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I'm Margaret, a female traveller from Nigeria, and welcome to my personal blog , TheAjalaBug.com.

Here, I document my adventures in travel and life experiences generally. Hope you get inspired!

Exploring Ghana with Kids | Touring Accra

Exploring Ghana with Kids | Touring Accra

Where do I start?! I met Oyesola, a bubbling personality on Instagram (Thank God for that platform). What caught my attention was her love for Africa which she now explores unapologetically with her adorable daughter & adrenaline junkie, Adeola. I caught up with her to share some of her travel stories with us and we were most delighted when she agreed. Below begins her story...

I love travelling, I love life and I love exploring!. My then 9 years old daughter (Adeola) and I had the best two (2) weeks in Ghana. I had no idea we would enjoy it so much, but we did and only thought to share.

I actually had no plans for the long holiday in 2016 and had told Ade to forget any chances of a vacation, mostly due to the rise in forex, airfare etc. However, it is my desire and wish to try and visit some place new every year, so I thought this would be a good time to start exploring Africa like I had always wanted to. It also helped that my close friend relocated to Ghana. What a perfect excuse to visit!

My trip was in two parts. We spent a week in Accra seeing as much of the city as we could, and then went to Cape Coast for four days. I will highlight all I did in Accra below.

 Africa World Airline

Africa World Airline

Day 1 - Black Star Square, Independence Arch      & Asomdwee Park

We visited Black Star Square and the Independence Arch. If you are an history buff, you would love these places. We later found ourselves strolling till we got to Asomdwee Park, where late president Atta Mills was buried. There were lots of ducks and ostriches there but we were too scared to go close to the big birds.

 Black Star Square

Black Star Square

 Asomdwee park

Asomdwee park

 Asomdwee park with big birds

Asomdwee park with big birds

Day 2 - Accra Mall

I went with my friend and the kids to the Accra Mall. It was quite spacious but it was an issue getting a cab out because they kept calling ridiculous prices. 

Day 3 - Makola Market

I just had to go to the famous Makola market. Especially because I needed to buy fabric in bulk. It is a busy market that requires a lot of bargaining but I had my friend's Ghanaian nanny accompany me so she helped me haggle

 Osu market

Osu market

Day 4 & 5 -  Centre for National Culture & Kwame Nkurumah Memorial Park

I visited the Centre for National Culture simply because I wanted to get some nice Ghanaian souvenirs. I loved it here and actually made some friends. I went there a second time (day before I left) to get more stuff. Nice bags, artifacts, beads etc.

The Kwame Nkurumah Memorial Park is right next to the Center for National Culture. It is a nice park. Actually, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is in honor of Ghanaโ€™s first president, who led the country to independence. The park consists of Nkrumahโ€™s mausoleum and a museum about his life. 

We went into the museum and learnt about the times of Dr. Kwame Nkurumah. I was quiet surprised at all the details that were preserved (his coffin, bed from Uni, dresser, mirror etc). Went to the mausoleum and then took loads of pics. Nice serene park

 Centre for National Culture

Centre for National Culture

 Kwame Nkurumah Memorial Park

Kwame Nkurumah Memorial Park

 Kwame Nkurumah Memorial Park

Kwame Nkurumah Memorial Park

 Kwame Nkurumah Memorial Park

Kwame Nkurumah Memorial Park

Day 6 - Country kitchen

I'm a proud food lover and I always want to eat local dishes. My friend suggested Country kitchen, so the day I went to Osu after we left the Woodin shop, we went straight there. I had Banku and light soup with tilapia. I loved it! Ade wasnโ€™t so adventurous though.. lol

 Light soup and Banku

Light soup and Banku

 Dining in Accra

Dining in Accra

Day 7 - Bojo beach

I loved Bojo beach. It was about 45mins drive from where I stayed. Went with the whole family and the kids loved it. Calm beach and they had good food. They can do with more attractions like horse riding tho

 Bojo Beach

Bojo Beach

 Bojo Beach

Bojo Beach

 Bojo Beach

Bojo Beach

Day 8 - International Central Gospel Church

We attended Pastor's Mensah Otabilโ€™s church on Sunday in Accra. The service was just divine.

Final thoughts on Ghana

Tourism is fast gaining grounds as part of Ghana's socio-economic activity and Nigerians are tapping into it largely because of the proximity. We definitely enjoyed our stay in Accra and look forward to returning.

See previous articles on "Things to do in Accra", "Places to visit in Accra" or "Where to stay in Accra" for all the travel guides for Accra.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I did Oyesola (the contributor) and Adeola, are all sorts of parent & child travel goals. Oyesola is dedicated to inspiring Nigerians to travel, more importantly parents with their kids. Shes runs Naija Kids Travel Too & also owns Bambini World. Check out all her Instagram handles and see how passionate she is about children and child education.

Till our next adventure, we would love to hear from you in the comment section.

Margaret.

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