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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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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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THE 7th AKWAB TRAVEL MARKET FARE

L-R James Agyemin Boateng Deputy minister of tourism Ghana, Sheikh Tejan Nyan-Gambia, Danny Kioupouroglou Eko Hotels & suties, Rita Ikechi Uko- organizersAkwaba and Oyunba Runsewe NTDC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akwa Ibom stand

 

 

 

 

Mr Otunba Runsewe and the Gambians

 
 

 

 

Ikechi Uko organizers Akwaba and Otunba Runsewe NTDC

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Travel, Uncategorized

 

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AKWABA

The opening ceremony

Akwaba, the African travel market which took place in Lagos sometime in the dying embers of 2010. The travel market brings people from different places to promote tourism in Africa. Even though Africans don’t care so much about tourism, it is the best way to communicate with the wider world by appreciating our culture and traditions.

 

 

Ikechi Uku, Kairaba and Mr Dany Jordan

 

 

 

Mr Ikechi Uku, was one Nigerian who made it possible in Nigeria for the wonderful occasion to take place every year.

 

Display of craft items

 

 

People from all over the world availed themselves to have fun, learn and see things for themselves as part of some of the most amazing things about the African travel market.

 

 

 

 

writer and friends from Calabar

A lot of activities took place with dancers from Ghana and Cross River

state in Nigeria who  entertained with their colorful traditional attire.

 

Ghanaian dancers

 

Dignitaries and government officials could not miss the occasion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex and writer

This travel market  made me respect and appreciate other peoples’ culture and tradition because in one way or the other, we are one and history made it possible for the commonness in life.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in abujajournos, Travel

 

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