Trotro: Historic facts and photos of one of Ghana's oldest means of transport pop up

Trotro: Historic facts and photos of one of Ghana's oldest means of transport pop up

- Trotros are privately owned minibus share taxis that travel fixed routes

- The common means of transport is used in Ghana and other African states

- Trotro is a Ga word "tro'' which means ''three pence''

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Of a common but very important means of transport for the average Ghanaian, tro tro, privately owned minibus that travel fixed routes and only takes off when the seats have all been taken.

Trotro is a Ga word "tro" which means''three pence''.

Ghanaianmuseum.com reports that in the post-colonial days, the mass transit vehicle charged passengers three pence per trip and the transaction for service birthed "tro-tros".

While there are trotro stations, these vehicles can also be boarded anywhere along a route.

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Trotro is operated by a driver and a conductor who collects money. The conductor referred to as the mate usually shouts out the destination or routes the minibus would ply.

Ghanaianmuseum.com affirms that as of 2010, 70% of Ghanaian commuters used trotro to work and for shopping.

However, large buses also provide public transport in Accra, Ghana, also patronized by people of different social classes.

Meanwhile, listed as one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world, Ghana’s Larabanga Mosque was built in the Sudanese architectural style in the village of Larabanga in the West Gonja district, Savannah region.

Founded in 1421, the Larabanga Mosque is the oldest in the country and one of the oldest in West Africa also referred to as the "Mecca of West Africa".

The mosque has undergone restoration several times with the World Monuments Fund (WMF) contributing substantially to its restoration.

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