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ELMINA CASTLE

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Elmina Castle was erected by Portugal in 1482 as São Jorge da Mina (St. George of the Mine) Castle, also known simply as Mina or Feitoria da Mina) in present-day Elmina, Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast). It was the first trading post built on the Gulf of Guinea, so is the oldest European building in existence below the Sahara. First established as a trade settlement, the castle later became one of the most important stops on the route of the Atlantic slave trade. The Dutch seized the fort from the Portuguese in 1637, and took over all the Portuguese Gold Coast in 1642. The slave trade continued under the Dutch until 1814; in 1872 the Dutch Gold Coast, including the fort, became a possession of the British Empire.

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Britain granted the Gold Coast its independence in 1957, and control of the castle was transferred to the nation formed out of the colony, present-day Ghana. Today it is a popular historical site, and was a major filming location for Werner Herzog‘s Cobra Verde. The castle is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Travel

 

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The Three Sisters

   The Three Sisters is the name given to a natural body of mountains in Song LGA of Adamawa state. Although it is not clearly known how the mountains came about the title, people around the place really behave in appreciation of the natural wonder. They believe the threesome mountains form a

part of them and as such, take them as family. The place is not too far from Jimeta in Yola, because it is just about an hour’s drive from the Adamawa state capital. The beauty of it and the strange story about the mountains makes it a tourism site for people all around the world who come and share the wonderful ambience of these mountains. Interestingly, approaching the mountains, one would only see the three slanting inwards to the right. The most prominent one is the mountain to the left and it is the only one that could be climbed by interested persons. The people around the area say it is not possible to climb the one in the middle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Travel

 

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Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

 

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, also know as the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park(KNMP) is the last resting place of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. It is dedicated to him for his outstanding campaign to liberate Ghana(by then Gold Coast) from colonial rule in 6th March,1957.

The entrance to the site is from the 28th February High Street just along the coast from Independence Square. It is located directly opposite the old Paliarment House now known asthe Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).  Building to the east is the Cultural and Art Centres, and to the west is the offices of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly(AMA). It has a total surface area of approximately 5.3 acres. The mausoleum provides a front for the statue of Nkrumah whereas the museum is subterranean and does not compete with the mausoleum for attention. Rhythm, contrast and harmony were the main principles of design used in this building. Dr. Nkrumah was overthrown by military government in 1966, after ruling for 9 years. He then went to exile in the Republic of Guinea. He fell ill and died in Bucharest, Romania 1972 when seeking medical treatment. Nkrumah’s body was buried in Guinea since he was the Co-president there. With Nkrumah dead, the Arican Students Union in London feared that, the total emancipation of Africa has come to a dead end.

The students sent a memo to Guinea asking that the body of the late president should be brought to Ghana only if the then military government would denounce coup d’etat and re-erect the statue of Kwame Nkrumah that was toppled down during the coup. This marked the beginning of the Nkrumah Mausoleum Monument.

After 20 years of his death, Dr. Nkrumah’s image was restored in 1st July, 1992 on the same grounds where he led Ghana to liberation from colonialism on 6th march 1957

The Museum houses the personal effects and publications of Ghana’s first president and pictures showing his life history. Some of these pictures of Dr. Nkrumah with some of the most famous people of his time is an eye opener. Wander through the photos, and you will be stunned at how many of the 20th century’s most iconic people pictured shaking hands with the founder of modern Ghana. He is pictured with famous people like Jawarharlal Nehru, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev, John F Kennedy of U.S.A, Sir Alec Hume, Queen Elizabeth II of England, Harold Macmillan, Pope Pius XII, President Nasser of Egypt, and countless leaders of countries like Malaya, Sri Lanka, Niger not forgetting Nigeria and many other more.
The body is buried under a catafalque raised in the centre of the park. Symbols which reflect Ghana’s culture and history were used to portray Dr. Nkrumah’s vision to promote the African personality. The full statue of Dr Nkrumah, wearing a cloth, in bronze is sited at the exact location where he proclaimed Ghana’s independence.

