrinth of stalls, the stalls didn’t have much variety from one to the next. Much of what was offered for sale was less than spectacular. And the salespeople were overly aggressive.
The stuff was made in part by local craftsman, though some was clearly imported. These articles are designed for the tourist population. In addition to paintings, carvings, jewelry, fabrics, etc., there were lots of religiousy tchotchkes and collectiblely stuff for sale…buttons, magnets, key chains, that sort of thing. Most were made of carved wood in the shape of Africa, or Ghana and painted in green, yellow, black, and red.
Some had religious symbols or sayings on them.
My personal favorite? The ones that somehow got through quality assurance that said:
” Except Jesus”
In hindsight, I wish I would have bought one of them. 🙂