One of the peaceful and prosperous countries which is known as the hub of hospitality and viable investment grounds is the West African country, Ghana. Of course, you cannot take away, the beauty and busy nature of the nation’s capital Accra, after it assumed that enviable position from Cape Coast which used to be the former capital till Accra was finally chosen.
It is reported that each year, at least about 900,000 tourists find their way to Ghana and enjoy the various tourists sites we have. However, because of the vast and many a tourist site the country could boast of especially in the main capital, Accra, tourists are often met with a big challenge, the dilemma of visiting some of the top tourist sites within their short visit. Let’s ride together as I take you through some of the top 3 tourist and historical sites one can visit before he or she thinks of any other option.
1. The W .E. B. DuBois Centre for Pan African Culture:
The centre was dedicated on 22nd June 1985 in Accra, Ghana. He was invited by the first president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, at a time when he was full of years, wearing the 93 cap, but unfortunately gave up the ghost two years later, at the age of 95.
The Centre is embedded in a total serene ambiance taking your mind and soul away from the rowdy and noisy nature of the nations capital, Accra.
The W.E.B Dubois Centre is a magnificent edifice with of four major buildings that consist of the home where Dr. DuBois spent his remaining dutiful years to champion the Pan Africanism course, an Administrative building, the Marcus Garvey Guest House and the tomb of Dr. DuBois and his dear wife Shirley Graham DuBois, which is a major tourist attraction on its own.
2. The Black Star Square:
One of the gigantic and enormous public square and parade ground constructed to celebrate Ghana’s independence on every 6th March of each year. Similar edifices are built in many regional capitals and known as “Jubilee Parks”.
It is also known as Independence Square, and located in Accra, Ghana, and is now the site for all the major military and civic parades in the Ghanaian capital. It was completed in 1961 to coincide with the state visit of Queen Elizabeth II.
These monuments include the Independence Arch to the south of the square, backdropped by the Gulf of Guinea. Just to the north of the main square is a roundabout, in the center of which stands the Black Star Gate, an imposing monument topped by the Black Star of Africa, the five-pointed star that symbolizes Africa in general and Ghana in particular. The monument bears the large inscription “AD 1957” and “Freedom and Justice.”
The Black Star Square has been the official event grounds that has hosted all of the country’s major national public gatherings, national festivals, military parades, concerts. A statue of a soldier symbolizes the great role the military played alongside Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to gain independence for Ghana as they lost their lives to save the nation.
For more information, you can watch this video below for more adventurous places on EKOW SIMSON’s vlog on YouTube.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI