Timothy is an 11 year old boy living about a block away from my house in the neighbourhood of Nungua, Accra, Ghana. He’s a talkative kid, especially in contrast to his older brother, who is rather shy. His brother declined an interview.
December 13, 2016 Accra, Ghana
Dayna: If you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be?
Timothy: [Long pause] I dunno.
D: You dunno.
D: It could be anything in the world, anything. You know,, if you think of a superhero–
D: It could be anything– mind reading, flying, crawling up buildings. It could be becoming invisible. What would your superpower be?
T: Climbing. And flying.
T: Because I want to go to space. If I can fly, I can go to space.
D: Wow. What would you want to see in space?
T: How the weather condition is.
D: How the weather condition is?
D: Wow. What would you do once you found out?
T: I would come to the world and tell how the weather condition is.
D: Right on. Okay. So what wakes you up in the morning?
T: My school. How to go to school.
T: Because I must wake up and leave to go to school.
D: Mhm. Do you like school?
D: Which part? What’s your favourite part about school?
T: Like, learn.
D: What subject do you like the best?
D: Math? You like numbers?
D: What is the most beautiful place that you know of? It can be somewhere that you’ve been, or somewhere that you’ve never been, or somewhere that you’ve heard of.
T: Like, Mexico.
D: Have you ever been there?
T: [Shakes head]
D: What have you heard about Mexico that makes it beautiful?
T: That place is very nice. I saw it on television. It’s very nice. So if I like I can go there. If I become somebody in future, I can go there.
D: Like when you get older?
T: No. Like if I learn and I become somebody in future, I become something in future. Like a… a banker… or a pilot, or engineer, I can go there.
D: You mean work there?
D: Okay. So, you would want to visit it? Or live there?
D: Nice! Do you have anything else you wanna say?