Samuel, age 10 and one-legged, takes a rest after a fight at Jamestown, a poor urban neighborhood in Accra where boxing is seen as a catalyst for upward social mobility. Determined not to be left behind despite his disability, Samuel has learned to throw punches with one leg. His right leg was run over by a bus when he was around 10 months old. Samuel aspires to follow the path taken by many urban poor Jamestown youth who punched their way out of poverty.
Known Ghanaian former professional boxers, including Ike Quartey, Alfred Kotey, Joshua Clottey, and Azumah Nelson, widely considered the greatest African boxer of all time, all honed their jabs on the streets of Jamestown.
Author: Muntaka Chasant is a researcher and a professional documentary photographer based in Accra, Ghana. His research interests straddle human geography and environmental sociology.