Willis Bell Remembered

Willis E. Bell, farmer and photographer, passed on at his farm at Baafikrom, near Mankessim, on September 30th 1999.

With his remarkable ability to capture character, movement and nuance on film, Bell traveled the length and breadth of Ghana, generating a compelling record of the country and its people.

He was part of this foundation from its inception, and contributed important ideas for its vision.  In particular, he helped to visualize the eventual shape of Mmofra Foundation grounds, applying his keen sense of natural aesthetics and concern for environment.

He collaborated on a number of books with writer Efua Sutherland, including the children’s books Playtime in Africa and Tahinta and Vulture! Vulture!

Though he seldom ventured far from his simple and beautiful farm, he participated in some of Mmofra’s early public service events including the Illustrators Workshops.

Mmofra Foundation continues to value his art in his memory.