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April 10, 1975

The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 39

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Lee Roderick Taking a Photograph in Ghana Idaho Group Joins in Thursday. April 10, 1975, THE HERALD, Provo, Utah-Page 39 New York City Cabbies Gef Tips on How fo Tawfc Beddah' Editor's Note: Lee Roderick, Washington correspondent for the Herald and other western papers, is on a fact-finding tour of Africa and the Middle East. This is another of his exclusive reports. By LEE RODERICK ACCRA, GHANA - According to the local newspaper, the Daily Graphic, my Gemini horoscope on my first morning in Accra promised a rewarding day. "You will have contact with interesting and useful people and reach positive agreements with them," it said. That possibility was a reassuring one following my arrival in Ghana's capitol city the previous afternoon. Within a half hour after disembarking at the Accra airport, I had been short-changed the equivalent of $75.00 by a bank teller who knew I didn't yet understand the monetary system, (she later returned it to my hotel without explanation, and approached by a very helpful young man allegedly involved in black market trading and needing some American dollars. Fortunately, he was dissuaded by a second Ghanaian — an appealing fellow with all the nerve of a New York cabbie — who has chosen to be my self- appointed "protector." But all of that was behind me. Fortified by a breakfast which included two small pieces of toast costing more than twice as much as a healthy slice of fresh pineapple (wheat is scarce; pineapple obviously isn't), I decided it was a beautiful day for photography. That would turn out to be a bad way to start a good day. There are an amazing number of cars and taxis in this West African crossroads. One of the taxi drivers agreed to chauffeur me through the central market district and assist in finding Ghanaians willing to be photographed (some aren't, for religious or other reasons). 'Ask Before Shooting' I was well aware that, throughout Africa, the rule of thumb is "ask before shooting" and I was determined that I would not breach the unwritten rule of picture taking. The resolve of my driver, however, who also doubled as my interpreter where necessary unfortunately was not quite that strong. After taking a few shots of the market area, which is a colorful beehive of activity where most of the traders are women, I asked my driver to find some mothers willing to let photograph their children. Ghanaian children, in sharp con-g trast to the pitiful youngsters in •$ some developing countries,•:•: appear to be generally healthy-;' and well fed. My driver was optimistic. "No trouble, no trouble," he said. "Everyone in Ghana likes $ to be photographed." "Then* why are all the traders ducking 5: behind their stalls at the sight of :$ my camera?" I wanted to ask $ him. But I didn't not wanting to $ dull his enthusiasm. '"'' For a Price We spied one young mother.... with a particularly cute;|:| youngster strapped to her back, •:•: Ghanaian fashion, and theS: driver asked if we could shoot. She smiled broadly and I took ; . ; , the picture. The young woman ;•:; then asked for — and got — 20 >|j pesewas (about 18 cents) fori;- being my "model." As we were :•:• about to get back in the car, a :|:| woman's voice called out to us from behind a lean-to affair;:;: outside of a small house. The •:•: driver said that she wanted me :•:• to take a picture of her children. :•:• Obligingly, I went behind the :•:• shaded lean-to and found a huge $ woman with five small children ;:•: nuddled around her. They all $ smiled on cue and I snapped it. As I reached for a 20 pesewa coin to give, she firmly shook her head and said "no, no." She then said something hurriedly to .. the driver who interpreted it for :;•• me. "She says you gave that $ woman 20 pesewas for one $ child," said the driver. "But she $: has five children and so she $ wants 100 pesewas." I paid her i:| the money, thanked her and we $ were off again. I then told the driver I wanted to get that proverbial "one more" before going on to other business. As we drove through the market place I spotted a "typical" mother carrying a child on her back and a large tub of grain balanced on her head and said "How about her" my driver said "wait here while I ask her." The woman, dressed in an orange patterned African dress, was offered 20 pesewas by my driver for the picture. He nodded for me to join him, telling me to give her the money first. The woman, however, looked reluctant to me although my driver assured me it was OK. I should have followed my better judgment and forgot it right there and then. The woman started to walk off (with my coin in her hand) and my driver ran to ask her to stop long enough for the picture. By this time a crowd had started to gather but I snapped the shot anyway. Upset Over Photo My driver now looked a bit anxious and said "Let's go." Before we could get in the car, however, several men and boys had gathered around us talking excitedly. Then a man, probably in his 30's and dressed in a nea't Western suit, approached us and identified himself as a Corporal in the C.I.D., the Criminal Investigations Division of the local police. He was very upset over the picture and started to take my driver to task. At that, I interjected that the picture was my idea and then he turned on me. "You'll have to come with me to the Police Station." At that, I started to talk faster than ever explaining that my attempt was innocent and the picture was only for my private use and that I meant no harm. However, as the large