In Adabraka: ABROKWAH’s Angel

THE 3RD EYE STAY WOKE

THE 3RD EYE STAY WOKE

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].

ABROKWAH'S ANGEL IN ADABRAKA

ABROKWAH’S ANGEL IN ADABRAKA

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.

ROBOT SKYFALL

ROBOT SKYFALL

Abrokwah's Angel 3a - photo by ACCRA [dot] ALTI have different kinds of talents – I do street dance, bicycle stunts. I make bikes, costumes and I even built my house.

MIGHTY MAD MOHAWK

MIGHTY MAD MOHAWK

Robot SkyFall 10a - photo by ACCRA [dot] ALT

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.

Third Eye 2a - photo by ACCRA [dot] ALT

IRON GANG

IRON GANG

My motto in life is Multi-Kreative Attitude. If you believe it, you can achieve it.

Robot SkyFall 13a - photo by ACCRA [dot] ALT

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.

Abrokwah's Angel 9a - photo by ACCRA [dot] ALT

Third Eye 3a - photo by ACCRA [dot] ALT

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.

Iron Gang 2a - photo by ACCRA [dot] ALTRobot SkyFall 9a - photo by ACCRA [dot] ALT

OBEY THE MUSCLE

OBEY THE MUSCLE

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?

Abrokwah's Angel 11a - photo by ACCRA [dot] ALT

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