Ghana is a multilingual country with over 10 ethnic groups mixed with diverse cultures and beliefs. The official language of Ghana, however, is English. The capital city of Ghana is Accra.
One interesting fact to note about Ghana is that it was the first country in Africa to gain its independence from colonial rule and domination. The country also has the biggest man-made lake in the world, known as ‘Lake Volta’. The lake covers over 3,283 square miles, which travels from the South-West to the Northern parts of the country.
Ghana has a population of over 25 million people, and Accra, its capital, is filled with over 4 million people. The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park located in Accra was built in honour of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, who led the country to independence.
The popular Makola Market is also located in Accra. Being highly populated, Accra hosts people of diverse languages. The number of ethnic communities existing in the city is estimated at forty-three. It is also one of the safest places in the country to visit.
Places You Can Visit on Your Next Trip to Accra
1. National Museum
The National Museum is a top tourist attraction in Accra, Ghana. The National Museum has been in existence since 1957. It is the largest and oldest Museum in Ghana. The history and culture of Ghana are all put up for exhibition. Some fascinating objects at the gallery include: pottery, sculptures, musical instruments, contemporary and historical paintings, among others. Objects from other African countries can also be exhibited at the Museum. They include: the ancient Ife bronze heads from Nigeria and the Bushongo carvings from the Republic of Congo.
2. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
This is a top tourist attraction in Ghana, majorly because of its importance in Ghana’s history. The Museum was dedicated to Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, who led the country to independence. It was built in 1992 and was designed by Don Arthur.
It was named a memorial park because it houses the bodies of Kwame Nkrumah and his wife, Fathia Nkrumah. The park serves as a form of history-reminder for the people of Ghana.
3. Makola Market
The popular Makola market is situated at Koko, Accra. Makola market is one of the largest markets in Ghana, with varieties of Ghanaian foods, clothes, shoes, bags, native attires, local jewelry, among many others. The open-air market is always bustling with sellers, buyers, and tourists. Makola market is highly recommended for anyone who wishes to know more about Ghanaian lifestyle. Everything you need can be purchased at Makola market.
4. Skybar 25
Skybar 25 is ranked as the tallest building in West Africa. It is a classic restaurant in Accra, Ghana. The beautiful city of Accra can be viewed from the rooftop of the building. You can get Ghana’s finest local meals, as well as continental dishes there.
As a tourist, you can either visit there alone and enjoy the serenity of the environment all by yourself, or you can go with your spouse, friends, and family.
5. Artists Alliance Gallery
This is another interesting place to visit in Accra. It is currently one of the biggest Art Galleries in Africa, as well as the largest in Ghana. There are several paintings and sculptures in the gallery which represent Ghana’s history, culture, art, and lifestyle. You can take tours around its beautiful environs, and even purchase one or more of the painting and sculptures on display.
The building is located beside a seafront which gives off a natural peaceful feeling that makes one feel welcome.
6. Fantasy Coffins
Ghana is a great respecter of culture. Their ideology about death and afterlife is that people who die continue to live on, and life continues in the afterlife just as it was for them on earth. Therefore, a fantasy and elaborate coffin, commonly referred to as a ‘memorial box’ is designed for the deceased. The coffins are usually built in the shape of the deceased’s job while they were alive. For instance, a fantasy coffin built in the shape of a chicken could mean that the deceased was a livestock farmer before their death. Similarly, a coffin built in the form of a sandal could mean the deceased was a cobbler or shoe maker while on earth.
The fantasy coffins are a representation of the life the deceased lived on earth. It is believed that they will continue with the same lifestyle in the afterlife.
There are several fantasy coffins workshops in Accra with numerous coffins of unique shapes.