Slave Castles And Forts In Ghana

TBT: If you could take an all-expense paid trip to Africa.  Where would you go? One of the must visit places in Africa is Ghana.

There are so many historic places to visit in Ghana. Did you know that Ghana has more than 15 Forts and 3 castles? Even though they now serve as tourist centres, they are also a reminder of the dark horrific period in Ghana’s History. (The brutal atrocities, horrific killings, rapes and sheer hatred of the black people)

‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.’ ~Marcus Garvey

Two of the castles can be found in the central Region, 1 at Cape Coast  called Cape Coast Castle and the another at Elmina St. George’s Castle or Elmina (Less than 30 minutes drive apart)

The last castle  is Christiansborg and is in the capital of Ghana, called Osu Castle (Fort Christiansborg). This use to be presidential seat after Ghana attained its Independence till 2013 when is was turned into a museum.

Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle was built in 1610 and is located in the Central Region of Ghana. The Swedes built the castle for their trade gold and timber purposes, however, it was later used as one of the slave castles. 

 

 

During the slave trade, Cape Coast castle served as one of the most important location of the trans-Atlantic Slave.

Captured and kidnapped slaves were kept locked up in the dungeons until they were shipped to either the land of the unknown. (Europe or America)

 

 

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Anyone wanting to trace their roots or where their ancestors came from must visit some of the Castles and forts in Ghana.

There’s so much history to learn and they have documented almost all the slaves names, their journeys and more….

 

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Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast, Ghana

 

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Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast, Ghana

Elmina Castle

Just like the Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle was also one of the slave castles. It was built during the colonial era by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. The first Europeans to arrive in Ghana (Gold Coast) were the Portuguese. (1471)

They started trading with the people of Gold Coast using a barter system, they brought items such as mirrors, guns in exchange for Ghana Gold and ivory

The built Elmina Castle in 1482. The architects were Diogo de Azambuja, and Luis Afonso

 

 

In addition to the 3 castles, there also over 15 Forts located in different regions in Ghana

Fort Coenraadsburg also known as fort st jago

Fort Good Hope – Dixcove, Ghana

Fort Batenstein – Butre, Western Region

Fort Amsterdam –  Kormantine, Central region,

Fort Metal Cross –  Dixcove

Fort Santo Antonio – Axim

Fort William /Lighthouse – Cape coast

Fort Victoria – Cape Coast

Fort Patience -Apam, Ghana

Fort San Sebastian – Shama Sekondi-Takoradi

Fort Oranje – Sekondi

Fort Apollonia – Beyin, Westen Region

Ussher Fort – James Town

Fort Prizenstein – Keta

The Portuguese were initially using the castle to protect their gold. Soon they started kidnaping the people of Gold Coast and sold them as slaves in Europe.

When the Dutch took over in 1637 from the Portuguese, Elmina Castle was used as a slave castle, they sold about 30,000 slaves a year for almost 250 years.

Elmina Castle – Cape Coast, Ghana

The British took over from 1867 until 6 march 1957 when Ghana attained independence Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

Today, the forts and castles in Ghana serve as tourism sites, however, the atrocities and inhuman act that took place during the era of our forefather will never be forgotten. Because is part of the dark history of Ghana.

 ‘We forgive but not forgotten‘~ Nelson Mandela

Anyone wanting to trace their roots or where their ancestors came from must visit some of the Castles and forts in Ghana.

In addition some of our  team members are originally from Cape coast (grew up and schooled there as well) and would be very happy to answer any questions about Cape coast or Ghana.

Osu Castle (Fort Christiansborg at Osu)

Osu Castle was built by the Danes, the Castle is the capital, Accra, Ghana

 

Osu Castle – Fort Christiansborg

 

 

 

Osu Castle – Fort Christiansborg – Ghana, West Africa

Credit: Ghana Education/History/Schooling In Ghana/Research/FVV/First hand Info/ Cape Coast Castle

 MUST VISIT CASTLES IN AFRICA

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”

As surprising as it might sound, the number of castles in Africa is more than we can imagine. Due to the colonization of Portuguese, Dutch, German and British forces and subsequent wars, many castles were built for different purposes. Here is a look at iconic castles from Africa.

  • CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE, SOUTH AFRICA

Castle of Good Hope is one of the first examples of Dutch architecture in Cape Town. It was built in the 17th century as a defense mechanism, residential area and later prison for Dutch army officers who surrendered after the Second Boer War where they lost against British forces.

 

Interestingly, the castle was on the coast when it was first built, but is now located inland after the land reclamation. Inside the bastion fort, there are many interesting exhibitions and events for you to check out.

  • ELMINA CASTLE, GHANA

Ghana has the highest number of fortifications by far. Elmina Castle erected by the Portuguese in 1482 is the oldest European building in the country. It was basically used as a trading post on the Gulf of Guinea as well as a center for slave trade.

The fort was subsequently conquered by Dutch forces and was held in power for 200 years before being taken over by the British Empire. The castle has been designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1979.

 

  • FORT JESUS, KENYA

This castle was a distinct design of Italian architect Giovanni Battista Cairati. Mombasa Island of Kenya was an important port as it was the seen as the gate to the Spice Route and other trades routes surrounding Indian Ocean., so the king of Portugal built Fort Jesus to declare control in the area.

 

Its design has Renaissance features, but the building materials were provided by Swahili people, which resulted in an extraordinary look as a combination of the west and the east.

When viewed from the air, you can actually see that it was built in the shape of a man. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011 as the most outstanding example of Portuguese military fortificiation.

 

  • FORT CAPUZZO, LIBYA

As you might understand from the name, Fort Capuzza was built in the Italian colony of Libya near the Egyptian border. The Italian colony of Libya was in a war against the Senussi tariqa during the first half of the 20th century, so they had to build large barriers along the borders.

 

Fort Capuzzo constituted an important part of that barrier to prevent Senussi forces from crossing the border. It is possible to visit the castle during guided tours of the battlegrounds in North Africa.

 

  • FASIL GHEBBI/EMPEROR YOHANNES IV CASTLE, ETHIOPIA

The fortress city of Fasil Ghebbi is perhaps the most spectacular building of Ethiopia. Founded in the 17th century by Emperor Fasilides, the castles served as a home to Ethiopia’s emperor for a long time. Declared a UNESCO World Heritages Site in 1979, the castle is one of the best examples of Nubian Architecture style.

 

  • CAIRO CITADEL, EGYPT

The medieval Islamic fortification of Cairo Citadel was built in 1176 by the Ayyubid dynasty to protect the city during the Crusade wars. The most interesting feature of the castle is the mosque erected in the 19th century by Ottoman Commander Muhammad Ali Pasha after taking the control of the city from the Mamluks.

Today, there are two other mosques as well as several museums such as the Egyptian Military Museum, Carriage Museum and Al-Gawhara Palace Museum.

The fort lies next to Alexandra’s ancient lighthouse, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It served as a defensive fortress against the threats coming from Mediterranean Sea, especially that of the Ottoman Empire. It was renovated several times since it got severe damage from earthquakes and wars.

  • FORTRESS OF SAO MIGUEL, ANGOLA

This Portuguese fortress was built in Luanda, Angola in 1576 by Paulo Dias de Novais who was the first governor of the Portuguese Angola. The fortress was an administrative center as well as the checkpoint for trade and slave traffic to Brazil. Visiting the fortress, you can find out about the Portuguese colonization.

 

There is a courtyard that contains statues of Vasco da Gama, Portugal’s First King and Diogo Cao (who was the first European to reach Angola). The fortress also holds Museum of the Armed Forces that depicts the military structure of Portuguese Angola

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  • FORT SAO SEBASTIAO, MOZAMBIQUE

Another example of Portuguese architecture in Africa is the Fort of Sao Sebastio in Mozambique. Its construction by the Portuguese colonizers began in 1558 and took fifty years to finish.

The resultant massive fort has managed to still intact to this day. The Chapel of Nossa Senhore de Baluarte, which is the oldest European building in the southern hemisphere, lies right next to the fort.

 

  • OSU CASTLE, GHANA

Osu Castle is one of the first and few examples of Scandinavian influence in Africa. The first fort was built by the Kingdom of Denmark and the Kingdom of Norway in 1660. By building the castle, they wanted to keep the area protected from the Portuguese army whom they acquired the area from.

