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Driving through Kumasi’s industrial outskirts in Ghana, a behemoth billboard looms over the highway forcefully advertising the sale of ‘Turn the Other Cheek Glycophosphate’.

Funny signs in Ghana
Photo © Dave McAlpine

Just beyond it lies ‘King of Hosts Funeral Catering Services’ and – invitingly for shoplifters – ‘Forgive and Forget Metallic Plumbing Products’. Goofy is the inappropriate mascot for ‘My Redeemer Lives Fast Foods’ and, as a reminder, ‘Remember the Sabbath Cement Mixers’ looks to consolidate your home as well as your place in heaven. A local stadium promotes the inevitably one-sided match between the terrifyingly named ‘Ashanti Warriors’ and the almost certainly crap ‘Forgiveness FC’.

This kind of fervent Christian evangelism may be off-putting to many people. But those are not the people who have lacked a lie-in for three months travelling through Islamic Africa. For such people, Jesus’ name has never looked sweeter. Or quieter. Or less French.

Funny signs in Ghana
Photo © Dave McAlpine
Funny signs in Ghana
Photo © Dave McAlpine
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Dave McAlpine

David is pastey of complexion and lily-livered of disposition. None-the-less he has been forced to overcome these genetic handicaps in order to fulfil a lifelong dream of travelling from Casablanca to Johannesburg overland. This journey has required two primary prerequisites: oodles of patience and unemployment. David has been particularly happy to oblige the second of these. When he is not unemployed he can be seen in the hospitals of KwaZulu-Natal trying to convince both patients and nurses alike that he is, in fact, a doctor. He believed that his interest in Emergency Medicine may come in handy during his travels. He was wrong. His predisposition to rashes in ungodly places would have made dermatology a finer choice. His great love is to travel and he has been fortunate enough to have stumbled through over thirty countries spanning every continent except for Antarctica. But of all of these Africa has always held the most allure and David has been happy to shed many layers of singed skin along its crazy and varied landscapes.