Teenage Kayayo girls sleep at a market in Accra, Ghana. The Kayayei (‘market girls’) move from northern Ghana, where sustenance is hard to come by, to Accra in search of work. They often face difficult labor and dangers such as robbery and kidnapping. For many Kayayei, the journey south signals an affirmation of adulthood, and a transition between tradition and modernity.
From Kayayo Girls of Ghana, by Veronique de Viguerie