Throughout its history, the castle changed hands many times between Denmark-Norway, Portuguese and Britain, so their influence in the expansion and renovation of the castle can easily be observed. It has political importance as the seat of government in today’s Ghana. The castle also contains the burial ground of the late president John Alta Mills.

 

  • TALEH CASTLE, SOMALIA

Taleh is a historical town in eastern Somali, serving as the headquarters of the Dervish State. Mohammad Abdullah Hassan, the religious leader of the Dervish State, erected five forts in the early 20th century.

Taleh Caste is the largest of these forts. The castle is surrounded by tombs of early dervishes. Although the fort was significantly damaged by British forces, it was renovated by Somalia forces where they built a large military base in the town.

 

  • GREAT ZIMBABWE/NESBITT CASTLE ZIMBABWE

The ancient city of Great Zimbabwe was built within a large fortress, serving as the capital of Kingdom of Zimbabwe. The fortress was so large that the completion of its construction took nearly four centuries.

It boasted the royal palaces for the local monarch as well as the seat of political power. It was also an important landmark for the trade of gold and iron through the Central Africa.

Today, there is an ongoing archeological work for constructing the chronological history of the fortress. An interesting landmark inside the fortress is the Great Zimbabwe University which focuses of arts and social sciences.

 

Compared to the other castles in the list, Nesbitt Castle was built much later in the 1920s by businessman Theodore Holdengarde. Holdengarde was a South African – British businessmen and mayor of Bulawayo.

He decided to build the castle after arriving in Southern Rhodesia and buying 100 acres of land. Its architecture was heavily influenced by neo-gothic architecture. Although the castle was later converted to a hotel, there are certain renovations still underway, so the castle will have more options for the visitors.

 

  • DUWISIB CASTLE/FORT NAMUTONI, NAMIBIA

 

Set atop a hill overlooking the Namib Dune Desert, Duwisib Castle was built by Baron Captain Heinrich Von Wolf after the German-Nama War. More than just a residence for him and his wife, the castle represented his victory and dedication in the area.

The raw materials used for building the walls were imported from Germany. After the World War I, Von Wolf sold the castle to a wealthy Swedish family, who then transferred the castle to the state in the 70s.

It was opened to the public in 1991 as a museum containing antiques, armor and paintings. There are also numerous accommodation options including camping around the castle.

If you love adventure, then Namutoni Camp also called  Etosha National Park is one of the must visit places whenever in Namibia

 

Jimmy Jean-Louis -at-cape-coast-castle Jimmy Jean-Louis -at-cape-coast-castleHaitian Hollywood star actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis has visited the  Cape Coast Castle where he went on an emotional journey of how slaves were transported from Africa to Europe and elsewhere in the years of slave trade. Cape Coast Castle is one of about thirty “slave castles”, or large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa (now Ghana) by European traders. It was originally built by the Swedes for trade in timber and gold, but later used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Other Ghanaian slave castles include Elmina Castle and Fort Christiansborg. They were used to hold slaves before they were loaded onto ships and sold in the Americas, especially the Caribbean. This “gate of no return” was the last stop before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Gaining its independence in 1804, Haiti was the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, the second republic in the Americas, and the only nation in the world established as a result of a successful slave revolt. Its successful revolution by slaves and free people of color lasted nearly a decade; all the first leaders of government were former slaves. Haiti is one of two independent nations in the Americas (along with Canada) to designate French as an official language; the other French-speaking areas are all overseas départements, or collectivités, of France.

Source: spyghana.com

Forceful Wet Nursıng In Slavery – This must be Thursday (History Day)

The earlier settlements and the colonialism accelerated the slave trade drastically because a labor force was needed for farming. The slaves had many tasks, mainly in plantations, to increase productivity. Because of the harsh working conditions, there were more male slaves on the field.

The female slaves served indoors for other purposes, from house cleaning to cooking. If there were many babies in the house, the female worker would have an additional duty: breastfeeding. Although it may not sound like a physically demanding job, it had horrible consequences physically and psychologically.

Believe it or not, most of the babies were not their biological children, nor were they adopted by them. They were their slave master’s wives children.

The concept of wet nursing in slavery emerged in the 17th century when wealthy white families started hiring black women of lower classes and paying them to breastfeed their babies. The ladies tried to avoid it because they wanted to maintain their body shape integrity.
In addition, breastfeeding was against their elegance and always deemed more suitable for uncultured low-class people. The claim of the doctors proving that breastfeeding is unhealthy was the cherry on top.

