‘DIRTY’ business

Ghana: Meet Joseph Siaw Agyepong, the garbage collector with the fat purse

By Kent Mensah

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Posted on April 6, 2023 07:26

 © Ghanaian businessman Joseph Siaw Agyepong (photo: supplied)
Ghanaian businessman Joseph Siaw Agyepong (photo: supplied)

In the mid-noughties, Ghana had a problem, one that partly inspired a state-run anti-indiscipline campaign. The West African nation’s largest cities, especially the capital Accra, were overwhelmed by waste. The sheer volume of filth was a sight for sore eyes and the resulting stench repulsive to the nose. But not Joseph Siaw Agyepong’s nose.

One could argue that the most remarkable thing about Agyepong is not his vision, but his sense of smell – that ability to sniff out any opportunity.

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