Larabanga is smaller than any dot on the map I’ve ever seen. Northern Ghana with its relentlessly dry and dusty weather begged the question of how it was possible to even make mud. I arrived at the end of the dry season, knowing rains were just around the corner, despite the fact I couldn’t yet taste any moisture in the air.
This conservative Muslim community is wary of women, especially ones who want to get close to the mosque. I knew I had my work cut out for me. When I did get around to asking, the first comment out of the older boy’s mouth was, “No women allowed.”
Mittie Babette Roger is from Louisiana but lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University and authored the book It's Better to Visit the Shaman Without Questions to Ask. She travels the world volunteering to help disadvantaged children and promoting Blue Iguana Tequila to empower serious drinkers.