*Pronounced: "Traw-traw" (like the word
and vans that act as the biggest and cheapest means of inter-city mass transportation in Ghana
. The buses are typically minibuses or vans, with the most popular being Nissan Urvan
15-seaters and Mercedes Benz Sprinter or D 309 vans. Seating arrangements
• two "front seats" up by the driver's seat
4 rows of longer
bench seats with the bus conductor (called the "Mate
") at the seat closest
to the vehicle door.
The word may have been derived from the Ga
(Gà) word "tro" meaning "pesewa
" (the smallest unit
of Ghanaian currency), given
the trotro's status as a cheap means of transportation.Trotros
are typically decorated with flags and stickers of various countries or (local and international) soccer teams, and with witty sayings, wisecracks, local proverbs or Bible verses printed on the bus's rear.
1. How did you get here? / I took
2. His day couldn't have been worse. While waiting in that heavy downpour to grab a taxi, he was assailed with mud and dirty rain water by a speeding
trotro. To Boat's annoyance, the only "apology" he got from the mate's mouth was an energetic "Circ-Kanesh."