A village of fishing families established by immigrant Ewe people on the margins of the newly formed Bui Lake, June, 2016. Many fishing families were drawn to Banda by opportunities created as Bui Lake formed behind the newly built Bui Dam. The villages consisted of tightly clustered houses, many with tarp roofs, located a short distance from the newly formed Bui Lake. Banda, June, 2016.
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Canoes like this one were the boats long used by Ewe fishing families on the Black Volta River in this area. These can only be used for near-shore fishing on the newly formed Bui Lake because winds and waves on the open lake are dangerous to small boats. Visible in the lake are the trees inundated as lake waters rose behind Bui Dam. Bui Lake, near Bongase, June, 2016.
The Bui Hydroelectric Dam reduced the Black Volta River's downstream flow, exposing here the rocky river bed that was once home to a braided river channel. Fishing is no longer viable in these downstream areas. Here the river is viewed (looking southeast) from the newly constructed bridge that crosses the Black Volta River, a short distance downstream from the dam. Bui Dam site, 18 June, 2016.
An outboard motor-powered fishing boat used by commercial fisherman on the newly formed Bui Lake. The Ewe families who fished the waters of the Black Volta River in this area before Bui Dam was built fished from small canoes. Those small boats are unsafe on the lake formed by Bui Dam because of the lake's unpredictable winds and waves. Fishing on the lake therefore requires access to capital that many local fishermen lack. Trees inundated by the rising lake waters are visible in the background. Two photos. Bui Lake, near Bongase, June, 2016.