In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene takes advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to buck a beauty trend. No, I haven't gone under the plastic surgeon's knife to tighten up the wrinkles, nor have I attempted a Botox treatment. Instead, I am walking around with my grey - more like white - hairs exposed. At 76, it is not exactly news that I should have white hair, but believe me, it has been a dramatic decision. Time was when you could tell what stage in life a Ghanaian woman had reached by the way she wore her hair.
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Sex work in Ghana, in particular Accra, is one of those open secrets. While the practice is frowned upon, if you ask almost anyone on the streets where you can find areas notorious for Ashawos, people could point you in the right direction. In spite of collective knowledge on the whereabouts of sex workers in Accra, it dawned on me that, growing up in the city, I knew very little about these women.
CNN is committed to covering gender inequality wherever it occurs in the world. This story is part of As Equals , an ongoing series. Click here for more stories from the As Equals series. Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah poses in her bedroom at her home in Accra, Ghana.