The act of wet nursing began in Europe and soon expanded into the New World. The unfamiliar geography in new settlement areas affected the immune system of the newborns, and many of them fell ill. On the other hand, the children of the black women were much more immune and resistant.

This was the driving reason for white families to force female slaves to breastfeed their children. Once the female slave gave birth to a child, they were forced to prioritize the white babies for breastfeeding. This left their children short of breast milk since it was all used up to feed the kids of the white families.

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They had to feed their babies with cow’s milk or other substitutes to substitute for the milk. This resulted in an elevated death rate amongst the babies of the enslaved families.

The women did not have the choice to refuse breastfeeding other babies. In case they argued, they were threatened with the lives of their babies. Some slave traders and settlers would even kidnap or kill the newborn babies, so the slave-mother was left with no choice but to do wet nursing.
For the slave women to start producing milk, they were often raped by the slave masters and were told to keep quiet about it. This resulted in the birth of many babies of mixed race. Their husbands even rejected these women despite knowing that they were forced into it.

 

Wet nursing gradually vanished with the abolishment of slavery. However, some women continued doing it since they realized that they were earning more money as wet nurses than the freed slaves. The women who were wet nursing on their own were deemed the equivalent of prostitutes for not letting go of a traumatizing act from the past.

Forceful wet nursing has scarred the souls of many women and children – if they were able to survive, that is. So, it will always remain in our hearts as one of the most disgraceful aspects of the history of humankind. and as one of the numerous Museum Exhibitions in Cape Coast in Ghana reads

‘May those who return find their roots. May humanity never again perpetrate such injustice against humanity’

Don’t forget to email us the History Topic or Topics you want to learn or read about next week ‘ It Must Be Thursday’. 

Eamonn Holmes Compared A Black Guest’s Hair To An ‘Alpaca’

Irish broadcaster, Eamonn Holmes of This Morning compared his black guest Dr. Zoe Williams’s hair to an Alpaca. As if that wasn’t enough he went on to add ‘You just want to pet it, don’t you? “It’s very alpaca-ish’ with a gesture as if one is petting an animal.

Dr. Zoe Williams is a TV personality and a medical practitioner who was invited to deliver content on nutrition at the morning show on Thursday, August 12.

Dr Zoe Williams laughed out loud and said, “don’t touch my hair.’ Pointing her pen at the camera on the live program.

Some people are happy that she laughed it off others think she shouldn’t have laughed at what has been deemed as yet another disrespectful and racist remarks from Eamonn Holmes.

Majority of black people know if she had reacted otherwise it would have been deemed as usual as ‘The Angry Black Women’

His comments has raged a lot of backlash from blacks and viewers of the show. most of them were refereeing to the TV host as racist and inhumane for liking a human being’s especially, a woman’s hair to an animal. It was also pointed out that he made similar racial comment against the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle following news of the royal couple’s withdrawal from royal duties. Critics were of the view that, he needed to be held responsible because it’s not his first time of uttering comments of such, especially towards black people.

Eamonn Holmes Compared A Black Guest's Hair To An ‘Alpaca’

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Commenting on his action, he came out with a tweet on twitter where he claimed he was trying to be humorous by playing with his friend but he apologises if his act was offensive. “Hey everyone out there. if my attempt at being humorous with my friend @DrZoeWilliams was misjudged I am mortified and humbly apologise to anyone who was offended.”

Here are some of the comments online after Eamonn Holmes comments 

‘Nothing worse than an “if you’re offended, I’m sorry” non-apology.’

‘This isn’t your first rodeo at these types of “jokes,” mate. You called a black woman uppity, sir. There’s a pattern and it’s not a good look. ‘

‘That’s a non-apology. Who do you think you’re fooling? Try again and take some time to reflect. Maybe since apologizing is such a challenge, you should become racially literate, understand racist offenses and commit to learning about micro-aggressions and your unearned privilege.’

‘Why do people thing they can make comments or treat black people anyhow and say is a joke’

‘Attack black people openly, when they school people they are called aggressive but others do that and  is harmless comments’

“He’s so inoffensive! Is that why he called Meghan, “weak”, “irritating”, “manipulative” , “uppity”? He compared a Person of Colour’s natural hair to an animal’s & said he wanted to pet it. Have you any idea what POC go through about their natural hair? Do you condone racist.”

