Meet the talented Mr. KWEKU ABROKWAH. We met Abrokwah during the planning of the first CHALE WOTE Street Festival around this time – two years ago – in March 2011. Since then he’s joined the festival both years and has already started prep for a CHALE WOTE 2013 performance in James Town this September.
As the leader of The Flat Land Boys biker crew and Circus Ghana, Abrokwah is always able to give the people what they want – fresh killah moves. Not only is he king of extreme sport stunts but over the last nine years, he’s performed in Germany and throughout Europe as a cultural dancer, B-boy and circus entertainer.
We shot these snaps on the streets of Adabraka, that pearl of old Accra where Ga business elite and middle-class families historically settled. In this setting, Abrokwah’s affable spirit branches out just as wide as his angel wings. Ever ready for the next challenge, he inspires us to keep our eyes on the prize.
Check out Abrokwah’s journey below – in his own words. MO VIM.
Photos by ACCRA [dot] ALT [double-click to enlarge].
During my childhood, I went to school at Korlegonno. I saw lots of bicycles – people arranging bicycles. Through that I had a feeling – I fell into a bicycle feeling. I started in 1989 after discovering a famous handbook on biking. There was no Internet in Ghana at that time. I taught myself the different tricks – training one one at a time.
I love always creating and bringing something new. The reason why I started is because in Chokor where I grew up – there’s always some competition. Either it’s football or you’re a boxer and if you lose they’ll tease you. So I didn’t want to do the same thing if someone else was doing it.
My motto in life is Multi-Kreative Attitude. If you believe it, you can achieve it.
When I lived in Germany, I worked with a group called Adesa. We took a lot of tours through Europe teaching children about Ga history through acrobatics, storytelling and traditional music. In winter Germany is a little bit difficult. I wanted to come back to Ghana and settle here.
This is my style. I like learning different things. I am the guy riding the unicycle. There’s nobody in Ghana doing it. An angel on this tall bike is something strange.
That’s the kick.
I’m always thinking of new creativity. There’s a teacher in me. So I teach children and the youth. Everything I am learning, I must teach you know?