Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Running of the Vandals

This morning as I left to go to work I witnessed a large and noisy parade of Vandals go down the street. Vandals is the popular name of residents of Commonwealth Hall, the University of Ghana's only all male dormitory. Half of them were wearing the traditional red colors of the Vandals and the other half had no shirts on. They were chanting, singing, banging on drums, and lighting off cherry bombs. They also waved a number of flags, one of which had a rather large phallic symbol drawn on it. I am told they do this every Saturday. But, I must have already been at work during the previous weeks. I will have to make sure to stay at home until around 8:00 am on Saturdays from now on so I can watch the parade.

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