DISGRACEFUL! but not surprising! It’s mad because it’s already such a mental challenge for black women wear their natural hair out and things like THIS are part of that reason! LET US BE!!!!

“Making jokes about a black woman’s hair is never being “humorous” especially when comparing it to an animal. Eamonn I appreciate you felt this was in good humour, but please do better.”

“Interesting how it’s the white people here who have decided it was OK.”

“Maybe you missed Eamonn calling a biracial woman uppity & saying he learnt nothing about why it’s offensive. And at his age&with his experience should know better than to describe wanting to ‘pet’ a Black woman’s hair when Afro hair is so discriminated against”.

“You have gotta do better than that sir, this is not an apology. You just said to a black woman that she looks like an animal & you’d like to Pet her hair. Please understand this is the same micro aggressions you didn’t “see” Megan Markle go through, Being “Funny” is not an excuse”.

“Comparing  black women to animals and saying you want to pet them is never a funny ‘joke’. Pls ask your employers for diversity training, you CLEARLY need it!”

The issue of macroaggressions on the nature of black people’s hair has become widespread in the United Kingdom…

 

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History Tuesday!

The title is self-contradictory since the victims of slavery and war are countless. However; there were some people whose stories became the illustrator of dark human nature and the symbol of the fight for equality and peace.

YAA ASANTEWAA

She was the queen mother of The Ashanti King Ejisu and the leader of Ashanti Wars against British colonialism. She was born in 1840. Her brother was the chief of Edweso Community.

The empire was going through a civil war when her brother passed away. Her grandson, whom she nominated as the successor of her brother, was sent to exile by Britain. As the representative of the family, she campaigned for the rescue and return of the king.

Eventually, the regional Ashanti Kings selected her as the leader of the upcoming rebellion. Although the Ashanti rebellion was quite strong, the army of the Gold Coast quickly suppressed the upside.

Asantewaa was also sent into exile in Seychelles after the war, where she spent her final years.

SARA BAARTMAN

Sara Baartman of Khoisan descent was born in Camdeboo, Eastern Cape in the 1770s. Her tragic life story began when she was taken to London by a British businessman, who was fascinated by her exceptionally large buttocks.

She performed at freak shows in London under the nickname Hottentot Venus. Her years in England were nightmarish since she was subjected to sexual assault, rape, and poverty.

She was then relocated to Paris, where she continued performing at freak shows until her death. Her body was dissected and displayed at the Museum of Natural History in Paris, receiving a massive backlash from all around the world including Nelson Mandela.

Her body was returned to South Africa upon Mandela’s request and buried in the Camdeboo area. Her name was given to the westernmost district of Eastern Cape.

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KROTOA

Krotoa Eva was a translator who worked for the Dutch Officials during the first years of Dutch settlement. She was born in 1643 to a Khoisan ethnic sub-group called Strandlopers.

She was taken to work as a maid at Jan Van Riebeeck’s house. Improving her Dutch and Portuguese, she quickly impressed the Dutch officials of the East India Company.

So, she started translating talks for trade purposes. After being baptized in 1662 and marrying a surgeon in 1664, she changed her name to Eva van Meerhof.

She is considered the most frequently-mentioned Khoisan woman in European records.

OTA BENGA

Ota Benga was known for being exhibited at a human zoo museum in the early 20th century.

The Mbuti Congolese man was initially purchased by an anthropologist called Samuel Philips Verner, who was seeking human beings for his African exhibition. He was initially placed at Louisiana Purchase Exhibition, followed by another exhibition at the Bronx Zoo.

Following a massive controversy, he was released from the zoo and trained to work at a tobacco factory. He was a favourite employee due to his physical strength and durability, but he eventually wanted to go back to Africa. However, the emergence of World War I prevented all the ship travels. This triggered Ota Benga’s depression and loneliness, leading him to commit suicide.

ANARCHA WESTCOTT

She was an enslaved woman who was held subject to surgical procedures without consent and anaesthesia. She got pregnant when she was 17; however, she developed rickets due to the lack of vitamin D. Dr J Marion Sims discovered that her rectum and vagina were disfigured, while her rectum was severely fractured.

