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Accra Travel Guide | Ghana (Part 1/3)

Accra Travel Guide | Ghana (Part 1/3)

1. KWAME NKRUMAH PARK AND MAUSOLEUM

More than a monument, this is a historic park built by Rawlings. It is the exact site where Nkrumah declared Ghana an Independent State in 1957. His resting place is inside the marble structure, and "the water and flowers around it signify that his rule and personality" would remain evergreen in the minds of Ghanaians for many generations.

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2. KWAME MUSEUM

Close to the mausoleum is the Kwame museum which showcases the history of Ghana and the life of the great father of Ghanaian independence with pictures, documents, artifacts and personal effects of the late president. Definitely worth a visit but note that entrance fee is 10cedis.

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3. ACCRA NATIONAL MOSQUE

The mosque was constructed by the Turkish Government with support from the Ghanaian Government. I understand that the mosque consist of a school, residence of the Imam and it also accommodates 10,000 people. I read that the land for the project was donated by Government of Ghana to the Muslim community in 1995, in replacement of the mosque demolished for the construction of a Park in Accra.

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4. INDEPENDENCE SQUARE

There are a few monuments to remember the days of Ghana's struggle and they include the Independence square (freedom and Justice tower), Black star square, and the Liberation day monument.

This monumental landmark, known as the freedom and justice tower signifies the freedom of the people of Ghana from the oppression of the colonial British government. So much history in one place.

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5. BLACK STAR SQUARE

The black square (comprising of the Independence arch and the soccer stadium), built like a sport arena, is where people gather for the president speeches and other key events. The square is the second largest City Square in the world after the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. When it is not in use, people are allowed to inside and it is free.

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6. MEMORIAL GROUND OF LATE PRESIDENT, JOHN ATTA MILLS

Former President Mills died on 24th June 2012, at the Military Hospital after a short illness. Before his death, he was one of the democratically-elected presidents of the Republic of Ghana. The Ghanaian politician and legal scholar served as President of Ghana from 2009 to 2012. I gather that the people truly loved him.

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7. LIBERATION DAY MONUMENT

Liberation Day monument was erected in honour of several veterans who fought during the Second World War for the British Empire. After returning to Ghana, some of the veterans who were dissatisfied with the social welfare in the country matched peacefully to the then Ghanaian colonial government. The protesters were fired upon, and several of the veterans were killed. 

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8. ACCRA SPORTS STADIUM

The Accra Sports Stadium, formerly named the Ohene Djan Stadium is a multi-use, 39,800 all-seater stadium, inaugurated in 1952

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9. NATIONAL THEATRE

The theatre wasn't on my list but I couldn't ignore the splendid architectural design as we drove by, so I asked the taxi to stop by for a quick tour. That building literally took my breathe away. You can't miss such edifice.

"It has been described as either a ship, or, more abstractly, as a seagull spreading its wings. Chinese developers built the theatre and it opened in 1992 as the centrepiece for cultural life in Ghana. It’s home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Theatre Players, National Dance Company and three youth groups". Timeout

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10. JAMESTOWN LIGHTHOUSE

Jametown is a historic town in Accra with remnant of British exploitation where more recently the dwellers eke a living from fishing. Fun facts: The Popular Azonto dance originated from James Town and its home to the ruins of the prison where Nkrumah spent 2 years.

The original Jamestown Light was built by the British at James Fort in 1871 and subsequently replaced in the 1930s by the current Accra Light. The lighthouse gives you a bird eye view of the town.

There is an entrance fee of about I0 cedis (as at the time I visited) and there's a tour guide available to give you a full history of the town. I had a stroll through the fishing village,had a light chat with some people and took some photos. It was a quick visit but definitely worth it.

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11. HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL

The "original cathedral", which is one of the finest architectural buildings in the town, is close to the centre of the town as well as the sea. The church was built by the British Colonial Government and handed over to Ghanaians after independence. Amongst other key activities that holds here, the cathedral is used especially to commemorate the Judicial Week in Ghana, where departed legal gurus are celebrated and remembered.

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Final Words

If you know me well, then you know how much I love Ghana and it will be no surprise that I call it home. The vibe of Ghanaians is usually positive and they have such unusual peaceful disposition. When political and economic issues are discussed, everyone is a social commentator and basically involved, somehow. There is no better way to describe what National Pride is. Ghana will always be home and I look forward to returning, soonest.

Fun Fact

Ghana is the second largest cocoa exporter in the world, behind Ivory coast. In addition, Nigeria long dropped off the chart of the top three cocoa exporters in the world.

Travel tips

  1. It is preferred to travel by air to Ghana.  

  2. Getting around is easy and transport is fairly cheap.

  3. English is sufficient 

  4. Change your currency to cedis. Don't depend on your cards

  5. Prepare to shop at the Osu market

  6. Check bookings.com for budget/boutique hotels, likewise luxury hotels. etc.

  7. Carry mosquito repellent

  8. Go! It is a relatively safe and a peaceful place

Till my next adventure, be safe

Margaret.

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