During my years in Ghana, Wild Gecko was one of my favourite African arts and handcrafts shops. I used to go there at least once a month to buy jewellery for myself and gifts for friends abroad. Last week I was in Accra, my first time back in four years. Visiting Wild Gecko was like stepping back in time for the shop itself still looks the same. Walk through the entrance, and already homewares grab your attention, like the metal shaped Singing Frogs looking skywards for rain. I snapped a picture of them, and couldn’t resist putting Ted Windsor from I Heart Windsor fame!
The spacious floor is lined with freestanding shelves of art from Ghana, as well as the continent as a whole. My eyes soaked in locally produced beauty products, Krobo-bead keyrings, beautifully woven African baskets and an array of African art in this emporium. I had no idea where to start.
I really wanted to grab everything I saw, but my purse just wouldn’t allow it. Just as well too, I would have struggled to bring it all back with my limited luggage allowance!
I did a bit of shopping, not just for me (although mostly!) but also for my soon-to-be-seven niece. I’m happy with my finds. A Jamestown mug (that’s where my family originate from), a soapstone carved hippo, handmade shea soap, made from real shea butter, not the fraction of shea you get in most beauty products here in the UK.
If you are planning a trip to Accra, a visit to Wild Gecko is brilliant for a bit of retail therapy.