Well, my last day in Cape Coast was interesting… to say the very least. As I have previously blogged, Tory and I have been walking around Cape just exploring to fight the boredom of lazy hot afternoons. Usually we go to the highest hill in Akotokyir to listen to music, take pictures and walk around. The scenery is beautiful and you can see every little region that makes up Cape Coast, even the palm trees in El Mina and the ocean beyond.
Around 3, in broad daylight on the main road, we saw our friend Kweku, who also happens to be Tory’s old neighbor (she recently lived in Akotokyir but moved to Christina’s house 3 weeks ago). Kweku walked up the road with us and insisted that he come with us but, getting a creepy vibe from him, I told him that we would rather walk alone. He continued to insist that he join us and even warned us of the dangers of the area. He was a little too pushy for our liking and we felt unease, so we nicely told him we would call him later and we watched him walk off.
About fifteen minutes later, Tory told me she saw somebody in a white hood. She knows how much I hate scary movies so I thought she just was making another joke from “The Strangers,” a movie that we watched recently. I walked forward on the path, part of me thinking it was a joke another part of me all fired up and ready to kick someone’s ass, exclaiming something about similar to “I’m not gonna wait for someone to come jump me, I’m gonna surprise them and kick their ass first!” Then I saw a man hiding in the bushes wearing a white hood over his head that covered face. I started to back away but then he came at me with a huge knife, like a pointed butcher knife with an 8 or 9 inch blade. We immediately threw our belongings on the ground, which consisted of some gum wrappers, only 5 pesawas, but also a phone and an iPod (both of which belonged to Tory). Before the walk, just by chance, I put my money, all 130GHC, in my bra so luckily he didn’t get my money. With his knife he demanded us to “give it up” but we couldn’t understand him. I almost gave up my hidden money but then shook the knife at Tory and demanded her camera. BUSTED! Only Kweku knew that we were there and that we had a camera. She threw him the camera and he told us to “get a head start running” so we bolted, Tory even left her shoes there. We ran home and told our brothers the whole story.
Sam, who happens to be a police officer, led the other 6 brothers to Kweku’s house to confront him. We went over to the “crime scene” and reenacted everything with them. While there, we discovered multiple secret pathways in the bush that were marked with blue paint. The brothers told me that the blue paint was a ‘gang sign’ so that must have been the ‘gansta lair’ for that area. Sam crawled into the tunnels that were made in the bush and found the clothes that Kweku had changed clothes into, the white hood, and other miscellaneous things, showing that somebody set up camp in the bush.
The brothers are taking care of everything and going back over to find Kweku tonight. From what it sounds like, they are going to beat up Kweku and get Tory’s stuff back. There’s nothing like having 6 Ghanaian brothers to run home to! I am going to miss having them around… someone is getting their butt kicked right now (sucks for you, Kweku)!