It has already been over 6 years since TroTro Diaries started with one Facebook post. We have evolved over the years and our main platform currently has over 260,000 users. Our initial impact was to share stories with a touch of humor, as a way of helping people get through the daily stressful commute to work and back home.
Beyond this we have gone ahead to feature on CNN among other places. As we grew we focused more on how we can impact the society we live in. Two main areas we have focused on is Sanitation and Road safety. What have done?
Sanitation: we put the amazing people on our facebook group into volunteer teams. Each of the teams adopted a bus staion (trotro station), where they educated other commuters and transport operators on sanitation issues and carried out clean up exercises. A BIG thank you to all the awesome members who volunteered
Road Safety: most road safety education is targeted at drivers and transport operators. However, we believe that if we can educate passengers and pedestrians on road signs and better use of our roads then we could help reduce the accidents on our roads. As such we introduced road signs education on our Facebook group.
These are two projects we have run in the past and will be introducing again. TroTro Diaries will keep growing especially with our mobile application coming up. We will keep you updated.
We have just relaunched our road safety project in partnership with sponsorship from Chop Chow (a Ghanaian startup). The idea behind this project is that we believe that road safety education so far has been mainly targeted at drivers and transport operators. However, we believe that if we can educate other road users such as passengers and pedestrians, then we can improve the conditions on our roads.
An example is that, if a passenger understand what this road sign represents, then they would not try to coerce a driver to stop for them to alight at a point with this sign.
As such we have started with this project and currently are working on partnering with the National Road Safety Commission and the Motor Transport and Traffic Department of the Ghana Police to see how TroTro Diaries can impact our society and improve the knowledge base of passengers, pedestrians and other road users.
Join us daily on our main platform on facebook where we carry out this education:
#KeepSmilingKeepShining: here I was, innocent little boy sitting in trotro minding my business which includes konkonsa for Trotro Diaries. From nowhere this guy gets on and decides to decorate my slim fit papistic trouser. Trying to mess the nice view of my heavy duty ties and hips with whatever was in his bag that I don’t even know. But still I #KeepSmilingKeepShining. Stay positive.
As we celebrate National Public Transport Day, we at Trotro Diaries entreat us all to help in educating our loved ones. Take a look at the National Road Safety Campaign website and know your road signs. Be informed rather than think that the signs with animals mean Animal market hehe. Let’s not just wish things get better, let us all do our little bit to make things better. Insist on the right thing being done, especially in trotros, even if they don’t heed, you would have passed some education. Keep Smiling, Keep shining
Trotro Diaries: my job as the writer of the diaries has never been this challenging. Not when I want to write about 2 amazing people in front of me but their friend is on my left and 3 more friends at my back. What kinda skill will I use to write without being caught and also assess this girl and see if she is fine enough to be classified as FGoT – Fine Girl on Trotro haha. Wish me all the best in my attempt to take a picture or wish me luck when these people catch me, then this car will be on real fire.
Anyway I would like to welcome them, I can see they are foreigners but they have already understood what my profile pix talks about. Anyway let me tell u why these my people have made my day. I am the luckiest man on the face of the planet this moment cos the 1 sitting on my left is sleeping and that thing inspires me so much and makes me laugh so much that my laughter increases the GDP of Ghana. Next on the bill we have the 2 in front of me. The 1 on the left has some old school jerry curls, no on second thought I think its jelly curls. Sitted right next to him is the dude with the headphones the size of which am sure is about the same as a 53.2 inch michelin tyre.
Oh and I forgot I made a trotro friend who is from Naija, this my guy is so on point, never missing the trotro, 1 day I will show u a pix of him. Anyway that is how the day has started and I believe it will go Great. Remember no matter how crooked or uncomfortable the trotro (life) might be, you can always put a smile in there. Get to the office in the right mood, love yall. Leave a comment or like.
Going International: The trotro movement is way bigger than we think. In Nigeria they are called Danfo, in some Eastern and Southern African countries they are called Matatus. Imagine how it will be like if all of us from all these countries are sharing our amazing stories with pictures and making friends from all over. How do you think it will be like and what name would you call the group? hahaha
Trotro Diaries, 10/1/2012, 7:45, Filling Station in either Mateheko or Dansoman:
Today is International Trotro Language Day (ITLD) and so I am going to be teaching you our TD keywords. You better learn it well cos some time it will be an international tests like IELTS, SAT, GMAT etc. So here goes:
1. CTC – Chief Trotro Consultant (that is me so pls don’t take my post and use it to con girls)
2. FGoT – Fine Girl on Trotro
3. FBoT – Fine Boy on Trotro
4. MMoT – Mafia Mbrewa on Trotro
5. TFSF – Trotro Front Seat Fighter
6. ATM – Annoying Trotro Mate
7. TPIWLtSoT – The Person I Would Like to Slap on Trotro
8. TTE – The Trotro Einstein
9. KWoT – Konkonsa Women on Trotro
10. ACBoT – Annoying Crying Baby on Trotro
11. TSS – Trotro Serial Sleepers
12. MYTM – My Yawa Trotro Moment
13. TASPoT – The Annoying Smart People on Trotro
14. SPoT – Stinking People on Trotro
15. ACPoT – Annoying Chinese Phone on Trotro
My fav trotro moment of 2011… so here i was on the last but one seat of a white not too shabby 207… bus was rather quiet, no music, very few discussions, quite peaceful… gave me some freedom to plan out all the responsibilities i had… however i think the driver noticed this and put on the radio, song was one of them loud local gospel songs(not the i have anything against them)… funny enough the speakers were right under my seat and to be honest it was a little bit too loud and i expected the driver to notice this and turn it down a notch… he didnt…
So i decided to call out to the mate to tell the driver to reduce the volume… as if by magic just when i was about to open my mouth the music stopped completely… most shocking thing happened less than a second later… i heard some dude behind me say “h33llo”… (the hell… that wasnt the driver, that was somebody’s ringtone)… u guys shoulda seen the bus, silent laughter be what!!… never believed phones could be that loud… these Chinese guys overdid it this time… WHAT!!!!