As you approach the main way leading to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, you’ll see springs on either sides of the walk way. Each spring has seven bare-chested, squatting statuettes of flute blowers, who seem to welcome the arrival of world leaders and other important personalities. The design of the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, which represents swords turned upside down symbolizes peace. It can also be viewed as an uprooted tree to signify the unfinished work ofDr. Nkrumah to totally unite Africa.This is a place you wouldn’t want to miss during your stay in Ghana, since the transition of GoldCoast to Ghana happened on this same location.  Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, is what some scholars call the “genesis

 

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Travel

 

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shubur pot

It was a wonderful experience during my journey to Shabur a place between Michika and Maiwa in Cameroon. It is just 10km from Michika although this place is not being considered as part of Nigeria but yet they speak the native language of the Michika’s people and other language. Shabur is a small community with forty five houses and two well as their source of water. They don’t have schools or hospitals, yet these people live happily with the little they have. The Shabur people are mostly Farmers, Hunters and Sculptures. They specialize in moulding pots, people from the neighboring villages come to buy pots from them. I was so surprised with the warm welcome from these people, starring at us as we walk past them yet smiling as if they have seen their own.

 I was pleased and happy by their reaction toward us immediately we entered the palace, the king ordered his wife to come. Group of people started singing and cheering which signifies a welcome song from the Shabur people. I couldn’t resist and danced to the tone even while seated as my friend Sakina starring at me smiling. Minutes after the king stood up and cheered his people and speaking in their language that I don’t really know what he was saying but am sure he is just telling them why we are here and we came from the city. The king already knew why we came, is all about the special pot. We are neither the first people nor we the last. People came from different part of the country to see things for themselves. Our purpose of the visit is to see the special pot called Shubur, which means sparkle.   Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Travel

 

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SUKUR KINGDOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A three hours’ drive away from Yola, the capital city of Adamawa state, would lead to a kingdom not particularly worth envying by the standards of 21st century living; a world heritage site and listed among the seven wonders of Nigeria. Located between Madagali and Gulag, and politically under Madagali local government of Adamawa state, lies Sukur Kingdom.

More journey hours await as climbing the mountain where in spreads the actual realm is as challenging as it is amazing. Reason? You wonder how these people created a foot path of stones from the foot of the mountain to the peak—much like modern interlocking (it would be hard to swallow if modernity did not actually get its idea from them). It could be a joke but, who knows?!!!

The initial thoughts of this reporter were that it would be easy given the existence of a foot path leading up the mountain, but perhaps, I got it all wrong. It was not easy at all. The scorching sun added to the anguish because the climb was in the mid-afternoon which is just not the right time. “You have to be early not to find the climbing too torturous,” Simon, my guide said as a suggestion for the best time to engage in the venture. The heat contributed to me throwing up along the way. I totally lost hope when we reached a resting point. Simon sought to know if I really wanted to do this to which I responded, “Yes.”

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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Travel

 

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Dutsen Dala (Dala Hill)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dala hill is considered the first settlement of Kano people. Legend has it that the top of the hill serves as a worship ground for the Maguzawa (initial inhabitants of Hausa land). Barbushe, the then chief priest in charge of the ground, is said to be the one mediator between the people and Tsumburbura, the goddess to whom they owe reverence. Remarkably, Dala hill still holds some of that awe even now given the fact that then, the people are not allowed to climb the hill, they could only

Stand at the foot of it for any deific service as only Barbushe was virtuous enough to climb the hill. Dala owes its name to a man who was a hunter. Lore has it that Dala used to frequent the hill to source for raw materials for his craftsmanship. The belief among the Maguzawa reckons that wherever they see a rock, there is the prospect of wealth like aluminium metal and so on especially for metal Crafts.

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Travel

 

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NATIONAL WAR MUSEUM

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Umuahia, now the capital of Abia state was once popular for its cattle market, serving most parts of the enclaves that made up the old Imo state. But before that, the town had played a much more important role as the military headquarter of the defunct Biafran Republic. Perhaps in recognition of this role as former military headquarter, the country town of Umuahia is given the honour to host the National War Museum. But that particular site was chosen because that was where the bunker housing the famous Voice of Biafra was located. The War Museum is an open-air complex where relics of the 30-month Nigerian civil war are on display.

The National War Museum Umuahia is one of the major tourist attractions in Nigeria. The War Museum has three major galleries: the traditional warfare gallery, the Armed Forces gallery, and the civil war gallery in the traditional warfare section.
The War Museum is symbolic in many respects. To all Nigerians and foreigners alike, it is a grim reminder of the evils of war. But more important, the National War Museum stands as evidence to the technological possibilities in Nigerians in the face of necessity and absence of alternatives. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2012 in Travel, Uncategorized

 

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