We call them the future leaders, yet sometimes the look in their eyes betray that assertion.
Here are 31 pictures of Ghanaian children that prove to us there is hope for the future.
1. Time to play.
The initial idea was to show of his beautifully made replica canoe until he saw his friends playing and running up the hill. He left his toy off for me to shoot or do whatever I like with it whilst he joined his mates in playing. Why do we even grow up and become so bitter towards each other?. Love care and brotherhood… Cherish these things.
2. A time to smile.
3. Time to dance.
4. We keep moving forward.
Tbt….his skills on the skates was just magical..but that was only one of the reasons why I kept looking at him. He had on two different pair of skates. A pink one on his right foot and a black one on the other. This would not keep him out from practising and having fun. Sometimes we stay put waiting for the "perfect opportunity" . Sometimes the perfect time "never" arrives but must be created. May you seize your kairos moment in this new year. Happy New Year everyone. #ghana #play #kairos #africaphotographer # Emmanuel Bobbie 2017 all rights reserved
5. All smiles.
Throwback Thursday 3.30.13.. The shoot for the music artist was under the atomic bridge at Haatso, she was a curious onlooker with her mum urging her to come closer to the set so she features in the picture too. She was photo bombing :). When the shoot ended, I asked her mum if she could be photographed as well and had an over whelming yes. She however run off and pulled her friend she was playing with to be included in the photo. The innocence and love was beautiful. As we head to the polls on Wednesday, I pray we see ourselves as one people and treat each other with love and respect irrespective of our political affiliation, for the sake of these young and innocent ones. God bless Ghana #love #beautiful #oneGhana Emmanuel Bobbie All rights reserved 2016
7. Roller Skating.
He skated rapidly back and forth a few times showing of his amazing skills this late noon. In no time he was tired. He grabbed a sachet water, drunk half and poured the other half over his head to cool down. I have suffered same in recent times (exhaustion) . Been on a nationwide assignment for a client. I became exhausted and decided to put down my camera down for a while after a friend introduced me to Dji drones. It does get exciting, flying and taking photos. I had a new challenge for me however, I think I will put it away for a bit and grab my DSLR once again, having crashed the drone a few times already. We all need breaks, even doing what we love I guess. I restarted from a photowalk today #Accra # kantamanto #Ghana #goingback #goldenlight #lenstory @lensculture Emmanuel Bobbie All rights reserved 2016
8. Ready to support the family.
In a little under 2hours, these two beautiful girls will be crying their eyes out. The holidays has ended and Kiarah my niece leaves back for London. My daughter and her cousin have been inseparable since she arrived a little over two weeks ago. Now I am in a tight spot on how to make the impact less on both of them. Good byes can be indeed really difficult @marvelous_shots . #family #Bobbiegirls #holiday #GhaBrits #love #cousins Emmanuel Bobbie All rights reserved
10. Pure joy.
11. We rejoice in the moment.
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow – Imogen Cunningham . Never be fully satisfied with what you've done. On my short drive out of Accra yesterday. A kid washes down by a bore hole at Asesewa in the Eastern Region with @yaw_pare @canon #naturallightphotography #85mm #beautifulmatters
12. Face of determination.
Its the long vacation period in Ghana now. Kids will be home for almost 3 months. Some schools organise vacation classes a.k.a. "summer" schools. Other kids will be just be idling at home for the period. Justice is a 10 year old kid at Odortom" in the Eastern region who prefers to help his uncle by opening the sacks of medicinal plants which then will be purchased by clients for medical capsules. He seemed very happy and bubbly and posed with his uncles shovel with awesome attitude. This is a far cry from some other kids I have seen being used for child labour. Makes me miss growing up helping my granny on her farm. #travel #eastern #roadtrip @canon #[email protected]
13. Crab hunting.
14. There’s hope for the future.
Tbt :: A few years ago upon my resettlement to Ghana, I used to drive around looking for images to build my portfolio. Armed with only my kit lens 18-55 on my Canon 350D (yes I am old) and two speedlites I got some images that I truly treasure. Today I are armed with prime lens and camera bodies, I can firmly conclude that having the latest gear does not guarantee that you will have stunning photos. The best camera in the world is what you have. To all the photogs that say I inspire them.. Spend time on the craft and not necessarily the tools. What the other photog uses is what works for him/her ..07.11.09 #rasta #oldaburiroad #strobist #travel #lowangle #Ghana