crowd got larger yet, I kept thinking to myself, "The Ugly American rides again." The commotion also attracted the attention of a Ghanian soldier who approached us and demanded to know the problem. (Ghana is run by a military dictatorship at the moment and the authority of the soldiers is highly respected here). The civilian policeman who was in plainclothes immediately yielded to the soldier's authority and they walked to the side to confer. When they returned, they again demanded to know what I intended to do with the picture. "She is dressed in our native clothes; you want to make fun of her and our country when you show the picture, showing that we are a backward country," said the policeman. I assured OUR BOARDING HOUSE him that wasn't the case, that I thought the contrary, that the native clothes are very attractive and appealling. "We disagree," he re-emphasized. Tension Relaxes All four of us — my driver and myself along with the policeman and the soldier — then got into the taxi. To what destination I didn't know. As we drove, however, the tension started to relax. "We want you to take pictures of our country," explained the policeman. "But we want you to take back pictures and memories of the good things of Ghana — the things that show our progress." They allowed me to shoot the rest of the frames on that role of film, even posing proudly for the last shot. We then drove to a local photographer. They asked him to develop the role so they could eliminate the offending picture from it. However, the photographer after conferring at the side with the soldier explained he could not develop the film in time for me to get it before leaving the country. After further quiet consultation, the soldier and the policeman agreed to let me keep the film after all. Our Ambassador to Ghana, Shirley Temple Black, the next day expressed surprise at the incident and assured me it wasn't typical of what one generally encounters in Ghana. "In some countries you aren't allowed to photograph a woman or even a little child," said Ambassador Black, "because it's thought that a photograph removes part of the soul. When I was in one such country. I explained that if that was true, I with Major Hoople I INVESTIGATED PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF TME OIL INPU5TRY, Tl 6ER.' —HAK I PI$C0VEf?EP RESENTMENT AT HI<5H PRICES! X3U 5HOULP PI5TRACT TMEM FPWAA TriE PUMP BY PLANTING TREES/ LISTEN, MY SO SMALL ALREADY ONLY TOE SUM MACHINE KEEP5 ME IN BUSINESS! WHY 6IVE TKEM BEIN' 5UEP BY A GUI WHO CUT HIMSELF ON A FREE PAPER TOWEL: THING ELSE TO BACK INTO HE OTHER 6IPE OF THE BUSINESS^ WttWttWfttt^^ 'tum-e-troi' saves your shape and 20% Your clothes will look and fit better with the Cupid Tum-E-Trol girdle. It has double- power net to flatten your tummy firmly but comfortably. 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He blamed it on an over-zealous policeman and said that in the local language which the policeman fortunately didn't understand, he had told the photographer to tell the policeman that it would be impossible to have my film ready by the time I needed it. Although the incident was personally disconcerting. I was to remain in Ghana long enough to be satisfied that the action of the soldier was far more typical than that of the policeman. Ghanian citizens, in fact, generally show every sign of liking Americans very much. IDAHO CITY, Idaho (UPI) They call it a "fun contract" and it has a dual purpose of combating "cabin fever" in this winter-weary mountain city and a way to quit smoking. Boise County Sheriff Jack Williams said a group sitting around wishing for winter to end dreamed up the idea. It amounts to this: Participants in the "fun contract" give up smoking May 1. If one is caught smoking he goes before a kangaroo court and receives an automatic sentence of 24 hours in the county jail on crackers and water He also must pay double for a deep-sea fishing trip the group is planning to the Oregon Coast. Williams said the fishing trip will cost each of them about $100 —unless one of them takes a puff. Then the cost for that person will be $200. He said Patrick O'Leary, proprietor of O'Leary's Saloon, thought up the contest. He said O'Leary had a heart attack about a month ago and needs to quit smoking. The sheriff said the "fun contract" should help the participants get over the cabin fever of a long winter. Although roads are bare there are about 15 inches of snow on the level. NEW YORK (UPI) - You'd think that any New York City cab driver with any self respect would resent some college professor coming down and telling him his accent is "illiterate" and "substandard." But 30 cabbies have dutifully attended a seminar in a cramped room over Nathan's Famous in Times Square to hear Jerry Cammarata, a voice and diction instructor from Wagner College, teach them ho woto "lawk beddah." Some of the drivers wondered if the session were necessary. Or as a British TV journalist with an impeccable Oxford accent asked Cammarata: "Why shouldn't a cab driver from Brooklyn talk like a cab driver from Brooklyn?" Cammarata offered this explanation: the "dem," "dese," "dose" and other crudities of the New York dialect grate on the ears of some out-of-towners who account for part of the cab- riding public. This, according to his theory, may result in something even worse than bad diction — undertipping. Cammarata said he wanted to cut out the "substan- dardisms" and "illiterate speech patterns" the cab drivers use, despite the fact, "a lot of people who are picked up at the airport are totally amused by it." He said many others aren't. 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