Sims performed over 30 operations to treat the fistula. Although he was able to treat her illnesses, the surgeries became a topic of heated debate since many claimed that Sims was performing experiments on her…

From the above one can only pray that:

‘May humanity never again perpetuate Such injustice against humanity’~Cape Coast Castle Museum Ghana

Source: Ghana Education/History/Research/First hand Info/ Cape Coast Castle/Slave Trade Ghana News

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip has passed away.  

‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. ~The Royal Family’

 

When an old person dies, a library burns to the ground~ African Proverb

 

The 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh in recent years undergone medical care, the  latest medical care was in February before his peaceful demise.

This is indeed a huge blow to the royal family especially to the wife, Queen Elizabeth II and the entire nation.

To avoid gathering of huge crowed, the royal family has made it possible for loved ones to send their condolence messages via an online book of condolence on the royal website.

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They also urged mourners sending flowers to rather support charity works on behalf of the queen’s late husband.

 

Details of the funeral arrangements is yet to be announced by the palace. However, on Saturday, there will be a 41-gun salute in memory of the late Prince Philip in different cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, as well as in Gibraltar and at sea from Royal Navy warships..

Due to the coronavirus, the funeral ceremony will be organised privately.

Prince Philip met his wife the queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II in 1939 and got married officially in 1947. 

 

 

Following his educational cycle in France, Germany and the United Kingdom, the prince joined the UK’s Royal Navy in 1939. After his introduction into the British royal family, he was honoured the title His Royal Highness and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Throughout the reign of the Queen, Prince Philip played a very crucial role in developmental projects as well as humanitarian projects. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family 

Is That Time Of The Year Again!

The 2021 Ghana Party in the Park will take place is on Saturday 10th July, 2020

 

The Akwaaba Group UK, is all set to return the celebration of the mega Ghanaian arts and cultural festival, Ghana Party in the Park(GPITP).

The exciting news comes after Boris Johnson issuing a notice of a four-step process in reducing lockdown restrictions by June 21.

GPITP will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the Trent Park Cockfosters Road, London.

In view of this, advance tickets have been made available now for interested persons to purchase.

The ticket types are; 1st release tickets which goes for £20.00; VIP, £50.00 and Early Bird, £17.50 (sold out). Tickets would not be sold at the event grounds.

The activities include, live music from performing artistes, exhibition of Ghanaian local foods, face painting, fun fair, bouncy castle, fashion shows, cultural activities, arts and craft. Also, the programme is open for all age limits to experience, enjoy and appreciate the Ghanaian culture in diverse ways.

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Sadly, last year’s edition of Ghana party in the park was unexpectedly called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. Moneys were refunded to those who had bought their tickets in advance.

The organising team issued a notice to express their deepest regrets in cancelling the most anticipated event that unites thousands of people across the globe.

However, they assured the public of a mega comeback and truly, GPITP returns this year. Most definitely, 2021 edition might not include huge number of audience like the previous years but there is no doubt about the fun and enjoyment because of the thrilling activities.

Venue: Trent Park, Cockfosters Road, London Enfield, EN4 0DZ
Time: Time: 12noon – 8PM
 
Have you bought your tickets yet? 
The AKWAABA GROUP brand was formed in 2001. Their primary aim is to bring the Ghanaian community in the diaspora together through events.
 
 
AKWAABA GROUP has over ten years of promoting and organising events in operations in Ghana, UK, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Holland and Italy.

Ghana Tourism: Ghana is fast becoming a hub for African Americans

Why Ghana

Ghana is fast becoming a Mecca for black Americans who are looking for profitable opportunities in a new environment. According to recent reports, more than 10,000 African-Americans visit Ghana yearly.

The History of Ghana

Ghana is a country in Western Africa with an estimated population of 28 million people. The capital city of present-day Ghana is Accra. 

Ghana achieved its independence from colonial rule in 1957. It was the first black African country to achieve its independence led by the famous Pan-African leader Kwame Nkrumah.

Ghana grew as a result of the Trans-Saharan trade where West Africans exchanged precious products such as gold, salt, ivory, and cloth.