15. That’s why we have fun.
16. Nothing lost.
17. Work and happiness.
They smiled for the picture but deep down within I felt their sadness. Some kids along some of our rivers and water bodies get trafficked and get to do some hard labour intensive jobs for their "masters". Some work stark naked and others having to dive deep under river beds to free tangled fishing nets. Good news is, loads of N.G.O's have taken up the challenge to free these kids and let them get back to school and let them have a better future. #kids #childlabour #unicef @unicef @Emmanuel Bobbie @copyrighted 2016
18. All work and no play?
The current water crisis going on in some parts of the country seems to be a blessing for these lads at Nsawam this morning. Sent to go fetch water by their parents, they took time out to show their acrobatic prowess before going home with their buckets of water. #watercrisis #kidswillbekids #Ghana #nsawam @natgeo @bbcafrica @canon_photos
19. Look into my eyes…
20. For with my little hands I put food on the table.
Apparently she had been following me for about 10mins, my assistant told me. I stopped and asked her why she was following me, she told me she wanted to have her photo taken…with her "prized" squid (pu sina) and that she has never ever been photographed. Her smile was amazing. Upon a later visit to give her a print, she has been sent to a village somewhere no one knew to help her Auntie with farm work. #child #lostchildhood #travel #myGhjourneys #bobpixel #stilllearning
She skipped on the dry dusty "parks" fringes as the football match proceeded. Recreational parks are non existent. Places to have fun for minors simply does not exist..All the lands has been sold by our greedy leaders since time in memorial. Our shopping malls are swamped by kids on vacation have no where to go and play. Children have right to play in safe and healthier enviromens. #righttoplay #saveourlands #ourfutureleaders @bbcafrica
23. Rejoice with us.
28.11.08 tbt paa. My first visit to Nzulezu was fantastic way back in 2008. The stilt village sitting on the river is one of the most visited sites in Ghana. #travelghana #nzulezu #amazingGhana #throwbackthursday #lobster #ineedtopublish #24-105mm #repost #cnnafrica @carlnutsugah @cnnafrica @streetphotographers @cnn @bbcnews @worldpressphoto #canon_photos #canon_official
25. No fear.
He stood there holding his cock for a while gazing as the photoshoot continued. He seemed puzzled with all the flashes going on and off. I asked if he wanted to be photographed he said Yes but still noticed he was scared by the flash. #aburi #photowalk #notsolongago #stilllearning #wegrinding #Godforgiveyourdirtymind
26. Let’s play.
27. Do not be worried, I will be okay.
We played the blinking game for 30secs or so. He kept staring at me if I would grab my camera and take a photo. I did not want to have him come down from his rope tied up the nose of the canoe either, as I reached for my camera to take a shot. He later ignored me as I took my shot. As I started moving away, he called me back. "Bra ha mi shika fio osha picha arrhu". A token for my photo you just made "Hard" Jamestown boy. A small token for Gideon. #Ghana #Jamestown #photowalk #iloveGhana
28. Young hustler.
29. Crafted for this….
30. And I know I will survive it.
Needed to drive out and clear my head late afternoon today. I drove to the trade fair site to shoot some skaters. My attention was drawn to this young boy busy "mending" his toy car close to the skaters. Took a series of photos as he "worked" to make his toy roadworthy . A future mechanical engineer who knows. He fixed it and dragged it away… A mustard seed. #dontgiveup #24-105f4L #stilllearning #naturallight #lexonmotivated @lexonart
31. Do not be afraid, there is hope for the future.
Zuraira sat at the banks of the black Volta washing her clothes. When I approached and asked if I can make a photo of her, she nodded and I took a few shots. I then asked her to smile for a few more shots..she declined..I asked a few more times and she still declined. At this stage, her mum walks up to me and tells me.she lost her milk tooth and her friends laugh at her when she smiles as such she won't smile for me to photograph her "flaws". I respected her decision and the shoot ended there. Such a wonderful strong person. My river maiden Zuraira #Ghanatravel #black Volta #buipe #destinationGhana #fader #lobster #watermark #50mm @cnnafrica #bbcafrica #girlchild @aljazeera @worldpressphoto @magnumphotos @loves_africa #portraitpage #canon_photos #canon_official @marvelous_shots