Madam Gagnanto is something of a public figure in Grand-Popo. As the former headmistress of the local government school, she has helped shape the lives of many of young people from this coastal town over the past four decades and is the go-to person for advice on community matters.
Now retired, she continues to work hard, owning a block of stores on the town’s main high street and volunteering her time to teach children from her village in the school holidays. She’s also campaigned locally against the phenomenon of skin bleaching.
Image: Madam Gagnanto in the compound of her home speaking with Sylvia Arthur and Georgette Singbe, translating from Mina to English.
Image: Ernest Ankomah