Our Lady of Lourdes grotto is a replica of a famous grotto in France of the same name. The sacred place is situated at Kpando Agbenoxoe in the Volta Region of Ghana. The site holds an annual pilgrimage for Christians from Ghana and neighbouring countries who seek spiritual nourishment, growth, and breakthroughs in their lives. It is held shortly before the end of the year and draws a large number of congregants to the site. The centrepiece of worship is a giant statue of Maria, the mother of Jesus, which serves as an integral part of the pilgrimage. Pilgrims honour the image as well as asking for intersection for their lives.
I first visited the place nine years ago when I was in high school, but only to witness the much talked about event in the region. Catholic activities fascinate me—their peaceful nature. My younger self wanted to be a Catholic.
In 2019, with a camera and some questions, I sought to uncover the idea of faith, activities of the sacred place and its contribution to the lives of pilgrims.