Ghana Empire

This trade made Ghana grow powerful and its rulers became rich. Ancient Ghana embraced a monarchial system of government which was ruled by great kings. These great kings resided in the capital at Koumbi Saleh where they controlled all the gold. Some of these powerful kings of Ghana include; King Kaya Magan, Bassi, Tunka Manin, Abu Bakr ibn,(was a Somali Sultan)  , and Soumaba Cisse.

Ghana Empire was strong that  they had more than 200 or more warriors at a point in time. And were the most powerful and feared  at that time.

Ghana has fertile soils with a favourable climate for agriculture thus an estimate of 69% of Ghana’s land is used for Agricultural purposes.

In addition, the land has lush forests, miles of coastal sandy beaches, many wildlife, exotic waterfalls such Kintampo waterfalls, Boti waterfalls, Wli waterfalls and Tagbo falls, which is the largest waterfall in West Africa, which are tourist destinations.

Boti Falls

Boti falls is a twin fall, popularly described as male and female falls by the Koforidua residents. The tourist attraction is 90 minutes drive from Accra. This spectacular place attracts thousands of people across the whole of Ghana.

The falls originated from Ahenkwa-Amalakpo, falling over an igneous rock outcropped by weed into the River Pawnpawn. The name of the fall was coined out of the crop growing on the igneous rock, Boti Langmase.

The area was reported to have been discovered by a white catholic priest

Raining seasons:

The water level is high, causing these 2 falls to meet in what the residents termed as “mating ceremony”. tourists will have to move as close as just few steps away from the fall and at this point the tourist will be greeted by sprouting rainbows offering a mind-blowing view. The fall is today, one of the top attractions of the country.

Ghana has the largest manmade lake in the world by surface area, Lake Volta. Another major tourist destination in Ghana is Bosumtwi meteorite crater. Over the past years, Ghana has been ranked as the friendliest country in the world.

The country has famous castles, Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle. To add on, there are numerous national parks namely; Kakum national park, Mole national park, and Ankasa national park.

The various forts in Ghana include; Fort Amsterdam, Fort Fredericksburg, Fort Santo Antonio, and Fort Metal Cross. Ghana is a beautiful and peaceful country with friendly people. 

 

Elmina Castle, Cape Coast

There are over 3,000 African American living in Ghana. Check out some of the best places to visit and reside in Ghana.

 

The fact remains that, the nation has consistently enjoyed a peaceful political climate without many threats of internal or external strife since it gained independence from the British in 1957.

Ghana’s temperate weather also makes it an attractive choice. The beautiful beaches, Ghanaians are very friendly, affordable cost of living, beautiful sites and historic places to visit…

 

 

Most African-Americans that reside in Accra are entrepreneurs. Teaching is another highly desirable profession. However, there are many supports extended to foreign pupils and the qualified staff who instruct them.

Dixcove Ghana

Did You Know? Ghana is one of the most stable African countries.

 

 

Former Miss Tourism Ghana and Miss Culture Ghana sheds more light on why you should visit Ghana

 

Visiting Africa soon? Why not visit Ghana, did you know that Ghana has lots Castles and forts?

 

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Traveling around the world comes with a lot of risks. However, there are countries in Africa which is less risky because it’s safer than one can imagine.

Most people who have never visited Africa before always find it difficult to believe that most African countries are far safer than their own countries.

Let’s take Ghana for instance, Is It Safe To Visit Ghana?

Ghana is a country located in west Africa and shares boundaries with African countries like Ivory Coast in the west, Togo in the east, Burkina Faso in the north and shares boundary with the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south.

 

It happens to be one of the peaceful countries in the world and on the African continent.

 

The country is well known for its rich history and cultural heritage. It is endowed with extraordinary natural resources and tourist sites. It has a moderate population of about 30million with majority practicing the Christian religious faith, followed by Muslim and traditional faith.

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Ghana was colonised by the British, the country’s official language is English and this makes it easier for foreigners to visit the country.

It also has several local languages of which the Akan language is the most widely spoken language. The country practice a democratic governance led by a president who is also the head of state and commander in chief of the army.

The capital city of Ghana is Accra in the greater Accra region.

Here are Some of places to visit in Ghana

 

 

Talking about entertainment, the country has talented artistes who have gained international recognitions with their remarkable flairs. The likes of Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Reggie Rockstone, Okyeame Kwame, Efya, Kwesi Arthur, Kwame Eugene just to mention a few.

 

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